Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider (Warner Brothers)

Today in Ballet Dancers Are Actual Superheroes news:

You've no doubt heard that the fabulous Alicia Vikander is playing Lara Croft in the newest iteration of Tomb Raider, which hits movie theaters this Friday. But while her training for the high-octane action role was crazy tough, she says, studying at the Royal Swedish Ballet Schoolwas far tougher.

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Dance Teacher Tips
Photo by Gail Pansini, courtesy of Julia Lee Taylor

Diane Smagatz-Rawlinson has spent 26 of her 33 years in dance education at Wheeling High School in Illinois. She has mentored a number of dance-certified alumni and, this past spring, she welcomed her seventh student teacher to her classroom. Here's her advice for empowering student teachers.

At Wheeling High School in the Chicago area where I teach, more than 85 percent of the students are taking their first dance class. My advice to any new student teacher is: Avoid assuming that students already know how to count music, travel in lines, recognize terminology or even understand basic classroom etiquette.

Student teachers here lead four or five classes every day in dance and/or physical education for 8 to 15 weeks, depending on university requirements. Here are some of the ways I help prepare them for success.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Revelations

This fall, great American dance is coming to a movie theater near you. The Lincoln Center at the Movies series kicked off on September 24 with screenings of San Francisco Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet in nearly 400 cinemas nationwide. On October 22, dance lovers can see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s signature work Revelations and other Ailey fan favorites. Performances by Ballet Hispanico and New York City Ballet round out the inaugural cinema season, which concludes December 10 with NYCB’s holiday classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Each screening includes fun extras like interviews with company dancers and behind-the-scenes footage. See lincolncenteratthemovies.org.

Ashley Bouder and the New York City Ballet perform George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.

Photos from top: by Gert Krautbauer; by Paul Kolnik, both courtesy of Lincoln Center

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