Teaching

On the World’s Stage

July 1, 2012 by

A conversation with Christopher Wheeldon
To counter any claim that ballet is dying, enter British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. In the 12 years since retiring from the stage as a New York City Ballet soloist, he’s choreographed … Continue reading

Summer Dance

July 1, 2012 by

Summer Dance
By Lynn Swanson
CreateSpace, 2011
260 pages
When 13-year-old Sara Sutherland lands a dream spot at the prestigious Lakewood Dance Camp, she knows it’s time to work. Her parents can only afford to send her for one … Continue reading

Technique: Denise Wall

July 1, 2012 by

How I teach alignment
If you watched Season 13 of “Dancing with the Stars,” you may remember contestant Ricki Lake struggling to maintain correct posture. Yet the problem seemed to miraculously disappear one week, when she … Continue reading

Music for Class: Keeping the Beat

July 1, 2012 by

Tracks for hip-hop class

The inspiration for Nolan Padilla’s career in commercial hip hop came from his TV set. “There wasn’t a whole lot of dance in Wyoming, so I would lock myself in my room … Continue reading

Two for the Ages

July 1, 2012 by

The Nicholas Brothers’ mastery of movement
Best known for impressive acrobatics, the stage and screen tap duo Fayard and Harold Nicholas were agile technicians and fearless stunt men. But the brothers, who earned Hollywood fame in … Continue reading

When Students Move On

July 1, 2012 by

What to do when your dancer wants to go to boarding school
One beauty of summer programs is they give students a chance to try something different. Tappers might trade in their shoes for a modern … Continue reading