Helen Rolfe graduated summa cum laude from Connecticut College with a BA in East Asian Studies (Japan concentration) and a minor in dance. Helen has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, character and modern at Virginia Ballet Theatre, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Ballet Chicago and K-Classic Ballet Studio in Kyoto, Japan. She is also a proud alumna of the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts musical theatre department, the Rockettes Summer Intensive and Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Gaynor Minden's celebrating 25 years in the best way possible: With a sale! (via dancer.com)
Time for a quick pop quiz: What does "BTS" stand for?
A. Back To the Studio
B. Behind The Scenes
C. Back To School
D. Back To Shopping
Answer: All of the above! We've searched far and wide to round up a quartet of blockbusting BTS online sales that you won't want to miss. Ready, set, stock up on everything you'll need for the 2018–2019 year of dance.
Happy shopping, dancers!
Through Tuesday, August 14, use offer code "EXCLUSIVE30" on soffe.com to nab a cool 30% off dance graphic tees and tanks for guys and gals alike.
Summertime...and the dressing is eeeeeeeeeeasy. When you're heading straight from the dance studio to the pool or beach, you don't want to be messing around with complicated cover-ups. That's where these 5 MVPs of the romper room come in, bringing their breezy style to your pre-class, post-rehearsal, and everything-in-between looks. Oh, and three out of the five are on sale right now. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and romper-ound! (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
The Soline, by Wear Moi
This oversized cap sleeve romper with a half zip in the front features four-way stretch and extra-comfy wide leg openings. You can get it now on Wear Moi's US website for less than half of its original price.
Dancers know there's no time like summer for sun, sand...and sweat! Gross but true: Whether your summer intensive has air conditioning or not (just because some people like to yell about how AC is bad for dancers), there's no denying that summertime dancing brings with it all kinds of sweatiness—and resultant smelliness.
With the long, super-sweaty days of summer intensives fast approaching, there has possibly never been a better time to make sure your dancewear drawer is full—and fully equipped!—for whatever your training and performance plans might be.
Duell teaching at the School of American Ballet. Photo by Erin Baiano, courtesy of Ballet Chicago
The music comes first for Patricia Blair and Daniel Duell, the couple who co-direct Ballet Chicago. "We get inspired first and foremost by the music that we are listening to, looking at it analytically and structurally," Duell says about their choreographic process. "In our choreography, we always feel a need to provide a thematic shape—a beginning, a development and a conclusion, the way a piece of music goes."
FollowUp.cc helps you manage and organize your Gmail accounts. This Chrome browser extension lets you hit the snooze button on new e-mails (and return to them on a date and time you designate), schedule e-mails to be sent later and set reminders to follow up with a contact or a message thread. Being able to see who's opened or clicked on an e-mail allows users to track whether parents have received tuition reminders and share important information with faculty.
You probably recognize Laurieann Gibson as an expert judge from the TV shows "Making the Band" and "Born to Dance" (or from her DT cover story, June 2011). Maybe you've seen her explosive, original choreography for Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and now Justine Skye. But for an artist with such a distinctive creative vision, it's surprising to hear that what she really wants is for dancers to be themselves. "When I teach, it's not about me. I don't want you to mimic me, I want you to understand you," she says. "Mimicking the teacher doesn't produce anything: Then it's just a bunch of people making you think you're a great choreographer because the dancers are hitting everything, but they aren't really dancing."
Cassie Meador at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo byMatthew Cumbie, courtesy of Dance Exchange
Dance Exchange, the Takoma Park, Maryland–based nonprofit dance organization founded by Liz Lerman, returns this month to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to continue work on Off-site/Insight: Stories from the Great Smoky Mountains, supported by the National Park Service's Imagine Your Parks initiative.