Developing a Good Eye

July 1, 2014 by

The Harkness Dance Festival models a program for teachers to help students observe and talk about performance.
Ask middle school students their thoughts about a modern dance performance and watch how quickly the battle of “I loved … Continue reading

Ladies and Gentleman

July 1, 2014 by

Tips for teaching a lone boy in a class full of girls
Thirteen-year-old Asher Noel stands at the barre, the only boy in his class at the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. Ballet teacher Fury … Continue reading

Martha Hill

July 1, 2014 by

The champion of dance in higher education

Dance educator Martha Hill had to constantly fight battles within the realm of higher education. After founding dance degree programs at New York University, Bennington College and Juilliard, she … Continue reading

Recommended: Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches

July 1, 2014 by

Edited by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver
University Press of Florida; 310 pages; $34.95
The idea for this book—a collection of essays by jazz practitioners and scholars on the past and present of jazz dance—first took root … Continue reading

Technology: Coach’s Eye

July 1, 2014 by

Rehearsal aid for iPhone and iPad; $4.99 in iTunes, with optional add-ons
When it comes to learning complicated dance steps—how to do a pirouette, for example—teachers can see much more than students can. After all, a … Continue reading

Sharing the Copasetics’ Canon

July 1, 2014 by

The American Tap Dance Foundation launches the first rhythm tap teacher-training program.

This month, with the launch of the Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program, the American Tap Dance Foundation welcomes the first green shoots … Continue reading