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Nancy Bielski

December 29, 2014 by

How I teach ballet to the pros
New York City Ballet’s Faye Arthurs first found Nancy Bielski’s class by following one of her idols in the company. “I was a huge fan of Jenifer Ringer,” Arthurs … Continue reading

Martha Chapman

December 1, 2014 by

How I teach ballet for every body
For a new adult dancer, taking a ballet class can loom menacingly on the horizon as a punishing or humiliating form of exercise. But in Martha Chapman’s Advanced Beginner … Continue reading

Troy Powell

November 1, 2014 by

How I teach Horton Technique
The Manhattan skyline is the perfect backdrop for Troy Powell’s Advanced Beginner Horton Technique class at Alvin Ailey studios. The parallel and perpendicular lines of skyscrapers and apartment towers seen from … Continue reading

Derek Mitchell

October 1, 2014 by

How I teach street jazz

“Scoop, reach, swipe, cut, groove, groove. Then tick, tick, click.” In a fitted T-shirt, stretch jeans and sneakers, Derek Mitchell describes the shape and feeling of movements as he performs them. … Continue reading

Megan Williams

September 1, 2014 by

How I teach modern

On a Friday morning at Mark Morris Dance Center at the end of a two-week summer intensive, Megan Williams’ students are exhausted. Aware of their depleted energy and sore legs, she chooses a … Continue reading

Juan Carlos Peñuela

August 1, 2014 by

How I Teach Entrechat Trois in the Cuban Style

Juan Carlos Peñuela’s Level 5 technique class at Ballet Hispanico in New York City runs like a friendly laboratory with one clear mission: for students to discover … Continue reading