Magazine article Dance Magazine

Why I Love Steps. (New York)

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Why I Love Steps. (New York)

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To soak up New York's dance scene, there is no better place than Steps on Broadway on Manhattan's Upper West Side. With nine studios and more than fifty classes a day, it offers instruction in almost every dance genre. After taking a creaky elevator up to the third floor, dancers enter into a maze of bodies stretching and warming up in dimly lit hallways. Care must be taken to avoid stepping on the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, who might be limbering up in rainbow-hued woolies.

"What I like about Steps," says 18-year-old Jared Matthews, who studies with David Howard and recently joined American Ballet Theatre, "is you never know who is going to show up in class. It's great to see a wide range of professionals and see how other people work." Among the nearly seventy dancers in class that day with Matthews was ABT's supernova, Angel Corella, principal dancer Parrish Maynard from the visiting San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet's legendary Jacques d'Amboise, and Keith Roberts, featured dancer in Twyla Tharp's new Broadway musical, Movin' Out.

There's a lot of hugging in the hallways as performers coming off tours repair to Steps to brush up their technique. Freelance dancer Therese Wendler says, "I'm always running into people I've worked with before."

Great teachers attract great dancers and inspire young hopefuls, who flock to Steps to take advantage of the open-class policy set by Artistic Director Carol Paumgarten. In this relaxed atmosphere dancers can shop around by hanging out at open doorways and observing dancers and teachers in action. …

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