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Articles by Hannah Maria Hayes

Detroit Arts Revival

August 1, 2014 by

A new dance festival unifies the city’s growing arts scene.   

Two years ago, finances required Joori Jung to choose between moving back to her native South Korea or someplace in the U.S. other than Manhattan. When … Continue reading

Your Student Wants a College Dance Degree! Now What?

August 1, 2014 by

A dance teacher’s guide to navigating the college application process

You could say it takes a whole village to successfully navigate the college application process. Though it is your high school students who ultimately decide whether … Continue reading

Extreme Measures

June 1, 2014 by

Recognizing the warning signs to help a troubled teen

Two students on Valerie Ramsey’s middle school dance team seemed happy and confident, but earlier this year, both independently attempted suicide within two weeks of each other. … Continue reading

Force Friends

March 1, 2014 by

How Creative Force Dance Center launched a special-needs class that ALL students want to take
 
Carson cannot wait for Wednesdays. That’s the day the 16-year-old takes Force Friends, a 45-minute technique class designed for dancers with … Continue reading

Express Yourself

January 1, 2014 by

Teaching artists help children speak English through dance.
 
Jennifer Golonka demonstrates a passé skip with a high shape and then points to the words on a chart. Her students read and pronounce the terminology with her … Continue reading

Teaching with an Eating Disorder

November 4, 2013 by

How poor body image can impact your work
Thinking about stepping into a dance studio to teach ballet makes me panic, even though I have a dozen years of experience. Being trapped in a mirrored … Continue reading