Teaching

Wake Your Brain and Your Body!: Creative Movement and Dance Activities for Children

May 1, 2013 by

Wake Your Brain and Your Body!: Creative Movement and Dance Activities for Children
Audio CD and
companion booklet
by Kristen Bissinger
36 tracks, 72 minutes; 32 pages
A useful tool for any creative-dance teacher, Wake Your Brain and Your Body!: … Continue reading

Francia Russell

April 5, 2013 by

Teaching Balanchine to a new generation
Like many who stage the work of George Balanchine, Francia Russell danced for him while at New York City Ballet (1956–1961). Unlike her fellow répétiteurs, she began teaching the work … Continue reading

Better Nate Than Ever

April 5, 2013 by

By Tim Federle
Simon & Schuster, 2013
275 pages, $16.99
“Macaroni and cheese is still my favorite food—how would I know who I want to hook up with?” That’s Nate Foster, the 13-year-old protagonist of Tim Federle’s young … Continue reading

Face to Face: Peter Darling

April 3, 2013 by

A conversation with Matilda’s choreographer
Peter Darling doesn’t consider himself a whiz when it comes to working with children. “I suppose I just think of them as very small adults,” he says candidly. But the British … Continue reading

Character Building

April 1, 2013 by

Coaching the artistry of three popular ballet variations
In a professional production, Giselle’s Act I variation is set in a small forest village. Trees and a cottage fill the scene as she joyously dances for family … Continue reading

Music for Class: Arturo Fernandez

April 1, 2013 by

Music for ballet class
At first glance, Arturo Fernandez’s ballet class seems like any other. But by the end of barre, the dancers have explored their complete range of motion, transitioning between parallel and turnout. In … Continue reading