Boxers + Ballerinas Exhibit Opens in NYC

Given the buzz surrounding Rocky (opening on Broadway tonight!), the partnership between dance and boxing is a timely topic.

Whether he planned it that way or not, it’s fitting that photographer John Goodman combined images of fighters in training and Boston Ballet dancers in the wings for his upcoming New York City showcase.

Both series of black-and-white photographs capture informal, candid moments with the athletes outside the spotlight of the stage—or ring—for a look behind the glamour of the two seemingly opposite pursuits. The pairing, of course, invites viewers to seek out similarities, of which there are plenty, from fancy footwork to tenuous careers that can be cut short in an instant by injury.

Boxers + Ballerinas will be on view at the Rick Wester Fine Art gallery in New York City, April 3­–May 10

Photos by John Goodman

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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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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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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