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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

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

#WhyNotWednesday: VMA Nominations for Best Choreography

July 22, 2015 by

Yesterday, MTV announced nominations for the network’s 2015 Video Music Awards, including five in the category of Best Choreography. Ryan Heffington (of Sia and Maddie Ziegler fame) made the list, not for his cage-fighting “Elastic Heart” … Continue reading

TU Dance Continues to Change the Face of Dance in the Twin Cities

July 20, 2015 by

When Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands noticed a lack of racial diversity among dancers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, they took action. In 2011, the former Ailey dancers founded TU Dance, where they’ve been providing pre-professional dance … Continue reading

“Behind the Curtain” with Simkin

July 16, 2015 by

Dance Magazine’s second episode of “Behind the Curtain” follows fan favorite Daniil Simkin for a day. The American Ballet Theatre principal takes viewers inside a rehearsal for INTENSIO, a program of four new dances by Alexander … Continue reading

Spotlight On: Phyllis Balagna

July 14, 2015 by

Seen and Heard at the Dance Teacher Summit
Steppin’ Out—The Studio
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
450 students
Phyllis Balagna has been taking her students to conventions and competitions for 25 years, as long as her studio has been open. She has … Continue reading

National Geographic Meets Ballet

July 10, 2015 by

When a cultural and environmental photographer uses dancers as his subjects, the results are captivating. Since June, Kike Calvo, a photographer and journalist who works with National Geographic, has been publishing photos every few days … Continue reading