September 2008

Southern Charm

As director of dance at the University of Alabama, Cornelius Carter opens up a world of possibilities for his students.

Battle of the Budget

With university budget cuts on the horizon, dance departments are taking action now in hopes of staying afloat.

Audition Advice

Faculty members from top university dance programs offer insights into their audition processes.

The 2008 Dance Teacher Awards

Congratulations to Elizabeth Fernandez-Flores, Kee-Juan Han, Jan van Dyke and Sanja Korman.

Non-Majors Welcome

Dance faculty from five schools talk about integrating students with little or no dance experience into their programs

Hip Hop Goes to College

Hip hop has swept the nation, but what is its place in higher education?

2008 Higher Ed Guide

Details on more than 150 college and university programs

Stuck on the Sidelines

The pros and cons of surgery for dance teachers

Fashion

More than 30 audition looks to wow the judges

Finding the Artist Within

Alic Teirstein helps teen dancers get in touch with their creative spirit.

In Full Bloom

Carol Bristol-Henry has planed the seeds of change at Compton Dance Theatre.

Performance Planner: School Days

Create a recital based on High School Musical and prepare for a sold-out show.

Ballet Basics

Master teacher Eleanor D'Antuono reveals her go-to music for class.

Lar Lubovitch

The choreographer celebrates the 40th anniversary of his company while looking ahead.

The Modern Mode

Reap the benefits of adding modern to your studio's roster.

It Takes Two

Teach your students the skills needed to master partnering.

Joyous Jumps

Tips to help your ballerinas reach their full jump potential

Irmgard Bartenieff

Movement innovator

From the Ground UP

A look at the changing role of higher ed in supporting dance in the public sector

Picture Perfect

How to hire a great photographer

The "It" Factor

Can stage presence be taught? DT Investigates.

From the Mat to the Barre

Incorporate yoga into your classroom to benefit dancers of all ages.

Fancy Footwork

Find out how to spot dancers' most common foot problems—and nip them in the bud.

Tipping the Scale

Two dance educators share their successes and failures in maintaining a healthy weight.

Welcome Home

The business benefits of keeping alumni part of your dance family

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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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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