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Articles by Mary Ellen Hunt

Copying Choreography

October 1, 2014 by

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but where do you draw the line between inspiration and plagiarism?
“Ideas always come from someplace else,” says Shely Pack-Manning, national president of Dance Masters of America and … Continue reading

10 Lessons Studio Teachers Can Borrow from the Classroom

August 1, 2014 by

K–12 teachers share their best practices.
The greatest difference between studio students and those in a K–12 setting is that students in the studio generally want to be there,” says Elisabeth Gosselin, who teaches at Harlem … Continue reading

Living the Dream

June 1, 2014 by

Three dancers share how professional opportunities in college helped shape their careers.

Dance now, or go to college? Knowing how short a dance career can be, it’s the question on many dancers’ minds as they weigh … Continue reading

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