Finding the Artist Within

September 1, 2008 by

“Teenagers have something to say,” insists New York City dance teacher Alice Teirstein, “and they can say it through dance.” As the creator of the dance program at the progressive Ethical Culture Fieldston School in … Continue reading

Honor Roll

August 15, 2008 by

While there have long been academic honor societies to recognize students’ achievements in the classroom, only recently have dance educators found a way to formally acknowledge young dancers. Founded in 2005, The National Honor Society … Continue reading

To the Pointe

August 15, 2008 by

A student shows up to pointe class in shoes that are so hard, she might as well be dancing on steel plates. The drawstrings are tied in dolly-dinkle bows, the ribbons are sewn too close … Continue reading

Teaching Creativity

August 15, 2008 by

Among the many things you have to teach young students—proper technique, discipline, performance etiquette—how to choreograph is probably not high on the list. Yet students can reap marvelous benefits from learning the basics of dancemaking.
“If … Continue reading

Spotlight Studio: There’s No Place Like Home

August 15, 2008 by

To most Kansans, the bright lights of Broadway might seem as far away as the land of Oz. Not so for students of the Miller-Marley School of Dance and Voice in Overland Park, KS. Over … Continue reading

Spotlight Studio: Reaching for New Heights

August 15, 2008 by

When Diane Jacobowitz launched a preprofessional New York City troupe called Kids Company, for ages 12 to 18, she invited choreographer Mark Morris to mount excerpts from his piece L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. … Continue reading