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Articles by Rachel Rizzuto

What My Teacher Taught Me: Billy Smith

April 17, 2015 by

Like many dancers-in-training, Billy Smith—now a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group—needed to temper his energy with a healthy dose of technique. At George Mason University, he found a mentor in modern teacher Susan … Continue reading

Upload Your Best Choreography Video for a Chance to Win $15,000!

April 16, 2015 by

It’s getting close to that time again—time for our Dance Teacher Summit, this year to be held in Long Beach, California (mmm, beach), July 28–30. And if you’re a perennial Summit attendee—or if you’re a … Continue reading

Harvard Honors Damian Woetzel

April 14, 2015 by

This month, former New York City Ballet principal Damian Woetzel receives Harvard University’s Arts Medal. While still dancing for NYCB, Woetzel earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He now … Continue reading

4 Questions for YAGP’s Larissa Saveliev

April 10, 2015 by

From April 10 to 15, more than 1,000 teenage ballerina and danseur hopefuls from all over the world will travel to New York City to compete in the 17th annual Youth America Grand Prix finals. … Continue reading

Iconic Jazz Teacher Luigi Passes Away at the Age of 90

April 8, 2015 by

Last night, Eugene Louis Faccuito passed away. You know him as jazz legend Luigi (DT’s 2003 lifetime achievement awardee), creator of the hugely popular warm-up technique that bears his nickname. He had just turned 90. … Continue reading

YoungArts Names Dance Finalists

April 6, 2015 by

Twenty-two students have been named dance finalists in the 2015 YoungArts competition. In January, they traveled to Miami to participate in National YoungArts Week, earning awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and taking master classes … Continue reading