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Articles by Amy Brandt

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

Deborah Wingert

March 1, 2014 by

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

Oh, Toenail Woes!

October 4, 2013 by

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

Pointe Shoe Primer for the 21st Century

August 1, 2013 by

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

News: Making Magic

October 29, 2010 by

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

From the Ground Up

November 1, 2009 by

As Margaret Tracey drove home one night during her last season with New York City Ballet, she contemplated a teaching career. Passing the George Washington Bridge, she recalled one of her favorite teachers, Stanley Williams, … Continue reading