April 2006

Pushing the Limits

Sheila Barker shares her energetic approach to teaching jazz.

Performance Planner: Cultural Exchange

Create a recital exploring the dance traditions of different cultures.

Dance Teacher's Musical Top 50

10 judges offer their thoughts on the best—and worst—competition songs.

Cutting Competition Costs

Studio directors share how they save money during competition season—and what they think is worth paying for.

Fun with Fundraising

Fresh ideas to try with your competition squad

It's a Small World, After All

Costumes to take your dancers on a trip around the globe

Get Into the Act

Tap into one of today's hottest markets by adding a movement class for actors and singers to your schedule.

Rhapsody in Blue

New York City-based teacher and choreographer Rhapsody James shares a demanding jazz combination.

Pierre Dulaine

A conversation about Take the Lead, the new film based on his experiences teaching ballroom dance to inner-city children.

Ask the Experts

Questions on late payments, multi-floor studios and correcting head alignment

Bob Fosse

This jazz legend injected swagger, nuance and desire into the American musical.

Health Watch

DT takes a look at the role faculty members play in helping college students overcome eating disorders.

Classroom Collaboration

How to convince your academic colleagues to incorporate dance into their classes

Dancing Around the Diet Issue

The truth about 8 popular diets

 

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Despite worldwide theater closures, the Universal Ballet Competition is keeping The Nutcracker tradition alive in 2020 with an online international competition. The event culminates in a streamed, full-length video of The Virtual Nutcracker consisting of winning entries on December 19. The competition is calling on studios, as well as dancers of all ages and levels, to submit videos by November 29 to be considered.

"Nutcracker is a tradition that is ingrained in our hearts," says UBC co-founder Lissette Salgado-Lucas, a former dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. "We danced it for so long as professionals, we can't wait to pass it along to dancers through this competition."

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Robbie Sweeny, courtesy Funsch

Christy Funsch's teaching career has taken her from New York City to the Bay Area to Portugal, with a stint in a punk band in between. But this fall—fresh off a Fulbright in Portugal at the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, School of Dance (ESD), teaching and researching empathetic embodiment through somatic dance training—Funsch's teaching has taken her to an entirely new location: Zoom. A visiting professor at Slippery Rock University for the 2020–21 academic year, Funsch is adapting her eclectic, boundary-pushing approach to her virtual classes.

Originally from central New York State, Funsch spent 20 years performing in the Bay Area, where she also started her own company, Funsch Dance Experience. "My choreographic work from that time is in the dance-theater experiential, fantasy realm of performance," she says. "I also started blending genres and a lot of urban styles found their way into my choreography."

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Courtesy Meg Brooker

As the presidential election approaches, it's a particularly meaningful time to remember that we are celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, when women earned the right to vote after a decades-long battle.

Movement was more than a metaphor for the fight for women's suffrage—dancers played a real role, most notably Florence Fleming Noyes, who performed her riveting solo Dance of Freedom in 1914 to embody the struggle for women's rights.

This fall, Middle Tennessee State University director of dance Meg Brooker is reconstructing Dance of Freedom on 11 of her students. A Noyes Rhythm teacher and an Isadora Duncan scholar, Brooker is passionate about bringing historic dance practices into a contemporary context.

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