Dance History in the Studio & the Classroom

Matt Pardo ~

Sharing history allows students to understand movement as it was when it was created, as it is in the current society we live in, and how it might be for the future. Inserting conversations about Dance History, not only allows us to understand the development of dance, but also gives us an insight into the development of society as a whole.

Jessica Deahr ~

It is really important for kids and young professionals in the dance world today to be clear on what came before them. Not only just for the knowledge and respect aspect, but also for inspiration. Seeing the impact previous artists made during their time can push us to investigate what developments we can make in our own era. 

Crystal Ruiz ~

Dance history is such an important element to share with dancers and students because it helps them understand the origins of the movements and feelings we are asking them to represent.  Over time, I have found that sharing dance history supports quality improvement because it gives a story to reference.

Tom Ralabate ~

History is important in the dance class room because it gives students an opportunity to honor the past.   More importantly, dance history allows dancers to make strong comparative connections to the present though understanding of historical lineage.  Having a sense of history allows for innovation and new hybrids to be created. The study of dance history allows for dancers to impact their surrounding world.   To be fully invested and creative you need a sense of history.

Jeanne Fornarola ~

The study of dance history can give students of all ages a sense that they have come from a long line of tradition, a family of dancers. Fostering that sense of heritage is part of developing the artist in all students.