"City.ballet." Returns for a Second Season!

Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck, in an eternal embrace. (They're engaged.)

If you enjoyed AOL’s original web series “city.ballet.” as much as we did, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Sarah Jessica Parker–produced series has been renewed for a second season. We’re looking forward to more glimpses of the inner lives of New York City Ballet’s ballerinas and danseurs—and, of course, to more dancing. Here’s hoping "city.ballet." remains as drama-free as it did last go-round, and that the webisodes are a bit longer this season (most clocked in around five minutes last season)! I’d also love to see Andy Veyette and Megan Fairchild (my favorite NYCB couple) get some more face time, just as I think it would be really interesting for AOL to do an episode on the many sibling pairs that exist within the company (Tyler and Jared Angle, Megan and Robert Fairchild, Jonathan and Abi Stafford). But whatever’s on the docket for this season—no official premiere date yet—it’ll be a treat to learn more about the dancers in this renowned company.

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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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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