Dance Teacher Tips
Photos by Kyle Froman

A few years ago, Mary Ann Lamb got a phone call from Ann Reinking, who was choreographing a production of The Visit starring Chita Rivera. Lamb was thrilled when Reinking offered her the role of Young Claire without even asking for an audition. "And then she said, 'In the first act, you're going to play Chita Rivera when she's a 17-year-old virgin,'" Lamb says, "and I'm like, 'What am I gonna do? I'm like 50 years old!' I started panicking. My dream was to be in the room with Ann Reinking and Chita Rivera, but I was scared to death I was going to make a fool of myself."

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Rozann, chipper as always. Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Sometimes a little video comes along that manages to cheer you on a dreary Wednesday, inspire you to be better and give you all the good feels. Meet Sheila Rozann, an 88-year-old ballet teacher for the National Dance Institute, New Mexico, who's been teaching for more than 66 years (!). She gives great advice on everything from why ballet is so pleasing to the eye to how a teacher can pick out a student destined for greatness. But my favorite jewel of wisdom that she offers is simple, and one that we often hear from the teachers we feature in DT: Dance is something that molds kids into good people, regardless of whether they go on to pursue careers in the field.

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Watch these kids, but more importantly, watch the teachers!

The first thing you’ll notice in this video is how many children are dancing. And if you’re like me, the next thing you’ll see is all the teachers (in orange and blue) who are on the floor, dancing full-out to keep the kids moving in unison and with energy.

As part of a new outreach program called Dance eXchange, Philadelphia-based contemporary company BalletX is spending 11 weeks teaching dance at Andrew Jackson, a local pre-K–8 public school.

In preparation for the residency, BalletX company members and staff trained with teachers from New York’s National Dance Institute to learn the organization’s methods for building dance skills while promoting self-confidence.

Watching the video, you can feel the positive vibe in the room and see the progress third- to fifth-grade participants have made just one week into the voluntary after-school program. Since students have not necessarily been exposed to dance before, teachers stick to simple choreography with waving, bouncing, clapping and counting out loud. In addition to this performance, Dance eXchange will present a mid-semester and final showcase that will be open to students, families and the public.

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