February 2005

Assembly Man

Hip-hop instructor Georgio Fagan is taking Central Florida by storm with his kid-friendly approach to teaching dance.

Stand By Your Men

Tips for giving young male students the attention and support they need

Olga's Wonder Boys

Olga Kostritzky discusses her technique for training boys.

Gene Kelly

How an American icon carved out his niche by incorporating athleticism into his adopted artform

In Short Supply

Where to find male dancers for your college or university dance performances


Outfits to help your boys stand out in a crowd, plus shoes

Nothing But Air

Secrets to teaching a tour en l'air from Nancy Bielski

Tap for Tyros

Strategies to make your beginning tap class educational, challenging and fun

Arabesque on Ice

Teaching ballet to figure skaters can improve their technique and enhance your résumé.

Contract to Dance

A guide to creating and enforcing competition team behavior and attendance policies

On the Ball

Three exercises for the upper body, using a fitness ball

Getting It Straight

Recognizing and teaching students with scoliosis

Roadmap to Success

Writing an effective business plan.

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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Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer had input on the new Rambert Grades curriculum. Photo by Camilla Greenwell, Courtesy Rambert

British dance company and school Rambert has launched a new contemporary-dance training syllabus. Rambert Grades is intended to set a benchmark in contemporary-dance training, focused on three strands: performance, technique and creativity. Moving beyond the Graham and Cunningham techniques that form the basis of most modern-dance training in the UK, it includes contributions from current high-profile choreographers Hofesh Shechter, Alesandra Seutin and Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer.

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For Parents
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As studios in many areas begin to open up with safety protocols in place, dance students are, of course, itching to get back into class. But just because dancers can go back to in-person training doesn't mean all families are ready for their children to actually do so.

As a parent, it's understandable to feel caught between a rock (your dancer's will to attend in-person class) and a hard place (your concerns surrounding COVID-19). Yet no matter how many tears are shed or how much bargaining your dancer tries, the bottom line is that when it comes to issues of health and safety, you—the parent—have the final say.

Still, there may be ways to soften the blow, as well as best practices for setting or amending expectations. We asked Danielle Zar, a child and adolescent psychotherapist who specializes in parent education, to share some tips for this tricky situation.

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