Video of the Month: Accessing Emotion

Congratulations to Yasmin Maher, Editors’ Choice for the Dance Teacher Video of the Month!

When Maher experienced the loss of a close friend’s child, she put her feelings of sympathy and grief into a combina- tion for her second- year contemporary and modern students at Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy in Elizabeth, New Jersey. “As they learned the dance, we took time to talk about their losses, from uncles to cousins to their fathers or their mothers,” she says. “It made a difference for them when it came to the movement.” Two boys, in particular, bonded with the dance, and the piece became a duet they will perform this spring.

Want to build buzz about your studio, work- shop or class? Posting videos to the Dance Teacher Video of the Month Contest is quick, easy and free. If your video is selected as Editors’ Choice, you’ll be featured on this page, as well as in DT’s newsletter and on our web and social- media pages! Visit to share your videos and vote for your favorites.

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