Tag: choreography

Strong and Confident Female Dancers Inspired This Choreographer's Work

When New York City–based dancer Dan Lai began choreographing Figure 8, he had a specific vision in mind. Inspired by a song by FKA Twigs, he wanted the movement to represent the music’s “dark and twisted vibe.” “My thought process was to make shapes and phrases that were abstract and unique that complimented the intricate […]

12 Performance Tips From Competition Judges Who Have Seen It All

Help your dancers improve their performance—and scores—with this advice from veteran competition faculty: Martha Nichols, Judy Rice and Suzi Taylor. Connect with your ensemble. Everyone can be dancing at the same time, but not necessarily together, because they don’t acknowledge each other. “Relax and have a good time,” says Martha Nichols of New York City […]

Al Blackstone Reveals His True Passion and His "Ugly Dance"

Al Blackstone only recently found his true stride in the dance world. Growing up taking class at his parents’ studio and going to competitions, he loved nothing more than performing. But now, whether he’s teaching a room full of professional-level dancers in New York City, a group of kids at a convention or at the […]

What Faye Driscoll Looks For in Dancers

Seeing Faye Driscoll’s work is like attending the zaniest, most uninhibited birthday party you can imagine. Her most recent production, Thank You For Coming: Attendance, included maypole skipping, unflinching eye contact, a fantastical funeral scene and even a complete breakdown (and reassembly) of the stage, mid-performance. It also involved a considerable amount of audience participation—that […]

#WhyNotWednesday: VMA Nominations for Best Choreography

  Ok Go dancing on scooters Yesterday, MTV announced nominations for the network’s 2015 Video Music Awards, including five in the category of Best Choreography. Ryan Heffington (of Sia and Maddie Ziegler fame) made the list, not for his cage-fighting “Elastic Heart” video (though it was nominated in another category), but for his work with roller […]

#WhyNotWednesday: Ryan Heffington Breaks Down His Cryptic “Chandelier” Choreography

Some teachers use counts to mark out their combinations. Others say the names of the steps in rhythm or use sound effects—Sheila Barker coaches students through tricky weight changes and body undulations with a “pow, wiggy, zig, ahh” oratory that sounds like scatting. But then there’s Ryan Heffington. The now-famous Sia choreographer basically recites an […]

Healing Through Dance

Congratulations to Robert Mosher, Editor’s Choice for the Dance Teacher Video of the Month! During a summer workshop at Relativity School in Los Angeles, CA, where he’s a BFA candidate, Mosher had the opportunity to pitch the concept for his video “7 Stages.” When his proposal was selected for production, he had less than a […]

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Accepting Applications for 2015 Choreography Program

Choreographer Amy Hall Garner rehearsing with CPYB students as part of ChoreoPlan 2013 Outside of a classroom or university setting, it can be tough for aspiring choreographers to find opportunities to set and show their work in a nurturing environment. That’s why Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has been hosting ChoreoPlan since 1998. The school is […]

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