Mind over Matter

August 15, 2008 by

If your students are having trouble understanding the finer points of technique, perhaps it’s time to target their imaginations. Veteran teachers know that, in many cases, comparing a difficult movement concept with an everyday image … Continue reading

No Peeking

August 15, 2008 by

For dance teachers, the mirror is both a blessing and a curse. Although it can be a useful learning tool, the mirror can also hinder dancers who become dependent on using it, particularly when transitioning … Continue reading

Performance Planner: On the Radio

August 15, 2008 by

Open with a number set to Van Morrison’s “Hey Mr. DJ.” Cast eight dancers as disc jockeys—each representing a station—and costume them in a way that embodies their respective styles of music. For example, … Continue reading

The Gift of Dance

August 15, 2008 by

I’ve always had a deep appreciation for the role that dance has played in my life. Some of my happiest memories and most life-affirming experiences can be traced back to the years spent at my … Continue reading

Books/DVDs: Extra Credit

August 9, 2008 by

Therapeutic Exercises Using Foam RollersTherapeutic Exercises Using Resistive Bandsby Caroline Corning Creager, PTExecutive Physical Therapy, Inc.In a nutshell: Two user-friendly manuals to share in class or use at home.
As much as dancers love to dance, … Continue reading

The Art & Science of Plies

August 1, 2008 by

What is a good plié? That’s the million-dollar question I often ask students at ballet companies and academies throughout the world. But even though the plié is one of the most common movements in dance, … Continue reading