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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

10 Minutes to Impress

January 1, 2014 by

Help your students make the most of their summer intensive audition videos.

A summer intensive director sits bleary-eyed in front of a monitor for the fourth hour straight, viewing videos of one eager applicant after … Continue reading

Guiding Serious Play

December 3, 2013 by

Six strategies for teaching improvisation

Our first improvised dances didn’t happen in a studio, but during playtime, when we twirled around the living room or outside in the grass. “Long before any of us ever took … Continue reading

Suzi Taylor

December 2, 2013 by

How I teach lyrical jazz

The beginning of Suzi Taylor’s lyrical jazz class closely resembles a ballet barre—except there isn’t a physical barre to cling to and there aren’t pauses for rest between exercises. It’s a … Continue reading

Technique: Banu Ogan

October 1, 2013 by

How I teach Cunningham technique

The young students at the Complexions Contemporary Ballet summer intensive exchange uncomfortable glances when Banu Ogan walks into what, for most, is their first-ever class in Cunningham technique. “Please take off … Continue reading