August 2010

Montana Moves

Karen Kaufmann is changing education, one school at a time.

Technique: Susan Jaffe

How I teach attitude turns

Dance Teacher 2010 Music Guide

More than 30 distributors of CDs, videos and DVDs

Feel the Beat

Antoine Hunter's music selections for the hearing and hearing-impaired

10 Common Dance Injuries

How to recognize and avoid them

 

Damian Woetzel

Raising the bar for arts education

High Five

Jennifer Reinert of New Hampshire School of Ballet

Fashion

Classic apparel for class or rehearsal

Marian Chace

The first American dance therapist

All-Inclusive Dance

Strategies for special needs students

Science with Dance in Mind

A Baltimore school where dance and science teachers think alike

Urban Practice

A new dance degree spotlights styles from London's streets.

Extra Credit

Innovative fundraisers that work

Teachers Trending
Marcus Ingram, courtesy Ingram

"Water breaks are not Instagram breaks."

That's a cardinal rule at Central Virginia Dance Academy, and it applies even to the studio's much beloved social media stars.

For more than a decade, CVDA has been the home studio of Kennedy George and Ava Holloway, the 14-year-old dancers who became Instagram sensations after posing on the pedestal of Richmond's Robert E. Lee Monument. Clad in black leotards and tutus, they raise their fists aloft to depict a global push for racial justice.

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Teacher Voices
Photo courtesy Rhee Gold Company

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a shift in our community that is so impressive that the impact could last long into our future. Although required school closures have hit the dance education field hard, what if, when looking back on this time, we see that it's been an incredible renaissance for dance educators, studio owners and the young dancers in our charge?

How could that be, you ask?

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Teachers Trending
Photo by Yvonne M. Portra, courtesy Faulkner

It's a Wednesday in May, and 14 Stanford University advanced modern ­dance students are logged on to Zoom, each practicing a socially distanced duet with an imaginary person. "Think about the quality of their personality and the type of duet you might have," says their instructor Katie Faulkner, "but also their surface area and how you'd relate to them in space." Amid dorm rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and backyards, the dancers make do with cramped quarters and dodge furniture as they twist, curve, stretch and intertwine with their imaginary partners.

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