May 2006

Blazing New Trails

Anne Green Gilbert talks about her fight for creative dance education.


Ballet, tap and jazz outfits for your youngest students

My First Competition

How to prepare youngsters for the spotlight

Problem Kids

What should you do about chaotic tots, sullen preteens and back-talking teenagers?

Community of Health

Techniques your dance department can use to encourage healthy body image in students

Magic of Mentoring

An innovative program that cultivates leadership by coaching students to mentor their peers.

Tap It Out

Gregg Russell shares a fast-paced 8-count.

Jacques d'Amboise

An intimate talk with the famed dancer and educator.

Performance Planner: An American Tale

Create a recital that traces the history of this country.

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

Inspire your students with the life story of the legend whose birthday is celebrated as National Tap Dance Day.

Ask the Experts

Questions on hyperextended elbows, career transitions and studio building guidelines

Unlocking Your Financial Potential

A guide to getting loans to start or grow your business.

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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Teaching Tips
Justin Boccitto teaches a hybrid class. Photo courtesy Boccitto

Just as teachers were getting comfortable with teaching virtual classes, many studios are adding an extra challenge into the mix: in-person students learning alongside virtual students. Such hybrid classes are meant to keep class sizes down and to give students options to take class however they're comfortable.

But dividing your attention between virtual students and masked and socially distant in-person students—and giving them each a class that meets their needs—is no easy feat.

Dance Teacher asked four teachers what they've learned so far.

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Teachers Trending
All photos by Ryan Heffington

"Annnnnnnd—we're back!"

Ryan Heffington is kneeling in front of his iPhone, looking directly into the camera, smiling behind his bushy mustache. He's in his house in the desert near Joshua Tree, California, phone propped on the floor so it stays steady, his bright shorty shorts, tank top and multiple necklaces in full view. Music is already playing—imagine you're at a club—and soon he's swaying and bouncing from side to side, the beat infusing his bones.

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