Articles by Amy Brandt
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
How I teach ballet
Don’t let Deborah Wingert’s silvery hair fool you. Dressed in a black turtleneck and leggings, she unfurls her leg into an ear-height développé one Saturday afternoon while demonstrating adagio for her advanced … Continue reading
Prevent and treat common nail injuries.
Few problems are as painful and unsightly as a battered toenail. Sarah Chisholm, a dancer with Ballet Arizona, knows this well. She has suffered from chronic bruised and ingrown … Continue reading
Are you up-to-date?
For teachers, guiding students toward the right pointe shoe is a critical responsibility. But let’s face it: The pointe shoe has evolved faster than many of us can keep up with. In the … Continue reading
Under the glittering chandeliers of the Genesee Theatre, children squeal with delight as a giant Chinese dragon with flashing red eyes peeks from around the curtain. A life-size gingerbread house bursts with tiny clowns, who … Continue reading