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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: May 6, 2007
Category: profile

Teaching tots: Beverly Spell introduces ballet with imagery, stories —and a sequential lesson plan

By Rachel Straus

“Good morning knees!” sings out Beverly F. Spell as she and her students bend over to make verbal and facial contact with their kneecaps. The four-year-olds don’t realize that, through this exercise of straightening their legs in time with the music, they are learning anatomy and developing their hamstrings in preparation for []