Recommended: Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches

July 1, 2014 by

Edited by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver
University Press of Florida; 310 pages; $34.95
The idea for this book—a collection of essays by jazz practitioners and scholars on the past and present of jazz dance—first took root … Continue reading

Technology: Coach’s Eye

July 1, 2014 by

Rehearsal aid for iPhone and iPad; $4.99 in iTunes, with optional add-ons
When it comes to learning complicated dance steps—how to do a pirouette, for example—teachers can see much more than students can. After all, a … Continue reading

Sharing the Copasetics’ Canon

July 1, 2014 by

The American Tap Dance Foundation launches the first rhythm tap teacher-training program.

This month, with the launch of the Tap Teacher Training Certificate Program, the American Tap Dance Foundation welcomes the first green shoots … Continue reading

Living the Dream

June 1, 2014 by

Three dancers share how professional opportunities in college helped shape their careers.

Dance now, or go to college? Knowing how short a dance career can be, it’s the question on many dancers’ minds as they weigh … Continue reading

One Class Fits All

June 1, 2014 by

Tips for designing classes for mixed levels
“Honey, you’re in the wrong room!” This was how Judy Rice, now associate professor at the University of Michigan, greeted one of her first students at the Joffrey Ballet … Continue reading

Mary Wigman

June 1, 2014 by

Choosing expression over technique
Mary Wigman was a radical modern dance pioneer who rejected formalized technique and instead focused on expression of emotion. The use of dance improvisation as a tool for movement development has its … Continue reading