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Stop Telling Dancers to Leave Their Problems at the Door

The dance world is often viewed as something beyond the toils of day-to-day living. When dancers walk into the studio, they are expected to be totally focused, exercise self-discipline and work hard towards perfecting their craft—and leave whatever occurrences happened outside the studio behind. “Leave your problems at the door” is a phrase that most […]

Video: Helping Dancers Channel the Power of Stillness with Vangeline

In this video tutorial, Vangeline, a teacher, dancer and choreographer who specializes in Japanese butoh, demonstrates a breathing meditation and Noguchi Taiso exercise that will help your students center their bodies, calm their nervous systems and channel the power of stillness.   For more insights on how to help your dancers channel the power of stillness, click here.

How to Cultivate a Healthy Summer Intensive Environment

Summer intensives offer incredible experiences for dancers looking to expand their training. New teachers, new friends and new lessons support a dancer’s versatility and growth. But challenges exist for both the dancers and the educators during the summer season. For dancers, summer intensives can exacerbate the potential for food struggles and negative body image. A […]

For Bo Park, Musicality Isn’t About Hitting Every Beat

“For me, musicality isn’t about hitting every beat. It’s about how we listen to the song, because everybody listens to music differently,” says dancer and choreographer Bo Park, whose musically driven choreography has earned her credits with Virgin Voyages, HARMONIX, Hideaway Circus and her own company, SHINSA. Park has always wanted to dance and remembers […]

Isadora Duncan: Laying the Foundation for American Modern Dance

The moment when Isadora Duncan throws her head back in ecstasy as she dances at the Theatre of Dionysus in Greece (preserved in the 1903 photograph above) captures Duncan’s archetypal performance qualities: supple, improvisatory, transcendent. Arguably the most important American-born dance artist of the early 20th century, Duncan forged her style against ballet’s codified technique […]

As Anti-Asian Hate Rises, Here’s How Some Dance Educators and Institutions Are Offering Support

The Asian American community has continued to experience acts of targeted violence in cities across the U.S., mostly fueled by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In data published by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 339 percent nationwide in 2021 compared to the year prior. In a Pew […]