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Articles by Andrea Marks

Andrea Marks graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in English and a minor in Dance. She grew up in suburban Connecticut, where she trained at the School of the Hartford Ballet and The Hartt School. Lately, though, she can’t enough Zumba and yoga! Andrea edits DT’s Fashion feature, Teachers' Tools and Chat Room. Contact her at amarks@dancemedia.com

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie

October 1, 2015 by

Music for street dance
Ephrat Asherie is a break-dancer with an academic bent. Known in street-dance circles as Bounce, the Israel native is earning her MFA in part by researching the roots of street dance in … Continue reading

Healthy Hips, Happy Hips

September 1, 2015 by

Build strength, prevent injuries and maximize turnout.
Our hips are overachievers. They are the main source of turnout and the axis of all leg movement. Dancers work them hard. No one knows this better than Heather … Continue reading

Vitamin D and Healthy Fats Are BFFs

August 4, 2015 by

Vitamin D is an important part of a dancer’s diet, but did you know it’s a fat-soluble vitamin? That means fat improves the body’s ability to absorb it. You may be thinking, I’ll eat some … Continue reading

Jamie Rae Walker

August 1, 2015 by

Music for modern
For classically trained dancers, learning to move from the inside out can be a disorienting experience. Jamie Rae Walker, who began her career with Miami City Ballet but has danced with Paul Taylor’s … Continue reading

Tracie Stanfield

August 1, 2015 by

How I teach contemporary/lyrical
“And one and two and three and four!” Tracie Stanfield accents each count with a staccato clap. Dancers whip through double-time chaînés, changing their spot each time to travel in a tight … Continue reading

How Dancers Get Their Summer On

July 31, 2015 by

It’s almost August. That means you’re busy hosting summer classes and prepping for a new school year. Meanwhile, dancers across the country are on tour or performing at festivals with their companies’ fall seasons just around the corner. But … Continue reading