Best Practices

All by Himself

November 1, 2015 by

3 ways to make a boy feel comfortable onstage—when he’s surrounded by girls
Adam Holms, co-founder and artistic director of the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet in Connecticut, was once the only boy at a dance … Continue reading

Perfecting Pantomime

September 1, 2015 by

Help students find the right approach to storytelling.
Since the 18th century, choreographers have used pantomime to help tell stories. Ballets like Giselle, La Sylphide and The Sleeping Beauty have iconic pantomime scenes, where rather than … Continue reading

Teaching Artist in Training

August 1, 2015 by

What one teacher learned after five years in public schools
Kat Richter is founder and artistic director of The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble, an all-female rhythm tap company based in Philadelphia. As an experienced teaching artist, … Continue reading

Staying Power

July 1, 2015 by

Help students find balance on relevé.
It’s easy to spot a dancer struggling to balance on relevé: Her ankles wobble, her torso shifts and she can’t hold her body in a steady position. But it’s not … Continue reading

Grace Under Pressure

June 1, 2015 by

Help students overcome anxieties and remember why they dance. (Because it’s fun!)
At The Dance Zone in Henderson, Nevada, a young dancer rehearses her jazz routine for the team’s weekend competition. At 9 years … Continue reading

Sky-High Skills

May 1, 2015 by

Tips for training your students to dance in heels
In the commercial world, anything goes when it comes to dancing in heels. From simple strutting and posing to leaps, turns, floor work and tilts, dancers are … Continue reading