Lifetime Achievement

L.A. Story

June 30, 2015 by

Jenifer Ringer’s fresh start on the West Coast
When Jenifer Ringer retired from New York City Ballet in 2014, to New York audiences it felt like the departure of an old friend. She had brilliant technique … Continue reading

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