Identity Crisis

February 1, 2008 by

Dance teacher Freddie-Lee Heath was disturbed by something he saw at a recent physical education conference. At the start of one of the sessions, a PE teacher led a warmup—it was, the teacher explained, a … Continue reading

Making the Most of Barre Work

February 1, 2008 by

Do your dancers look slow and heavy when they cross the floor with pas de bourrées? Do you wish they could dance more quickly and gracefully? Would you like them to step out and move … Continue reading

Making the Cut

January 15, 2008 by

More often than not, the number of applications that college and university dance programs receive exceeds the available slots, so departments must narrow the field of candidates through auditions. The challenge is to craft a … Continue reading

New Year, New You

January 5, 2008 by

Whether you’ve been teaching dance for two years or 20, you know what it feels like to be stagnant and out of new ideas. So how do you continue to grow and keep your classes … Continue reading

Winning Attitudes

December 2, 2007 by

Best-selling author Greg Anderson once famously said, “Focus on the journey, not the destination.” In an ideal world, dancers would always apply this mantra in the competition setting, putting less focus on the outcome and … Continue reading

Feature: An Extraordinary Gentleman

November 7, 2007 by

Walk into John Meehan’s office at American Ballet Theatre and you get the sense that he is constantly multitasking. There are two desks, two phones and two TV carts with two sets of stereo equipment. … Continue reading