Article Archive for September 2010

Music for Class: Tough Love

September 30, 2010 by

Robin Dunn’s classes begin with what she calls “getting in the room.” Her students, relaxed with eyes closed, lie on the floor listening to soothing music, as she repeats inspirational words like, “You are the … Continue reading

Gussie Nell Davis

September 30, 2010 by

The first lady of drill team
Pioneers do not often lead conventional lives. Take the case of Gussie Nell Davis (1906–1993), founder of the precision drill team dancing still seen during football halftime shows today. Never … Continue reading

Partnering Protocol

September 30, 2010 by

Help students get past the awkwardness and start working together.
In a partnering class at the School of American Ballet, Jock Soto teaches his students a lift that requires the boys to lift their female partners … Continue reading

The Keltic Dreams

September 30, 2010 by

At a Bronx school, Irish dance shows students that anything is possible.
When Caroline Duggan arrived in New York City in 2002, awaiting news of where the city’s Department of Education would place her, she felt … Continue reading

Helping Hands

September 30, 2010 by

Volunteers can be a big help around your busy studio, from lining up students backstage during recitals to leading fundraising efforts to even painting your building. These five studio owners share their tips for recruiting … Continue reading

Confidence Catalyst

September 30, 2010 by

Tune in to “So You Think You Can Dance” any given week, and it’s not flawless technique or stellar training that the judges are raving (or ranting) about. Instead, it’s typically a dancer’s essence and … Continue reading