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When Fixing Problems Goes Too Far

Workshops & Classes

When I was a new teacher, I had a student who began as a very ‘heavy’ follow. She used so much resistance that I would be exhausted after one dance with her. After a few months of regular practice, she became…

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NYC Ballet Goes the Extra Mile

Inspirational Stories

Imagine emailing the New York City Ballet on behalf of a special needs child, asking if they would create a program for disabled children – and hearing the answer “Yes”. That’s what happened to one mother. See how dance can…

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The Three Dance “Hells”

Social Dancing

In dancing, there are three stages where most dancers deal with deep feelings of frustration or apathy – and sometimes even leave the scene. Some dancers get stuck in these for a long time – while others may only spend…

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The Love Languages of Dance

Fun Stuff

Most of us have heard about the five ‘love languages’, when applied to our interpersonal relationships. Some people prefer loving words, while others prefer giving and receiving gifts. Some like actions that show love, and others like physical touch. Some…

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In a Culture of Isolation, Be the Invitation

Inspirational, Social Dancing

“In a culture of isolation, be the invitation to everything.” – Vera de Chalambert* As dancers, we know the meaning of an invitation. Or rather, we think we do. We invite each other to dance. Leaders invite followers into patterns and movements. Dancers…

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On Sexual Assault

Dance Discussions

Today is the third time in under a month that a story of sexual assault by a prominent dance figure has arrived in my newsfeed. That is extremely maddening. To be clear, I’m not taking a legal stance on whether…

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Men: Manage Your ‘Joystick’

Beginner-Friendly, Etiquette

This past weekend, I was having an enjoyable dance with a guy. The dance was smooth and relatively connected.  He moved into a closer hold, and the dance suddenly became distinctly unenjoyable for one reason: His “joystick”. On my leg….

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Navigating Your First Social

Beginner-Friendly, Social Dancing

So, you’re ready to start social dancing! Maybe you’ve taken a few classes, or perhaps you have a friend who is dragging you out one night this week. Whatever the reason, I hope you have an awesome time. Before you…