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Articles by Jenny Dalzell

Jenny Dalzell is the managing editor of Dance Spirit.

The 2013 Dance Teacher Awards: Abigail Agresta-Stratton

July 1, 2013 by

Bridging high school with college and beyond in Virginia
When her teaching hours dropped roughly 38 percent between September 2011 and June 2012, Abigail Agresta-Stratton had an inkling. New York State school dance programs were … Continue reading

Technique: Courtney Runft

May 1, 2013 by

How I teach pre-tap
Forty-five minutes of 3 1/2-year-olds in tap shoes may sound like a recipe for a throbbing headache, but Courtney Runft manages to keep the noise under control. That’s because for the first … Continue reading

Face to Face: Cat Deeley

May 1, 2013 by

A conversation with the host of “So You Think You Can Dance”
“So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley sees the show’s every success and glitch. She has an exclusive view of the performers, … Continue reading

Better Nate Than Ever

April 5, 2013 by

By Tim Federle
Simon & Schuster, 2013
275 pages, $16.99
“Macaroni and cheese is still my favorite food—how would I know who I want to hook up with?” That’s Nate Foster, the 13-year-old protagonist of Tim Federle’s young … Continue reading

Face to Face: Peter Darling

April 3, 2013 by

A conversation with Matilda’s choreographer
Peter Darling doesn’t consider himself a whiz when it comes to working with children. “I suppose I just think of them as very small adults,” he says candidly. But the British … Continue reading

History Lesson Plan: George Balanchine

April 1, 2013 by

The Russian father of American ballet
With an expansive and athletic style, George Balanchine (1904–1983) helped shape American ballet. His frequent exaggeration of classical vocabulary birthed the neoclassical movement and sparked what we now know as … Continue reading