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Pure Vaganova

November 1, 2015 by

Galina Alexandrova delivers a rare take on classical ballet training in the Bay Area.
Twenty-six years after she left Moscow, City Ballet School director Galina Alexandrova still gets a dreamy lilt in her voice when remembering … Continue reading

From Russia with Love—and Discipline

November 1, 2015 by

Former Bolshoi Dancers Adapt to Teaching in the States.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and travel restrictions eased, many Russian dancers started looking westward to the United States. They wanted more artistic opportunity, and … Continue reading

Katharine Pettit: How I Teach Tap

November 1, 2015 by

In a basement wood-floor studio at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City, Katharine Pettit starts her intermediate tap class with simple drills using the heel and toe taps. She incorporates weight shifts and gradually … Continue reading

Restless Ambition

October 1, 2015 by

Dana Foglia models her work ethic in a three-month mentorship program for aspiring professionals.
She has shimmied in stilettos with Rihanna, choreographed for J. Lo, danced with Janet Jackson and toured the world with Beyoncé. Yet … Continue reading

It’s Not a Popularity Contest

October 1, 2015 by

Ballet may never be the first love of your competition dancers, but they can learn to like it.
At Westchester Dance Academy in Mt. Kisco, New York, lyrical class starts with a warm-up in center. … Continue reading

The Power of Dance

October 1, 2015 by

The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts is helping disabled children learn.

One afternoon, as dance therapist Jessica Zippin led a small group of children in a playful jumping exercise, a 6-year-old named Ashley … Continue reading