Ailey’s Grand Dame of Dance

April 1, 2002 by

“Ready, dancers,” says Denise Jefferson in a soothing voice, prompting the 9 am modern class at The Ailey School to begin a series of floor exercises. As the 17 students contract and elongate their muscular … Continue reading

The Talented Mr. Howard

January 1, 2001 by

Celebrity teacher David Howard shares his philosophy of teaching and learning.
“I’ve always liked to question things,” says renowned ballet teacher and coach David Howard. His success in training dancers, from adult beginners to seasoned ballerinas, … Continue reading

Of Mentoring & Metamorphosis

January 1, 2000 by

When Bill Evans tap dances he appears to hover above the stage. In the tradition of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, he is charming, debonair and full of that 1940s film era grace. But take … Continue reading