Dance Precisions' owner and director, Edith Montoya, has a winning philosophy.
Past, Present and Future
As competitions proliferate, teachers reflect on how they've changed—and where they're headed.
In Good Shape
Give your choreography an edge with outstanding formations.
Navigating the Commercial World
Tips to help students break into commercial dance
2008 Competition Guide
A guide to more than 150 events in the upcoming year
Festive costumes for the season
Performance Planner: Flying Colors
Make a visual splash with a multicolored recital.
A force behind New York University and ABT's new master's program in ballet pedagogy discusses what makes a good teacher.
Ask the Experts
Advice on setting up an online registration system and tips to optimize students' down time
Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn
Modern dance pioneers
Speaking the Same Language
Using dance to teach ESL students
Charting the Course
How colleges and universities can devise meaningful program assessments
Turn your studio into an environmentally friendly place to learn.
The Truth About Pesticides & Organics
Find out why and when buy organic.
Test how well you can spot students who need a break with our handy quiz.
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The exhibit Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972 is filled with exhibits, performances and conferences honoring the three postmodern dance living legends.
"I describe it as organized chaos," says Kimberly Rishi with a laugh, as she hunts for a quiet space inside her 12,000-square-foot studio in Ashburn, Virginia. In any given week, Studio Bleu Dance Center's 11 dance studios accommodate 800 enrolled students, 52 staff members, adults who take drop-in classes, plus kids in vocal and piano programs and an affiliated ballet conservatory. "It may look like there's always a party going on," Rishi says, "but that's not the case. There's a schedule, and everyone knows where they're headed."
When Rishi took the reins in 2003, there were only 80 students, 20 of whom were competitive. Today, 300 dancers are enrolled for the competition program. And just this winter, she launched a musical theater program, taking in triple-threat hopefuls in the area. While the Ashburn area (outside of Washington, DC) is burgeoning, faculty member Heidi Moe says Studio Bleu's growth is due to more than changing demographics. It's the direct result of Rishi's business experience and leadership ability.
Irish dancer Cara Butler remembers the helpful advice that her teacher Donny Golden gave her as a child to ease her mind before competitions.
"I remember that he was really good at calming my nerves as a kid. He would always say, 'Your nerves are a form of energy. Use it as fuel.' That was something, especially when I was younger, that would always get me through it. I find that even today I still get nervous about certain performances. But he taught me to just use it as energy and think of it as a good thing. If you're not nervous, where is the emotion and the passion? Nerves are good."
Dancer and choreographer Chuck Davis, who founded the largest African dance festival, DanceAfrica, and performance company African American Dance Ensemble, died Sunday at his home in Durham, North Carolina. He was 80. Known for his benevolent spirit and powerful presence, he was committed to keeping the roots of African dance alive, as well as fusing together the older traditions with contemporary choreography. In 2004 he was honored with a Dance Magazine Award and a Bessie Award in 2014 for outstanding service to the field of dance.