January 2005

An Extraordinary Gentleman

John Meehan talks about teaching ABT's next generation

Many Happy Returns

How to help dancers get back into studio life after summer study

Going Back to School

A rundown of the major types of continuing education options available today

Time Out

A sabbatical is a special opportunity to pursue a personal or professional drea.

The 2005 Continuing Education & Summer Study Guide

More than 125 continuing education and summer study programs in the U.S. and abroad

Performance Planner: In Your Element

Earth, fire, wind and water are the perfect ingredients for an original recital

Marius Petipa

The bard of classical ballet

Running a Temperature

How to pick the perfect setting for your studio thermostat

How-To: Activity Calendar

27 class and studio activities to spice up your year

Play Time

Games can be a great tool for teaching young children dance basics.

Declaration of Independence

How to start an independent study program in dance

It's All Relative

Teaming up parents and children turns competition into a family affair.


Costumes with sequins and rhinestones

Armed Against Injury

Three exercises to prevent upper-body injury

Breathing Ins and Outs

Breathing techniques to increase endurance and optimize performance

Safe and Sound

How to assess the safety of your studio and be prepared for an emergency

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Despite worldwide theater closures, the Universal Ballet Competition is keeping The Nutcracker tradition alive in 2020 with an online international competition. The event culminates in a streamed, full-length video of The Virtual Nutcracker consisting of winning entries on December 19. The competition is calling on studios, as well as dancers of all ages and levels, to submit videos by November 29 to be considered.

"Nutcracker is a tradition that is ingrained in our hearts," says UBC co-founder Lissette Salgado-Lucas, a former dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. "We danced it for so long as professionals, we can't wait to pass it along to dancers through this competition."

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Robbie Sweeny, courtesy Funsch

Christy Funsch's teaching career has taken her from New York City to the Bay Area to Portugal, with a stint in a punk band in between. But this fall—fresh off a Fulbright in Portugal at the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, School of Dance (ESD), teaching and researching empathetic embodiment through somatic dance training—Funsch's teaching has taken her to an entirely new location: Zoom. A visiting professor at Slippery Rock University for the 2020–21 academic year, Funsch is adapting her eclectic, boundary-pushing approach to her virtual classes.

Originally from central New York State, Funsch spent 20 years performing in the Bay Area, where she also started her own company, Funsch Dance Experience. "My choreographic work from that time is in the dance-theater experiential, fantasy realm of performance," she says. "I also started blending genres and a lot of urban styles found their way into my choreography."

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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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