What My Teacher Taught Me: Lindsey Croop

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Lindsey Croop learned the power of positivity in ballet class with Charla Genn. “One of the things that sets her apart is she’s so positive and funny. She comes up with rhymes for everything, like ‘Lift your chest in...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Anna Chirescu

As a dancer with Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston for the past four years, Anna Chirescu changed the way she approached taking on new challenges. “Robert is an American who works in France, where the culture is very different. He says that French people talk and...
What My Teacher Taught Me: Heather McGinley

What My Teacher Taught Me: Heather McGinley

For 10 years, Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Heather McGinley trained intensively in Cecchetti technique with Lisbeth Brown in St. Louis. Brown encouraged her to showcase her strengths. “She emphasized that the technique was important, but to always keep in mind...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Janaki Patrik

In the 1970s, Janaki Patrik, artistic director of The Kathak Ensemble & Friends, studied with Merce Cunningham in New York City. She remembers the subtle way he would give a correction. “I loved the technique. It was pure and spare, but when he taught the class,...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Fadi J. Khoury

To better understand the intricacies of dancing in pointe shoes, choreographer Fadi J. Khoury, artistic director of FJK Dance, took private lessons from his collaborative partner Sevin Ceviker. “As a choreographer, I felt like I needed to learn more about dancing on...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Anna Bass

Before Anna Bass entered into her 14-year collaborative partnership with choreographer Monica Bill Barnes, she was inspired by another partnership—her James Madison University professors Cynthia Thompson and Kate Trammell. “They’ve had a duet company for over 30...
What My Teacher Taught Me: Andrew Brader

What My Teacher Taught Me: Andrew Brader

While studying at ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School as a teenager, Complexions Contemporary Ballet dancer Andrew Brader shared a special moment with Susan Jaffe, who soon became his mentor. “It was the 10th-anniversary performance of the ABT Studio...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Akiko Kitamura

When choreographer Akiko Kitamura was a teenager, her jazz teacher Etsuko Kawasaki showed her just how enjoyable dance could be. “As a child I studied ballet, but it was very strict and limited. Then I started learning jazz and street dance from Etsuko. She was...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Tony Waag

When American Tap Dance Foundation artistic director Tony Waag was in college, he attended a tap workshop conducted by Brenda Bufalino. The two hit it off, and Bufalino became his mentor. From the get-go, Bufalino was supportive of Waag’s stylistic choices. “She...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Monica Giragosian

When Monica Giragosian received one of her first leading roles with American Repertory Ballet, director Douglas Martin reminded her of the importance of basic technique. “My second season, I had the opportunity to perform Juliet in Douglas’ original production...

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