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Joseph Carmen
Dance Magazine
June 2009

 Complete Article: Men at Work (PDF)

 Excerpt:

Balanchine said “Ballet is woman,” but that opinion hasn’t deterred men from pursuing their passion for dance training. Dance programs at the preprofessional and university levels have ramped up their curricula in response to current expectations for greater male prowess. Male students are hungry for training that meets their needs, so what are some new solutions for their development? At schools across the country, men are benefiting from their own separate technique classes, as teachers tailor these courses to the current generation of students. In all-male settings, men can focus on technical skills that often get overlooked in co-ed classes, like beats, turns, double tour en l’air, or advanced steps like revoltades and barrel turns

Over time, male dancers have gained more technical breadth, and current training methods need to reflect that. When Boal wasyounger, he remembers, men weren’t required to extend their legs more than about 90 degrees. “Now men are expected to have as much flexibility as women and lift their legs as high,” he says. “The whole concept of stretching is essential for male dancers, and we push for that as teachers. ”With the advent of pyrotechnical feats that male dancers toss off in bushels these days, Stiefel emphasizes doing those gymnastic elements without straining. “People get very caught up in numbers,” he says, “but clean never goes out of style.”

– Joseph Carmen, Dance Magazine, June 2009

 


Do’s and Don’ts: Strengthening your upper body

 

French Clements
Dance Magazine
June 2009

Excerpt:

For full versatility as a dancer, a strong upper body is key. When a teacher or choreographer throws you a high-impact lift, sustained handstand, or swooping inversion, you need to be prepared with enough power and stability to get through it. While hitting the weight machines at the gym is one way to get stronger, improper training can cause muscle tears and that dreaded “bulking up,” which decreases mobility and disrupts your long line. Rocky Bornstein, a physical therapist at Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, says there are plenty of ways to build the strength you need without bulk. Here are some tips for working toward a stronger upper body and effectively using what you already have.

– French Clements, Dance Magazine, June 2009

 

Complete Article: Men at Work (PDF)

 

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