Best Practices

Fine-Tune Your Teaching Language

March 1, 2014 by

Why small adjustments make a big difference

TaraMarie Perri is founder and director of Mind Body Dancer, a community of teachers and students dedicated to mind/body practices, education and research. One of Perri’s projects examines how … Continue reading

Private Lessons

February 1, 2014 by

Guidelines for working one-on-one

A student at Ellison Ballet in New York City couldn’t keep up with the rest of his classmates. Although he had talent and drive, he was frequently distracted and unable to concentrate. But … Continue reading

Laurie De Vito

February 1, 2014 by

How I teach Simonson
When Laurie De Vito tells her class of intermediate-advanced Simonson technique students to “carve” through the space, to “really slice it, long and flat,” to “scoop” and “toss,” it’s almost as if … Continue reading

10 Minutes to Impress

January 1, 2014 by

Help your students make the most of their summer intensive audition videos.

A summer intensive director sits bleary-eyed in front of a monitor for the fourth hour straight, viewing videos of one eager applicant after … Continue reading

Guiding Serious Play

December 3, 2013 by

Six strategies for teaching improvisation

Our first improvised dances didn’t happen in a studio, but during playtime, when we twirled around the living room or outside in the grass. “Long before any of us ever took … Continue reading

Alignment for Youngsters

November 4, 2013 by

Tips for well-placed spines
With little round tummies, shoulders up to their ears and limbs akimbo, young dancers are adorable twirling around in their first tutus and ballet slippers.
When they graduate from pre-ballet, though, proper … Continue reading