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State of the Art: Middle Eastern Dance by Lori Clark

"Middle Eastern dance schools play upon harem-mother-goddess fantasies of adult students. One has to give credit for business savvy, but what is being sacrificed in terms of art and ethics? In a bid to take over the local market, unskilled student dancers have been sent out on behalf of the studio to perform for fees that are either shockingly below the going rate or, which is worse, free."

The Dance of Isadora Duncan by Valerie Durham

Valerie Durham describes essential aspects of the Isador Duncan technique, including historical concerns relating to the study of the technique.

The “Stripper” Who Won an Oscar by Judith Lynne Hanna, PhD

Judith Hanna considers why the press has focused on screen-writer Diablo Cody's prior profession, and how being a stripper may have positively influenced her current work.

Roudolf Kharatian on Ballet

Roudolf Kharatian discusses the source and core of Ballet as an art form, including how the physical and the spiritual combine in training and performance. Reprinted from Bourgeon Vol. 1 #1, July 2005.

A College Degree: What is it Good For? by Gesel Mason

Choreographer, Dancer, and Teacher Gesel Mason considers the purpose of a college dance degree for aspiring dancers - learning to master Fear.

Dance Critics Panel Discussion

Notes from the Dance Critics Panel Discussion, November 2007, in which dancers and choreographers argue with local dance critics about the role and appropriateness of each other's work.

Gender in Dance Leadership by Heather Risley

Commissioned by Bourgeon, Heather Risley reports on Dance USA's national survey of Gender in Dance Leadership, exploring local expressions and influences on this national trend.

Flexaware by Steven Shafarman

Steve Shafarman, Founded of FLEXAWARE, writes about the principles of this new exercise form, with examples.

On Teaching by Helen Rea

Helen Rea discusses her process as a teacher, and the ways that she encourages students to accept and enjoy their experiences in motion.

The State of American Dance by Nejla Yatkin

Dancer, Choreographer and Dance Educator Nejla Yatkin discusses tensions between commercial and concert dance, and how funding styles (American v. European) impact the development of work.

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Four Poems by Brandon Douglas

In this special edition of The Mid-Atlantic Review, we celebrate the publication of Brandon Douglas' new book, Dipped in Cerulean. Brandon is the 2023...
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