September 2005

DC's Grande Dame

The legendary career of DT Lifetime Achievement Award winner Mary Day

The 2005 Dance Teacher Award Recipients

Congratulations to Rose Marie Floyd, Earl Mosley, Barbara Allegra Veriezza and Tad Williams

2006 Convention Guide

Details on more than 80 events

Rethink the 3 Rs

Use these lesson plans to combine dance with language arts, math and science.

Meet the Parents

Get mom and dad involved in their children's dance education by holding orientation meetings.

Performance Planner: Movie Magic

Bring Hollywood to your studio with a movie-themed recital.

Bournonville for Boys

A lesson in Bournonville technique for your male students

Louis XIV

King of France, dancer and early patron of ballet

Fighting Fear

Overcoming four of the most common emotional hurdles for beginning teachers

The Old College Try

Tips for transferring your skills from the private sector to the college or university classroom

Bearing the Torch

Modern dance mogul Gus Solomons Jr on teaching artistry in higher ed

A Firm Foundation

Tatiana Tchernova teaches ballet basics with a focus on history and a sense of humor.

Balanced from the Core

Three yoga-inspired sequences to build your students' core strength


Street-savvy costumes for your hip-hop numbers; plus shoes

How to Start a Dance Company, part 1

The first steps in getting a dance company off the ground, from setting goals to raising money

Playing With the Big Boys

Attract a corporate sponsor to your dance company

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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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