Dancing on the Beach

By Karen Little. I’m a very private person, especially when it comes to doing something in public that is seemingly foolish. And what I regard as foolish is showing off…

College Dance and the “Real World”

By Natalie Walters. If you’ve hung out with a Senior in college lately, you’ve probably witnessed a least one breakdown or “freak-out”  about something along the lines of entering the vicious…

Why bother with an audience?

By Leda Meredith. “Why have an audience? Why not just create your art for art’s sake and dance it in, say, your living room?” That’s one of the first questions I…

Is Ballet Humane?

By Leda Meredith Today one of the young student dancers I rehearsal direct in a Nutcracker production came up to me and pointed to her right foot. A bad blister…

The Urban Tango Phenomenon Explained

An interview with Makela Brizuela, by Jeffrey the Barak. In 2006, a very different dance performance was first presented in Venice California. Entitled “URBAN TANGO, The Agony and Ecstasy of…

The Ballerina Interviews

By Kim Knode Published March 2004 Sven Toorvald’s life and his PBS documentary, The Ballerina Interviews, give an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the ballet world. Filmmaking is Sven’s passion. First…

Pushing the Amateurs

Pushing the Amateurs – How one woman is trying to create a chapter of USABDA By Jeffrey the Barak USABDA – The United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association. You might…

The Church of Tango

By Cherie Magnus   It was known as La Cat’dral. Not easy to find in Buenos Aires’ dark side streets at three in the morning–no signs, no cars, no people…

Drunk on Tango in Argentina

By Kim Knode Award-winning filmmaker, Adam Boucher declares, “I like to make documentaries like Tango: The Obsession as a discovery process which I can share with the audience.” Apparently audiences…

Tango in the Twilight

By Kim Knode At a recent Southern California United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers (USABDA) competition (held at the Glendale Civic Auditorium), I caught up with Dr. James Kleinrath.  The good…

La Salsa Cubana Experience

By Cherie Magnus These days ladies alone do pretty well anywhere in the world they travel. The world has gotten used to women on their own in airports and hotels…

Ron Montez and Dan Radler

The Coast-to-Coast Meeting of the Champion Minds: Ron Montez and Dan Radler By Kim Knode Just So Stories author and Nobel Laureate in Literature Rudyard Kipling says,  “East is East,…

A visit to the home of Ron Montez

Living and Dancing in San Diego with the Champions A visit to the home of Ron Montez By Kim Knode America is most familiar with Ron Montez as the co-host…

A Passion for the Dance

A Passion for the Dance:  Choreographer Francis Patrelle By Leda Meredith Photo Credit: Eduardo Patino There are few choreographers I know of that are as generous and loyal to their…

Making It Your Own

By Leda Meredith Joni Petre-Scholz & Abdul Rasheed in Patrelle’s ‘The Yorkville Nutcracker’. Photo Credit: Eduardo Patino Here is a scene that any dancer would recognize: You are in a…

Passing the Torch

By Leda Meredith Photo by Eduardo Patino of Leda Meredith as Francis Patrelle’s Lady Macbeth I am standing in front of a full-wall tapestry in a museum. It is magnificent.…

For Love Or Money

By Leda Meredith “If you care so much about the money, you must not care about your art.” That astonishing statement was made by the executive director of a dance…

Part Four of The Essential Imagination Series

Living Other Lives Part Four of the Essential Imagination Series by Leda Meredith Photo by Tom Caravaglia, of Leda Meredith and Michael Jahoda in Jennifer Muller’s ‘The Spotted Owl’ This…

Part Three of The Essential Imagination Series

Make Believe By Leda Meredith Photo by Eduardo Patino of Leda Meredith in Francis Patrelle’s ‘Macbeth’ Several years ago I was coaching a young dancer in a dramatic role and…

Part Two of The Essential Imagination Series

Detail and Nuance by Leda Meredith photo: Tom Caravaglia Make believe No, not fantasy, but truly how to make someone believe. How to make an audience suspend disbelief in what…

Confessions of a Closet Dancer

By C A Crossman Oh Please, Don’t Make Me Dance… (Confessions of a Closet Dancer) I am not a dancer. Oh I’ve dreamed of dancing, longed for dancing, but more…

Part One of The Essential Imagination Series

Essential Imagination By Leda Meredith “It’s just your imagination.” Was there ever a more detrimental thing to say to a child, especially a child who may someday wish to be…

Technique Is Only The Beginning.

By Leda Meredith photo by Bill Hedberg “There was a child went forth every day, And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became, And that object became…

How Often Do You Get It?

by Leda Meredith photo by Tom Caravaglia What if you were to walk down the street and randomly interview passersby with the question, “How often do you buy tickets for…

Solo Tango in Buenos Aires

By Cherie Magnus It’s just before dawn, and our small group of Argentines and Americans are tired and filled with reverie after a night of tango. We’re drooped over cafes…