Stunning Spacing

November 16, 2012 by

Developing precision in lines and formations
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 … Continue reading

Music for Class: Tybaldt Ulrich

November 16, 2012 by

Music for West Coast Swing
World champion ballroom dancer Tybaldt Ulrich logs a lot of hours teaching amateurs: priests, lawyers and dog walkers, between 30 and 70 years old. “Ballroom is good for your soul and … Continue reading

Technique: Derick K.Grant

November 1, 2012 by

How I teach a rhythm turn
“In my class, you can hear yourself, says Derick K. Grant, who teaches 95 percent of his tap classes a cappella. “Students tend to hide behind the music, and it’s … Continue reading

Fine, All Right, Cool

November 1, 2012 by

The Copasetics provided fellowship for tappers in lean times and laid the groundwork for the rhythm tap of today.
In grainy footage from 1975, members of the Copasetics Club, including Charles “Honi” Coles, Leslie “Bubba” … Continue reading

Investing in School, Again

November 1, 2012 by

Three dance PhD graduates on why they went back to school and how it enhanced their careers

It wasn’t until she was in the middle of her PhD studies at University of California–Riverside that Michelle Heffner … Continue reading

Judson Dance Theater

November 1, 2012 by

The rebels who redefined modern dance
“When they entered, they were hidden by huge winglike constructions made from parachutes. Carolyn Brown moved down the center line of the rink on pointe, while the men rolled down … Continue reading