Teaching

Marie Taglioni

April 15, 2005 by

With her weightless technique and uncanny ability to balance on her toes in darned, soft-toe ballet slippers, Marie Taglioni (1804–1884) was the first to make gravity-defying pointework popular among performers and audiences alike. However it … Continue reading

The Perfect Pirouette

April 1, 2005 by

A flawless pirouette is a dancer’s holy grail: eminently desirable yet, at times, frustratingly elusive. For New York City–based master teacher Nancy Bielski, who counts New York City Ballet’s Jenifer Ringer among the faithful students … Continue reading

Market Your Dance Department to the Community

March 16, 2005 by

You probably spend several months preparing your students for a dance concert. Selecting music, choreographing and designing costumes and scenery are just a few of the tasks that go into producing a show, but all … Continue reading

Martha Graham

March 1, 2005 by

Legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham (1894– 1991) transformed the art of dance: A true pioneer in the development of modern dance in the U.S., Graham created her own technique, founded a company that achieved … Continue reading

Finding Male Dancers for your University

February 16, 2005 by

If you’re constantly struggling to add male dancers to your department’s performances, you may be able to find willing participants in a few unconventional places. While these fellows may not all have extensive dance experience, … Continue reading

Gene Kelly

February 15, 2005 by

Along with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly (1912–1996) was the original song-and-dance man in American cinema. For redefining the boundaries of dance, Kelly received a special Oscar in 1951, recognizing his masterful work in An American … Continue reading