April 2015


It’s Never Too Late

by Karen Hildebrand

Jared Grimes

How I teach tap

Reigniting a Passion

Lisa Mara gives nonprofessional adult dancers a place to perform.

Mystic India

A major touring production with a Bollywood focus

Fashion

Costumes for tots who love the spotlight

Face to Face

A Conversation with Joanie Smith of Shapiro & Smith Dance

Teachers’ Tools

Up close with Amanda Perry

Trae Turner

Music for hip hop/urban contemporary

Boys to Men

Strength training for male dancers entering puberty

Jerome Robbins

Ballet and Broadway genius

On Pointe at Any Age

Considerations for teaching adult ballet dancers

Higher Ground

Three students who discovered aerial—and how it’s impacting their dance careers

Is Your Tax Bill Too High?

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  • It’s Never Too Late

    I think we’re all painfully aware that the number of talented dance students exceeds the professional opportunities that will ... More »

  • Jared Grimes

    How I teach tap

    “What do you think about when you count?” Jared Grimes asks his intermediate tap class. The ... More »

  • Reigniting a Passion

    Lisa Mara gives nonprofessional adult dancers a place to perform.

    Just four days before opening night, upwards of 150 dancers ... More »

  • Mystic India

    A group of friends who decided to continue dancing after college now run a major professional touring production and ... More »

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