Music for Class: Ashlé Dawson

Music with Latin flair Ashlé Dawson’s versatility has created plenty of opportunities, including a spot in the top four on “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 1 and a contract with Cirque du Soleil. Some of her favorite dance moments, though, were spent socializing....

Music for Class: Alex Ketley

Music for contemporary dance and improvisation Even during his studies at the prestigious School of American Ballet, Alex Ketley knew his ultimate goal was to become a choreographer. So after just four years of dancing with the San Francisco Ballet, he abandoned...

Music for Class: Karole Armitage

Music for contemporary ballet Armitage Gone! Dance director Karole Armitage at work Nicknamed the “punk ballerina,” Karole Armitage, artistic director of Armitage Gone! Dance, makes work rooted in the ballet vocabulary, accented with modern’s grounded, off-kilter...

Music for Class: Al Blackstone

Shifting between hard-hitting jazz and gooey contemporary movement, borrowing modern dance’s bare feet and layering character portrayals as bold as those found on Broadway, Al Blackstone’s choreography samples several techniques. “I always like to tell the...

Music for Class: Zoe Scofield

Music for modern and contemporary choreography Zoe Scofield After training at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and working with several modern dance choreographers, Zoe Scofield called it quits. “I had so much Balanchine training in my body, but I didn’t feel like a...

Music for Class: Mike Minery

Music for rhythm tap When Mike Minery’s students enter Wednesday tap class at For Dancers Only in Little Falls, New Jersey, they already know what technique drills are coming. “Soon after I first started teaching, I realized I was just coming up with combinations. I...

Music for Class: Arturo Fernandez

Music for ballet class At first glance, Arturo Fernandez’s ballet class seems like any other. But by the end of barre, the dancers have explored their complete range of motion, transitioning between parallel and turnout. In center, he asks dancers to change their...

Rhapsody James

Music for street jazz dance Rhapsody James and her company R.E.D. Rhapsody James has choreographed for some of the music industry’s top artists: Beyoncé, the Jonas Brothers and The Pussycat Dolls, to name a few. And though she’s thankful for these successes, she...

Music for Class: Lauren Adams

Soulful songs for contemporary choreography The versatility and quirk in Lauren Adams’ choreography makes her a hit on the convention scene. She attributes her success to a wandering imagination. “I get bored really easily,” she says. “I’m always looking to surprise...

Music for Class: Kiesha Lalama

Music to help dancers develop their personal movement voices The first year of college can be a struggle for dancers because their beliefs on technique and movement are often flipped upside down. “College is really about deprogramming them,” says Kiesha Lalama,...

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