August 2012

Reluctant Visionary

KT Niehoff and Seattle's Velocity Dance Center

Syllabus Strategies

Why the best teachers have them

Chet Walker

How I teach Jack Cole jazz

2012 Music and Media Guide

Where to find CDs, videos and DVDs

Michael Nunn

A conversation with "A Chance to Dance" co-choreographer

Teachers' Tools

Up Close with Chris Walker

Fashion

Back-to-school ballet styles; plus shoes

Lines Without Limits

Drew Jacoby's playlist

Stand Up Straight

Kick poor posture habits.

Balasaraswati

Closing the gap between East and West

New Year, New Potential

Four instructors go back to school with fresh ideas.

Costume Countdown

The scoop on ordering deadlines

News
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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