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Articles by Kate Lydon

Syllabus Strategies

August 1, 2012 by

Whether you start from scratch or use a time-honored syllabus, the key to a successful student body lies in an organized curriculum.
Choreographing enough combinations to fill an hour-and-a-half dance class is the easy part—in a … Continue reading

Lifetime Achievement Award: Q & A with Jacques d’Amboise

June 30, 2011 by

Jacques d’Amboise talks with Dance Teacher contributing editor Kate Lydon about teaching dance in public schools, his boundless energy and what Mr. B thought about NDI.
Why do you think it’s important for everyone to have … Continue reading

Seven Commonly Used Ballet Terms, and What They Actually Mean in France

January 3, 2011 by

Do you call the pirouette position passé or retiré, or do you use both? What about the term élevé? Do you use it? Have you ever considered what these French words actually mean?
“Ballet terminology is … Continue reading

News: Dramatic Training

July 30, 2010 by

As a ballerina, Gelsey Kirkland was not only celebrated for her technical virtuosity, wild abandon and superb musical phrasing, she also distinguished herself with profound dramatic ability. Now, she wants to train future generations to … Continue reading