Marius Petipa

January 1, 2014 by

His ballets are the core of company repertoires.
When Marius Petipa began his career as a choreographer with Russia’s Imperial Theaters in 1847, he forever changed the face of ballet. He made more than 50 ballets, … Continue reading

Recommended: Alonzo King LINES Ballet

December 3, 2013 by

Photography by RJ Muna, text by Alonzo King
192 pages, $60
They don’t call Alonzo King’s ballet troupe LINES for nothing. Photographer RJ Muna’s photo book, titled after the company, takes a peek at all the sides … Continue reading

Technology: E-Mail Marketing

December 3, 2013 by

MailChimp vs. Constant Contact

Monthly e-mail marketing is a must for a studio of any size to announce new classes, limited-time discounts and recital reminders. Two major platforms, MailChimp and Constant Contact, offer similar services with … Continue reading

Keeping the Faith

December 3, 2013 by

Students merge religion and dance in college.  
When Rachelle Baker was choosing a college, she wasn’t really considering a degree in dance. Self-described as “practically minded” and deeply devoted to her Mormon faith, Baker planned … 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

Peter Chu

December 2, 2013 by

Music for contemporary dance

Peter Chu’s career has been so demanding that until recently, he hadn’t had a permanent address in more than five years. He was living on the road, with his belongings in a … Continue reading