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Articles by Jennifer Brewer

Alignment for Youngsters

November 4, 2013 by

Tips for well-placed spines
With little round tummies, shoulders up to their ears and limbs akimbo, young dancers are adorable twirling around in their first tutus and ballet slippers.
When they graduate from pre-ballet, though, proper … Continue reading

Face to Face: Chet Walker

August 15, 2009 by

Since his Broadway debut at age 16 in the first revival of On the Town, Chet Walker (DT March 2005 cover) has performed in, choreographed and directed a staggering list of productions, including the Tony … Continue reading

Developing Foot Strength

March 15, 2005 by

When a dancer is described as having strong, supple feet, the topic of conversation is usually pointework. But well-developed feet are important for all dancers, regardless of genre. The muscles in the feet provide stability … Continue reading

The Mavis Maverick

December 7, 2002 by

Mavis Staines, artistic director of Canada’s National Ballet School, has emerged as a dance education pioneer who is committed to students’ well-being and teachers’ continuing education. DT goes behind the scenes to find out what … Continue reading

The Deal on Shankless Shoes

November 17, 2002 by

Every budding ballerina dreams of the day she’ll put on her first pair of pointe shoes, but in reality the transition from soft ballet slippers to stiff pointe shoes can be difficult and painful. The … Continue reading