How To

Troy Powell Teaches an Elementary Balance from the Horton Technique

November 1, 2014 by

Troy Powell is the artistic director of Ailey II. He’s an Ailey prodigy, recruited to The Ailey School at age 9 as a scholarship student. After graduation from The High School of Performing Arts, he … Continue reading

How To: Derek Mitchell Teaches Pivot Turns

October 1, 2014 by

Derek Mitchell is on street jazz and contemporary faculty at Broadway Dance Center, where he grew up training under legends Frank Hatchett and Sheila Barker. Here, he teaches a street jazz pivot turn combination focusing … Continue reading

Megan Williams Teaches Modern Under-Curves

September 2, 2014 by

Megan Williams is a former Mark Morris Dance Group member and is on faculty at Purchase College, State University of New York’s Conservatory of Dance. Here, she teaches modern under-curves with emphasis on the importance … 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

Kid-Friendly Modern Classes

April 1, 2014 by

Creative movement’s natural next step

Parents enter their children in dance class with visions of pink ballet slippers or cool tap shoes. But bare feet? Modern dance? Not necessarily the dream they had in mind. Young … Continue reading

Jacqulyn Buglisi

January 1, 2014 by

How I teach Graham

Jacqulyn Buglisi has a flair for drama. To encourage the students in her intermediate and advanced Graham classes at The Ailey School to open their sternums in a high release, she tells … Continue reading