Teaching

Shimmy in Hawaii

October 1, 2014 by

The Hawaii Belly Dance Convention attracts dancers and teachers from around the globe.
Briefly clad dancers with hips swaying under the palms are iconic images entwined in the history of the Hawaiian Islands. While hula may … Continue reading

How To: Derek Mitchell Teaches Pivot Turns

October 1, 2014 by

Derek Mitchell is on street jazz and contemporary faculty at Broadway Dance Center, where he grew up training under legends Frank Hatchett and Sheila Barker. Here, he teaches a street jazz pivot turn combination focusing … Continue reading

Megan Williams Teaches Modern Under-Curves

September 2, 2014 by

Megan Williams is a former Mark Morris Dance Group member and is on faculty at Purchase College, State University of New York’s Conservatory of Dance. Here, she teaches modern under-curves with emphasis on the importance … Continue reading

Early Exit

September 1, 2014 by

Should your students consider a three-year college plan? 
After high school, Melissa Meng’s parents and teachers encouraged her to pursue a college degree, but the aspiring ballerina wasn’t convinced that giving up four of her precious … Continue reading

Make ’Em Laugh

September 1, 2014 by

Six tips for incorporating comedy into your choreography
I created the piece Melt about the art of seduction—gone wrong. During its staging at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, dancers in all-black pantomimed mundane household tasks, like drinking tea … Continue reading

Agnes de Mille

September 1, 2014 by

Bringing emotionally driven dance to Broadway and American themes to ballet 
Famous for choreographing Oklahoma!, Carousel and Brigadoon, Agnes de Mille forever changed the face of Broadway dance. She was the first to create movement that … Continue reading