January 2008

The Power of Two

Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride have revitalized the Charlotte dance scene at the helm of North Carolina Dance Theatre.

Around the World in 80 Days

This summer, why not take your students on a field trip?

Adding It Up

How the National Association of Schools of Dance is addressing increased pressure for numbers-based assessment.

Fashion

New looks for teachers.

Tunes for Tots

Olga Berest's favorite music selections

Performance Planner: Battle of the Sexes

Turn this age-old feud into a fun-themed recital for your school.

New Year, New You

Nine ways to reignite your creative spark this year

Pirouettes 101

Tips on mastering this basic ballet turn

Shane Sparks

The confident and charismatic choreographer from "So You Think You Can Dance"

Michel Fokine

The father of modern ballet

Starting from Scratch

How a Florida dance teacher started a program that has grown to 150 students in just two and a half years

You Be the Judge

Dance teachers who've also judged offer tips on how to make the most of critiques.

Making the Cut

Three dance program faculty members share their audition approaches.

Summer Study and Continuing Education 2008 Guide

More than 120 programs around the country

Making Sense of Soy

We look beyond the hype to separate fact from fiction.

Build a Better Business

10 business resolutions for the new year

Teacher Voices
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I often teach ballet over Zoom in the evenings, shortly after sunset. Without the natural light coming from my living room window, I drag a table lamp next to my portable barre so that the computer's camera can see me clearly enough. I prop the laptop on a chair taken from the kitchen and then spend the next few hours running back and forth between the computer screen of Zoom tiles and my makeshift dance floor.

Much of this setup is the result of my attempts to recreate the most important aspects of an in-person dance studio: I have a barre, a floor and as much space as I can reasonably give myself within a small apartment. I do not, however, have a mirror, and neither do most of my students.

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Music
Allie Burke, courtesy Lo Cascio

If you'd hear it on the radio, you won't hear it in Anthony Lo Cascio's tap classes.

"If I play a song that my kids know, I'm kind of disappointed in myself," he says. "I either want to be on the cutting edge or playing the classics."

He finds that most of today's trendy tracks lack the depth needed for tap, and that there's a disconnect between kids and popular music. "They have trouble finding the beat compared to older genres," he says.

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Teachers Trending
Courtesy Lovely Leaps

After the birth of her daughter in 2018, engineer Lisa McCabe had reservations about returning to the workforce full-time. And while she wanted to stay home with the new baby, she wasn't ready to stop contributing financially to her family (after all, she'd had a successful career designing cables for government drones). So, when she got a call that September from an area preschool to lead its dance program, she saw an opportunity.

The invitation to teach wasn't completely out of the blue. McCabe had grown up dancing in Southern California and had a great reputation from serving as her church's dance teacher and team coach the previous three years (stopping only to take a break as a new mother). She agreed to teach ballet and jazz at the preschool on Fridays and from there created an age-appropriate class based on her own training in the Cecchetti and RAD methods. It was a success: In three months, class enrollment went from six to 24 students, and just one year later, McCabe's blossoming Lovely Leaps brand had contracts with eight preschools and three additional teachers.

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