January 2009

The Pioneers

ABT aims to transform ballet training across the country with

its new National Training Curriculum.

Dance Teachers Plus

Three educators prove it’s possible to juggle studio life and

a second career.

2009 Summer Study & Continuing Education Guide

130+ programs for you and your students

Fashion

Costumes ready for the bright lights of Broadway

A Cotemporary Vibe

Ashley Canterna shares her music choices for contemporary

choreography.

The Best of Both Worlds

Spice up your show by going country and rock ‘n’ roll.

Summer Scholars

Help students ace their summer study auditions.

Beat the Winter Blues

Help students get motivated again after winter break with

these inspiring ideas.

A Bronx Tale

Two New York City principals are using dance to improve

academic performance in their schools.

The New Guy

Help male beginners step it up in class.

Anna Sokolow

Modern Dance Choreographer

Letting go

Tips on when and how to dismiss a staff member

Teachers Trending
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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Teachers Trending
Evelyn Cisneros-Legate. Photo by Beau Pearson, Courtesy Ballet West

Evelyn Cisneros-Legate is bringing her hard-earned expertise to Ballet West. The former San Francisco Ballet star is taking over all four campuses of The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy as the school's new director.

Cisneros-Legate, whose mother put her in ballet classes in an attempt to help her overcome her shyness, trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and School of American Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet as a full company member in 1977. She danced with the company for 23 years, breaking barriers as the first Mexican American to become a principal dancer in the U.S., and has graced the cover of Dance Magazine no fewer than three times.

As an educator, Cisneros-Legate has served as ballet coordinator at San Francisco Ballet, principal of Boston Ballet School's North Shore Studio and artistic director of after-school programming at the National Dance Institute (NDI). Dance Teacher spoke with her about her new position, her plans for the academy and leading in the time of COVID-19.

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The author with Maurice Hines. Photo by Anthony R. Phillips, courtesy Hopkins

In March, prior to sheltering in place due to the coronavirus outbreak, my husband and I traveled from New York City to Miami to screen our award-winning documentary, Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, at the Miami Film Festival.

Our star, Tony Award–nominated dancer and choreographer Maurice Hines joined us in Miami for the festival—stepping and repeating on the opening night red carpet, sharing anecdotes from his illustrious seven-decade career with local tap students, and holding court at a cocktail mixer with lively female fans.

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