March 2005

Walking the Walk

Fosse disciple Chet Walker on carrying on the master's legacy and advancing an undervalued artform in the U.S.

Three Easy Pieces

Give your students a taste of Chet Walker's choreography with these three combinations.

Feet of Strength

Help students to develop their foot muscles.

Jumping for Joy

Causes and treatments for students with jumper's knee

Family Style

A guide for involving parents in nutrition education

Road to Recovery

A dance educator shares how she bounced back from a serious injury.

Lower Back Basics

3 exercises for building abdominal and back strength

Performance Planner: It's a Jungle Out There

Creative scenery and inspirational music ideas for a rainforest-themed recital

Martha Graham

Modern dance pionner

The More, The Merrier

a guide to growing your dance department's ticket sales

Star of San Juan

School founder Lolita San Miguel shares future career plans on the eve of her retirement.

Music to the Feet

Havana, Cuba-based dance teacher Isaias Rojas Ramirez offers advice for teaching Latin dance.

K-12: Howdy, Partner!

Ideas for collaborative projects with dance programs in higher education and the private sector

The Jitter Bug

Techniques for taming stage fright

Profitable Promises

7 steps to simplify your life and boost your income

Teaching Tips
A 2019 Dancewave training. Photo by Effy Grey, courtesy Dancewave

By now, most dance educators hopefully understand that they have a responsibility to address racism in the studio. But knowing that you need to be actively cultivating racial equity isn't the same thing as knowing how to do so.

Of course, there's no easy answer, and no perfect approach. As social justice advocate David King emphasized at a recent interactive webinar, "Cultivating Racial Equity in the Classroom," this work is never-ending. The event, hosted by Dancewave (which just launched a new racial-equity curriculum) was a good starting point, though, and offered some helpful takeaways for dance educators committed to racial justice.

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Higher Ed
The author, Robyn Watson. Photo courtesy Watson

Recently, I posted a thread of tweets elucidating the lack of respect for tap dance in college dance programs, and arguing that it should be a requirement for dance majors.

According to onstageblog.com, out of the 30 top-ranked college dance programs in the U.S., tap dance is offered at 19 of them, but only one school requires majors to take more than a beginner course—Oklahoma City University. Many prestigious dance programs, like the ones at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase, don't offer a single course in tap dance.

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Teaching Tips
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After months of lockdowns and virtual learning, many studios across the country are opening their doors and returning to in-person classes. Teachers and students alike have likely been chomping at the bit in anticipation of the return of dance-class normalcy that doesn't require a reliable internet connection or converting your living room into a dance space.

But along with the back-to-school excitement, dancers might be feeling rusty from being away from the studio for so long. A loss of flexibility, strength and stamina is to be expected, not to mention emotional fatigue from all of the uncertainty and reacclimating to social activities.

So as much as everyone wants to get back to normal—teachers and studio owners included—erring on the side of caution with your dancers' training will be the most beneficial approach in the long run.

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