When Product Meets Process | Annie Harrison Elliot

When teaching, I often feel caught between my love of the creative process and the desire for a polished end product. Both are important, but limited time frames to work with students is always challenging. I generally only have 45 minutes to an hour once or twice a week to work with a group of […]

What Young Children Can Do | Annie Harrison Elliot

This is the third post in our January series around how perceptions of who can and can’t make art affect their teaching practice. Enjoy! —Malke Rosenfeld, ALT/space Editor ……………………………………….. I teach young kids, but at some point I realized my assumptions were getting in the way. The reason I teach very young children in the first […]

How Older Adults Learn Choreography | Judith Sachs

I like to show my 80-year-old dancers examples of performances on YouTube in order to inspire them for the work we’re about to tackle. They are typically incredulous that they can see all that movement on my tiny iPhone screen and also of the opinion that “all those twists and turns are fine, but I’m […]

This is Hard | Angela Gallo

Of all of the courses that I teach, Dance Composition II has always been a class where, year after year, profound things occur. This course focuses on different forms of group choreography with an emphasis on the students creativity, movement invention and performance quality.  At my institution this class takes place in the fall of […]

Breaking Down Barriers to Dance: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach | Annie Harrison Elliott

When I teach modern dance to a new group of middle school students, it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin. On the first day of class students, all with varying degrees of dance experience, self-consciousness, and barriers against movement, are often scanning the room, anxious and concerned about what might happen next. Some of […]

The Birth of an Elder Dance Teacher | Judith Sachs

My father had one job his entire life. He was a doctor until he “retired” at 91. Whereas, I have had a bunch of careers. I started as a dancer/actor, became an editor, then wrote preventive health books with doctors, served as a product spokesperson, coached corporate executives in pitching and presentation, and worked as […]