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Life Lessons from the Arts

by Lisa Beth Vettoso, Director of Educational Programming

If you work in the arts, and specifically arts education, you already believe in the importance of the arts in the lives of children. You believe it because of what you observe each and every day in a classroom, out in the community, or on a stage. You also believe it because something led you to a career in the arts, likely your own artistic experiences as a child and/or teenager. And even if you don’t work in the arts, you’re likely reading this blog because you love and support the arts.

School's Back in Session - My Arts Education Goals

by Lisa Beth Vettoso

Well, the time has come; it’s September. And while some may try to deny it (“Summer isn’t officially over until September 22!”), all of us in the education world know it can only mean one thing—the official start of the school year. Facebook is flooded with back-to-school photos and there’s a crackle of excitement in the air (soon to be displaced by groans about waking up early and homework).

Shaye Firer on being "The Chosen One" in "Rite of Spring"


I recently sat down to talk with Shaye Firer who will dance the role of "The Chosen One" in Douglas Martin's new Rite of Spring this season. She provided some insights into the "mad" world that Mr. Martin has created, and on her experience playing such an emotionally charged role:

Q: What did you think when you found out you were "The Chosen One"?

On Rites and Rights

by Christine Chen

Tomorrow, we “spring forward” our clocks. It is the first “spring rite” I will perform this year (and it feels oddly premature given it was snowing yesterday).  Other spring rites which I’ll need to address soon include spring cleaning, spring training (for a half marathon my husband signed us up for), and of course, ARB’s spring season.  This last rite's Rite, which I’ll write about here, is all about rights.

Now What?

Nutcracker has been consuming weekends for what seems like ages.  It's a tough time of year for dancers; performing is tiring, and the combination of extra rehearsal and performances plus trying to do festive things such as decorating, shopping, and drinking hot chocolate with friends makes schedules extra busy.

A Tale of Two Claras: Q&A with Lindsay and Asuka

Last year, leading up to The Nutcracker, I published a Q & A with Lindsay Jorgensen.  Lindsay, who has studied at Princeton Ballet School since she was 4, had just been chosen to play the lead role of Clara in The Nutcracker.  Now 15, Lindsay will be returning to the role again this year, and I thought I'd ask her about her experience, and how her approach and performance will differ from last year.


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