Recommended: 4 Editors' Picks

Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

C Major Entertainment; 2016;

101 minutes; $18.50 (DVD)

Enjoy the soulful dancing of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from the comfort of your own home. Included are Alvin Ailey's choreographic crown jewel, Revelations; artistic director Robert Battle's humorous solo, Takademe; Wayne McGregor's Chroma; and Ronald K. Brown's modern/West African fusion, Grace.

Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Theory, Research and Practice

By Nyama McCarthy-Brown

McFarland & Company Inc., Publishers; 277 pages; $35

Indiana University professor Nyama McCarthy-Brown proposes ways to diversify dance history courses, ballet technique classes and approaches to choreography, and ways to incorporate Native American dances into dance theory and practice.


MPI Home Video; 2016; 85 minutes; $19.99 (DVD)

In 2010 at age 19, Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin was the youngest-ever principal with The Royal Ballet. Without warning, he walked away from the company two years later with no plans to continue dancing. Dancer tells the story of Polunin's early life, resignation from TRB and his eventual return to dancing.

Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers

By Donna Krasnow and Mary Virginia Wilmerding

Human Kinetics; 336 pages; $32

Understanding the science behind motor function can help amplify your dance instruction and performance. Part dance science book, part teaching manual, Motor Learning and Control for Dance covers motor development, operations of the nervous system and strategies for teaching posture, balance and locomotor skills, among other topics.

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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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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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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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