A Family Affair

Denise Wall shares her secrets for turning out some of today's top dancers, including her famous sons.

The Cream of the Crop

Four veteran teachers weigh in on how to take star pupils from great to amazing.

Calm, Cool & Carefree

Our roundtable of experts offers tips for controlling competition stress.

2009 Competition Guide

An inside look at 155 events in the U.S. and abroad

Training Future Stars

DT talks to Scott Wise and Elizabeth Parkinson about their studio FineLine Theatre Arts.

Fashion

Costumes to make your holiday production shine

Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs

The artistic directors of dre.dance share their creative processes and hopes for their budding contemporary company.

Hip-Hop Fusion

Dancer/choreographer Luam looks beyond traditional hip-hop tracks for music that makes her move.

Performance Planner: The People in Your Neighborhood

Take a cue from N-Step Dance Center and create a show based on local businesses and workers.

Parents as Partners

Getting parents involved can help grow your dance program.

Constructing Criticism

Lean to use the power of positive reinforcement in the classroom.

Talent Search

How arts education expert Barry Oreck's system can help you spot and nurture talented kids

Under Your Wing

Why mentoring is worthwhile, and how to get started

Jerome Robbins

Broadway innovator and ballet genius

Nutcracker Nouveau

Holiday show alternatives to The Nutcracker

Nutrition for Tots

Dancers are never too young for positive health messages.

Sleep Essentials

Make your dream of restful nights a reality.

Going Freelance

A guide to taking your choreography to new audiences—and dancers

Strategic Scheduling

Customer convenience is the key to creating a successful schedule.

Money Moves

10 steps to save your business during slow times

For the past 17 years, the Martha Hill Fund has been honoring the commitment to dance education and international performance embodied by its namesake. Previous award winners have included Carla Maxwell, former artistic director of Limón Dance Company, former Ailey II dancer Frederick Earl Mosley and Mark DeGarmo of Mark DeGarmo Dance.

This year's awards gala takes place tonight at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. Check out who's being honored.

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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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