The New Modern

October 1, 2012 by

Eight dancers talk about how they teach contemporary dance—and why.

Whether you work in concert dance or in the commercial world, the question of the moment seems to be, “What is contemporary?” The answer is as … Continue reading

Ephrat Asherie

October 1, 2012 by

How I teach breaking
It’s not often that a b-girl breaks down a move using Graham technique vocabulary, or describes another position as being similar to a grand plié. But Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, who teaches at … Continue reading

Filling the Gap

October 1, 2012 by

A high school and university dance program collaborate in Washington, DC.
Preparing high school seniors for college-level dance is never easy. Most students are unfamiliar with the options available, and preparing for auditions and more advanced … Continue reading

Face to Face: One Hot Tamale

October 1, 2012 by

A conversation with Mary Murphy
It’s hard to imagine “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Mary Murphy anywhere else but on TV. Her ear-piercing enthusiasm for the performances that send the most talented dancers on … Continue reading

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