Posts Tagged ‘Amber Perkins’

Words of Wisdom

A 23-columnist salute to 11 years of ideas, insight, and inspiration by Tamsin Nutter Some days you just need a little advice and encouragement—whether on preschoolers, degagés, or taxes—to pin on the staff bulletin board or mull over in the bathtub at night, from a trusted friend who’s been there, done that, and understands exactly…

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Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Memorized Warm-Ups

by Amber Perkins Through the many hectic competition weekends to come, one way to assure that students continue to stretch, focus, balance, and strengthen is to create a warm-up that they can memorize and use on their own. I developed a warm-up that can be done anywhere—in a hotel room, backstage, and even outside. My…

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Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Stretch, Strengthen, and Share Weight

by Amber Perkins Today’s modern and contemporary choreography for students includes more and more partnering, so it’s important to designate class time to teaching its foundations. Try these exercises I developed to teach safe weight sharing and to strengthen the core. Blind back-to-back lengthen and balance. Begin with two dancers sitting back to back on…

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Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Classroom Improv

by Amber Perkins I find that encouraging students to develop improvisational skills gives them not only a strong sense of confidence, but a chance to speak with their own voices and explore their own styles. You can incorporate improv into every single class you teach. Let’s say you teach a combo in class. At the…

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Competition Zone | Nonconforming Contemporary

by Amber Perkins I have a request for educators who create contemporary competition dances: please, please, please don’t limit yourself to what you think contemporary choreography is supposed to be. Despite what we might see onstage at competition after competition, not every piece of contemporary choreography has to be deep and dark! Many of us…

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Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | The Benefits of Parallel

by Amber Perkins Tip 1 An important benefit of adding modern and contemporary classes to your curriculum, alongside ballet and other forms, is that working in parallel helps your dancers develop well-balanced alignment. The parallel position really helps align each dancer’s hips, knees, ankles, and feet. This, in turn, supports correct alignment and placement, whether…

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Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Can Your Students Tell Modern From Contemporary?

by Amber Perkins Can your dancers tell modern from contemporary? Thanks to its rising popularity, contemporary dance is often merged into modern classes and competition categories. But your students should understand that modern dance is its own genre, with an established history, specific curriculums, and exact elements (for example Horton technique’s Ts, laterals, and overcurve…

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August 2010 | The Modern Male

The world of contemporary dance is luring boys like never before, glamorized by movies and TV shows like High School Musical, So You Think You Can Dance, and Glee. Guys who are taking modern classes are doing it because studios are making it part of their overall package, and they’re making it attractive.

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Staying on Top

Dance competitions—they’re meant to be fun events celebrating team spirit, right? Dancers work hard, directors get creative, and trophies are handed out.

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