A: It’s true that in many schools YouTube is blocked (and rightfully so). But there are millions of videos on YouTube that are perfect for the classroom. Luckily, the folks at YouTube have a solution: YouTube for Schools. Your school can sign up for an account and set its network to only allow material from YouTube EDU, a subsection of YouTube that focuses only on educational content. When you use YouTube EDU, you limit content to educational videos only, no “related videos” are shown and comments are disabled. There are also other portals that offer access to education videos that might not be blocked by your network. TeacherTube is a popular one, as is SchoolTube, which offers videos that are made by students and teachers.
If you’d rather download a video, there are several converters. Zamzar is a good choice, because it allows you to choose the type of file you’d like to convert the video into. For those using SMART Boards, this is helpful, because you specifically need videos to be FLV files in order to embed them in your Notebook presentations. If you’re worried about copyright issues, YouTube does have videos that are creative commons–licensed, meaning that they are safe to download. You can find these videos by clicking on the filter drop-down box after you search and choosing “creative commons.”
Barry Blumenfeld teaches at the Friends Seminary 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.
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.
Does your studio slow down when the weather warms up? If you don't offer a summer session, June through August can be a cash-flow challenge. One popular—and easy—strategy is to offer weeklong camps instead. We spoke to three professionals to learn how they make summer camp work.
This week Ballet Hispánico launched its first ChoreoLaB workshop, a summer intensive intended to better prepare aspiring professional dancers—with more than just excellent technique. Artistic director Eduardo Vilaro wanted to create a program that bridges the school and the company, to help dancers transitioning into the professional world and better hone their skills.