Check Out the New Season of "Dance 212"!

Skylar Brandt, right, rehearsing the final ballet of Alexei Ratmansky's Shostakovich trilogy

Looking for a new series to get yourself hooked on in 2014? Forget “Orange Is the New Black” and “Breaking Bad”—check out Dancemedia’s online reality show “Dance 212.” Now in its seventh season, the show typically follows New York City dancers who are at various stages in their careers. This season, though, the producers are changing things up: 19 past cast members have been brought back for the “Where Are They Now?”-themed seventh season. The cast list reads something like a dance all-star team: Broadway starlet Paloma Garcia-Lee (Dance Magazine, October 2013) is on it, as is American Ballet Theatre stand-out corps de ballet member Skylar Brandt (Pointe magazine, April/May 2012). Though this season only premiered on December 17, there are already six episodes available to watch—they’re rolled out at the rate of two a week.

Got a dancer at your studio who’s thinking of moving to NYC to pursue his or her dance dreams? Introduce them to “Dance 212”! It’s the most upfront, honest version of a professional dancer’s life you’ll find.


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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