The Pioneers

January 1, 2009 by

On a windy fall morning in a studio at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York City, Raymond Lukens is gleefully leading a class through barre exercises. The students, who range in … Continue reading

Resources: Book Report

January 1, 2009 by


Balanchine The Teacher: Fundamentals That Shaped the First Generation of New York City Ballet Dancers
by Barbara Walczak and 
Una Kai
University Press of Florida

In a nutshell: An in-depth manual that sheds light on the teaching methods of … Continue reading

Performance Planner: The Best of Both Worlds

January 1, 2009 by

Jina Yelton Motts, owner and director of Motion Dance Studio, needed a recital theme that would work for her students from not one, but two locations, in Cornelius and Concord, North Carolina. She found a … Continue reading

Dance Teachers Plus

January 1, 2009 by

Like Clark Kent, Alex Bloomstein leads a double life. Every morning at 7:30, he drives from his home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, to his law office in Hillsdale, New York, and works until mid-afternoon. Then … Continue reading

Making Connections

December 16, 2008 by

Rebecca McGregor’s high school guidance counselor told her she’d never make a living teaching dance in the K–12 sector. At the time, there were only three full-time high school dance teachers in all of Vermont, … Continue reading

How-To: Above and Beyond

December 13, 2008 by

These days, giving students a thorough and balanced dance education often means going beyond your regular curriculum. Since dancers are expected to be versatile, intelligent and savvy, it pays to go that extra mile with … Continue reading