December 2005

The Rhodes to Success

Dance Division Director Lawrence Rhodes looks to the future as The Juilliard School celebrates 100 years.

Studio Software Management 101, Part 2

The second half of our comprehensive guide to choosing software for your studio

A Pioneer's Passion

Liz Bergmann, director of Harvard University's dance program, talks about being an administrator, teacher and artist.

The 2006 Higher Education Guide

Details on more than 300 degree-granting dance programs around the country

Fighting the Freshman 15

Nutrition advice for keeping first-year college dancers healthy

Margaret H'Doubler

Founder of the nations first college dance program

A Game Plan for Game Day

Help your students prepare for college dance auditions.

Collegiate Wisdom

Tips for success from OCU's Jo Rowan and John Bedford


Broadway costumes

References Upon Request

How to help parents choose a dance studio to supplement their children's dance training

As Seen on TV

Advice for getting your students and studio featured on television



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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