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Carrying the Torch

December 29, 2014 by

How two teachers who have taken over David Howard’s ballet classes embody his spirit
When master teacher David Howard passed away in August 2013 at age 76, New York City lost one of its most valued—and … Continue reading

Nancy Bielski

December 29, 2014 by

How I teach ballet to the pros
New York City Ballet’s Faye Arthurs first found Nancy Bielski’s class by following one of her idols in the company. “I was a huge fan of Jenifer Ringer,” Arthurs … Continue reading

The Dance Whisperers

December 29, 2014 by

Five dance teachers with superpowers
Dance teachers are often naturals when it comes to nurturing. Even so, certain individuals seem particularly gifted in connecting with their students. Maybe they have an uncanny sense of exactly the … Continue reading

Martha Chapman

December 1, 2014 by

How I teach ballet for every body
For a new adult dancer, taking a ballet class can loom menacingly on the horizon as a punishing or humiliating form of exercise. But in Martha Chapman’s Advanced Beginner … Continue reading

Expanding the Community

December 1, 2014 by

California Institute for the Arts offers the first massive online open course in dance.
The idea of online learning in dance is both laughable and profound. Laughable because, as we all know, the studio experience … Continue reading

Why I Teach

December 1, 2014 by

Performers on what they bring to the role of teacher
Student, performer, teacher. Three defining identities of a career in dance. Sometimes a dancer is drawn to pedagogy early on and can target her career goals … Continue reading