Best Practices

Ladies and Gentleman

July 1, 2014 by

Tips for teaching a lone boy in a class full of girls
Thirteen-year-old Asher Noel stands at the barre, the only boy in his class at the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. Ballet teacher Fury … Continue reading

One Class Fits All

June 1, 2014 by

Tips for designing classes for mixed levels
“Honey, you’re in the wrong room!” This was how Judy Rice, now associate professor at the University of Michigan, greeted one of her first students at the Joffrey Ballet … Continue reading

In-House Summer Programs

May 1, 2014 by

Designing workshops for students who stay home
Summer is usually the time when a studio’s best students leave home to attend intensive programs. But what about those who don’t go away? Perhaps they are too young, … Continue reading

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