November 2008

Seeing Double

DT chats with Hollywood's hottest dancing duo, Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo.

2009 Costume Guide

More than 60 stagewear styles for 2009.

Quick Fixer-Uppers

A designer shares simple techniques for customizing costumes.

Costume Call

6 steps to a smooth costume-ordering process

The ABCs of Costume Care

Tips and tricks from the pros on washing, drying and storing your performance wear

Barbara Karinska

Costume couturier

Performance Planner: Imagination Station

Put a dreamy spin on your recital with this theme.

Theatrical Flair

Choreographer, teacher and dancer Joshua Bergasse shares five picks for musical theater.

Daniel Ulbricht

The New York City Ballet principal talks about his latest role—teacher.

In the Swing

Tips for finding the momentum and strength for great jazz jumps

A Common Language

Integrating ESL students into your dance classes

Community Connection

Interested in academia or looking to broaden your reach? Teaching a community college can help.

Going for Ballet Gold

Advice on preparing students for the special world of ballet competitions

Menopause Matters

Steps to surviving the symptoms of menopause in and outside the dance studio

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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