Todd Rosenlieb, left, of The Governor's School for the Arts. Photo by Victor Frailing, courtesy of Todd Rosenlieb

You're setting choreography on your class and most of the students are picking it up. One dancer, though, is having difficulty remembering the steps. You review the material several times, but you fear that this is starting to hold back your more advanced students. Still, you're worried the struggling dancer will be left behind. What is the best way to proceed?

Memorizing choreography is an essential skill for dancers. Fast learners have more time to work on the technique and artistry within a combination, and they are often the first to catch the eyes of directors. Like most skills, learning pace can be improved. Encouraging students to develop their own memorization methods will help them approach choreography with confidence.

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Walnut Hill students and Prometheus company members create choreographic phrases together.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, has a new company in residence: Boston-based modern dance group Prometheus Dance, led by Tommy Neblett and WHS faculty member Diane Arvanites. In a mutually beneficial move to the school, Prometheus Dance will be curating performances, holding conferences and teaching drop-in technique classes, while Walnut Hill provides the company with a home base.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts is a conservatory-style performing arts boarding school with 60 dance students currently enrolled. Partnerships with Boston Conservatory and Ballet Austin enable students to seamlessly transition into academia and professional careers after graduation.

Photo: by Antonio Viva, courtesy of Walnut Hill School for the Arts

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