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

Patricia Barker

December 2, 2013 by

Bringing world-class dance to the Midwest
In the years since Pacific Northwest Ballet’s homegrown principal Patricia Barker left the stage, she has tackled many dance-related ventures. Most notable is her ambitious re-envisioning of the Grand Rapids … Continue reading

From Summer Program to Serious Contender

December 2, 2013 by

Malu Rivera-Peoples is taking her suburban California school to new levels with pre-professional ballet training.

The music can barely be heard from the foggy courtyard, where Malu Rivera-Peoples and Cristina Fargas-Newell (“Miss Tina” to the students) … 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

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