Teaching

The Tipping Point

April 8, 2009 by

On any given day competition judges may see dozens—even hundreds—of dance teams. So what does it take to make a lasting impression in the face of fierce competition? According to longtime judge Christopher Smith, bringing … Continue reading

Pearl Primus

March 15, 2009 by

Pearl Eileen Primus (1919–1994) was an ambassador of African dance and the African experience in the Caribbean and United States. Her Trinidadian heritage, combined with extensive studies in the Caribbean, Africa and the American South, … Continue reading

Performance Planner: Over the Rainbow

March 13, 2009 by

Each year, Melissa Dobbs, director of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Northern Virginia, a noncompetitive performing arts studio that serves 900 students in two locations, collaborates with fellow teachers and choreographers to use a … Continue reading

Music Picks: Physical Funk

March 13, 2009 by

After choreographing for movies like You Got Served, Stomp the Yard and Step Up 2: The Streets, as well as for TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” Dave Scott is no small presence in … Continue reading

Music for Class: Modern Beats

March 9, 2009 by

As founder and artistic director of Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jennifer Muller has been a force in modern dance for 40 years. At age 15, she was already dancing professionally with one of her mentors, Pearl … Continue reading

Allergy Action Plan

March 8, 2009 by

From peanuts to wheat, food allergies seem more common than ever. Luckily, with awareness and planning they can be managed with ease. If dancers on your competition team have dietary restrictions, they’re likely used to … Continue reading