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Articles by Janet Weeks

Building Joy and Grit

October 2, 2013 by

New York City’s highly successful Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance

As she looks back over her past nine years as director of dance for New York City public schools, Joan Finkelstein has a … Continue reading

The 2011 Dance Teacher Awards: Diane Frank

June 30, 2011 by

Though she had always been a mover, Diane Frank had taken few formal dance classes before college. In fact, she entered Ohio University’s theater department in 1966 planning to become a high school drama teacher. … Continue reading

Clues to the Blues

March 30, 2011 by

Help students deal with depression.
Not long ago, Jill Cook got a phone call from the office of Melissa Dobbs, director of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Northern Virginia, concerning her daughter Katharine repeatedly not … Continue reading

Dance Your Troubles Away

February 1, 2011 by

In Arizona, dance educators are developing a curriculum to tackle teen issues.
After a few weeks working in a tough, inner-city high school in Salt Lake City, Becky Dyer realized her years of teaching dance in … Continue reading

Reality Check

December 15, 2010 by

Briana Rainey, a senior at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, never dreamed her dance pedagogy course would lead to work with a demolition crew. But to fulfill one of the class requirements, she rode … Continue reading

The 2009 Dance Teacher Awards: John Giffin

July 5, 2009 by

JOHN GIFFINOhio State UniversityColumbus, OHdance.osu.edu
Little brings John Giffin, professor in the department of dance at the Ohio State University, more joy than sitting in a dark theater watching his senior students perform. “Over four years, … Continue reading