August 2008

Guiding Light

Judith Jamison, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is the recipient of this year's Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Gift of Dance

We celebrate just some of the ways dance teachers have touched the lives of their students.

Best of Back-to-School Advice

It's that time again—the start of a new dance year! Read on for tips from seasoned pros.

 

Teaching Creativity

Letting your students experiment with choreography is crucial to helping them develop as artists.

Fashion

New looks for ballet class

Reaching for New Heights

Brooklyn-based Dancewave may be geared toward kids, but it's anything but child's play.

There's No Place Like Home

Miller-Marley School of Dance and Voice in Overland Park, Kansas, makes Broadway dreams come true.

Performance Planner: On the Radio

Look no further than the radio for your next recital theme.

Tap Tunes

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards shares her favorite tap-appropriate tracks from OutKast's Idlewild.

Andy Blankenbuehler

In the Heights Tony Award-winning choreographer talks about the future of musical theater.

No Peeking

Are your students suffering from mirror dependency? Try these tips to help them kick the habit.

Mind Over Matter

When nothing else seems to work, use easy-to-understand imagery to help your students grasp technique.

A Parent's Perspective

One mother describes her search for a preschool dance class for her daughter and how she chose among four Bay Area programs.

Honor Roll

Discover how The National Honor Society for Dance Arts can benefit your students and school.

Staging Tudor

A professor shares how she prepared her students to perform Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies.

Lincoln Kirstein

Founder of The School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet

Competing with the Clock

Make rehearsals count with your strategies to best utilize your—and students'—time.

2008 Music Guide

Most popular releases for class and performance

To the Pointe

A guide to organizing a pointe-shoe clinic in your studio

The Art & Science of Pliés

Techniques for improving this essential movement

Boost Your Bottom Line

Five ways to diversify—and increase—your revenue stream

Jock Jams

Learn how to attract athletes to your dance studio.

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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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