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The 2014 Dance Teacher Awards

At the Dance Teacher  Summit
August 1–3 • New York City 
Four remarkable educators: Jane Carter, Andrea Kramer, Karyn Tomczak and Joan Sheary nurture their students with real-world performing experiences, financial support and emphasis on academic success, not to mention top-notch training. 

Jane Carter
Building a California competition … 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

Aaron Tolson

June 1, 2014 by

How I teach rhythm tap

“Alright, time for some cramp-roll love,” says Aaron Tolson midway through his afternoon intermediate-advanced tap class at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. “You know how I love the cramp rolls.”
His … Continue reading

Beyond the Daddy Daughter Dance

June 1, 2014 by

Tapping a valuable source of studio volunteers
Sure, it makes us all go warm and fuzzy when we see a papa dancing with his daughter. Yet, when we looked into the ways fathers are part of … Continue reading

The Fall and Rise of the Joffrey Ballet School

June 1, 2014 by

Turning a founder’s artistic vision into a sustainable business
Davis Robertson has a rotary telephone sitting on his desk. It originally belonged to Edith D’Addario, the one-woman band who ran New York City’s Joffrey Ballet School … Continue reading

Back It Up

May 1, 2014 by

How backward curriculum design applies to tap class
In a well-known scene from the 1989 movie Tap, a young Savion Glover lingers outside a sunlit studio. Inside, Gregory Hines engages in a genial challenge with Sammy … Continue reading