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Articles by Hannah Maria Hayes

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

Boundless Enthusiasm

August 1, 2013 by

How Arvin Arjona took the Millburn High School dance program from zero to the Orange Bowl in six years

Most of his students call him Mr. Arjona or Mr. A. “But some call me Papa Panda … Continue reading

Making a Safe Space for Dance

May 31, 2013 by

K–12 teachers go to the mat for proper floors.
Teaching dance in a K–12 setting often means holding classes in hallways or cafeterias, sharing space with other student groups or dealing with ceilings that are too … Continue reading