Champion for Change

LeAnn Haggard brings a wealth of love, life experience and can-do attitude to Indianapolis's North Central High School.

Understanding the New Learner

Find out how you can engage and interact with today's tech-savvy crop of students.

Fashion

Costumes to help dancers step into new roles

Performance Planner: A Girl's Best Friend

Create a glittering recital inspired by George Balanchine's Jewels.

2007 Summer Study & Continuing Education Guide

Details on more than 90 events in the United States and abroad

George Balanchine

Innovator of American ballet

Suzanne Farrell

The former New York City Ballet principal talks about her life as an educator.

Mother Nurture

At Booker T. Washington School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, Lily Cabatu Weiss is busy training the next generation of professional dancers.

We Got the Beat

Helping your students become musical dancers can be as easy as 1,2,3.

Developing Team Players

It's the start of a new school semester. Here's how to make sure all your teachers, new and veteran alike, are on the same page.

Up in Arms

Four techniques to refine your students' arm movements

Stepping Into the Unknown

Tips and strategies for helping your students avoid potential pitfalls when performing in an unfamiliar venue

All Together Now

Dance pros share their secrets for successful synchronization.

Ask the Experts

Answers to your questions about teaching older dancers, business expenses and different ballet methods

College Orientation

Three seasoned instructors offer advice to first-time professors.

Resource Room

Want to know where to apply for a grant, or how to find a good lesson plan? We've put together a sampling of K-12 resources to help you find your way.

Happy Feet

Good foot health is vital to maintaining and enjoying a dance career.

Tame Your Temperature

8 tips for keeping your utility bills under control

Work the Network

Strategies for making valuable connections at conferences and seminars

Dancer Health

The Feldenkrais Method is a somatic technique created by Moshe Feldenkrais in the 1950s. The method has two parts: hands-on sessions with a Feldenkrais teacher (Functional Integration) or group classes comprised of verbal cues (Awareness Through Movement).

Mary Armentrout, a dance teacher, choreographer and Feldenkrais practitioner, shares three ways that this somatic practice can bolster your students' training.

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Your Studio

Oversexualizing young kids has been a hot topic among dance teachers in recent years. It's arguably the most controversial topic teachers and studio owners are faced with. Deciding which choreography, music or costumes are appropriate—or not—isn't always black and white and can be easily overlooked. Is showing the midriff too much for minis? Is this choreography too provocative? Is this popular song too suggestive for a competition piece? The questions can seem endless with no clear objective answers. Until now.

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Dancer Health
To make dancers stronger and less injury-prone, Burns Wilson suggest adding floor barre or conditioning classes. Photo courtesy of Burns Wilson

With a career spanning 30-plus years in the dance field, Anneliese Burns Wilson has cultivated a unique perspective on health and injury prevention for dancers. From teaching ballet to teaching anatomy, she then founded ABC for Dance, which publishes dance-teaching materials. Now through research for her next book, which will focus on training the female adolescent dancer, she's delving even deeper into topics many dance teachers have overlooked.

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Erdmann (left) on set for "Hairspray Live" (courtesy of Erdmann)

When Wicked ensemble member Kelli Erdman was training at Westlake Dance Center in Seattle, Washington, her teacher Kirsten Cooper taught her that focussed transitions would be pivotal to her success as a dancer. Now as a professional, she applies this advice to her daily performances, asserting that she will never let the details of her dancing get blurry.

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Teachers & Role Models
Khobdeh dancing Taylor's Speaking In Tongues. Photo courtesy of PTDC

For Parisa Khobdeh, music does more than set the tone for a piece—it's enabled her to connect with movement. And once she joined Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2003, Taylor's body of work deepened this connection. "His choreography showed me the music, the architecture and the space," she says. "I now see the music."

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Dance Buzz

We haven't been able to stop watching Lil' Mushroom since she popped and locked her way into Ellen's heart last week. We know you've got a long night of teaching ahead, and this is the dance inspiration you need to get you through. Check it out and tell us what you think about her killer moves over on our Facebook page! (She starts blowing minds at about 2:16.)

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How-To

Because the chassé is often neglected during the execution of this traveling step, Judy Rice asks her students to do a minimum of a six-inch chassé before transitioning into the pas de bourrée. She encourages dancers to pay close attention to their shoulders and hips in effacé, too. "Kids tend to open it up. They look like they're fencing," she says. "You don't want that." Both shoulders and hip bones should be facing the corner.

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