Posts Tagged ‘dance educator’

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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EditorSpeak | A Pretty Good Magazine

“Just reading through the August magazine, and thinking that we put out a pretty good magazine.” Tamsin Nutter, DSL associate editor, made that comment one July afternoon. She was one of five editors, an art designer, and a production manager still here as DSL wound down to its end. Because of the months-in-advance work schedule…

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The Kids Are All Right

Teaching other people’s children takes you away from your own. How to make that work for you, and them. by Thelma Goldberg It’s 4:30 p.m. Do you know where your kids are? If we’re talking about your dance school kids—i.e., your students—they’re probably standing in front of you, waiting to begin a warm-up. But what…

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On My Mind | Not What They Used To Be

Words from the publisher Almost every teacher who has been at it for a while says, “The kids today are not what they used to be.” They may be different, but I am beginning to understand why. Our kids live in a world where they arrive at school or the movie theater looking for the…

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Coming on Strong

Smart conditioning can help keep kids injury-free by Jennifer Kaplan Do you think your dancers are getting everything they need in their technique classes to prepare their bodies and minds for dance? Think again, says dance educator and physical therapist Alexis Sams. Through her private practice, ANS Fitness and Physical Therapy, she provides physical therapy,…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Creating a Life You Love

by Sandi Duncan Do you ever stop to wonder if there’s more to life than this? You’ve worked hard, created a wonderful career, and have a great family and network of friends. Yet you still have a nagging feeling that something is missing. Poet and author Maya Angelou wrote, “My mission in life is not…

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December 2011 | Back-to-Basics Jazz

“You need a stable, grounded lower body,” says James Robey to his attentive students in an advanced jazz class, “and an expressive, mobile upper body.”

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January 2011 | Have Subway, Will Travel

Maria Hanley’s most indispensable teaching tool is not her iPod, nor her dance clothes—it’s her rolling backpack. As an independent dance educator, Hanley rides the subway from her apartment in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights, bringing creative movement classes to tots at studios, schools, and community centers throughout New York City.

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December 2010 | Playing Favorites

So You Think You Can Dance, along with other dance-related reality TV shows, has escorted a new excitement for dance into the American living room. We love to see dance in prime time, with male dancers accepted by a public that’s also getting an education on different styles of dance.

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On My Mind | October 2008

What makes a good dance educator? It’s a question I’ve been pondering lately. The answer, in my opinion, is: humble, nonjudgmental, hard working, and doing it for the good of the art and the education. But periodically, I run into dance educators of the not-so-humble and oh-so-judgmental variety.

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Conquering the Class Divide

As dance educators, our dream is to have classes of students who are all eager to learn, who have the same drive, desire, and willingness to work, and who are perfectly balanced in age and ability. Dream on!

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No Wilting Flower

Elsa Posey’s passion for giving children high-quality dance education comes by way of experiencing the opposite: Her first four years of dance training fell painfully short. Her early instructors, who had backgrounds in vaudeville, made her believe she was preparing for a career in ballet. They also jumpstarted her performance career, including her in military installation shows when she was 9 years old. But when Posey began studying at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School at age 12, she says, “I was told that I needed to begin ‘at the beginning’ and that what I had learned up to that point was not ballet. I had to forget everything and start from scratch.”

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