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Articles by Rachel Zar

Early Exit

September 1, 2014 by

Should your students consider a three-year college plan? 
After high school, Melissa Meng’s parents and teachers encouraged her to pursue a college degree, but the aspiring ballerina wasn’t convinced that giving up four of her precious … Continue reading

The Flexion Connection

August 1, 2014 by

Coaching dancers with poor spinal flexion
As a young competition dancer, Lauren Saglimbene struggled with spinal flexion, or the curving of the spine that contracts the front of the body and elongates the back. “My modern … Continue reading

There’s a Place for Us

August 1, 2014 by

Jason Warley turns rejection into opportunity at Center Stage Dance & Theatre School.

When dancers walk into their first rehearsal for The Ensemble, they’re rarely happy to be there. After all, membership in this company was probably … Continue reading

The 2013 Dance Teacher Awards: Stacy Reischman Fletcher

July 1, 2013 by

Role model for self-sufficiency in Mississippi
Stacy Reischman Fletcher has earned quite the nickname from her students at The University of Southern Mississippi: “God.” “Everything she does is gold,” says 2009 graduate Lauren Soutullo Smith. … Continue reading

Abby Lee Miller

October 1, 2012 by

Sorting the reality from the reality TV
“Girls, you’re wearing two-piece costumes. Either sit down and do a hundred sit-ups, or paint the abs on. One or the other. Let’s go,” barks Abby Lee Miller to … Continue reading

The 2012 Dance Teacher Awards: Liz Schmidt

July 1, 2012 by

Training competition students in technique and character

In one week in January, Liz Schmidt got married and moved her studio, Spotlight Dance Works in Chesterfield, Michigan, to a new location, nearly doubling its space. While juggling … Continue reading