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

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

Performance Planner: A Fine Kettle of Fish

January 10, 2011 by

This year, take your show under the sea. Preballet students make adorable octopi. Tap students can be clams. Cast older dancers as mermaids in a lyrical number, or choose some jazzy tunes for a group … Continue reading