March 2014

The Healing Power of Dance

by Karen Hildebrand

Deborah Wingert

How I Teach Ballet

Dancing to Heal

Martha Eddy’s movement class for breast cancer patients

Force Friends

A sensitive approach for special-needs dancers

Fashion

Twinkle Toes: Pointe and Ballet Shoes

David Dorfman

Finding the balance between life and dance

Teachers' Tools

Up close with Sarah Reich

Camille A. Brown

Music for modern dance

Get Friendly with Your Fascia

The key to your best dancing body is right under your skin.

Gene Kelly

Changed the face of dance on film

Fine-Tune Your Teaching Language

Why small adjustments make a big difference

Age-Appropriate Anatomy

When and how to bring technical concepts into dance class

What's a College-Bound Tapper to Do?

Tips for making the most of limited opportunities, plus Davis & Elkins College's new percussive dance program

The Dangers of Too Much DIY

Is it time to let go so your business can grow?

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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News
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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