Who's Your Favorite Science-Loving Dance Teacher?
Great dance educators with smart, scientific teaching practices are invaluable to the dance field. How else could we create healthy, beautiful dancers?
The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science is looking to honor someone who's made a substantial impact through teaching with its annual Dance Educators Award—and the committee is asking for nominations.
The award has been given to a dance teacher who integrates principals of dance science into their classroom every year since 2014. Past recipients include Janice Plastino from University of California Irvine, Janet Karin from Australian Ballet School, Tom Welsh from Florida State University and Emma Redding from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
What are the criteria? The committee is looking to recognize someone who:
- demonstrates long standing support for the integration and implementation of dance science in the classroom
- has developed a system of training based on sound knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and/or psychology
- can address artistic and pedagogical priorities within a scientific context to help researchers understand the art of dance and dance teaching
- demonstrates innovative thinking in teaching and is not afraid to challenge myths and historical methods
- demonstrates an ongoing commitment to furthering the field of dance and dance science and IADMS as an organization
The selected honoree will be recognized at the IADMS conference in Helsinki this October.
Just four years ago, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomed its first class of BFA students. The program—which boasts world-class faculty and a revolutionary approach to training focused on collaboration and hybridity—immediately established itself as one of the country's most prestigious and most innovative.
Now, the first graduating class is entering the dance field. Here, six of the 33 graduates share what they're doing post-grad, what made their experience at USC Kaufman so meaningful and how it prepared them for their next steps:
Every dancer knows there's as much magic taking place backstage as there is in what the audience sees onstage. Behind the scenes, it takes a village, says American Ballet Theatre's wig and makeup supervisor, Rena Most. With wig and makeup preparations happening in a studio of their own as the dancers rehearse, Most and her team work to make sure not a single detail is lost.
Dance Magazine recently spoke to Most to find out what actually goes into the hair and makeup looks audiences see on the ABT stage.
On a sunny July weekend, hundreds of Seattle-area dance fans converged on tiny Vashon Island, a bucolic enclave in Puget Sound about 20 miles from the city. They made the ferry trek to attend the debut performance of the fledgling Seattle Dance Collective.
SDC is not a run-of-the-mill contemporary dance company; it's the brainchild of two of Pacific Northwest Ballet's most respected principal dancers: James Yoichi Moore and Noelani Pantastico. The duo wanted to create a nimble organization to feature dancers and choreographers they felt needed more exposure in the Pacific Northwest.