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Published: March 22, 2012
Category: profile

At Juilliard, a Mashup of the Real and the Virtual

By Rachel Straus NEW YORK — In the age-old business of show business, technology is the emperor’s new clothes. But the Juilliard School’s upcoming Beyond the Machine concerts (March 29-April 1) use technology to create a newfound reality. Artists performing live in Tokyo, London and California will join colleagues performing live in the Rosemary and []

Published: September 1, 2008
Category: trend

Your Body: Overwork Syndrome

By Rachel Straus It’s an understatement that dancers are hard workers. The profession demands drive, discipline, and perfectionism. But along with these qualities comes a tendency to burn out. Though it’s a term that gets thrown around a lot, burnout is a real syndrome with physical and psychological symptoms. Not only can it cause biological []

Published: April 1, 2008
Category: technique

Mentoring student teachers: role models who bridge the gap between concept and practice

By Rachel Straus Not long ago only a couple of hundred dance studios, college dance departments, and public school dance classes existed in this country. Today there are thousands. Attendant to the boom in dance popularity, it seems that anyone with chutzpah can call themselves a dance teacher. Too often novices teach without proper training []

Published: February 20, 2008
Category: technique

Teacher's Wisdom: Eric Franklin

By Rachel Straus “If you want to change your body, first you have to change your mind.” Eric Franklin helps dancers to improve their technique by applying scientific principles, anatomical understanding, and the power of the imagination. The Swiss-born movement educator teaches workshops around the world, both at Pilates studios and at major dance institutions []

Published: March 1, 2006
Category: career talk

Starting out: Dance program grads make the leap to professional life

By Rachel Straus Some call it tunnel vision. Others speak of good timing. Many describe it as a matter of hedging one’s bets. Bellamy F. Eure’s journey from student at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts to professional dancer with Philadanco involved all of the above. Raised in a business minded family, Eure began weighing her []

Published: January 7, 2006
Category: career talk

The new gypsies: ballet dancers who call their own shots and carry their own bags

By Rachel Straus

“And you Gypsies who speak the language of horses and make a quest of roaming the world, you will live in the open, wandering by chance, sleeping in trees or besides the rivers, watching reflected stars.” — From a Portuguese fable translated by Sophia Healy

Traveling by foot, train, and bus, Bonnie Pickard distinguishes []