Category Archives: How To

Out of Africa: Jeffrey Page on West African Dance

From music videos to Broadway’s Fela!, the influence of West African dance seems to be more visible than ever. Dancer … Continue reading

Posted in World Dance

The Shim Sham

You’re at a tap show and have been trying to keep your feet still, but the dancer within you is … Continue reading

Posted in How To, Tap

Belles of the Ballroom

Picture this: You’re wearing a floor-length, rhinestone-encrusted dress and your partner is looking regal in his dark suit. You walk … Continue reading

Posted in Ballroom, How To

How To Hinge

Photos by Erin Baiano. You see it everywhere in contemporary and modern choreography. It’s the “wow” step that takes you … Continue reading

Posted in How To, Modern

Background Ballerinas

You’ve finally been cast in Coppélia, and you’re thrilled! Before the show, you spend extra time on your hair and … Continue reading

Posted in Ballet, How To

Mastering the Vaganova technique

Precision. Quiet power. Controlled strength. Regal carriage. Vaganova-trained dancers are easy to spot: Their technique is deeply internalized and their … Continue reading

Posted in Ballet