Tag: improvisation

The Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching Integrative Dance

I recently had the pleasure of attending, not one, but two workshops on teaching integrative dance. The first was a six-day intensive in February with Cork, Ireland–based Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company. The second was a three-hour workshop last night with Oakland, California–based AXIS Dance Company. Both companies are made up of dancers with and […]

How Jason Parsons Gets Dancers to Feel Comfortable with Improvisation

Jason Parsons began his professional career dancing for artists like Diana King and Celine Dion, for Disney and in countless industrials, but he soon realized his real interest was in the world of concert dance. Since then, he’s performed with companies like River North Dance Company and Mia Michaels’ RAW, and he has choreographed for […]

Video of the Month: Finding Freedom of Movement

Congratulations to Rachel Baird, the Editors’ Choice winner for Dance Teacher’s Video of the Month! In “Behind Closed Doors,” Baird improvises in an empty studio, using a patch of late-afternoon sun as a spotlight. The classically trained dancer hadn’t done much improvisation before being accepted to the professional training program at Alonzo King LINES Ballet. […]