Recommended: 4 Editor's Picks

The Art & Science of Cueing

By Eric Franklin

OPTP; 68 pages; $17.95

Get students accessing the correct muscles and moving with ease by giving them helpful verbal instructions. Movement specialist Eric Franklin's new manual on cueing provides detailed explanations and color illustrations for a range of specific imagery-based and anatomical cues.

Music for Ballet Classes: Volume 5

By Charles Mathews

40 tracks; 64 minutes; $15

Familiarize young ballerinas with the classics with Volume 5 of Charles Mathews' Music for Ballet Classes series. Not only will students dance to memorable melodies like Johann Strauss II's “The Blue Danube" and Frédéric Chopin's “Nocturne in C Sharp Minor," they will enjoy music from their favorite ballets like Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée and Swan Lake.

Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance

By Kara Anne Gardner

Oxford University Press; 264 pages; $35

Agnes de Mille changed Broadway forever by being the first to choreograph movement that contributed to the story's emotional content, as opposed to a divertissement. This new book provides an in-depth look at de Mille's choreographic legacy through six musicals, including smash hits like Oklahoma! and Carousel.

Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer's True Story

By Rosemary Novellino-Mearns

TurningPointPress LLC; 206 pages; $28.95

Former Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company dancer Rosemary Novellino-Mearns tells the inspirational story of how she helped save the iconic home of the Radio City Rockettes from demolition in the 1970s.

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"Water breaks are not Instagram breaks."

That's a cardinal rule at Central Virginia Dance Academy, and it applies even to the studio's much beloved social media stars.

For more than a decade, CVDA has been the home studio of Kennedy George and Ava Holloway, the 14-year-old dancers who became Instagram sensations after posing on the pedestal of Richmond's Robert E. Lee Monument. Clad in black leotards and tutus, they raise their fists aloft to depict a global push for racial justice.

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Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a shift in our community that is so impressive that the impact could last long into our future. Although required school closures have hit the dance education field hard, what if, when looking back on this time, we see that it's been an incredible renaissance for dance educators, studio owners and the young dancers in our charge?

How could that be, you ask?

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It's a Wednesday in May, and 14 Stanford University advanced modern ­dance students are logged on to Zoom, each practicing a socially distanced duet with an imaginary person. "Think about the quality of their personality and the type of duet you might have," says their instructor Katie Faulkner, "but also their surface area and how you'd relate to them in space." Amid dorm rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and backyards, the dancers make do with cramped quarters and dodge furniture as they twist, curve, stretch and intertwine with their imaginary partners.

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