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Being a Dancer: Advice from Dancers and Choreographers

By Lyndsey Winship

Nick Hern Books; 200 pages; $20.95

Get guidance from some of the world's brightest stars like Carlos Acosta, Wayne McGregor, Hofesh Shechter, Darcey Bussell and Tamara Rojo. Advice ranges from the poetic (“Every Romeo needs a Mercutio." —Carlos Acosta) to the practical (“There's always another job."

Adam Garcia).

A Chance to Dance: A Parent's Guide to Healthy Dance Education

By Betsy Bradley

CreateSpace; 164 pages; $17.99

There are many nuances to a dance education that the new dance parents at your studio may not be aware of. Help them out by having this resource in your studio lobby. Betsy Bradley addresses topics like the politics of touch in the classroom, why dancewear is formfitting and how parents can best communicate their concerns to their child's teacher.

How to Run a Preschool Dance Studio: The 7 Step System to Create, Grow and Expand Your Preschool Dance Classes

By Emma Franklin Bell

Franklin Bell Publishing; 200 pages; $14.95

Preschool dancers are essential to a well-run studio. Win them over, and they'll be your students for years to come. In this manual for studio owners, Emma Franklin Bell explains how to grow your preschool dance program through a comprehensive system of branding, marketing, staffing and training, customer relations and administration.

Mark Morris: Musician-Choreographer

By Stephanie Jordan

Dance Books Ltd.; 560 pages; $75

Mark Morris has been called the “Mozart of Modern Dance" for his musicality. This detailed analysis of Morris' choreographic relationship with music offers different musical strategies for students of choreography. Chapters come with corresponding links to video clips of his work, which shine new light on familiar scores like Tchaikovsky's “Waltz of the Snowflakes."

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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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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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