March 2007

Three's Company

Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada, co-directors of San Francisco's ODC Dance Commons, talk about 35 years of nurturing an artists' community.

Notable Instruction

How to use dance notation in the classroom to foster better body awareness and boost creativity

Teaching Anatomy

Integrate anatomical principles into your classes to help students stay injury-free.

Cardio Rx

A strong cardiovascular system can boost endurance and strength.

Pushing the Limits

Challenge your students while safeguarding their health.

Healthy Habits

10 strategies for a lifetime of wholesome eating

Face to Face: Rennie Harris

The hip-hop advocate celebrates the 15th anniversary of his Philadelphia-based company, Rennie Harris Puremovement.

Performance Planner: Rhymin' Time

Create a medley of dances based on everyone's favorite nursery rhymes.

Helen Tamiris

Modern dance pioneer and esteemed musical theater choreographer

Physics 101

Clarify mechanics of motion to help your dancers develop their technique.

A Community of Learners

Learn how educators are working to offer accredited dance programs at community colleges around the country.

A Family Affair

Three K-12 teachers share strategies for getting parents involved in their children's dance education.

Ask the Experts

Answers to your questions on dance education certification and finding good yoga teachers

Accounting for Success

The ins and outs of hiring an accountant


Health & Body
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Talar compression syndrome means there is some impingement happening in the posterior portion of the ankle joint. Other medical personnel might call your problem os trigonum syndrome or posterior ankle impingement syndrome or posterior tibiotalar compression syndrome. No matter what they name it—it means you are having trouble moving your ankle through pointing and flexing.

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Scott Robbins, Courtesy IABD

The International Association of Blacks in Dance is digitizing recordings of significant, at-risk dance works, master classes, panels and more by Black dancers and choreographers from 1988 to 2010. The project is the result of a $50,000 Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

"This really is a long time coming," says IABD president and CEO Denise Saunders Thompson of what IABD is calling the Preserving the Legacy and History of Black Dance in America program. "And it's really just the beginning stages of pulling together the many, many contributions of Black dance artists who are a part of the IABD network." Thompson says IABD is already working to secure funding to digitize even more work.

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Studio Owners
The Dance Concept staff in the midst of their costume pickup event. Photo courtesy of Dance Concept

Year-end recitals are an important milestone for dancers to demonstrate what they've learned throughout the year. Not to mention the revenue boost they bring—often 15 to 20 percent of a studio's yearly budget. But how do you hold a spring recital when you're not able to rehearse in person, much less gather en masse at a theater?

"I struggled with the decision for a month, but it hit me that a virtual recital was the one thing that would give our kids a sense of closure and happiness after a few months on Zoom," says Lisa Kaplan Barbash, owner of TDS Dance Company in Stoughton, MA. She's one of countless studio owners who faced the challenges of social distancing while needing to provide some sort of end-of-year performance experience that had already been paid for through tuition and costume fees.

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