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Katharine Pettit Teaches A Five-Count Riff

November 2, 2015 by

Katharine Pettit teaches tap at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City, where she focuses on fundamentals in all of her classes. In this video, she explains the weight shift necessary for a five-count riff. … Continue reading

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

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

Wes Veldink Teaches Contemporary

October 1, 2015 by

Wes Veldink teaches contemporary classes focused on specificity at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Here, he explains a hinge and roll combination on the floor, using core strength rather than hands.

Bringing the Past to Life

October 1, 2015 by

Movement-based dance history activities for young students
While working with students to reconstruct scenes from Dido and Aeneas, the tragic opera based on Virgil’s Aeneid, Catherine Turocy recalls a moment when a collective gasp filled the … Continue reading

Ashley Tuttle Teaches Brisé

September 1, 2015 by

Ashley Tuttle was only 16 when she joined American Ballet Theatre at the invitation of Mikhail Baryshnikov. She danced with ABT for 17 seasons and made the rank of principal. In addition, she was a … Continue reading