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Articles by Andrea Marks

Andrea Marks grew up in Connecticut, where she trained at the School of the Hartford Ballet and later the Hartt School. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Skidmore College, but spent as much time in the dance studio as the classroom. She loves salsa dancing in New York City.

Ray Hesselink

November 1, 2015 by

Music for tap

Ray Hesselink is a huge fan of Hollywood’s MGM movie musicals. Their influence shows in his tap dancing. “My all-time idols are Eleanor Powell and Ann Miller. Those broads can turn,” he says. … Continue reading

Katharine Pettit: How I Teach Tap

November 1, 2015 by

In a basement wood-floor studio at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City, Katharine Pettit starts her intermediate tap class with simple drills using the heel and toe taps. She incorporates weight shifts and gradually … Continue reading

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