Article Archive for November 2010

Brian Friedman

November 23, 2010 by

“Dance was my life–even before I was a dancer. My training started from osmosis. When I was 7 years old I would watch my mother teach at Scottsdale Community College and I knew what was … Continue reading

Technique: Ray Hesselink

November 23, 2010 by

How I teach tap
In high school, Ray Hesselink fell in love with the piano. But during his second year as a music major at UCLA, he auditioned for a musical—which required tapping. After a few … Continue reading

Ballet Class Blogging: It’s not all fun and games…

November 17, 2010 by

Yes it is! Many of my students on Saturday have just turned 5, and games are everything. My co-teacher should be nicknamed “The Game Making Machine.” She came up with another great one: Ballet Hot-Potato.
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Music for Dance Class: Historical Hula

November 16, 2010 by

Artist: Napua Greig Makua
Album/Song: Pihana, “Blue Lei”
In the 1920s and ‘30s, the Hawaiian language was banned in Hawaii, so music such as “Blue Lei” was sung in English. After the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970s, … Continue reading

Music for Class: Songs of Spain

November 16, 2010 by

“Just as pointe shoes need to be part of a ballerina’s feet, castanets need to be part of a Spanish dancer’s hands,” says Gabriela Granados, artistic director and founder of the American Bolero Dance Company … Continue reading

Best Studio Practice: The Benefits of Going Freelance

November 4, 2010 by

From daily classes and recitals to competitions and The Nutcracker, chances are you’re constantly choreographing. But what if you’re ready for a new challenge, or believe you have the potential to present your choreography to … Continue reading