Teaching

Going to Xtremes

June 1, 2009 by

In studio owner Sam Renzetti’s world, you’ve got to work it!
Sam Renzetti is either deluded or driven. Last fall, he took over the lease for the Naperville, Illinois, space he’d been using for six years. … Continue reading

Face to Face: Jonathan Lee

June 1, 2009 by

Jonathan Lee is doing a victory dance—his beginner hip-hop class at STEPS on Broadway recently got upgraded to one of the largest studios. And while he’s ecstatic to be doing so well in this economy, … Continue reading

Spotting 101

June 1, 2009 by

Help your students master this turning essential.

Even before 19th century Italian ballerina Pierina Legnani first performed the feat of 32 consecutive fouettés, dancers have known that “spotting”—or whipping the head quickly around during a turn … Continue reading

No Shoes, No Problem

May 15, 2009 by

“What is modern dance and why am I required to take it?” Every semester I get at least one phone call from a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, asking this question. After rambling … Continue reading

Eleanor Powell

May 15, 2009 by

Clark Gable gave her a Packard Roadster for her 23rd birthday. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson taught her his legendary stair dance. And Fred Astaire considered her the only female dancer capable of “out-dancing” him. Nicknamed “The … Continue reading

Come One, Come All

May 15, 2009 by

Unlike many studios, where dancers are grouped according to level, the K–12 dance class is often a mixed bag of abilities. Just ask Kelly Conway, who’s been teaching dance at New Smyrna Beach High School … Continue reading