March 2011

Editor's Note: "Age is not important. Knowledge is." —Joan Myers Brown

Curious Mind, Active Body

Lupe Serrano shares the secrets of her longevity

Teaching at the Perfect (Every) Age

Educators at all career stages speak their minds.

Hilary Cartwright

How I teach yoga for dancers

Teach Them Well

Set your students up with good nutritional practices.


High Five

Lisa Plumb Pelliteri of Plumb Performing Arts Center

Jerry Mitchell

The hardest working choreographer on Broadway


Flowing designs for lyrical and contemporary movement

Joel Hall

Jazz Soup

Moshé Feldenkrais

Master of mind-body awareness

The Perfectionism Problem

Get risk-averse students to open up.

New Moves

Freddie-Lee Heath's choreography wins over PE instructors.

Collegiate Career

St. Edward's University caters to professional dancers.

For Rent

Renting out your studio space can provide extra income.

Leap! Executive Director Drew Vamosi (Courtesy Leap!)

Since its inaugural season in 2012, Leap! National Dance Competition has been all about the little things.

"I wanted to have a 'boutique' competition. One where we went out to only one city every weekend, so I could be there myself, and we could really get to know the teachers and watch their kids progress from year to year," says Leap! executive director Drew Vamosi. According to Vamosi, thoughtful details make all the difference, especially during a global pandemic that's thrown many dancers' typical comp-season schedules for a loop. That's why Leap! prides itself on features like its professional-quality set design, as well as its one-of-a-kind leaping competition, where dancers can show off their best tricks for special cash and merchandise prizes.

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Health & Body
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The term "body shaming" might bring up memories of that instructor from your own training who made critical remarks about—or even poked and prodded—dancers' bodies.

Thankfully, we're (mostly) past the days when authority figures felt free to openly mock a dancer's appearance. But body shaming remains a toxic presence in the studio, says Dr. Nadine Kaslow, psychologist for Atlanta Ballet: "It's just more hidden and more subtle." Here's how to make sure your teaching isn't part of the problem.

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Courtesy Russell

Gregg Russell, an Emmy-nominated choreographer known for his passionate and energetic teaching, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 22, at the age of 48.

While perhaps most revered as a master tap instructor and performer, Russell also frequently taught hip-hop and musical theater classes, showcasing a versatility that secured him a successful career onstage and in film and television, both nationally and abroad.

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