Articles by Rachel Zar
Choreography trends that competition judges would love to lose
By the end of competition season, judges have seen it all—amazing routines, one-of-a-kind props and costumes and many stand-out dancers. But there are some things they wish … Continue reading
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
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
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
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