FALL FOR DANCE!
Most New York based dancers, teachers and choreographers know, "Fall for Dance" is an annual ten-day long dance festival presented by New York's City Center; celebrating the joy of dance with the hopes of exposing new audiences to our beloved art form. Inspired by the Delacorte Festival in Central Park during the 1960's & 1970's, "FFD" was established in 2004 and has grown in popularity every consecutive year since then. The most diverse, prestigious dance companies from around the world perform multiple programs over the course of the festival; offering a broad taste of assorted dance styles to satisfy a wide variety of aesthetic palettes. Built into the event are also free dance classes and public panel discussions. These "talks" create for intimate encounters in which to participate in a wide range of dance related topics; with highly regarded artists within the field.Read More
RECITAL THEMES.....CREATIVE TOOL OR STIFLING BOUNDARY?!
Directors, what is your take on building an end of the year show which encompasses all your dancers' and faculty's hard work while demonstrating continuity and a pleasurable viewing experience? Any memorable performance that we attend usually has rhyme or reason to it, right? A theme or a choreographic sensibility should reflect cohesiveness throughout the performance. Often times, dance concerts which are disjointed and lacking in direction leave the audience feeling the same way and the same will hold true for your own audiences. This is glaringly obvious when it is, shall we say, an _"extended"_ performance without intent, but we need to keep the audience on the edge of their chairs, engaged and awake from beginning to end! So how do we do all this and keep them coming back for more?Read More
WHEN STUDENTS AREN'T FEELING YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY!
As dance teachers we spend countless hours researching music, coming up with creative concepts, figuring out movement, formations and transitions and get excited to set new pieces with our dancers. So what happens when your enthusiasm for a new piece doesn't inspire your dancers the way it does you? How do you handle dancers who just "aren't feeling it?" ......................Read More
PERFORMING AT YOUR BEST! TIPS FOR GIVING A GREAT TEACHING INTERVIEW!
Teachers, that time of year is quickly approaching when studio schedules are being finalized and directors are rounding out their faculty for the new season. If you are lining up some interviews yourself for some new teaching gigs, I'd like to share some helpful hints and thoughts to better help you secure that position! I have been on both sides of the table, interviewing and auditing potential candidates myself and I can tell you even the littlest thing that may slip by you can be the biggest detail between looking professional and landing the job vs. being seen as green and unprepared.....Read More