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Articles by Lea Marshall

Second Chance

February 1, 2014 by

How to help your student plan—and pick up the pieces—after a college admission rejection

It’s a high school senior’s worst nightmare. Sarah Lustbader, now a dancer with Catherine Cabeen – Hyphen and CabinFever, was rejected by … Continue reading

Help for the College-Bound

January 1, 2014 by

Let college-hosted summer intensives pave the way.
High school students looking to dance in college often can’t turn to the usual sources for savvy college admissions advice. Their guidance counselor is unlikely to have specialized exposure … Continue reading

A Collegiate Affair

August 30, 2013 by

Taking students to a college dance fair can help them make connections and decide where to apply.
The questions seem endless for dancers applying to college. On top of worries like class size, location and … Continue reading

The Audition Solo

July 1, 2013 by

What do college panels want to see?
“For Freshman/Sophomore dancers auditioning for the BFA program,” reads Florida State University’s School of Dance website, “solos should be between 1–2 minutes in length. The choreography may be their … Continue reading

Providing Context

January 2, 2013 by

How three faculty members teach dance history
As trained dancers, we embody history. Every jump, contraction and tendu reveals lineage—an evolution of movement over time through culture. It also gives form to the politics and social … Continue reading

Not Your Average Stage

May 1, 2012 by

The challenges of unconventional performance venues
Imagine a group of your students surging through a sculpture garden, the sunlight glancing off their limbs. A breeze floats leaves across the grass, and the dancers roll and tumble … Continue reading