Posts Tagged ‘Mignon Furman’

February 2013 | FYI

“She was a shining example of dedication and passion for our art,” Rhee Gold said about Mignon Furman, a longtime Dance Studio Life contributor and DanceLife Teacher Conference faculty member who died December 4.

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October 2012 | 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Developing Trust

Tip 1
Please trust your students. If you are clear about what you expect from them and they understand and know their dances, there is no need to stand in the wings and vigorously perform the dances. This distracts the dancers and makes it hard for them to concentrate, which prevents them from performing at their best.

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May-June 2012 | 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Stretched Feet and Legs

Feet, feet, feet! I have written before about the importance of the use of the feet. But after seeing unstretched legs and feet literally hanging from them, as well as young dancers stepping onto unstretched feet or even onto the heel, I feel strongly that this important part of training is so often overlooked or not insisted upon.

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October 2011 | 2 Tips for Dancers | Cultivating Ballet Beauty

Ballet is a beautiful art form. It should not make students look and feel miserable. Making corrections in a mean or sarcastic way is an old-fashioned approach to teaching that succeeds only in making the young dancers scared and nervous. They are captives and have no way to defend themselves.

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May-June 2011 | 2 Tips for Teachers

How can flexibility be increased without injuring muscles, tendons, or ligaments? Stretching should be done when the body is warm—after barre, at the end of class, or after a hot bath.

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March-April 2011 | How Do You Define Contemporary Dance?

You’ve heard what Desmond Richardson, Jillian Meyers, Nicholas Leichter, William Wingfield, and other big names think about the nature and characteristics of contemporary dance. But we wanted to find out what teachers and choreographers in the Dance Studio Life circle had to say.

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October 2010 | 2 Tips for Teachers | Illustrating Alignment

When teaching correct posture (stance), explain that the knees must be over the center of the foot, the hips in line with the knees, and the shoulders in line with the hips. Ask the dancers to walk as fast as possible with the weight over the heels, then with the weight forward.

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August 2010 | 2 Tips for Teachers

Learning attitude en l’air is best done facing the barre. Have students stand slightly away from the barre, holding it with two hands. Have them raise the leg, derrière, and bend the knee slightly without altering the height of the knee. (A low position should suffice at the beginning.) As the height of the leg increases, the weight of the body moves forward. The shoulders and hips remain square to the barre.

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