Teaching

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

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