November 2010

The Rising Sun of Goh Ballet Academy

Chan Han Goh takes the next step in her family heritage.

Coaching the Nutcracker

Oregon Ballet Theatre in Seoul

Performance Planner: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

Jazz up your next recital with the King of Pop

Technique: Ray Hesselink

How I teach a grab-off

Darci Kistler

The last Balanchine ballerina continues Mr. B's legacy.


High Five

Michelle Latimer Dance Academy


Fall costume preview, plus shoes

Gabriela Granados

La música para la clase de flamenco

Breathe Easy

Help students get into the habit of organized breathing.

Maurice Béjart

The French choreographer who modernized ballet

The Politics of Casting

Establishing a casting process that's both fair and (relatively) drama-free

Dear Diary

How journaling enhances the high school dance class experience

Tapping Into College

Tap professors share their methods.

Money Talks

Determining pay for full-time teachers

Teacher Voices
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As many dance teachers begin another semester of virtual teaching, it is time to acknowledge the fact that virtual classes aren't actually accessible to all students.

When schools and studios launched their virtual dance programs at the beginning of the pandemic, many operated under the assumption that all their students would be able to take class online. But in reality, lack of access to technology and Wi-Fi is a major issue for many low-income students across the country, in many cases cutting them off from the classes and resources their peers can enjoy from home.

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Dance Teacher Awards

Who knew that a virtual awards ceremony could bring our community together in such a powerful way?

Last night, we celebrated the annual Dance Teacher Awards, held virtually for the first time. Though it was different from what we're used to, this new setting inspired us to get creative in celebrating our six extraordinary honorees. In fact, one of the most enlivening parts of the event was one that could only happen in a Zoom room: Watching as countless tributes, stories and congratulations poured in on the chat throughout the event. Seeing firsthand the impact our awardees have had on so many lives reminded us why we chose to honor them.

If you missed the Awards (or just want to relive them), you're in luck—they are now available to watch on-demand. We rounded up some of the highlights:

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Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer had input on the new Rambert Grades curriculum. Photo by Camilla Greenwell, Courtesy Rambert

British dance company and school Rambert has launched a new contemporary-dance training syllabus. Rambert Grades is intended to set a benchmark in contemporary-dance training, focused on three strands: performance, technique and creativity. Moving beyond the Graham and Cunningham techniques that form the basis of most modern-dance training in the UK, it includes contributions from current high-profile choreographers Hofesh Shechter, Alesandra Seutin and Rambert artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer.

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