Ray Hesselink

November 1, 2015 by

Music for tap

Ray Hesselink is a huge fan of Hollywood’s MGM movie musicals. Their influence shows in his tap dancing. “My all-time idols are Eleanor Powell and Ann Miller. Those broads can turn,” he says. … Continue reading

Katharine Pettit: How I Teach Tap

November 1, 2015 by

In a basement wood-floor studio at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City, Katharine Pettit starts her intermediate tap class with simple drills using the heel and toe taps. She incorporates weight shifts and gradually … Continue reading

Final Pose

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A Conversation with Choreographer Megan Lawson

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Four years after the fact, Megan Lawson still sounds a little incredulous when she explains how Madonna discovered her: on YouTube. “My friend and I made up a little combination to [Rihanna’s] ‘Skin,’ and that … Continue reading

A Meditation in Movement

October 1, 2015 by

Sankai Juku gives dancers an opportunity to explore butoh.
Sand gently cascades down, covering a stage where dancers with shaved heads and talc-covered skin move with a calm, hypnotic intensity. They move as if they themselves … Continue reading

Wes Veldink Teaches Contemporary

October 1, 2015 by

Wes Veldink teaches contemporary classes focused on specificity at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Here, he explains a hinge and roll combination on the floor, using core strength rather than hands.