Home is Where the Heart Is

February 1, 2007 by

Fabian Barnes celebrates 20 years of performance and outreach.
With the grand opening of a $5 million arts complex last November, it’s hard to imagine that The Dance Institute of Washington started 20 years ago in … Continue reading

Costume Catastrophe!

November 1, 2006 by

Like many studio owners preparing for recital season, Sue Sampson-Dalena of the Dance School of Fresno in California ordered costumes for her June performance in January. But when the arrival date for one class’s costumes … Continue reading

Complex Costumes

November 1, 2006 by

Jazz pants, warm-ups, leotards and sweatpants—the dancer’s everyday uniform is designed for ultimate comfort in class. Onstage, however, all bets are off. From a very young age, dancers learn all about the annoyances of itchy … Continue reading

Panic-Free Partnering

November 1, 2006 by

First-time partnering can be as nerve-wracking for teachers as it is for students, requiring daredevil feats to complete impressive tricks and lifts. Dance Teacher spoke with instructors to find out how to prepare students for … Continue reading

Problem Solved: Something Old, Something New

November 1, 2006 by

Solution #1: Make Connections.
Too often you mind find that a few of your students are having trouble with a basic movement- and that you’re running out of ways to explain it, especially when the … Continue reading

Mia Full of Grace

November 1, 2006 by

With an approach to choreography that has been dubbed “go-for-broke” and “eclectic,” by The New York Times, Mia Michaels—perhaps best known for her recurring role as a judge and choreographer on Fox TV’s runaway hit … Continue reading