Magazine article Dance Teacher

Your Letters

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Your Letters

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Lauding LeAnn Haggard

Thank you for sharing the work of LeAnn Haggard teaching dance in K-12 ("Champion for Change," January 2007). I am impressed by her focus on her students, guiding their growth and allowing herself to learn from them. It brings me back to how supportive dance can be for young people.

Jesse Bedirian

via e-mail

Teaching Special-Needs Students

I am a teenage dance student and teacher. For the past year, I have been working on a nonprofit program to start teaching dance to mentally disabled children as a way to give back to my community and help others. Of course, your article in Dance Teacher about teaching Down Syndrome children really caught my eye ("Dancing with Down Syndrome," December 2006). I was thrilled at finding the great ideas and was wondering if you had any other tips or suggestions. I want to make my program as successful as possible and know that your magazine would be great at helping me do so!

Kylie Flanagan

via e-mail

DT Responds

We sent Flanagan's letter to Jennifer Brewer, the writer of "Dancing with Down Syndrome," and here's what she said: "It's wonderful that you want to contribute to your community by reaching out to underserved dancers! According to my research, not many studios or companies are offering classes like those discussed in the article, although I believe that there are other classes that are 'under the radar' because they aren't part of fully developed programs.

"My strongest impressions from the dedicated teachers at Boston Ballet and Maine State Ballet were these: First, it doesn't require specialized knowledge or training to offer an effective and fun program. …

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