Article Archive for January 2011

Please Release Me

January 24, 2011 by

Healthy knees benefit from well-toned supporting muscles. A tight iliotibial (IT) band or quadriceps will pull excessively on the knee, says Houston-based physical therapist and former dancer Jennifer Romanek. Here are two foam-roller exercises she … Continue reading

Music for Class: Straight to Stardom

January 21, 2011 by

Gail Benedict has spent a good part of her life on the Broadway stage, but, for the past 16 years, she’s settled in a place far from the Great White Way: Louisville, Kentucky, where she … Continue reading

Ballet Class Blogging: Curbing Post-Holiday Blues

January 13, 2011 by

Groove with Me’s winter/spring semester officially starts on January 18, but I’m getting antsy! This morning I ran into one of my students on the subway— she (with mom and baby brother) was commuting to … Continue reading

Music for Dance Class: Cirque du Suzi

January 11, 2011 by

Suzi Tortora’s students may be young (She teaches children from when they are just 3 months old!), but that doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate quality tunes. “I’m interested in exposing kids to good music,” she … Continue reading

Robert Alton

January 10, 2011 by

The choreographer who reinvented Broadway dancing
“I have exactly six minutes in which to raise the customer out of his seat. If I cannot do it, I am no good,” Robert Alton (1902–1957) once told a … Continue reading

History Quiz: Robert Alton

January 10, 2011 by

1.  Name the famous jazz teacher who Alton encouraged to start teaching.
2.  The Bolshoi-trained ballet dancer, Mikhail Mordkin taught Alton a beautiful _____ _____ _____ and an expansive use of the _____ _____.
3.  Alton made … Continue reading