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Articles by Mary Ellen Hunt

Age-Appropriate Anatomy

March 1, 2014 by

When and how to bring technical concepts into dance class 

Anatomy and kinesiology are usually subjects reserved for university-level courses, but even if your kids aren’t quite ready for a lecture about the relation between the … Continue reading

From Summer Program to Serious Contender

December 2, 2013 by

Malu Rivera-Peoples is taking her suburban California school to new levels with pre-professional ballet training.

The music can barely be heard from the foggy courtyard, where Malu Rivera-Peoples and Cristina Fargas-Newell (“Miss Tina” to the students) … Continue reading

Boy Crazy

November 1, 2013 by

Five strategies to fill your program with males
“I have always believed there are boys who love to dance,” says Barbara Weisberger, founder of Pennsylvania Ballet and an artistic advisor for Peabody Dance in Baltimore, Maryland. … Continue reading

Holding Dancers Back

August 1, 2013 by

Help a student understand your decision
“Devastated” is how Paul Michael Bloodgood describes his reaction when he was told at 14 that he would remain in level­ 5 for an additional year at Pacific Northwest Ballet … Continue reading

Building Body and Brain

May 1, 2013 by

Tips for teaching dance to 3- to 6-year-olds
Creative dance means creative teaching, too. Though leading a class of 3-year-olds may sound like fun and games to the uninitiated, there’s a serious side to early childhood … Continue reading

Measuring Success

April 1, 2013 by

A Memphis arts assessment pilot program tracks K–12 teacher performance.
How do you measure a teacher’s job performance? The Memphis school district has taken on that sticky and sometimes contentious question, piloting a solution last year … Continue reading