Teaching

Between the Steps

November 1, 2007 by

The ability to make every movement matter—even the linking steps—is what distinguishes great dancers from good ones. A transition is often as important as the technical execution of the movements it brings together. For instance, … Continue reading

In Good Shape

October 29, 2007 by

The formations your students assume onstage provide both a framework and a solid foundation on which to build a dazzling dance number. As a crucial tool for creating visual effects, formations can be one of … Continue reading

Banish Burnout

October 6, 2007 by

Being able to recognize the first signs of burnout and then act swiftly can prevent a small-scale concern from developing into a full-blown disaster. “I’ve treated people who’ve quit dancing because they’re exhausted, they’ve lost … Continue reading

Feature: Past, Present and Future

October 2, 2007 by

Q: How have you seen competitions evolve in the last few decades?
“I’ve been competing since I was 7, and I’ve spent more than 40 years being a part of it. When I first danced, we … Continue reading

Ruth St. Denis & Ted Shawn

October 1, 2007 by

Like Isadora Duncan, Loïe Fuller and Mary Wigman, Ruth St. Denis (1879–1968) is considered one of the matriarchs of modern dance. Moving seamlessly between popular entertainment and theatrical dance, Eastern and Western influences and the … Continue reading

Playing Favorites

September 29, 2007 by

It happens to every teacher: When Eliza Panzella began teaching at Westview High School in San Diego, California, she found herself singling out star pupils and suggesting that others imitate them. “I often called on … Continue reading