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Articles by Lauren Kay

The Power of Dance

October 1, 2015 by

The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts is helping disabled children learn.

One afternoon, as dance therapist Jessica Zippin led a small group of children in a playful jumping exercise, a 6-year-old named Ashley … Continue reading

Carrying the Torch

December 29, 2014 by

How two teachers who have taken over David Howard’s ballet classes embody his spirit
When master teacher David Howard passed away in August 2013 at age 76, New York City lost one of its most valued—and … Continue reading

Face to Face: Jerry Mitchell

March 1, 2011 by

The hardest working choreographer on Broadway

Jerry Mitchell has not once, but twice, had three shows running simultaneously on Broadway. His skills as both a choreographer and director are in high demand. His stylized choreography gave … Continue reading

Armed for Tap

February 1, 2011 by

Effective upper body use in tap
Ray Hesselink’s tap dancing is full-bodied expression: Fluid arms and polished hands finish the picture his fast-flying feet begin. But that wasn’t always the case. “When I started tap dancing, … Continue reading

Face to Face: Bebe Neuwirth

April 2, 2010 by

With her wry sense of humor, distinctive voice, legendary legs and inimitable movement quality, Bebe Neuwirth has carved her own niche among musical theater’s most famous dames. From her first gig as Sheila in A … Continue reading

Rhapsody in Rhythm

April 1, 2010 by


In a packed studio at BroadwayDance Center, Rhapsody James (known simply as Rhapsody) pulses to the beat of a hip-hop groove. She demonstrates a swaying rock step that blends into a fluid slide and ends … Continue reading