Teaching

Breaking Silence

February 1, 2013 by

An anti-bullying program helps high school students find their voices.
Standing at a microphone, a young woman relives a scene that tormented her throughout her school life: classmates mocking her Long Island accent. In another moment, … Continue reading

Taking a Break

February 1, 2013 by

How three associate professors spent their sabbaticals
For full-time university faculty, sabbaticals are a welcome vacation. Deciding how they should be spent though, can be difficult. The possibilities seem infinite—some work on research projects, choreograph or … Continue reading

Making Friends With the Floor

February 1, 2013 by

Help students tackle floorwork smoothly and without fear.
Choreographer Mandy Moore is perplexed about the way students in her convention classes transition from standing to the floor. “It’s like kids turn off their brains!” she says. … Continue reading

Bob Fosse

February 1, 2013 by

The choreographer who changed Broadway jazz
From pigeon-toed stances and widespread palms to sinewy, meticulous isolations, few choreographers evoke such strong imagery as Bob Fosse (1927–1987). Not only did he revolutionize the look of musical theater … Continue reading

Music for Class: Lauren Adams

February 1, 2013 by

Soulful songs for contemporary choreography

The versatility and quirk in Lauren Adams’ choreography makes her a hit on the convention scene. She attributes her success to a wandering imagination. “I get bored really easily,” she says. … Continue reading

Technique: Dana Moore

February 1, 2013 by

How I teach musical theater jazz
“It’s time to hop on the isolation express,” Dana Moore calls out to students in her theater jazz class at Steps on Broadway in New York City. Standing in … Continue reading