David Howard

When I was living in NYC, David Howard’s ballet class saved my soul. In a city where most dance classes felt like an audition, taught by people who didn’t really understand how to warm up a body or just really loved deep plié in second position, with the body folded over- David Howard’s ballet class … Continue reading David Howard

Cycle 1: How much of what we teach is “curriculum”?

Let's face it, I am fortunate in that my subject area- dance- is not included in the standardized tests that my students take each year. That doesn't mean, however, that I am not careful and intentional in how and what I teach. As I see it, there are three main types of teaching/learning relationships in … Continue reading Cycle 1: How much of what we teach is “curriculum”?

You Can Do Anything But Not Everything 1.0

Recently, Dance/USA produced a series of articles about professional choreographers who have turned to working in higher education as a means to keep creating choreography within concert dance and earn a living. Most of the artists interviewed are of notable stature (David Dorfman, Joe Goode,…) and discuss the balancing act required of working in two … Continue reading You Can Do Anything But Not Everything 1.0

Picking Up the Steps: An Introduction to Dance Training

I have recently written a post for parents of little movers on Green Spot Blue (a parenting and literary Web site) on dance education and what to look for and expect in a dance class.  The article can be found here. Here is a snippet from the beginning of the article: Dance education, like any … Continue reading Picking Up the Steps: An Introduction to Dance Training

Playing Superhero: The Dark Side of Discipline

Discipline in the arts is usually one of the major “gains” in training and one of the reasons many parents choose to enroll their child. Discipline in pre-professional dance, for me, was what separated those that wanted to succeed and those that did. Discipline in professional dance takes on a different perspective in response to … Continue reading Playing Superhero: The Dark Side of Discipline

Four Confessions and a Concern

Recently, dance educator Sheena Jeffers wrote the blog post, “Teaching Dancers: Non-serious v. Serious” to which I contributed a few brief thoughts as did our highly esteemed friends, Nichelle at Dance Advantage and Dance_Reader. Sheena is an inspired teacher with a clear perspective and serious motivation. Her post was started as a conversation on Twitter … Continue reading Four Confessions and a Concern