Teaching

José Limón

July 1, 2013 by

Imbuing modern dance with dignity

Charismatic performer, prolific choreographer and model of elegance, José Limón (1908–1972) sought to humanize modern dance. Although it was never codified, his technique that incorporated Doris Humphrey’s theories of fall and … Continue reading

Music for Class: Al Blackstone

July 1, 2013 by

Music for theater dance
Shifting between hard-hitting jazz and gooey contemporary movement, borrowing modern dance’s bare feet and layering character portrayals as bold as those found on Broadway, Al Blackstone’s choreography samples several techniques. “I always … Continue reading

Face to Face: Claire Porter

July 1, 2013 by

A conversation with the choreographer and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient
Connecticut native Claire Porter was inspired to revisit her childhood dance roots after seeing Maria Tallchief perform. Then a computer programmer, Porter enrolled in Ohio State University’s … Continue reading

Pre-Pointe Class

July 1, 2013 by

Boost your curriculum to prepare dancers for pointe work.
Wearing ballet slippers with satin ribbons attached, young girls practice relevé facing the barre, while Martha Goodman of Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education makes adjustments. She … Continue reading

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Hatchett

July 1, 2013 by

The 1980s left jazz dancers hungry for a new leader. Enter Frank Hatchett, whose dynamic approach brought street cred to classic jazz.

During a candid moment at last year’s Dance Teacher Summit, a class of teachers … Continue reading

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Dance

June 1, 2013 by

A conversation with Ballet Tech’s Eliot Feld

One day while sitting on the number 3 train crowded with elementary school children, choreographer Eliot Feld felt a wave of inspiration. There were thousands of New York City … Continue reading