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Behind the Curtain Blog

NDEO's "Behind the Curtain" Blog features articles written by NDEO members about dance and dance education topics as well as periodic updates on NDEO programs and services. This is a FREE resource available to ALL.

Archive by year: 2018Return
By Rachel Berman ~~ Legendary modern dancemaker Paul Taylor, one of the seminal artists of the last two centuries, passed away on August 29th, exactly one month after his 88th birthday. What can I add to the list of accolades already bestowed upon my old boss? He was an icon of the dance world, a giant, a ground-breaking pioneer of American modern dance, a naughty boy, a mischievous spy, a brooding introvert, an internationally-decorated choreographer, a genius. He was once deemed the “greatest...
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By Katrena Cohea, Different Drummer Dance ~~ #ballerinafeet, #flexibilitygoals, Under Armour athletic wear campaigns and voting rights. These are just a few of the ways dancers have created buzz in the social media world, drawing attention to not only the wider dance industry and community, but to important missions, ideas and change inspiring movements. The pervasiveness of social media, viral videos and hashtags of the past few years have seemingly done the dance world good. Instagram, YouTub...
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By Rebecca Santone, Student at Bridgewater State University ~~ Other dancers, however, deflect to teaching dance solely as a way to pay the bills or as a fallback plan after their professional aspirations fall short. Others are forced to retire from dancing professionally, whether it be because of age, injury, or settling down with a family, and feel that teaching dance is the next step in their life. Teaching dance is not something that dancers should simply default to. As the professional danc...
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By Lisa D. Long, California State University Fullerton ~~ As physical and energetic creatures, dancers spend endless hours training their minds and musculature into optimally functioning, art-making instruments. But just as one must change a car’s oil, lubricate bicycle chains and snake clogs out of a drain, bodies, as instruments, need the same kind of maintenance. Remembering to take the time to pause, and unblock the knots and energy that are congealing...
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By Lisa Barker ~~ I have been hurled forward to thinking differently about dancing in my environment thanks to the work of Efva Lilja. Lilja is a choreographer, artist, researcher and author. She writes beautifully about her experiences. At one point in time, she was awarded the opportunity from the Swedish Royal Academy of Science to be part of an expedition to the North Pole. She went to explore movement...
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By Deborah Karp, Luna Dance Institute ~~ It’s nine on a Wednesday morning and the East Oakland sun has made its full debut over the hills and surrounding treetops, bathing the Grass Valley Elementary School playground in its warm, golden rays. Two 4th and 5th grade classes make their way to a big room next to the playground, a space with tall ceilings that’s furnished with long, cafeteria folding tables and decorated with posters offering snappy slogans about respect...
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By Maria Daniel, Founder and Artistic Director of iDance Ministry and mentor for the Youth Dance Ambassadors ~~ t was in this lowest moments that my Dance of Healing story began. On Christmas Eve, I would take a leap of faith and attempt a Liturgical dance performance. Completing the performance would be a miracle, as I could not even perform a walk-through of my dance without severe pain. Since my body was failing me, I practiced the dance...
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By David Alexander, BS, MEd ~~ A wise, close friend shared that adage one day and I believed her. A well defined, persona sense of what it is that informs your teaching personality or style today is critical to being able to shape the continued development of that personal pedagogy, regardless of what you teach. Finding words which represent thoughts, ideas, and experiences...
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By Connie Bergstein Dow, MFA ~~ There are so many benefits of creative movement for young children! One of the most important is the fostering of social and emotional learning (SEL) in young children. Some of these SEL skills include...
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By Rebecca Mayer, Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Wyoming Community College ~~ At my current institution, the dance and theatre programs are tightly interwoven, with the music program, as part of the Performing Arts Department. Because our musical theatre majors currently outnumber our dance majors, many of the 100-level dance classes (particularly tap and jazz) are populated by a majority of theatre students. These classes are required for the AA in Musical Theatre (and rightly so)...
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By Julie L. Pentz, Associate Professor of Dance. With contributions by Hannah Yeoman, senior undergraduate student in Dance and Wildlife Conservation with an emphasis in Biodiversity and Conservation ~~ Why is dance in your life, and how do you want to make a difference? How can your dance community benefit from your passion? How can you turn your dance passion and community involvement into meaningful research? Undergraduate students often search for ways to combine their love of dance with th...
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