Teaching

Face to Face: Wilhelm Burmann

February 1, 2009 by

One of today’s leading ballet masters, German-born Wilhelm Burmann exerts a magnetic attraction on the professional students he teaches five days a week at Steps on Broadway in New York City. “Taking Willie’s class” has … Continue reading

The New Guy

January 15, 2009 by

Unlike most female dancers, many male dancers start dance training late—and still go on to have successful performance careers. Well-known professionals such as Broadway choreographer Robert Ashford and Merce Cunningham, for example, started dancing seriously … Continue reading

Anna Sokolow

January 15, 2009 by

Anna Sokolow (1910–2000) was a woman of integrity. Possessed of deep convictions and a fierce commitment to social justice, she wasn’t one to do something just because it was popular. A dancer, choreographer and teacher … Continue reading

A Bronx Tale

January 15, 2009 by

When public schools feel the crunch of dwindling budgets and the rigorous demands of No Child Left Behind, arts education is often the first to go. Mandated to raise test scores in reading and math, … Continue reading

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

Educational

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