March 2006

A Shared Vision

Go behind the scenes at the new Ballet Pacifica, headed up by Ethan Stiefel, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner.

Beyond the Barre

Nine techniques to supplement your students' dance training

Stay Sane on the Circuit

Eight ways to crush competition stress

The Truth About Burnout

Recognize the warning signs to keep this condition from affecting your students' health and performance

Behind the Screen

What is a dance screen and how can you implement one at your school?

The Goods

The best drinks for staying hydrated during dance class.

How to Start a Company, Part 4

Ideas for growing and promoting your fledgling dance troupe

Once Upon a Time

Tips on incorporating storytelling into movement classes

Ruth Page

A midwest original

Rehearsal Management 101

Four tips to help student choreographers learn how to make the best use of their studio time

How Intelligent is Your Teaching?

Use Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences to reach all of your students.


New dancewear and warm-up styles for your students

Ask the Experts

Answers to your questions on pronated feet, developing upper body strength and once-a-week ballet class


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Despite worldwide theater closures, the Universal Ballet Competition is keeping The Nutcracker tradition alive in 2020 with an online international competition. The event culminates in a streamed, full-length video of The Virtual Nutcracker consisting of winning entries on December 19. The competition is calling on studios, as well as dancers of all ages and levels, to submit videos by November 29 to be considered.

"Nutcracker is a tradition that is ingrained in our hearts," says UBC co-founder Lissette Salgado-Lucas, a former dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. "We danced it for so long as professionals, we can't wait to pass it along to dancers through this competition."

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Robbie Sweeny, courtesy Funsch

Christy Funsch's teaching career has taken her from New York City to the Bay Area to Portugal, with a stint in a punk band in between. But this fall—fresh off a Fulbright in Portugal at the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, School of Dance (ESD), teaching and researching empathetic embodiment through somatic dance training—Funsch's teaching has taken her to an entirely new location: Zoom. A visiting professor at Slippery Rock University for the 2020–21 academic year, Funsch is adapting her eclectic, boundary-pushing approach to her virtual classes.

Originally from central New York State, Funsch spent 20 years performing in the Bay Area, where she also started her own company, Funsch Dance Experience. "My choreographic work from that time is in the dance-theater experiential, fantasy realm of performance," she says. "I also started blending genres and a lot of urban styles found their way into my choreography."

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Courtesy Meg Brooker

As the presidential election approaches, it's a particularly meaningful time to remember that we are celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, when women earned the right to vote after a decades-long battle.

Movement was more than a metaphor for the fight for women's suffrage—dancers played a real role, most notably Florence Fleming Noyes, who performed her riveting solo Dance of Freedom in 1914 to embody the struggle for women's rights.

This fall, Middle Tennessee State University director of dance Meg Brooker is reconstructing Dance of Freedom on 11 of her students. A Noyes Rhythm teacher and an Isadora Duncan scholar, Brooker is passionate about bringing historic dance practices into a contemporary context.

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