David Dorfman

March 1, 2014 by

Finding the balance between life and dance
Take a look at David Dorfman’s agenda and you might start to feel inadequate. When he’s not chairing Connecticut College’s dance department or rehearsing with his own company, you … Continue reading

Gene Kelly

March 1, 2014 by

Changed the face of dance on film

Kelly and Leslie Caron (whom he discovered) in An American in Paris

Gene Kelly was one of the original song-and-dance men from the movie-musical golden age, credited with introducing ballet … Continue reading

Fine-Tune Your Teaching Language

March 1, 2014 by

Why small adjustments make a big difference

TaraMarie Perri is founder and director of Mind Body Dancer, a community of teachers and students dedicated to mind/body practices, education and research. One of Perri’s projects examines how … Continue reading

Age-Appropriate Anatomy

March 1, 2014 by

When and how to bring technical concepts into dance class 

Anatomy and kinesiology are usually subjects reserved for university-level courses, but even if your kids aren’t quite ready for a lecture about the relation between the … Continue reading

Private Lessons

February 1, 2014 by

Guidelines for working one-on-one

A student at Ellison Ballet in New York City couldn’t keep up with the rest of his classmates. Although he had talent and drive, he was frequently distracted and unable to concentrate. But … Continue reading

Rudolf Laban

February 1, 2014 by

The creator of dance notation
Rudolf Laban was many things—a choreographer, dance teacher, movement theorist, architect and performer—but he is best remembered for creating two systems to understand movement, both of which are still taught in … Continue reading