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Media Hub | Isadora

Isadora by Amelia Gray When Isadora Duncan’s two children drowned in Paris, her life cracked in two: on one side there was the brilliant young talent who captivated audiences the world over; on the other, a heartbroken mother spinning dangerously close to the edge of insanity. In her breakout novel, Amelia Gray seeks to obliterate…

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In My Humble Opinion | Better behavior = better conventions

Better behavior = better conventions by Erik Saradpon As the popularity of dance has increased, so too has dance convention attendance. As an educator, I’m fortunate to experience conventions from both sides: I take my students to conventions frequently, and I also teach at conventions. But I’ve noticed some convention behavior that needs to be…

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FYI | Club’s Training Program Marks 75th Year

What’s up in the dance community   Tradition and innovation met August 12 as the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course celebrated its 75th anniversary during graduation ceremonies at the Hilton Boston/Woburn. The 69 soon-to-be teachers, clad in white formal wear, promenaded in a grand march before family, faculty, and alumni just…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Four-Step Formula

Ideas and advice from teachers Classroom Connection: Four-Step Formula How do we effectively address technique challenges while keeping students engaged, interested, and enthusiastic? During one class, as my teen jazz students struggled with piqué turns, I devised a four-step solution that works in all my classes.   Step 1. Create a basic exercise to fix…

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Media Hub | Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics

Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance by Phil Jamison Jamison, a dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer, tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other dance forms practiced in southern Appalachia. Tracing the forms from their European, African American, and Native American roots to the…

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FYI | Naharin to Vacate Artistic Director Post

What’s up in the dance community   Acclaimed, innovative, and controversial, the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company has long pushed contemporary dance in interesting new directions. Founded in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild as Israeli dancers sought to learn more about American modern dance, the company has flourished under the artistic…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Pre-Class Prep

Using the final minutes before your preschool, kinder, or creative movement class thoughtfully will give you a huge advantage during the class to come. Waste those precious minutes and you might be setting yourself up for a frustrating experience. Here are five things I do before every class: Arrive early. Arrive at least 15 minutes…

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Media Hub | Rebels on Pointe

directed by Bobbi Jo Hart Exploring themes of identity, dreams, family, loss, and love, Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever feature documentary celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The all-male comic ballet company was founded on the heels of New York City’s Stonewall riots and has a huge cult following. With…

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FYI | Giordano Foundation Holds Benefit

What’s up in the dance community Gus Giordano’s dedication to jazz dance is common knowledge. Perhaps less known is how Giordano supported the genre at the ground level—by giving scholarships to young students hungry to travel to Chicago to learn jazz under his direct tutelage. “I grew up seeing him help thousands of dancers,” Amy…

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Competition Zone | A New Awareness of Age-Appropriateness

A New Awareness of Age-Appropriateness by Karen White Is it possible that age-inappropriate competition entries are losing their appeal? Caron Moore, founder and director of Encore Performing Arts Showcase, thinks so. “I feel that during the last two seasons, the sensationalism surrounding provocative routines is down,” she says. “There isn’t the same shock value.” Moore…

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Media Hub | Ballet a la Russe

Ballet a la Russe RT’s 24-hour documentary channel presents the Ballet a la Russe series, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at all the action both on- and offstage. From the highs—prima ballerina Renata Shakirova taking center stage in her first solo performance in the Vaganova Academy graduate show in Saint Petersburg—to the lows—a dancer breaking…

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FYI | Cultures Find Common Ground in Dance

Dance teacher/performer Ana Ines King gained a new appreciation for the power of words and movement in the late ’90s when she and her 11-year-old daughter moved to Virginia from their native Colombia. Homesick and unable to adapt to the local culture, her daughter responded positively to a schoolteacher’s urging to write and dance about…

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Media Hub | Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance, Second Edition

Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance, Second Edition by Eric Franklin Renowned master teacher Franklin provides dancers and dance educators with a detailed explanation of how they can use imagery to improve their dancing and artistic expression in class and in performance. Nearly 300 illustrations and photos show Franklin’s unique imagery concepts. The 2013 book…

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FYI | Indianapolis School Goes Pro

New York City Ballet founder George Balanchine famously said, “But first, a school.” Those words have served as inspiration and advice for Victoria Lyras, who founded the Indianapolis School of Ballet in 2006 and this year is taking the final steps toward founding Indianapolis Ballet, a professional ballet company. Lyras, a former Pennsylvania Ballet dancer…

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Media Hub | Women in Dance: Trisha Brown

Women in Dance: Trisha Brown written and curated by Maura Keefe Keefe, a scholar in residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, traces Brown’s career and influence on postmodern dance in this multimedia online essay. Photos, interviews, and videos of performances cover some of the award-winning choreographer’s best-known works, including Set and Reset, If You Couldn’t…

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Studio Style | West Valley Dance Academy

West Valley Dance Academy by Heather Turbeville What’s the best way to approach a build-out for your brand-new dance studio? If you’re Lisa Tran—a dancer who has a civil engineering degree and a husband who works as an electrical engineer—you do most of it yourself. “I think [having engineering degrees] definitely influenced our decision to…

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FYI | Opportunities Expand With Jacob’s Pillow Five-Year Plan

Jacob’s Pillow recently announced a five-year plan that will transform the famed summertime dance festival in Becket, Massachusetts, into a year-round center for dance creation. That’s good news for the established professional companies and emerging artists who have long benefitted from the exposure and support the festival provides. But the strategic plan, dubbed Vision ’22,…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Themes and Variations

To keep your students engaged in ballet class, try varying how you present the material. I use theme months and theme days with my intermediate and advanced levels to focus and add fun to class lessons.   Theme months No-Barre November: Have students do their regular ballet barre in center. Ask them to notice how…

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Media Hub | Martha & Niki

Media Hub | Onscreen, on the page, and online Martha & Niki directed by Tora Mkandawire Mårtens In 2010 African-born dancers Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos became the first women to win France’s Juste Debout, the biggest international street dance competition. This documentary follows the hip-hop world champions as they take part in competitions where they…

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