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Alberto Del Saz

April 29, 2015 by

How I teach the Nikolais/Louis philosophy

In a studio at Marymount Manhattan College, Alberto Del Saz gently coaches young adults through a floor warm-up. They balance on their tailbones, trying to elongate their spines while their … Continue reading

Jared Grimes

April 1, 2015 by

How I teach tap
“What do you think about when you count?” Jared Grimes asks his intermediate tap class. The small but focused group begins in a circle in one of Broadway Dance Center’s wood-floor studios. … Continue reading

Blossom Leilani Crawford

February 28, 2015 by

How I teach Pilates for dancers
“Kathy Grant used to say, ‘Let your fingers do the walking,’ like the Yellow Pages ad. I mean, do people even know what the Yellow Pages are anymore?” says Pilates … Continue reading

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