Teaching

Miracle Worker

May 8, 2009 by

In 1990, Diane Chambers, owner of Diane Moore Dance Academy in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, was approached by the mother of a 6-year-old girl named Julie who was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that causes … Continue reading

Teacher Training: The Martha Graham School

May 8, 2009 by

“As Martha Graham said, ‘Technique has a three-fold purpose: strength of body, freedom of body and spirit and spontaneity of action,’” says Virginie Mécène, director of the New York City–based Martha Graham School of Contemporary … Continue reading

Imagine That!

May 8, 2009 by

“Dance like there’s a hurricane inside your body.” “Walk as if you’re wearing heavy boots.” “Wave your arm like you’re painting a rainbow on the ceiling.” These are examples of imagery, one of a dance … Continue reading

A New Take on New York Tap

May 1, 2009 by

It’s a Sunday afternoon in February and Susan Hebach, director of the American Tap Dance Foundation’s year-round youth programs and the Tap City Youth Ensemble, is rehearsing with three students at New York’s Chelsea Studios. … Continue reading

High Tech Moves

April 15, 2009 by

Once upon a time, dance in gym class meant holding the clammy hand of a classmate, while scratchy square-dance records called out commands to “promenade” and “do-si-do.” These days, flashing arrows on a screen tell … Continue reading

Enter in Silence

April 13, 2009 by

Ask a group of dancers to perform a piece without its music and they’re likely to struggle with the silence. But the Gallaudet Dance Company thrives in quiet. Located in Washington, DC, Gallaudet University, a … Continue reading