August 2005

A Whole New Boal Game

New York City Ballet principal Peter Boal says farewell to the Big Apple to take on the top job at Pacific Northwest Balet.

Charting a New Course

DT presents the basics of starting a charter school.

Permission Granted

A quick guide to finding, getting and managing grant funds

Getting to the Pointe

Beginning pointework with School of American Ballet teacher Garielle Whittle

Performance Planner: Candyland

Sweet ideas for a candy-inspired recital

Learning to Let Go

Encourage your dancers to spread their wings—without losing them forever.

Dance for All Ages

Tips for age appropriate costumes, music and choreography

August Bournonville

Fun facts on this famed choreographer

2005 Music Guide

More than 25 music companies and their top releases


Costumes to flatter students of all shapes and sizes

Techie Talk

A primer on theater terminology for achieving a professional-looking recital

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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Teaching Tips
Justin Boccitto teaches a hybrid class. Photo courtesy Boccitto

Just as teachers were getting comfortable with teaching virtual classes, many studios are adding an extra challenge into the mix: in-person students learning alongside virtual students. Such hybrid classes are meant to keep class sizes down and to give students options to take class however they're comfortable.

But dividing your attention between virtual students and masked and socially distant in-person students—and giving them each a class that meets their needs—is no easy feat.

Dance Teacher asked four teachers what they've learned so far.

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Teachers Trending
All photos by Ryan Heffington

"Annnnnnnd—we're back!"

Ryan Heffington is kneeling in front of his iPhone, looking directly into the camera, smiling behind his bushy mustache. He's in his house in the desert near Joshua Tree, California, phone propped on the floor so it stays steady, his bright shorty shorts, tank top and multiple necklaces in full view. Music is already playing—imagine you're at a club—and soon he's swaying and bouncing from side to side, the beat infusing his bones.

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