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

Face to Face: Pina Bausch

June 24, 2008 by

Former New Yorker scribe Arlene Croce once famously accused choreographer Pina Bausch of perpetrating a “pornography of pain.” If that’s true, legions of adoring fans haven’t minded—nor have a generation of artists (Bill T. Jones, … Continue reading

Arthur Murray

June 15, 2008 by

Elizabeth McPherson, PhD, is a freelance writer and faculty member of Long Island University–Brooklyn.
Ballroom dance expert Arthur Murray (1895–1991) was a businessman at heart. With his acute sense of marketing via direct mailings, magazine ads, … Continue reading