Teaching

Private Lessons

February 1, 2014 by

Guidelines for working one-on-one

A student at Ellison Ballet in New York City couldn’t keep up with the rest of his classmates. Although he had talent and drive, he was frequently distracted and unable to concentrate. But … Continue reading

Rudolf Laban

February 1, 2014 by

The creator of dance notation
Rudolf Laban was many things—a choreographer, dance teacher, movement theorist, architect and performer—but he is best remembered for creating two systems to understand movement, both of which are still taught in … Continue reading

Jonathan Lee

February 1, 2014 by

Music for hip hop

Hip-hop choreographer and teacher Jonathan Lee has worked with recording artists as well-known as Madonna, Britney Spears and Pitbull, but that doesn’t mean he can always connect to their music at first … Continue reading

Gerri Houlihan

February 1, 2014 by

Watching the American College Dance Festival Association change and grow

During her self-critical teenage years, Gerri Houlihan suffered under an unnecessarily mean Russian ballet teacher and felt the effects. “When she layered her negative energy on … Continue reading

Laurie De Vito

February 1, 2014 by

How I teach Simonson
When Laurie De Vito tells her class of intermediate-advanced Simonson technique students to “carve” through the space, to “really slice it, long and flat,” to “scoop” and “toss,” it’s almost as if … Continue reading

Navigating the Social Divide

February 1, 2014 by

An international dance club can help you build community.
American schools today are more diverse than ever before. Students must navigate increasingly complex social divides, ranging from differences of ethnic background to the age-old lines between … Continue reading