A dancer’s spine has its own expressive power. Use these tips to unlock your spine for both movement and expression.
“Stir up that recipe for greatness,” Casie “Tynee” Goshow says as she moves her arms in circles while teaching alone from a neon-lit platform at FORWARD__Space’s virtual hub. Goshow prompts the people watching her on-demand class to close their eyes as they continue the simple, repetitive combination: brushing hands in front of the face, then […]
In a studio high above Lincoln Center, Taylor Stanley is rehearsing a solo from Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer. As the pianist plays Prokofiev’s plangent melody, Stanley begins to move, his arms forming crisp, clean lines while his upper body twists and melts from one position to the next. All you see is intention and […]
As a young dancer, I was taught that falling out of a relevé, even during class, was not an option. I was told to never, ever give up on it. “Die for it,” my ballet master used to say. I used to love, even dream, of being immersed in dance every day. But after 10 […]
In a sun-soaked studio in Manhattan, members of the Martha Graham Dance Company (all women) lie on the floor with their feet and heads hovering off the ground. Choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith encourages the dancers to be unapologetic about being looked at as their bodies begin to tremble with exhaustion and they move into a […]
I dance to remember. I dance to forget. I dance to contain. I dance for my mom and dad. I dance to show my love. I dance when I cannot speak. I dance when words won’t do any justice. I dance to connect with strangers. I dance to understand. I dance to feel differences. I […]
In today’s dance world, it seems to go without saying: The more varied the training, the better. But is that always the case? Rhonda Malkin, a New York City–based dance coach who performed with the Radio City Rockettes, thinks trendy contemporary techniques that emphasize improvisation and organic movement quality are detrimental to the precision and […]
A newcomer to Batsheva’s main company, 23-year-old Amalia Smith is quickly learning how to keep her body safe and supple during Ohad Naharin’s rigorous rehearsals and world tours. Fatigue has become both a hurdle and a teacher. “Decadance is pretty much a marathon, and the new piece Venezuela is such crazy cardio I nearly had […]