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Articles by Rachel Rizzuto

Rachel Rizzuto graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BFA in Dance and a BA in English. New York is a far cry from her upbringing in Chalmette, Louisiana, but she is currently a very happy dancer with Mari Meade Dance Collective and takes class at Mark Morris Dance Center. Rachel edits DT Notes, Face to Face, Business, History, Higher Ed and the bi-weekly e-newsletter. Contact her at: rrizzuto@dancemedia.com

This 88-Year-Old Ballet Teacher Has Life Lessons For Us All

February 22, 2017 by
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Sometimes a little video comes along that manages to cheer you on a dreary Wednesday, inspire you to be better and give you all the good feels. Meet Sheila Rozann, an 88-year-old ballet teacher for … Continue reading

Voguing, Plus Tips for Dancing in Heels

February 20, 2017 by

Voguing will help any dancer sharpen her attention to detail and develop a confident performance quality. In this style, face-framing arm and hand movements are layered on top of different walks. House of Ninja founding … Continue reading

Get Your Valentine’s Day Fix With 3 Romantic Duets

February 17, 2017 by

What: Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet—balcony scene pas de deux
Who: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev
Why: Despite a 19-year age gap between them, Fonteyn and Nureyev created one of the most magical partnerships in ballet … Continue reading

A Spiral Layout With Some Leg-Strengthening Exercises, Too

February 17, 2017 by
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Broadway Dance Center faculty member Nijawwon Matthews teaches multiple variations on this contemporary turn, so students can adjust the movement to suit their strength and flexibility. In the beginner version, the working leg stays on … Continue reading

A Contemporary Jazz Combo—and the Art of the Transition

February 16, 2017 by
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Joffrey Ballet School’s jazz and contemporary program director Michael Blake taught this jump-and-roll combination during the first week of jazz classes at JBS to help his students discover the power of oppositional energy. “Oppositional lines … Continue reading

Love Was in the Air for These Owners’ Kids

February 16, 2017 by

Jane O’Donnell and Debbie Lamontagne own studios within the same town in northeastern Massachusetts, but they bonded over an unexpected flood that destroyed O’Donnell’s studio (and Lamontagne battling breast cancer). Just when their friendship couldn’t … Continue reading