Teaching

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

Dynamic Duo

June 1, 2008 by

Fiona Kirk is a freelance writer based in New York City.
 
For many ballroom fans, they are simply known as “Tony and Melanie.” From the very start of their award-winning 18-year competitive career, Tony Meredith and … Continue reading

Risky Business

May 15, 2008 by

Colleen Leonard is a freelance writer based in Rye Brook, NY.
 
Every year, competition teams face a difficult task: creating and performing numbers that have that extra something to wow the judges and propel them to … Continue reading

Feature: Passing the Torch

May 1, 2008 by

Jason Samuels Smith went from tap phenom to master teacher and ambassador for the art. DT caught up with the jet-setter to get his candid thoughts on his evolution—and where he’d like to see tap … Continue reading