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Articles by Katie Rolnick

Fine, All Right, Cool

November 1, 2012 by

The Copasetics provided fellowship for tappers in lean times and laid the groundwork for the rhythm tap of today.
In grainy footage from 1975, members of the Copasetics Club, including Charles “Honi” Coles, Leslie “Bubba” … Continue reading

Leading the Charge

October 1, 2012 by

77 years of the New Dance Group
Lurching slowly forward, a homeless woman appears from the wing with her body hunched and arms extended. With ambient street sounds as the score, she traverses the stage, crawling, … Continue reading

Two for the Ages

July 1, 2012 by

The Nicholas Brothers’ mastery of movement
Best known for impressive acrobatics, the stage and screen tap duo Fayard and Harold Nicholas were agile technicians and fearless stunt men. But the brothers, who earned Hollywood fame in … Continue reading

Recommended: The Dorothy Shim Sham

June 30, 2011 by

The Dorothy Shim Sham
by Dorothy Wasserman
Saint Cloud Productions, 2010
 
It’s a jazz tradition to take a standard and make it your own—which is precisely what Dorothy Wasserman has done with the Shim Sham Shimmy. Leonard Reed … Continue reading

Five Teachers, Five Venues: Chloé Arnold

February 1, 2011 by

The job of dance teacher is as varied as where it is practiced.
Ever wondered what it would be like to walk in a colleague’s shoes? There might be few professions where the basic job description … Continue reading

Montana Moves

July 31, 2010 by

Karen Kaufmann is changing education in Missoula, one school at a time
The desks in Maribeth Rothwell’s second-grade classroom at Rattlesnake Elementary School in Missoula, MT, have been pushed against the walls. In their place, Rothwell … Continue reading