March 13, 2016

During the college audition process, my eyes were opened to a world of dance I hadn’t known before. I came from a studio that raised me. Parents were forbidden from playing a major role and certain aspects of the dance world were not disclosed. Of course, I was aware o...

February 14, 2016

I was teaching beginning ballet last summer and I told my dancers to hold their arms so that if they had a partner, they wouldn’t smack them in the face. A small, dramatic dancer waved her arms romantically and asked the girl next to her to be her male partner. One of...

January 31, 2016

You’re going across the floor in ballet with a Grand Allegro. The teacher stops to explain the combination and makes a variation for the men and women. She tells the men to go last and adds a fabulously daring tour for their finale. The women are instructed to do a sim...

November 15, 2015

When people think of dance, their minds frequently revert to the classic “bun head image.” Whenever I see a prima ballerina with her hair gelled to perfection I have flashbacks of a six-year-old mini-me being screamed at for my untamed “wispies.”

I liked the wispies tho...

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