Lifetime Achievement

Lifetime Achievement Awardee Franco De Vita

July 1, 2014 by

How I teach ballet
In Franco De Vita’s class, less is more. Trim and poised, a neck scarf tucked neatly into his popped collar, he leads his Level 5 students through short, simple combinations, maintaining a brisk … Continue reading

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Hatchett

July 1, 2013 by

The 1980s left jazz dancers hungry for a new leader. Enter Frank Hatchett, whose dynamic approach brought street cred to classic jazz.

During a candid moment at last year’s Dance Teacher Summit, a class of teachers … Continue reading

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award: Denise Wall

July 1, 2012 by

Denise Wall brings a unique voice to dance training.

“What’s in the water in Virginia Beach?” In October 2008, the Dance Teacher cover story opened with this quote from Nigel Lythgoe, a question he posed after … Continue reading

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jacques d’Amboise

June 30, 2011 by

From scrappy youth to Balanchine prodigy to founder of the National Dance Institute

In the dance world, Jacques d’Amboise is a living legend. He was a tough street kid who rose to the rank of New … Continue reading

Lifetime Achievement Award: Always a Dancer

June 30, 2011 by

Back before that velvet-lined, aristocratic name, Jacques d’Amboise—born Joseph Jacques Ahearn—was a rough-and-tumble Irish-American kid growing up in Washington Heights. But his mother, a pint-sized French-Canadian force of nature, had loftier visions. She changed the … Continue reading

Lifetime Achievement Award: Q & A with Jacques d’Amboise

June 30, 2011 by

Jacques d’Amboise talks with Dance Teacher contributing editor Kate Lydon about teaching dance in public schools, his boundless energy and what Mr. B thought about NDI.
Why do you think it’s important for everyone to have … Continue reading