Best Practices

Put the Fun in Fundamentals

December 1, 2014 by

10 ways to keep students engaged at the barre
Barre is time for ballet students to develop strength, accurate placement and basic technical skills. But it can seem boring and tedious to young or teen dancers, … Continue reading

Please Don’t Tap on the Glass

November 1, 2014 by

Studio directors share viewing policies that work.
 
Crafting a class observation policy that makes students, teachers and parents happy is no easy feat. After all, shows like “Dance Moms” make it seem normal for parents to … Continue reading

Copying Choreography

October 1, 2014 by

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but where do you draw the line between inspiration and plagiarism?
“Ideas always come from someplace else,” says Shely Pack-Manning, national president of Dance Masters of America and … Continue reading

Make ’Em Laugh

September 1, 2014 by

Six tips for incorporating comedy into your choreography
I created the piece Melt about the art of seduction—gone wrong. During its staging at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, dancers in all-black pantomimed mundane household tasks, like drinking tea … Continue reading

Journaling Jetés

August 1, 2014 by

How to use writing prompts to enhance dance training

As a student at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, Marie McNair remembers struggling to complete a final choreography project. “There were many moments when I was stuck … Continue reading

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