August 2007

The Classic

At 93, Frederic Franklin is still dancing, staging ballets and providing inspiration for generations of dancers.

Learning Long-Distance

Everything you need to know about distance-learning programs

Building Memory

Help your students increase their dance memory with these exercises.

Pre-Class Planning

Tips for getting ready for the new semester

Backward Thinking

When it comes to creating a unit plan, you might want to start at the end.

Planning for Growth

Advice on increasing tuition rates without losing clientele

Fashion

Dancewear for teachers

Chuck Davis

The African dance pioneer marks his 70th birthday this year and the 30th anniversary of his DanceAfrica Festival.

Mindful Learning

Eric Franklin shares a variety of ways to use imagery in the studio.

A Winning Combination

Balancing competition and recreational dancers

Antony Tudor

A pillar of 20th-century ballet

Performance Planner: Going to the Chapel

Use a wedding tradition to guide your next recital

2007 Music Guide

The latest class and performance music releases from more than 25 companies

The Art of Breathing

Techniques for using breath to improve concentration, endurance, coordination and expressiveness

Waivers 101

A guide to protecting your studio with liability waivers

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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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