February 2006

Dare to Dance

Gregg Russell mentors students with a unique and irresistible mix of high energy and wit.

Smooth Moves

Gregg Russell demonstrates a fun hip-hop eight-count, perfect for your male students.

Men of Influence

5 ways to develop positive role models for your young male dancers

Lester Horton

Father of West Coast modern dance


Costumes and dancewear for boys of all ages

Performance Planner: All in a Day's Work

Mix work and play with a career-themed recital.

Ask the Experts

Advice on teaching 2-year-olds, mixed level classes and more


11 tips from National Dance Institute for tutoring first-time choreographers

Green Teachers

Learn about an innovative dance education program for high school students.

Solo Success

Three top-notch choreographers share their secrets for creating solos

LEAP of Faith

A unique BA  program developed specifically for working dancers

Growing Pains

Tips for helping teenage dancers understand their changing bodies

Put Your Contract to Work

Do you need a non-compete agreement, along with your employment contract?

Teachers Trending
Marcus Ingram, courtesy Ingram

"Water breaks are not Instagram breaks."

That's a cardinal rule at Central Virginia Dance Academy, and it applies even to the studio's much beloved social media stars.

For more than a decade, CVDA has been the home studio of Kennedy George and Ava Holloway, the 14-year-old dancers who became Instagram sensations after posing on the pedestal of Richmond's Robert E. Lee Monument. Clad in black leotards and tutus, they raise their fists aloft to depict a global push for racial justice.

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Teacher Voices
Photo courtesy Rhee Gold Company

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a shift in our community that is so impressive that the impact could last long into our future. Although required school closures have hit the dance education field hard, what if, when looking back on this time, we see that it's been an incredible renaissance for dance educators, studio owners and the young dancers in our charge?

How could that be, you ask?

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Teachers Trending
Photo by Yvonne M. Portra, courtesy Faulkner

It's a Wednesday in May, and 14 Stanford University advanced modern ­dance students are logged on to Zoom, each practicing a socially distanced duet with an imaginary person. "Think about the quality of their personality and the type of duet you might have," says their instructor Katie Faulkner, "but also their surface area and how you'd relate to them in space." Amid dorm rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and backyards, the dancers make do with cramped quarters and dodge furniture as they twist, curve, stretch and intertwine with their imaginary partners.

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