What My Teacher Taught Me: Dani Spieler

What My Teacher Taught Me: Dani Spieler

When new Cats swing Dani Spieler was dancing at Central Park Dance Academy as a kid, her teacher Maria Bai got her to realize how important ballet technique was to her future.”I started out taking ballet, but after a year or two, it really wasn’t for me....
What My Teacher Taught Me: Mary Page Nance

What My Teacher Taught Me: Mary Page Nance

Before joining the ensemble of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Broadway dancer Mary Page Nance learned how to take her dancing to the next level from Pam Turner at Richmond Dance Center.”She just had this energy that was infectious. She was always...
What My Teacher Taught Me: Meredith Fages

What My Teacher Taught Me: Meredith Fages

After joining Heidi Latsky Dance in 2007, Meredith Fages expanded her dynamic range as a performer under Latsky’s mentorship.”When we first started working together, she said to me, ‘Meredith, you have training coming out of your ears. I’m...
What My Teacher Taught Me: Rebecca Rasmussen

What My Teacher Taught Me: Rebecca Rasmussen

When MOMIX’s Rebecca Rasmussen was studying at Moorpark College in California, her professors Dennon and Sayhber Rawles gave her the confidence she needed to pursue a career in dance.”They prepared me through their belief that I could do it. They...
What My Teacher Taught Me: Sarah Daley

What My Teacher Taught Me: Sarah Daley

Before joining Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sarah Daley learned how to find inspiration in everyday life from her mentor Watmora Casey.”I remember when I was getting ready to compete in Youth America Grand Prix in 2002, I was doing the Black Swan...
What My Teacher Taught Me: Cara Butler

What My Teacher Taught Me: Cara Butler

Irish dancer Cara Butler remembers the helpful advice that her teacher Donny Golden gave her as a child to ease her mind before competitions.”I remember that he was really good at calming my nerves as a kid. He would always say, ‘Your nerves are a form of...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Ae-Soon Kim

Ae-Soon Kim, a dancer with Carolyn Dorfman Dance for eight years, learned the power of open-ended questions by working closely with Dorfman. “Sometimes, in rehearsal, I feel like I’m in acting class. To help us bring emotion into our bodies, Carolyn poses...

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