Teaching

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

Fast Track to the Stage

April 8, 2009 by

Lily Cabatu Weiss knows how to read a room. When she enters the studio with characteristic optimism and energy, her first task is to assess what kind of day it is for her young dancers. … Continue reading

Separate But Equal?

April 8, 2009 by

One of the biggest trends in ballet during the past 15 years has been special programs for boys at major ballet academies in the United States. The programs, many of them offering boys free tuition, … Continue reading

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