Pulling someone else’s hair up into a bun can be rough. Hairstyling might not be your speciality, slicking back whispies can seem impossible, even with copious amounts of hairspray, and the 3- or 4-year-old you’re “working” with might not have the patience to sit still. We know, we know, it can be frustrating! So before […]
The tap dancer and founder of Syncopated Ladies got real at last week’s Dance Teacher Summit in San Diego.
Every summer Tap City gives New Yorkers a week of classes, events and awards culminating in “Rhythm in Motion.” This year the showcase, on July 11, has gathered star tappers—and not only tappers—in a mix of tradition and innovation. Chloe Arnold’s new group Apartment 33 (her previous group, Syncopated Ladies, went viral) as well as […]
The back is an essential focus of Cynthia Harvey’s ballet classes, especially as a part of port de bras. Here, she offers “plain,” en face port de bras, followed by the same position with épaulement, to show the difference the back (and head and neck) can add to any position. Aspirational imagery helps students find […]
Marinda Davis is a force. Despite battling eight different autoimmune diseases, she manages to be an in-demand contemporary choreographer and convention circuit teacher. She was also recently featured on season two of the CW docu-series “My Last Days,” discussing how she copes with a terminal illness. “I really want to be strong for the kids […]
Do you know how to teach this classic tap rhythm? Watch American Tap Dance Foundation’s Susan Hebach teach a swing eighth note.
In “We Circle the Night,” choreographer Thang Dao focuses on the story of two young lovers. Dao’s vision begins with the couple being forced from their peaceful home in the middle of the night and taken to a foreign land—both places sharing the same night sky. It was filmed at the train station in Pietrasanta, […]
When choreographer Cristian Faxola learned he had two days to create, develop and shoot a music video as an audition to choreograph for The Squared Division production house, he and his team embraced the challenge.
Part of being a dance teacher is training your students to maintain strong bodies and health. Are you, the teacher, taking care of arguably your most valuable instrument: your voice? Long days of teaching class followed by nights of cleaning choreography at rehearsals can cause many dance teachers to, alas, suffer from vocal fatigue. But […]
Merritt Moore is a ballerina who just so happens to be graduating from Oxford University with a PhD in quantum physics. Is she even human? The jury is still out on that – but the 29-year-old, who earned her undergrad degree from Harvard, has actually found dance to be a powerful tool that assists her […]