Magazine article Dance Magazine

Students Board New DMA Ship. (Conversations with Jazz Dancers)

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Students Board New DMA Ship. (Conversations with Jazz Dancers)

Article excerpt

Dance Masters of America's weeklong Teacher Training School at the University at Buffalo attracts a capacity crowd of more than 300 each year (350 are expected this year). Participants include not only those who seek DMA's professional teaching certification and veteran teachers returning for refresher courses, but also a growing number of advanced dance students ages 16-18. This year, to accommodate the special needs and interests of these younger students, DMA will conduct its first Student Honors Intensive Program (SHIP), July 29-August 2.

SHIP is the brainchild of Tom Ralabate, assistant chair of the University at Buffalo dance department and DMA national education director. He notes that the young dancers attending teacher training were mixed into classes alongside established teachers. Not only was it difficult to teach to different experience levels, but the focus of the teacher training wasn't quite right for this younger group. "I think most 17-and 18-year-olds are not thinking of teaching right away. They're thinking performance," Relabate says.

SHIP accepted forty-two initial participants. An advanced level will be added in 2004 for those who wish to return. DMA President Lee Garrard says the intent is to keep the program small to make the most of one-on-one mentoring opportunities. Many dancers this age are grappling with the college decision, she says. Should they go to college and where? Or should they audition directly from high school to be a professional dancer? …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.