Category Archives: How To

From Classical to Commercial

You’re a total bunhead. Whether you live for Swan Lake or worship Jirí Kylián, you can’t imagine life without your … Continue reading

Posted in Commercial, How To

The Basic Pullback (May/Jun 2009)

It’s your favorite tap class: The warm-up is over and it’s time to flap-ball-change across the floor. You’ve finally gotten … Continue reading

Posted in Tap

Horton Technique

In the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, dancer/choreographer Lester Horton developed a dance technique based on Native American dances, anatomical studies … Continue reading

Posted in Modern

Men On Pointe

For girls brought up on The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, donning a pair of pointe shoes is a rite of … Continue reading

Posted in Ballet

Dance Teams vs. Dance Departments

One sustains the arts while the other supports athletics. One encourages independent expression while the other places the group above … Continue reading

Posted in Dance Team

The Physics of Footwork

What is Loose-Ankle Tap? Loose-ankle tap is perhaps one of the profession’s best-kept secrets. Mark Yonally, artistic director of Chicago … Continue reading

Posted in Tap