January 2012

Editor's Note: Summer Study

When One Size Does Not Fit All

Tina LeBlanc shares her path of self-exploration

Style Matters

Should your students know one ballet technique or many?

Francis Roach

How I teach Luigi's jazz

2012 Summer Study Guide

195 programs for you and your students

Trashing the Ash

Help students quit smoking.

High Five

KJ Dance Designs' Kristy Ulmer shares her goals for 2012

Glamour and Glitz

Accessories that shine onstage

From the Heartland to the Orient

A conversation with Trey McIntyre


Dazzling costumes for musical theater dance; plus tap shoes

Made for the Stage

Laine Munro's music for show tap class

Isadora Duncan

Mother of modern dance

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Strategies for teaching around your own limitations

Extra Credit

College internship programs

A Sunny Summer Forecast

Structuring an effective summer season

Teacher Voices

There were plenty of reasons why we were happy to bid 2020 a not-so-fond farewell, but for tap dancers, the end of such a difficult year was the final curtain on a decade in which the art form experienced remarkable growth.

Over the past 10 years, The School at Jacob's Pillow launched its first-ever tap programs; companies such as Dorrance Dance and Caleb Teicher & Company emerged and produced award-winning work; Operation Tap became an important voice in online tap education; the American Tap Dance Foundation established its new home in Greenwich Village; The Kennedy Center presented its first full-length tap concert; and so much more.

As the new year sees tap dance trying to maintain this positive momentum despite the ongoing restrictions of the pandemic, we invited several of the field's living legends to meet on Zoom and discuss how they perceive the current state of tap dance and tap education.

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Teacher Voices
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In 2001, young Chanel, a determined, ambitious, fiery, headstrong teenager, was about to begin her sophomore year at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, also known as the highly acclaimed "Fame" school. I was a great student, a promising young dancer and well-liked by my teachers and my peers. On paper, everything seemed in order. In reality, this picture-perfect image was fractured. There was a crack that I've attempted to hide, cover up and bury for nearly 20 years.

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Health & Body
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Though the #MeToo movement has spurred many dancers to come forward with their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, the dance world has yet to have a full reckoning on the subject. Few institutions have made true cultural changes, and many alleged predators continue to work in the industry.

As Chanel DaSilva's story shows, young dancers are particularly vulnerable to abuse because of the power differential between teacher and student. We spoke with eight experts in dance, education and psychology about steps that dance schools could take to protect their students from sexual abuse.

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