What's Missing From Your Warm-Up?

While teaching jazz at Gus Giordano Dance, sometimes Lauren Giordano Curran forgets she’s not a student. “You have to listen to your body. I have to know I can’t do a full-out battement because I’m going to tear my hamstring,” she says....

COUNTDOWN TO 2017 #8: Treat Yo'self to Some Me-Time

We’re counting down to January 1st with great ideas for your studio and teaching practice in the new year. Check back each day for a new tip! As a teacher, going to class yourself isn’t always an option. If you’re devoting your full attention to students during class,...

Lauren Giordano Curran’s Pre-class Ritual

After doing yoga poses before class, Lauren Giordano Curran likes to warm up with her students. In our April issue’s Health column we asked four teachers what their personal warm-up practices were. Here’s what jazz teacher Lauren Giordano Curran had to say. Lauren...

Suzi Taylor Teaches a Relevé Warm-Up Series

Your browser does not support the video tag. This exercise follows the plié, tendu and dégagé series in Suzi Taylor’s lyrical jazz class. It helps students manage their ribcage and shoulder alignment, while finding their centers. Taylor trained in Southern...

New Research on Stretching

You’ve heard it before: get your blood flowing before you stretch, yet many dancers still arrive to class and immediately plop down into their full splits. If you weren’t already convinced, new research indicates that using static stretches as a warm-up leaves muscles...

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