Axis Dance Company

Did you know that there is an avenue of contemporary dance called “physically integrative dance”? San Francisco Bay Area’s AXIS Dance Company doesn’t just provide lip service to the phrase “anyone can dance”…they prove it every day. How do you combat the stereotypes, fear and general discomfort that can surround physical disabilities? Perhaps with a … Continue reading

5 Modern Dance Books

5 beautiful books to introduce dancers to modern dance, dance history and famous dance artists. Enjoy! The Human Alphabet ~Pilobolus  “An alphabet made of… PEOPLE!” ~ A fun book for dancers young and old. Pilobolus dancers use their bodies and colorful costumes to make all the letters of the alphabet and a picture for each … Continue reading

My Current Top 7 Songs for Contemporary Class

Selections from My Current Contemporary Playlist: Percussion for the Dance Technique of  Lester Horton V.1 ~ Victor Y. See Yuen/William Catanzaro, especially tracks #1, 9, 10 “Deliciae Mae” ~ Nicholas Lens   from Flamma Flamma, The Fire Requiem “Raven” ~ Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors   from Bones   “Drop” ~ Cornelius   from Point “Holding Out for … Continue reading

Treasure Chest of Ailey Videos

Tonight I am attending a concert of my absolutely favorite dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Seeing a performance of Alvin Ailey is like coming home for me. You can bring Ailey inspiration wherever you have internet connection by watching excerpts of the company and their school on the richly populated Alvin Ailey Vimeo … Continue reading

Video How-To Resource for Teachers

is the at-home colleague I sometimes need. I often turn to Dance Teacher Magazine’s on-line collection of teaching videos. The variety is impressive: tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, modern, anatomy, creative movement, yoga for dancers! Click a picture for the link to Dance-Teacher.com. (The listing for the entire collection can be found here).       … Continue reading

6 Costumes for the New School Year

Dancers & dance teachers on a school year schedule are heading back into the studio to meet their new classes. I always use the week before classes start to round up some new music and peruse some of the latest costumes to get re-inspired. I won’t be picking out any “June Show” music & costumes … Continue reading

Found: Revelations Video – Enjoy!

Every time I watch a professional performance, somewhere in the back of my mind comes the critic… “that was great, but Revelations is still my favorite dance of all time.” Enjoy. In Beauty,  ~Linda . Alvin Ailey’s REVELATIONS from Alvin Ailey on Vimeo. Alvin Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural … Continue reading

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