Nancy Bielski's advanced intermediate professional class at Steps on Broadway is a favorite for many professional dancers. She even teaches company class at ABT on Saturdays. Here, she offers advice on mastering the tricky grand rond de jambe with a promenade in the center.
Teachers share the philosophies and materials that make them successful in their careers and classes.
When coaxing correct ballet technique from students as young as 11, Shannon Bresnahan takes a direct approach. “I just make ’em do … Continue reading →
Pinterest has become the go-to for creative inspiration (and, sometimes, procrastination). Check out DT’s dance-teacher.com board—for exercises, vintage photos, dance news and more—and here are five of our favorite boards to follow. Happy pinning!
Music for modern and contemporary dance
When he creates work on the Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company, director Ronen Koresh doesn’t prepare much ahead of time. Instead, he comes to rehearsal with an idea or image in … Continue reading →
It wasn’t until Dwight Rhoden handed her a check for her first performance with Complexions that Hope Boykin realized it was possible to earn a living from dance. “I was like, ‘What is this?’” she … Continue reading →
We’ve just returned from the annual National Dance Education Organization conference in Chicago, and I’m still flying from all the positive energy of the K–12 and college/university educators who shared and discussed their methods. Just … Continue reading →
Music for cross-genre movement
For In a Room on Broad St., Jacob Jonas mixed contemporary ballet and pedestrian movement with break-dancing and circus skills. Dancers perform flips and head spins, and in one gasp-inducing moment, Jonas … Continue reading →