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"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms."
by Karen Hildebrand

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Derek Mitchell Teaches Pivot Turns

Derek Mitchell is on street jazz and contemporary faculty at Broadway Dance Center, where he grew up training under legends Frank Hatchett and Sheila Barker. Here, he teaches a street jazz pivot turn combination focusing on the importance of foot placement and spinal movement.

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Struggling to recall choreography? Have some chocolate!

October 31, 2014 by

Trick-or-treat! Great news for you chocoholics. In a recent experiment, 50–69-year-olds who consumed cocoa flavanols over the course of three months significantly improved their performance on pattern recognition memory tests. The results suggest that consuming … Continue reading

SpoOoOoOky Dance Time

October 30, 2014 by

We know Halloween is still a day away, but we just couldn’t resist sharing three spooky (or maybe just silly) dance videos to get you in the holiday spirit. Watch—if you dare! (Insert maniacal cackle … Continue reading

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Brooke Lipton

October 1, 2014 by

Music for lyrical 

For many dancers, conventions are places to see and be seen. Aspiring pros press to the front of the crowd in hotel ballrooms, hoping to get noticed, or even hired, by their favorite … Continue reading

A Conversation with Jodi Melnick

October 1, 2014 by

Jodi Melnick has trouble sitting still. At the end of this interview, she confessed that she’d been moving around in the studio while talking. “I’m holding the phone and sort of moving to find the … Continue reading

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” —Sensei Ogui (via Cindy Clough, Just For Kix, at the Dance Teacher Summit)

October 1, 2014 by
“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” —Sensei Ogui (via Cindy Clough, Just For Kix, at the <em>Dance Teacher</em> Summit)

It’s always fun to work on the Competition and Convention issue because it happens right after Nationals and our Dance Teacher Summit. In the past month we’ve seen the top competition studios perform, and the … Continue reading

Paul Vasterling

September 1, 2014 by

Music for ballet 

When one is based in the heart of “music city,” it’s only natural to take advantage of the vibrant music scene. As artistic director of Nashville Ballet, Paul Vasterling has a reputation for … Continue reading