December 2008

Renaissance Woman

Former Ailey dancer Sharron Miller has built a model private studio/K–12 partnership

12 Months of Fundraising

Ideas to last through the coming year

Convention Compass

Heading to a convention? Prepare your students for what to expect so they can make the most of it.

2009 Convention Guide

Details on more than 100 events this coming year

 

Fashion

27 styles to keep students warm this winter

Creative Direction

Choreographer Jon Lehrer lets us in on some of the tunes that inspire him.

Above and Beyond

13 creative ways to enrich your students' dance education outside of the classroom

Marius Petipa

Legendary ballet choreographer

Making Connections

Find out how one young dance teacher built a thriving program from scratch in rural Vermont.

Stepping Stone

Glendale Community College is paving the way for budding dancers.

Face Value

When it comes to facial expressions onstage, how much is too much?

Retiring Gracefully

Tips for stepping down when you're ready to close the curtain on your studio director days

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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