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

Leap! Executive Director Drew Vamosi (Courtesy Leap!)

Since its inaugural season in 2012, Leap! National Dance Competition has been all about the little things.

"I wanted to have a 'boutique' competition. One where we went out to only one city every weekend, so I could be there myself, and we could really get to know the teachers and watch their kids progress from year to year," says Leap! executive director Drew Vamosi. According to Vamosi, thoughtful details make all the difference, especially during a global pandemic that's thrown many dancers' typical comp-season schedules for a loop. That's why Leap! prides itself on features like its professional-quality set design, as well as its one-of-a-kind leaping competition, where dancers can show off their best tricks for special cash and merchandise prizes.

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Health & Body
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The term "body shaming" might bring up memories of that instructor from your own training who made critical remarks about—or even poked and prodded—dancers' bodies.

Thankfully, we're (mostly) past the days when authority figures felt free to openly mock a dancer's appearance. But body shaming remains a toxic presence in the studio, says Dr. Nadine Kaslow, psychologist for Atlanta Ballet: "It's just more hidden and more subtle." Here's how to make sure your teaching isn't part of the problem.

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Courtesy Russell

Gregg Russell, an Emmy-nominated choreographer known for his passionate and energetic teaching, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 22, at the age of 48.

While perhaps most revered as a master tap instructor and performer, Russell also frequently taught hip-hop and musical theater classes, showcasing a versatility that secured him a successful career onstage and in film and television, both nationally and abroad.

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