December 2016


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  • Farewell to 2016

    By Karen Hildebrand

  • Gus Solomons jr: How I Teach Cunningham

    By Rachel Rizzuto

  • Sacred Dancers Talk About the Role of Dance in Religious Worship

    By Caitlin Sims

  • Christin Hanna Is Bringing the Dance World Home to Tahoe City

    By Candice Thompson

  • Ask the Experts: Referral Programs

    By Kathy Blake and Suzanne Blake Gerety

  • Face to Face: Noelani Pantastico

    By Rachel Rizzuto

  • Teachers’ Tools: Dede Albers

    By Rachel Caldwell

  • Music: Grady McLeod Bowman

    By Helen Rolfe

  • Health: How to Keep a Student with a Chronic Health Condition Safe and Happy in Class

    By Andrea Marks

  • History: Frederick Ashton

    By Rachel Caldwell

  • Theory & Practice: Balancing Flashy Tricks with Solid Technique

    By Julie Diana

  • K–12: New York Teens Make Dances in Alice Teirstein’s Unique Five-Week Summer Intensive

    By Kristin Schwab

  • Studio Business: 10 Things to Think About at the End of the Year

    By Rachel Rizzuto

Higher Ed
Charles Anderson (center) in his (Re)current Unrest. Photo by Kegan Marling, courtesy of UT Austin

Given the long history of American choreographers who have threaded activism into their work—Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Donald McKayle, Joanna Haigood, Bill T. Jones, Jo Kreiter, to name a few—it's perhaps surprising that collegiate dance has offered so little in the way of training future generations to do the same.

Until now, that is. Within the last three years, two master's programs have cropped up, each the first of its kind: Ohio University's MA in community dance (new this fall), and the University of Texas at Austin's dance and social justice MFA, which emerged from its existing MFA program in 2018. These two programs join the University of San Francisco's undergraduate performing arts and social justice major, with a concentration in dance, which has been around since 2000.

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Teacher Voices
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As many dance teachers begin another semester of virtual teaching, it is time to acknowledge the fact that virtual classes aren't actually accessible to all students.

When schools and studios launched their virtual dance programs at the beginning of the pandemic, many operated under the assumption that all their students would be able to take class online. But in reality, lack of access to technology and Wi-Fi is a major issue for many low-income students across the country, in many cases cutting them off from the classes and resources their peers can enjoy from home.

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Dance Teacher Awards

Who knew that a virtual awards ceremony could bring our community together in such a powerful way?

Last night, we celebrated the annual Dance Teacher Awards, held virtually for the first time. Though it was different from what we're used to, this new setting inspired us to get creative in celebrating our six extraordinary honorees. In fact, one of the most enlivening parts of the event was one that could only happen in a Zoom room: Watching as countless tributes, stories and congratulations poured in on the chat throughout the event. Seeing firsthand the impact our awardees have had on so many lives reminded us why we chose to honor them.

If you missed the Awards (or just want to relive them), you're in luck—they are now available to watch on-demand. We rounded up some of the highlights:

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