Educators in the News. (the Teach-Learn Connection)

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Educators in the News. (the Teach-Learn Connection)


Hildebrand, Karen, Dance Magazine


DANCE ALLIANCE OF RHODE ISLAND HOSTS THE National Dance Education Organization June 26-30 in Providence. "Dance: A Living Legacy of Building Bridges," offers 125 sessions, including a keynote address by Carolyn Adams, a former Paul Taylor Dance Company soloist. An exhibit of photographs and other memorabilia will honor prominent early Rhode Island dance educators including Bertha Carr, Christine Hennessey, Doffs Holloway, Fannie Helen Melcer, and Lydia Pettine. For more information and registration, contact NDEO: www.ndeo.org, 301/657-2880.

NATIONAL DANCE EDUCATION ORGANIZATION announces publication of Standards for Dance in Early Childhood. The thirty-two-page softbound book provides the first age and developmentally appropriate guidelines for teaching dance to children 2 to 5 years old. Developed by NDEO, the guidelines were tested under a pilot program through the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. For more information or to order a copy, contact NDEO at 301/657-2880, publications@ndeo.org.

THE CENTER FOR MODERN DANCE EDUCATION OF New Jersey celebrates its fortieth anniversary June 9 with a gala performance of Claire Porter's It's About Time, created for Stuart Hodes, head of the Martha Graham School of Dance; Alice Teirstein, founder/director of Young Dancemakers Company, a free city-wide summer project for NYC public high school students; Irving Burton, who created a dance-theater piece about stuttering that's been performed at World Stuttering Conferences; and Shirley Ubell, the center's founder. Notably, all four performers are over age 70. The center offers classes, workshops, and performance opportunities to preserve and promote modern dance as an indigenous U.S. art form.

CORPS DE BALLET INTERNATIONAL WILL HONOR George Zoritch (see Presstime News, Dance Magazine, May, page 25) on June 12 as part of its fourth annual conference, hosted this year by Western Michigan University Dance Department. Zoritch, now of Tucson, Arizona, coaches young dancers and judges for international ballet competitions. His performance resume includes Ida Rubenstein's company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, and Broadway in Balanchine's On Your Toes. More recently he owned a studio in Los Angeles and taught ballet at the University of Arizona. The CORPS conference also features a seminar, "Teaching Ballet in Higher Education," with Finis Jhung, June 13-16. For more information, call 706/542-4432 or visit www.corps@corps-de-ballet.org.

DIANE WAWREJKO COCHRAN (shown above) joined the National Dance Association as executive director in January. With a BA in ballet from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, and an MFA in performance and choreography from Arizona State University, Cochran most recently served as assistant professor and dance-program coordinator at the University of Texas-Pan American. …

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