1. The Michael Jackson Tribute Exhibit Check out re-creations of some of the King of Pop’s most memorable moments, including “Billie Jean,” “Black or White” and “Thriller.” Then, use what you’ve seen to inspire your year-end recital (see Performance Planner).
2. A “Dancing with the Stars” Exhibit Surprise your students who dream of dancing on TV with a visit to over 50 of the exquisite costumes and shoes worn on “Dancing with the Stars.”
3. The Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing Your youngest dancers can play dress-up and even perform on a stage built with baby ballerinas in mind. A plethora of books, toys and props will keep them busy for hours.
4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet teachers and students alike will be mesmerized by photos, costumes and memorabilia from the New York City Ballet archives about this classic Shakespearean ballet. And an enchanted forest built within the museum provides the perfect backdrop.
5. Postage Paid: Dance Around the World Give your students a history and geography lesson with this archive of international postage stamps featuring traditional national dances. The stamps are accompanied by an array of regional information and cultural artifacts.
Photo courtesy of the National Dance Museum
As the director of dance at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Belmont, Massachusetts, Istvan Cserven organizes the biannual student showcases, prepares dancers for competition and trains new instructors. On top of all that, he teaches the upper-level technique classes. A former ballroom champion in Hungary, he is well-acquainted with both rhythm and smooth ballroom-dance styles.
In an event inspired by the words of President John F. Kennedy, The Washington Ballet will perform the world premier of WHO WHEN WHY this Saturday, June 24, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard.
After having spent a lifetime looking at ourselves in the mirror, constantly appraising, who of us wouldn't want to take a dance class in the dark? Two Australian dance students, Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett, had the same thought in 2009 when they founded No Lights No Lycra, a global dance community that offers dancers and nondancers alike the chance to get their groove on in a dark space, where there's no light, no Lycra, no technique, no teacher and no steps to learn. It's just a place to lose yourself in the music and find your own dance mojo. The event became so popular that it spread past its Melbourne beginnings, first throughout Australia and now, globally.
Four incredible educators: Joanne Chapman, Claudio Muñoz, Pamela VanGilder and Kathleen Isaac foster their students' love of dance, whether instilling artistry, offering rigorous training or giving special needs students an outlet through movement.
When Jennie Somogyi retired from New York City Ballet, she found herself in high demand as a teacher. Parents called, texted and persisted. "I don't even know how some of them got my contact information," she says with a laugh. But Somogyi, who departed from NYCB in 2015 after a 22-year career, hadn't made any definitive plans for the next stage of her life. "I just like to see how things move me," she says. She discovered, though, that she enjoyed the process of giving private lessons and seeing the rapid progress students could make. Over time, she realized that teaching was something she wanted rather than needed.