From Dance Film to Full-Length Work

A Capezio A.C.E. runner-up will perform in New York City this summer.

A Room on Broad Street at the 2013 Capezio A.C.E. Awards

Nobody who attended the 2013 Capezio A.C.E. Awards at the Dance Teacher Summit could forget Jacob Jonas’ In a Room On Broad Street. It was the one where the guy spun on his head for what seemed like a full minute.

Jonas’ unique background makes his style stand out. The 22-year-old got his start at 13 performing with a group of Venice Beach street-dance acrobats called the Calypso Tumblers. He went on to pursue classical dance training.

Named for the Philadelphia studio location where it was created, Broad Street blends pedestrian movement, street and contemporary styles and, of course, circus-caliber stunts. The piece placed third at the A.C.E. Awards, earning Jonas a $2,500 production budget and a year to prepare for a full-length show in New York City.

Watch Jonas’ original video entry here. He will present the final product at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in Manhattan, August 5–7.

Photo by Kyle Froman



Courtesy Meg Brooker

As the presidential election approaches, it's a particularly meaningful time to remember that we are celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, when women earned the right to vote after a decades-long battle.

Movement was more than a metaphor for the fight for women's suffrage—dancers played a real role, most notably Florence Fleming Noyes, who performed her riveting solo Dance of Freedom in 1914 to embody the struggle for women's rights.

This fall, Middle Tennessee State University director of dance Meg Brooker is reconstructing Dance of Freedom on 11 of her students. A Noyes Rhythm teacher and an Isadora Duncan scholar, Brooker is passionate about bringing historic dance practices into a contemporary context.

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Justin Boccitto teaches a hybrid class. Photo courtesy Boccitto

Just as teachers were getting comfortable with teaching virtual classes, many studios are adding an extra challenge into the mix: in-person students learning alongside virtual students. Such hybrid classes are meant to keep class sizes down and to give students options to take class however they're comfortable.

But dividing your attention between virtual students and masked and socially distant in-person students—and giving them each a class that meets their needs—is no easy feat.

Dance Teacher asked four teachers what they've learned so far.

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All photos by Ryan Heffington

"Annnnnnnd—we're back!"

Ryan Heffington is kneeling in front of his iPhone, looking directly into the camera, smiling behind his bushy mustache. He's in his house in the desert near Joshua Tree, California, phone propped on the floor so it stays steady, his bright shorty shorts, tank top and multiple necklaces in full view. Music is already playing—imagine you're at a club—and soon he's swaying and bouncing from side to side, the beat infusing his bones.

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