Posts Tagged ‘dancer’

July 2017 | FYI | NYCB’s Woetzel Named New Julliard President

NYCB’s Woetzel Named New Juilliard President While The Juilliard School’s Dance Division is often considered the pinnacle of higher-ed dance training, a dancer has never held the school’s top job. As of next summer, that will no longer be the case. Juilliard announced in May that former New York City Ballet dancer Damian Woetzel will…

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July 2017 | Media Hub | Maiko

Onscreen, on the page, and online Maiko: Dancing Child directed by Ase Svenheim Drivenes Maiko Nishino, whose first name can be translated as “dancing child,” was destined to be a dancer. As this 2015 documentary recounts, Nishino’s mother sold the family’s house and car in order to send the 14-year-old to the most prestigious dance…

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July 2017 | FYI | Ballet Dancer Creates No-Judgment Company

Ballet Dancer Creates No-Judgment Company Professional dancer Briana Selstad Bosch was fed up with her friends and colleagues being made to feel that they didn’t measure up to ballet’s established physical aesthetic, so she recently founded a company where everyone fits. Ballet5280—named for the elevation of her company’s Denver, Colorado hometown—presented its first concert performance…

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July 2017 | Media Hub | Merce Cunningham: 65 Years

Onscreen, on the page, and online   Merce Cunningham: 65 Years by David Vaughn Throughout Cunningham’s career, the choreographer, dancer, and artist engaged with technology. What better way to celebrate his legacy than with an app? Created by Aperture Foundation in collaboration with the Cunningham Dance Foundation, the app includes more than 40 excerpts from…

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July 2017 | FYI | Teacher-Friendly Master Tap Program Launches

Teacher-Friendly Master Tap Program Launches Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World festival has long been a fount of tap knowledge for dancers. This year, teachers will get lessons designed just for them through the festival’s new Teacher Certification program, which runs July 17 to 20 at the American Rhythm Center in Chicago. Maurice Hines, Lane…

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May-June 2017 | 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | The Upper Body’s Connected to the . . . Lower Body

by Samara Atkins
Tip 1: Many hip-hop students struggle to connect their upper bodies (arms, shoulders, neck, head, chest, and torso) to their lower-body moves. It’s easier said than done. Here are some ways to develop the upper half’s ability to complement the lower—and make your students into more expressive, dynamic dancers.
Tip 2: Once students are comfortable with the upper body following the lower, have them try making the upper body contrast with the lower.

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May-June 2017 | Thriving on the Outskirts Part 1

Ask most professional dancers where they got their start, and they’re likely to name a dance school you’ve never heard of. That’s because, like most of us in the field, they were introduced to the world of dance through their hometown studios. These small independently owned businesses are the backbone of the dance industry. They offer children their first vision of themselves as dancers, their first taste of across-the-floor euphoria, their first memory-making moments on the stage. They ignite the dance spark and nurture the flame through the most crucial years of a dancer’s development.

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May-June 2017 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1. Tappin’ at the Apollo: The African American Female Tap Dance Duo Salt and Pepper
2. Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer’s True Story
3. How They Became Famous Dancers: A Dancing History
4. Merce Cunningham: Beyond the Perfect Stage

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March-April 2017 | Costumes Count

by Tiffany R. Jansen (with additional reporting by Karen White)

Costumes are often the first thing audiences notice about a piece, even before movement begins. Quite often, “costumer” is one of the many hats that studio teachers must wear. We asked several teachers/directors how they approach costuming their contemporary dance competition students and performing companies.

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February 2017 | Page Turners

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

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February 2017 | Moving Images

Videos of note (new and not)
1. Dancer
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

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January 2017 | 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Height and Control in Grand Jeté

by David Arce

Tip 1
The grand jeté is one of ballet’s most rewarding steps, for both the audience and the dancer. The ability to propel oneself from one foot into the air, reach a perfect split, then land on the other foot, all while showing grace and ease in the upper body, is a hallmark of excellent ballet technique.

Tip 2
Don’t overlook the grand jeté’s landing; in terms of student safety, it is the step’s most important aspect. Properly turned out placement of the standing leg is a must, as any turning in puts extra stress on the knee’s tendons.

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December 2016 | EditorSpeak

“Artistry: Mystery vs Transparency” by Cheryl A. Ossola: Frederick Wiseman’s 1995 film Ballet is a unique perspective on the lives of artists, and in remembering it, I thought about the conversations teachers might have with students—conversations about artistry, how we perceive it, and what enhances or impairs those perceptions.

“Never Stop Dancing” by Tamsin Nutter: The hours I spend sitting at a desk make me feel creaky; a recent “big birthday” turned my thoughts to using my life stages wisely and well. Perhaps that’s why Keep Dancing, a lovely 2010 film portrait of then-90-year-old dance icons Marge Champion and Donald Saddler, has been on my mind.

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December 2016 | Ballet Scene | Crossing Boundaries

by Heather Wisner

When My-Linh Le watches turfers at work, she sees the grace, fluidity, and balance of ballet—no small feat, considering that turfers often perform their style of street dance aboard San Francisco Bay Area BART trains, busking for donations in cramped and unsteady spaces. “Turfers tend to get [up] on their toes,” she says, “and they like to do spins.”

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December 2016 | 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Two Rules for Male Partners

by David Arce

Tip 1 In partnering classes, the first thing I tell male students is that their most important job is to make their partners look good. Only after their partners are comfortable and balanced should male dancers consider their own poses.

Tip 2 I tell male students to keep their hands low on their partners’ hips—the lower the better.

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December 2016 | 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Across the Floor and Around the Room

by Thelma Goldberg

Tip 1 Small, stationary footwork is important to master, but it’s equally important that tap dancers learn to move rhythmically across the floor and around the room.

Tip 2 Moving side to side, forward and back, or in circles and squares will add variety and fun to your tap classes and help keep your students on their toes.

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December 2016 | Power of the Page

by Josie Bray and Richard Kent

Though journaling may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of training dancers, teachers across the country use writing as a tool to help their dance students improve both technique and performance.

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November 2016 | Curtain Calls & Bedtime Stories

by Bonner Odell

Any young dancer who contemplates a career in dance will get plenty of cautionary advice. From the modest salary to the relatively short stage career, there are real considerations that well-meaning elders can be quick to point out. But there’s one piece of advice that PeiJu Chien-Pott, a soloist with Martha Graham Dance Company, has found to be downright wrong.

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October 2016 | 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Pointe Shoe Drill and Fondu Footwork

Tip 1
It’s awe-inspiring how quickly professional dancers can get into and out of pointe shoes. When I started teaching, I noticed that my students took a long time to put on their shoes—minutes that cut into valuable class or rehearsal time. So I created the “Two-Minute Drill.”
Tip 2
In fondu combinations at the barre that begin in fifth position—for example, en croix, battement fondu développé to 45 degrees, place toe on the floor in tendu, close in fifth—place extra emphasis on the footwork in moving from fifth to coupé in plié. This is a great opportunity to strengthen the feet. Ask students to visualize the toes of the working foot as an ice cream scoop. Then, instead of simply picking up the foot and placing it in coupé, they should imagine scooping ice cream from several inches below the floor. Not only does using this image guarantee that the feet will be completely pointed when they arrive in coupé, it also improves the strength and dexterity of the toes and the muscles in the soles of the feet.

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