Q: For my upcoming school concert, I’d like to create a really amazing video recording for my own archives—with multiple angles, to make sure I get all the shots that will make it easy to reset this piece later on. What’s your video program recommendation?
A: These days, archiving work can be—and should be—more than just a single, still video camera set up in front of the stage. For those with a budget, such as a dance company or university program, FORMotion is a great investment. For the price of $150 a minute, the FORMotion team will travel to you and video your dance from multiple angles. Then, using their software, you can watch the dance from multiple angles simultaneously. The video is time-synced, so you can roll the videos forward and back. You can even enlarge one view while still keeping an eye on other angles.
If you’re on a tighter budget and possess the know-how, you could replicate this setup on your own Windows computer. iPi Soft’s iPi Recorder is a free program, compatible with Windows and Vista, that allows you to shoot multiple cameras simultaneously. With a few inexpensive Sony PlayStation 3 cameras, you can get results similar to what you would with FORMotion, though you’ll need tech savvy to pull it off.
The simplest tech solution would be to use CollabraCam, an app for iDevices. You can shoot from up to four devices at the same time, with your own device acting as the director—controlling the other devices’ camera operations. Once you’ve finished the shoot, all of the videos from the other devices download right onto your main one.
Barry Blumenfeld teaches at the Friends School in New York City. He is an adjunct professor at New York University and on faculty at the Dance Education Laboratory of the 92nd Street Y.
As the director of dance at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Belmont, Massachusetts, Istvan Cserven organizes the biannual student showcases, prepares dancers for competition and trains new instructors. On top of all that, he teaches the upper-level technique classes. A former ballroom champion in Hungary, he is well-acquainted with both rhythm and smooth ballroom-dance styles.
In an event inspired by the words of President John F. Kennedy, The Washington Ballet will perform the world premier of WHO WHEN WHY this Saturday, June 24, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard.
After having spent a lifetime looking at ourselves in the mirror, constantly appraising, who of us wouldn't want to take a dance class in the dark? Two Australian dance students, Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett, had the same thought in 2009 when they founded No Lights No Lycra, a global dance community that offers dancers and nondancers alike the chance to get their groove on in a dark space, where there's no light, no Lycra, no technique, no teacher and no steps to learn. It's just a place to lose yourself in the music and find your own dance mojo. The event became so popular that it spread past its Melbourne beginnings, first throughout Australia and now, globally.
Four incredible educators: Joanne Chapman, Claudio Muñoz, Pamela VanGilder and Kathleen Isaac foster their students' love of dance, whether instilling artistry, offering rigorous training or giving special needs students an outlet through movement.
When Jennie Somogyi retired from New York City Ballet, she found herself in high demand as a teacher. Parents called, texted and persisted. "I don't even know how some of them got my contact information," she says with a laugh. But Somogyi, who departed from NYCB in 2015 after a 22-year career, hadn't made any definitive plans for the next stage of her life. "I just like to see how things move me," she says. She discovered, though, that she enjoyed the process of giving private lessons and seeing the rapid progress students could make. Over time, she realized that teaching was something she wanted rather than needed.