January 2014

New Year, New Goals

By Karen Hildebrand

Making It in New York

Three former dancers take the pulse of arts education.

Jacqulyn Buglisi

How I Teach Graham

Fashion: Tulles of the Trade

Edgy and classical tutus

Leah Cox

From performer to educator

Teachers’ Tools

Up close with Shannon Bresnahan

Melinda Sullivan

Music for tap

Core Control

Safe and effective trunk-strengthening exercises

Marius Petipa

His classic works are at the core of today’s ballet repertoire.

10 Minutes to Impress

Summer study audition videos that stand out

Express Yourself

Teaching English with dance

Help for the College-Bound

Summer intensives are one way to preview a college.

Not Just a Pretty Keepsake

How profitable is your recital book?

2014 Summer Study Guide

All the details you need in one concise source

Teachers Trending
Marcus Ingram, courtesy Ingram

"Water breaks are not Instagram breaks."

That's a cardinal rule at Central Virginia Dance Academy, and it applies even to the studio's much beloved social media stars.

For more than a decade, CVDA has been the home studio of Kennedy George and Ava Holloway, the 14-year-old dancers who became Instagram sensations after posing on the pedestal of Richmond's Robert E. Lee Monument. Clad in black leotards and tutus, they raise their fists aloft to depict a global push for racial justice.

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Teacher Voices
Photo courtesy Rhee Gold Company

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a shift in our community that is so impressive that the impact could last long into our future. Although required school closures have hit the dance education field hard, what if, when looking back on this time, we see that it's been an incredible renaissance for dance educators, studio owners and the young dancers in our charge?

How could that be, you ask?

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Teachers Trending
Photo by Yvonne M. Portra, courtesy Faulkner

It's a Wednesday in May, and 14 Stanford University advanced modern ­dance students are logged on to Zoom, each practicing a socially distanced duet with an imaginary person. "Think about the quality of their personality and the type of duet you might have," says their instructor Katie Faulkner, "but also their surface area and how you'd relate to them in space." Amid dorm rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and backyards, the dancers make do with cramped quarters and dodge furniture as they twist, curve, stretch and intertwine with their imaginary partners.

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