Editor's Note

With this issue we introduce a new column, "Teachers' Tools." It’' a mini profile of instructors and school owners along with their favorite dance products and other items that support their daily routines—both in and outside the studio. Lisa Lockwood of Steps on Broadway helped us kick things off.


On a similar note, I was delighted to discover that Suki Schorer is a fashion maven. She came to her cover shoot with a range of stylish clothing options, complete with accessories. My eye went immediately to a row of sultry high heels lined up against the wall. As I was noticeably salivating over them, Schorer told me they were her tango shoes (and where I could get a pair for myself!). That’s right, 14 years of the tango have kept Schorer, now 72, as fit and trim as, well, a ballet dancer.


This month she celebrates a notable career accomplishment: 40 years with The School of American Ballet. I don’t know if her students fully appreciate the direct connection Schorer has to Balanchine and his style, but New York City Ballet company members like Tiler Peck do. They regularly stop in to take her class—and her advice. We’re pleased to have Schorer demonstrate some of the finer points in "Technique."


If, like Schorer, your career plan includes working into your 70s and beyond, you might be interested in how certain somatic practices can extend and fortify your dancing life. In "Personal Growth," writer Nancy Wozny selected eight fitness and mind-body methods that are popular with dancers. She talked with teachers about what it took to become certified and how it’s affected their teaching.



And don't forget to send us your nominations for the 2012 Dance Teacher Awards. Every year we honor the career achievements of outstanding educators in three categories: studios and conservatories, colleges and universities and K–12. The awardees will be featured in July Dance Teacher and accept their awards onstage at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York, July 27–29. Details here.


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Teacher Voices
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I often teach ballet over Zoom in the evenings, shortly after sunset. Without the natural light coming from my living room window, I drag a table lamp next to my portable barre so that the computer's camera can see me clearly enough. I prop the laptop on a chair taken from the kitchen and then spend the next few hours running back and forth between the computer screen of Zoom tiles and my makeshift dance floor.

Much of this setup is the result of my attempts to recreate the most important aspects of an in-person dance studio: I have a barre, a floor and as much space as I can reasonably give myself within a small apartment. I do not, however, have a mirror, and neither do most of my students.

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Allie Burke, courtesy Lo Cascio

If you'd hear it on the radio, you won't hear it in Anthony Lo Cascio's tap classes.

"If I play a song that my kids know, I'm kind of disappointed in myself," he says. "I either want to be on the cutting edge or playing the classics."

He finds that most of today's trendy tracks lack the depth needed for tap, and that there's a disconnect between kids and popular music. "They have trouble finding the beat compared to older genres," he says.

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Courtesy Lovely Leaps

After the birth of her daughter in 2018, engineer Lisa McCabe had reservations about returning to the workforce full-time. And while she wanted to stay home with the new baby, she wasn't ready to stop contributing financially to her family (after all, she'd had a successful career designing cables for government drones). So, when she got a call that September from an area preschool to lead its dance program, she saw an opportunity.

The invitation to teach wasn't completely out of the blue. McCabe had grown up dancing in Southern California and had a great reputation from serving as her church's dance teacher and team coach the previous three years (stopping only to take a break as a new mother). She agreed to teach ballet and jazz at the preschool on Fridays and from there created an age-appropriate class based on her own training in the Cecchetti and RAD methods. It was a success: In three months, class enrollment went from six to 24 students, and just one year later, McCabe's blossoming Lovely Leaps brand had contracts with eight preschools and three additional teachers.

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