Books of note (new and not)
1. Falling Over Sideways
2. Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers
3. The Art of Movement
4. Kitchen Dance
Videos of note (new and not)
2. Lincoln Center at the Movies Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations
3. Dance for PD: At Home, vol. 1
4. Gotta Dance
What’s up in the dance community
-NDEO President Thom Cobb Remembered
-Ballet Companies’ Seasonal Spirit Saves Nutcracker
-Liz Lerman Recognized With ADF Educator Award
-American Tap Company Triumphs Over Travel Woes
Summer—what better time to think about wellness, the perfect addition to any dance curriculum? Discover GirlPower! workshops that promote well-being in tweens/teens, a revamped Nia practice, and the tap-and-fitness mix of Sole Power. For a cool summer intensive idea, check out the film-and-dance combo at School of Creative and Performing Arts. Then help yourself to our annual list of summertime teacher trainings!
Plus, a program that teaches hip-hop to students with physical and cognitive challenges, and our annual list of summertime teacher training opportunities.
by Nina Pinzarrone
On June 2, 1909, in Paris—an auspicious day in ballet history—Serge Diaghilev presented his newly formed Ballets Russes in Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides in the form we know today.
Classroom Connection: Resistance Band Exercises
Consider integrating stretch/resistance band exercises into pointe and pre-pointe classes to strengthen dancers’ feet and ankles.
Reality Check: Communication Challenge
Q. I’m looking for ideas that will help multiple front desk staffers handle office communication more effectively. Example: Suzy’s mom calls about registration. One staffer calls back and leaves a message—which is noted in the message book—but no one follows up or calls the mom again. Does anyone have a solution? —Neala Dunn
by Jennifer Kaplan
Bhangra, a high-intensity dance typically performed in bare feet, includes nearly continuous jumps and hops that keep the dancers airborne more than earthbound.
by Samara Atkins
Tip 1: Dance can be especially helpful in processing emotions.
Tip 2: Encourage your dancers to use hip-hop movement to reflect their feelings—and to create rebellious and revolutionary art.
by Debra Danese
All dance teachers know that they’re in the classroom to teach technique—but only some of them know that teaching their students proper dance etiquette is also part of their job.