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

BA or BFA?

November 4, 2013 by

Help students decide which degree is right for them.
When Julian DeGuzman transferred to the University of California Irvine as a junior, he wasn’t sure how dance would fit into his career goals. But after a … Continue reading

Eyes on the Prize

November 4, 2013 by

The case for backward curriculum design
K–12 teachers are multitaskers. Not only do you impart foundational technique, but you also weave culture, choreographic principles, history and interdisciplinary studies into lessons. Prioritizing these demands when lesson-planning, says … Continue reading

Alignment for Youngsters

November 4, 2013 by

Tips for well-placed spines
With little round tummies, shoulders up to their ears and limbs akimbo, young dancers are adorable twirling around in their first tutus and ballet slippers.
When they graduate from pre-ballet, though, proper … Continue reading

Isadora Duncan

November 4, 2013 by

Laying the foundation for American modern dance
In an era when ballet and burlesque were the only dance options available to women, Isadora Duncan (1877–1927) chose to break the mold, anchoring her style in authentic, free-spirited … Continue reading

Larry Keigwin

November 1, 2013 by

Driving music for modern and contemporary dance

In Larry Keigwin’s Megalopolis, dancers in shiny biketards repeat isolated arm patterns as they enter and exit from the wings. At first, the music is Steve Reich’s looping marimba … Continue reading