Posts Tagged ‘Steve Sucato’

May-June 2012 | Ballet Scene | The Chautauqua School of Dance

Along Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State sits a picturesque 750-acre gated community known as The Chautauqua Institution. Founded in 1874, the Institution is a summer vacation playground and an arts and educational center that attracts visitors from all over the world. It’s also home to one of the nation’s most respected summer dance schools, The Chautauqua School of Dance.

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May-June 2012 | A Century of Dance Education

his year marks the 100th anniversary of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) as it celebrates its mission to elevate the art of dancing through teacher training and (more recently) student training.

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December 2011 | Turning Up the Heat

Dance studios that offer hip-hop dance alongside classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern are everywhere these days. Studios devoted solely to hip-hop are rare, but if you visit the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, suburb of Emsworth, you’ll find one: Brenna Jaworski’s Pittsburgh Heat Hip Hop Dance Company.

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August 2011 | College Prep in Pittsburgh

While a notebook might not be in most students’ dance bags, it is standard equipment for those at Pittsburgh’s Bodiography Center for Movement. And it’s an integral part of owner and director Maria Caruso’s approach to dance training.

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May-June 2011 | Ballet Scene | The Perfection of Petrouchka

It was like nothing the dance world had ever seen before. In the early 1900s the great impresario Serge Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes assembled in Paris a group of some of the greatest dancers, choreographers, composers, designers, and visual artists in history.

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September 2010 | Dance Workshops You Can Dial Up

Students often travel a long road to partake of the technical growth and artistic inspiration generated at workshops and conventions. Now, thanks to the evolving virtual world of dance, studio owners can bring similar experiences to their students in the comfort of their own facilities.

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September 2010 | Dancing the Spiritual

Spirituals, sometimes referred to as plantation, slave, or sorrow songs, originated with slaves brought to the United States from the west coast of Africa. While in bondage slaves were forbidden to talk in their native tongues, dance, or make and play musical instruments like those they had used in Africa.

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February 2010 | Students With Something Extra

When it comes to running a successful dance studio, taking advantage of all your available resources is key. One of the best resources for any studio is its student body. Student teaching assistants and demonstrators or class assistants can be an invaluable addition to your workforce. By developing a program in which students learn to function in these roles, you create a win–win scenario: Students aid in the school’s day-to-day operations while gaining valuable teaching and leadership skills.

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Private Eyes

Today’s technology makes it easy for us to record the goings-on in our lives and share those images with the world. The massive popularity of websites like YouTube and social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace has led to a seemingly no-holds-barred sharing of information. However, there’s a problem: It has caused a disconnect in people’s minds between the desire to post anything and everything and what is appropriate and legal to post.

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Ballet Scene | Vibrant Violette

Former ballerina Violette Verdy takes a multifaceted approach to teaching By Steve Sucato “Everybody needs to be in a room with Violette Verdy,” says Patricia McBride, Verdy’s fellow former New York City Ballet star and longtime friend. “She is like sunshine.” Verdy’s effervescence and unwavering positivity have come to characterize not only her personality but…

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Have Wheels, Can Dance

Mary Verdi-Fletcher remembers vividly the startled look on dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones’ face when she showed up to take one of his master classes. “I told him, ‘Don’t worry about me; I will just translate what you are doing. Don’t give it a second thought,’ ” she says.

Jones’ brief moment of panic came about because Verdi-Fletcher dances from a wheelchair.

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Teaching the Teachers

One of the age-old questions in any area of education is “Who teaches the teachers?” For more than a century in the field of dance education that question has been answered with “Dance Masters of America.”

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