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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

Robyn Mineko Williams

February 28, 2015 by

Music to inspire choreography
On one side of Robin Mineko Williams’ performance career with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is a child with a dream who papered her bedroom walls with pictures of the company; on … Continue reading

Teachers’ Tools: Up Close With Amanda Pope

February 26, 2015 by

Teachers share the philosophies and materials that make them successful in their careers and classes.
At Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, Amanda Pope begins class for high school dance majors with a mantra: “I believe in myself. I … Continue reading

Take Class From Agrippina Vaganova’s Former Students

February 24, 2015 by

This summer, dancers and teachers in the United States can attend an intensive Russian ballet workshop led by dancers who studied under Agrippina Vaganova herself.
The event will be hosted by Open World Dance Foundation, which … Continue reading

ABT’s Choreography Initiative

February 19, 2015 by

In 2010, American Ballet Theatre principal David Hallberg and artistic director Kevin McKenzie founded the Innovation Initiative, a two-week workshop for selected company members to develop their interest in choreographing. This year, for the first … Continue reading

The Tricky Business of Choreography Copyright

February 18, 2015 by

A high school dance team tournament in Minnesota is making headlines because of allegations of plagiarism against the winning team—and how everybody else handled it.
In October 2014, DT ran the story “Copying Choreography” on drawing the line … Continue reading

Feel the Love: These Dancers Raised Almost Half a Million for a Children’s Hospital

February 13, 2015 by

On Valentine’s Day, the lobby of Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City is covered in paper hearts. Each represents a dollar (or more) raised by a dance student for the hospital, which provides … Continue reading