January 2011

Editor's Note: Looking Forward to Summer

The New Détente

Valentina Kozlova is a winning envoy to the Russian tradition.

Katrina Killian

How I teach a pirouette in Balanchine's style

Survival Guide for Teachers

Tips for getting through hose busy months with your health and sanity intact.

2011 Summer Study Guide

Summer study programs for you and your students


High Five

With Becca Moore of Rhythm Dance Center

Matthew Rushing

Grooming the next generation of Ailey dancers


Costumes fit for Broadway

GEO Hubela

Hip-hop beats for Boyz

Detox Diets

The truth about quick-fix cleanses

Robert Alton

The choreographer who reinvented Broadway dancing

Finding the Right Fit

Help students choose summer intensives tailored to their needs.

Border Crossings

An El Paso program inspires students in Ciudad Juárez

First Steps

Community college dance programs that prepare students for four-year degrees

Teacher Voices
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As many dance teachers begin another semester of virtual teaching, it is time to acknowledge the fact that virtual classes aren't actually accessible to all students.

When schools and studios launched their virtual dance programs at the beginning of the pandemic, many operated under the assumption that all their students would be able to take class online. But in reality, lack of access to technology and Wi-Fi is a major issue for many low-income students across the country, in many cases cutting them off from the classes and resources their peers can enjoy from home.

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Dance Teacher Awards

Who knew that a virtual awards ceremony could bring our community together in such a powerful way?

Last night, we celebrated the annual Dance Teacher Awards, held virtually for the first time. Though it was different from what we're used to, this new setting inspired us to get creative in celebrating our six extraordinary honorees. In fact, one of the most enlivening parts of the event was one that could only happen in a Zoom room: Watching as countless tributes, stories and congratulations poured in on the chat throughout the event. Seeing firsthand the impact our awardees have had on so many lives reminded us why we chose to honor them.

If you missed the Awards (or just want to relive them), you're in luck—they are now available to watch on-demand. We rounded up some of the highlights:

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Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer had input on the new Rambert Grades curriculum. Photo by Camilla Greenwell, Courtesy Rambert

British dance company and school Rambert has launched a new contemporary-dance training syllabus. Rambert Grades is intended to set a benchmark in contemporary-dance training, focused on three strands: performance, technique and creativity. Moving beyond the Graham and Cunningham techniques that form the basis of most modern-dance training in the UK, it includes contributions from current high-profile choreographers Hofesh Shechter, Alesandra Seutin and Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer.

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