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Kathryn Sullivan

June 30, 2015 by

How I teach ballet
As the students filter into Kathryn Sullivan’s Advanced Beginning Ballet Class at Steps on Broadway, one of them presents Sullivan with a thank-you-for-helping-me-improve bouquet. It is an ordinary Friday morning, no special … Continue reading

Ahtoy WonPat-Borja and Daniel Enskat

June 1, 2015 by

How We Teach Salsa
In a mixed-level class at Peridance Capezio Center, Ahtoy WonPat-Borja gets her beginner salsa dancers moving with a marching rhythm as she counts, “One, two three,” pause, “Five, six, seven,” pause. In … Continue reading

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