October 2008

A Family Affair

Denise Wall shares her secrets for turning out some of today's top dancers, including her famous sons.

The Cream of the Crop

Four veteran teachers weigh in on how to take star pupils from great to amazing.

Calm, Cool & Carefree

Our roundtable of experts offers tips for controlling competition stress.

2009 Competition Guide

An inside look at 155 events in the U.S. and abroad

Training Future Stars

DT talks to Scott Wise and Elizabeth Parkinson about their studio FineLine Theatre Arts.


Costumes to make your holiday production shine

Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs

The artistic directors of dre.dance share their creative processes and hopes for their budding contemporary company.

Hip-Hop Fusion

Dancer/choreographer Luam looks beyond traditional hip-hop tracks for music that makes her move.

Performance Planner: The People in Your Neighborhood

Take a cue from N-Step Dance Center and create a show based on local businesses and workers.

Parents as Partners

Getting parents involved can help grow your dance program.

Constructing Criticism

Lean to use the power of positive reinforcement in the classroom.

Talent Search

How arts education expert Barry Oreck's system can help you spot and nurture talented kids

Under Your Wing

Why mentoring is worthwhile, and how to get started

Jerome Robbins

Broadway innovator and ballet genius

Nutcracker Nouveau

Holiday show alternatives to The Nutcracker

Nutrition for Tots

Dancers are never too young for positive health messages.

Sleep Essentials

Make your dream of restful nights a reality.

Going Freelance

A guide to taking your choreography to new audiences—and dancers

Strategic Scheduling

Customer convenience is the key to creating a successful schedule.

Money Moves

10 steps to save your business during slow times

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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Teachers Trending
Evelyn Cisneros-Legate. Photo by Beau Pearson, Courtesy Ballet West

Evelyn Cisneros-Legate is bringing her hard-earned expertise to Ballet West. The former San Francisco Ballet star is taking over all four campuses of The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy as the school's new director.

Cisneros-Legate, whose mother put her in ballet classes in an attempt to help her overcome her shyness, trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and School of American Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet as a full company member in 1977. She danced with the company for 23 years, breaking barriers as the first Mexican American to become a principal dancer in the U.S., and has graced the cover of Dance Magazine no fewer than three times.

As an educator, Cisneros-Legate has served as ballet coordinator at San Francisco Ballet, principal of Boston Ballet School's North Shore Studio and artistic director of after-school programming at the National Dance Institute (NDI). Dance Teacher spoke with her about her new position, her plans for the academy and leading in the time of COVID-19.

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The author with Maurice Hines. Photo by Anthony R. Phillips, courtesy Hopkins

In March, prior to sheltering in place due to the coronavirus outbreak, my husband and I traveled from New York City to Miami to screen our award-winning documentary, Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, at the Miami Film Festival.

Our star, Tony Award–nominated dancer and choreographer Maurice Hines joined us in Miami for the festival—stepping and repeating on the opening night red carpet, sharing anecdotes from his illustrious seven-decade career with local tap students, and holding court at a cocktail mixer with lively female fans.

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