October 2006

Robin Horneff

Robin Horneff heads a New Jersey powerhouse dance studio that balances competition success with community involvement.

From Stage to Study Hall

How to help competitive dance students succeed in college dance programs

Staying Inspired

Help students regain their motivation and spark—they'll score better at competition and have more fun doing it.

Performance Predicament

How to cultivate the elusive "it" factor in competition dancers

The 2007 Competition Guide

More than 100 dance events for you and students

Performance Planner: A New Nutcracker

Try these six variations on the holiday staple.

Fashion

Costumes to make your holiday production merry

Donna McKechnie

The Broadway veteran talks about her new projects.

Eugene Loring

An unsung innovator who found freedom in movement

Ask the Experts

Answers to your questions on setting a "potty policy," what to do if you suspect a learning disability and more

Room to Move

Five educators prove you don't need a top-of-the line studio to get your students moving.

What's Your Credit Heath?

10 things you should know about your credit report and how to maintain it

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Despite worldwide theater closures, the Universal Ballet Competition is keeping The Nutcracker tradition alive in 2020 with an online international competition. The event culminates in a streamed, full-length video of The Virtual Nutcracker consisting of winning entries on December 19. The competition is calling on studios, as well as dancers of all ages and levels, to submit videos by November 29 to be considered.

"Nutcracker is a tradition that is ingrained in our hearts," says UBC co-founder Lissette Salgado-Lucas, a former dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. "We danced it for so long as professionals, we can't wait to pass it along to dancers through this competition."

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Robbie Sweeny, courtesy Funsch

Christy Funsch's teaching career has taken her from New York City to the Bay Area to Portugal, with a stint in a punk band in between. But this fall—fresh off a Fulbright in Portugal at the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, School of Dance (ESD), teaching and researching empathetic embodiment through somatic dance training—Funsch's teaching has taken her to an entirely new location: Zoom. A visiting professor at Slippery Rock University for the 2020–21 academic year, Funsch is adapting her eclectic, boundary-pushing approach to her virtual classes.

Originally from central New York State, Funsch spent 20 years performing in the Bay Area, where she also started her own company, Funsch Dance Experience. "My choreographic work from that time is in the dance-theater experiential, fantasy realm of performance," she says. "I also started blending genres and a lot of urban styles found their way into my choreography."

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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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