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Articles by Lisa Traiger

Choosing Not to Compete

August 1, 2014 by

In a culture that glamorizes competitive dance, some studios continue to quietly educate dancers without trophies.  
 
When Tori Rogoski opened her studio in 2001, she decided to model her curriculum on that of a university … Continue reading

Standard Practice

May 1, 2014 by

After a career spent honing her own teaching methods, Rima Faber leads the charge for national standards. 
Spend a Saturday morning with Rima Faber and her 2-, 3- and 4-year-old dancers at Joy of Motion Dance Center in Washington, … Continue reading

What’s a College-Bound Tapper to Do?

March 1, 2014 by

Tips for making the most of limited opportunities, plus Davis & Elkins College’s new percussive dance program
 

Emily Oleson (right) heads Davis & Elkins College’s new program in American vernacular dance.

 
With more than 600 college dance programs … Continue reading

News: A Think Tank for Dance Teachers

July 28, 2011 by

As summer temperatures rise, dance teachers from all over the country may find themselves reaching for a sweater in over-air-conditioned hotel and convention center ballrooms, where an alphabet soup of teacher-training workshops—from DMA to DEA, … Continue reading

News: Decades of Excellence

March 1, 2011 by

Sandra Fortune-Green remembers rushing over for class after school let out, setting every hair in place and pulling on pink tights and a black leotard to submit to the vigilant eyes of her teachers, Doris … Continue reading

Dear Diary

October 29, 2010 by

How journaling enhances the high school dance class experience
At Rhode Island’s Providence Academy of International Studies, dance teacher Marty Sprague’s high school students are exploring movement qualities. A small group shifts into slow motion as … Continue reading