August 2006

Innovation in the Desert

What makes Arizona State University's dance department one of the best in the country? Faculty members talk rigor, international exchange and the power of technology.

Dancers Are Scholars, Too

Making the case for choreographic research in colleges and universities

Test Case

Plans for an AP dance course and exam are gaining momentum.

Integrating Transfer Students

Help students make a smooth transition into your class.


Looks to send you back to school in style

Maurice Hines

The performer-turned-choreographer chats about his Broadway show, his love for dancers and his brother, Gregory.

A Dash of History

Hints for incorporating dance history into your technique classes

Performance Planner: Masterpiece Theater

Ideas for your next performance may be no farther than a trip to the museum.

The 2006 Music Guide

More than 25 companies share their latest class and performance music releases.

Ask the Experts

Advice on the effectiveness of direct mail marketing and correcting bad habits formed during summer study

Peril in Pliés

Liability insurance is essential for your studio.

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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Teachers Trending
Evelyn Cisneros-Legate. Photo by Beau Pearson, Courtesy Ballet West

Evelyn Cisneros-Legate is bringing her hard-earned expertise to Ballet West. The former San Francisco Ballet star is taking over all four campuses of The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy as the school's new director.

Cisneros-Legate, whose mother put her in ballet classes in an attempt to help her overcome her shyness, trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and School of American Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet as a full company member in 1977. She danced with the company for 23 years, breaking barriers as the first Mexican American to become a principal dancer in the U.S., and has graced the cover of Dance Magazine no fewer than three times.

As an educator, Cisneros-Legate has served as ballet coordinator at San Francisco Ballet, principal of Boston Ballet School's North Shore Studio and artistic director of after-school programming at the National Dance Institute (NDI). Dance Teacher spoke with her about her new position, her plans for the academy and leading in the time of COVID-19.

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The author with Maurice Hines. Photo by Anthony R. Phillips, courtesy Hopkins

In March, prior to sheltering in place due to the coronavirus outbreak, my husband and I traveled from New York City to Miami to screen our award-winning documentary, Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, at the Miami Film Festival.

Our star, Tony Award–nominated dancer and choreographer Maurice Hines joined us in Miami for the festival—stepping and repeating on the opening night red carpet, sharing anecdotes from his illustrious seven-decade career with local tap students, and holding court at a cocktail mixer with lively female fans.

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