Teaching

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

Oh, No! My Students Are…

September 1, 2012 by

Nine teachers discuss their most frequent corrections.
Dance Teacher asked nine respected instructors to identify the most common technique mistakes they see when addressing a group of students for the first time. Here, they discuss the … Continue reading

Igor Stravinsky

September 1, 2012 by

The 20th century’s leading ballet composer
“The first night of the ballet was the most astonishing event. …At the first sounds of the music, shouts and hissing started in the audience, and it was difficult for … Continue reading

Crossing Borders

September 1, 2012 by

Planning a class trip
During the past seven years, Deborah Lysholm has taken students on trips to Mexico, Japan, England and Spain through her studio’s travel-study program. Each trip lasts 8 to 14 days and involves … Continue reading

Technique: François Perron

September 1, 2012 by

How I teach a tour en l’air
The discipline that François Perron commands from his students is palpable. Even in a summer open class, dancers follow a strict dress code of black and pink—no skirts—with hair … Continue reading

Starting Your Career as a Dancer

September 1, 2012 by

Starting Your Career as a Dancer
By Mande Dagenais
Allworth Press, 2012
304 pages
When your 17-year-old star student tells you that she’s leaving for Los Angeles to start her career, make sure this guide gets packed in her … Continue reading