Teaching

Music for Class: A Classical Take

October 1, 2012 by

Chebar Williams’ ballet class sets up competition students for success.

After Chebar Williams tore a ligament in her ankle while dancing with the Joffrey Ballet, she made a humble move. She had already reached professional status … Continue reading

Leading the Charge

October 1, 2012 by

77 years of the New Dance Group
Lurching slowly forward, a homeless woman appears from the wing with her body hunched and arms extended. With ambient street sounds as the score, she traverses the stage, crawling, … Continue reading

Stunning Spacing

October 1, 2012 by

In the few moments before the lights went up on her students’ competition number, Lisa Pelliteri of Plumb Performing Arts Center in Arizona held her breath as she watched a potential nightmare unfold: A young … Continue reading

Creating the Perfect Look

October 1, 2012 by

Makeup for your team
You’ve been doing your own stage makeup for years, and you know what colors work. But when designing a uniform look for students with a range of skin tones, it can get … Continue reading

Tap Dance Flash Cards

October 1, 2012 by

By Janet Jerger
Dance Teacher Press, 2012 
23 cards
Accentuate your beginning tap lessons with Tap Dance Flash Cards. Whether you use them to introduce new steps or to play games at the end of class, young students … Continue reading

Beyond the Trophies

September 1, 2012 by

Embracing competition circuit students into college dance
Sophomore Lindsay Deitchman says it took her a full semester to feel comfortable at Ohio State University’s dance program. Competing with studios in Westchester, New York, she had little … Continue reading