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Articles by Amy Brandt

Southern Hospitality

September 16, 2014 by

On a sticky Mississippi morning in June, several dozen of the world’s most promising young dancers gathered in the mezzanine of Thalia Mara Hall in downtown Jackson, collectively holding their breath. They’d spent the last … Continue reading

Get Your Cha-Chas Out

July 1, 2014 by

Collegiate dancesport teams give nondance majors a chance to show their stuff.

It’s a chilly March night, but there’s plenty of sweat inside Columbia University’s Roone Arledge Auditorium. As music blares overhead, scores of college students—proudly … Continue reading

Lifetime Achievement Awardee Franco De Vita

July 1, 2014 by

How I teach ballet
In Franco De Vita’s class, less is more. Trim and poised, a neck scarf tucked neatly into his popped collar, he leads his Level 5 students through short, simple combinations, maintaining a brisk … Continue reading

Aaron Tolson

June 1, 2014 by

How I teach rhythm tap

“Alright, time for some cramp-roll love,” says Aaron Tolson midway through his afternoon intermediate-advanced tap class at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. “You know how I love the cramp rolls.”
His … Continue reading

Vanessa Salgado

May 1, 2014 by

How I teach pre-ballet

“Who likes to paint?” Vanessa Salgado asks her roomful of 5- and 6-year-old students at New York City’s Joffrey Ballet School. “Today, we’re going to pretend we’re paintbrushes and the room is … Continue reading

Head-to-Toe Bad Habits and How to Fix Them

April 1, 2014 by

Four master teachers weigh in on their approaches to common problems. 
Bad habits—they’re enough to drive any dance teacher batty. Seeping into a student’s technique, their routine, almost involuntary nature makes them extremely difficult to break. … Continue reading