September 2009

In a Different League

Dance gains new prestige as top universities recognize its academic potential.

Rhythm & Logic

How Billie Lepczyk made dance the one class Virginia Tech students never skip

2009 Higher Ed Guide

Details on 146 college and university dance programs

High Five

Desiree Robbins for Tremaine Dance speaks her mind.

Debbie Allen

America’s celebrated dance teacher returns to the silver screen in the Fame remake.

Teacher Training

Young Audiences Arts for Learning Professional Development Programs

Fashion

As the weather cools down, students cozy up

Creative Grooves

Anne Green Gilbert's selections for moving beyond the usual

Performance Boosters

Foods to keep you fueled, fit and focused

Bennington School of the Dance

The early home of American modern dance

A Reason to Move

How acting can help dancers of all ages

The Power of Play

How high school educators can use InterPlay to teach students about mutual respect

Smart Marketing

Make your advertising dollars work.

Teaching Tips
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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