March 2015


A New Breed

by Karen Hildebrand

On Top of the World

How Nick DeMoura became one of the most sought-after choreographers in Hollywood

Nurturing the Gift

Training the new breed of hypertalented young dancers

Blossom Leilani Crawford

How I teach Pilates for dancers

Fashion

Ballet slippers and pointe shoes

Face to Face

A conversation with dance writer Claudia La Rocco

Teachers’ Tools

Up close with Lirena Branitski

Robyn Mineko Williams

Music to inspire choreography

Finding Your Om

Reap the benefits of meditation.

John Bubbles

The father of rhythm tap

Let’s Go, Team!

5 team-building activities for your competition dancers

Leading a Double Life

Three college grads explain how double majoring shaped their careers.

From “Ho Hum” to “Aha!”

Making bold changes to the way you run your studio" target="_blank">Buy this issue!

  • A New Breed

     I distinctly remember having a lively intermission conversation at a Youth America Grand Prix gala performance several years ago. ... More »

  • On Top of the World

    How Nick DeMoura went from “the little cute boy in the crew” to become one of the most ... More »

  • Nurturing the Gift

    When hypertalented ballet competitors achieve acclaim at a very young age, what is left for them to master? A ... More »

  • Blossom Leilani Crawford

    How I teach Pilates for dancers

    “Kathy Grant used to say, ‘Let your fingers do the walking,’ like the Yellow ... More »

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