February 2009

The Big Picture Man

Choreographer Tyce Diorio is bringing Broadway to

Hollywood—and he’s doing it his way.

Dream Weavers

Nine choreographers share how they transform their visions

into works of art.

Fashion

Flowing skirts and subtle details add an elegant touch to

these lyrical costumes.

Wilhelm Burmann

The legendary ballet master shares class corrections and

what it was like to work with Balanchine.

Emotional Flow

Cathy Roe lets DT in on her music choices for lyrical dance.

Performance Planner: California Dreamin'

Use this theme to warm up a winter show.

Smooth Sounds

Find out which music-editing software is right for you.

Beating Choreographer's Block

11 ways to escape a creativity rut

Guest Spot

Find out how a visit from a guest or teaching artist can

invigorate your classroom.

Crossing Cultures

Implement a study-abroad program through your school's

dance department.

Sir Frederick Ashton

Founding father of British ballet

A Team of Your Own

DT turned to three studio owners for time-tested advice on

how to start a competition team.

Making the (Up)grade

What to consider when planning your next studio renovation

Teaching Tips
A 2019 Dancewave training. Photo by Effy Grey, courtesy Dancewave

By now, most dance educators hopefully understand that they have a responsibility to address racism in the studio. But knowing that you need to be actively cultivating racial equity isn't the same thing as knowing how to do so.

Of course, there's no easy answer, and no perfect approach. As social justice advocate David King emphasized at a recent interactive webinar, "Cultivating Racial Equity in the Classroom," this work is never-ending. The event, hosted by Dancewave (which just launched a new racial-equity curriculum) was a good starting point, though, and offered some helpful takeaways for dance educators committed to racial justice.

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Higher Ed
The author, Robyn Watson. Photo courtesy Watson

Recently, I posted a thread of tweets elucidating the lack of respect for tap dance in college dance programs, and arguing that it should be a requirement for dance majors.

According to onstageblog.com, out of the 30 top-ranked college dance programs in the U.S., tap dance is offered at 19 of them, but only one school requires majors to take more than a beginner course—Oklahoma City University. Many prestigious dance programs, like the ones at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase, don't offer a single course in tap dance.

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Teaching Tips
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After months of lockdowns and virtual learning, many studios across the country are opening their doors and returning to in-person classes. Teachers and students alike have likely been chomping at the bit in anticipation of the return of dance-class normalcy that doesn't require a reliable internet connection or converting your living room into a dance space.

But along with the back-to-school excitement, dancers might be feeling rusty from being away from the studio for so long. A loss of flexibility, strength and stamina is to be expected, not to mention emotional fatigue from all of the uncertainty and reacclimating to social activities.

So as much as everyone wants to get back to normal—teachers and studio owners included—erring on the side of caution with your dancers' training will be the most beneficial approach in the long run.

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