Every dancer has a dream role. For some, it’s one character they’ve dreamed of dancing, often from a young age. For others, it extends beyond the stage—a dream role can be less about portraying a specific part or dancing in a particular show and more about finding a career path that feels perfectly suited to them.
Here’s how attending two summer dance intensives for adults has propelled my career forward.
If you’ve ever wanted to master the iconic jazz-class combo from Center Stage, now’s your chance. In celebration of the movie’s 20th anniversary, choreographer Susan Stroman is teaming up with Broadway Dance Center and Open Jar Studios to lead a tutorial on the infectious “Higher Ground” routine for the first time ever. Join Stroman, a […]
There’s a healthy dose of repetition in your dance education—whether it’s those same fundamentals you’re asked to practice over and over as you deepen your technique or the many run-throughs it takes to polish a piece of choreography. But teachers also see the same missteps and issue the same reminders from student to student, perhaps […]
Jumping might seem like something you’re either a natural at or that you’ll never master. “She’s a jumper,” you might hear someone say about another dancer with a beautiful grand jeté—and assume, in turn, that you’re not. But how high you leap—and how quickly and easily you do it—is actually a skill that you can […]
These days, everyone tells you how important it is to be versatile. But what if you’re convinced there’s just one style that’s right for you? It can be tough to balance a deep interest in a single specialty and still meet many choreographers’ expectations. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between all in or all […]
When most people think of dance students, they imagine lithe children and teenagers waltzing around classrooms with their legs lifted to their ears. It doesn’t often cross our minds that dance training can involve an older woman trying to build strength in her body to ward off balance issues, or a middle-aged man who didn’t […]
“I don’t wanna go to dance!” As a kid, these were my famous words. When packing into the car for the interminable ride to the studio, I would kick and scream so much that I earned the nickname “The Hornet.” I am so glad my parents put up with my sting, because looking back, it […]