PODCAST BY SILVA LAUKKANEN
In this episode of DanceCast, Silva interviews Nancy Bain, who has spent her life working in dance education. She shares some of her most unique teaching experiences, including addressing war with students through dance at a public elementary school for the arts. Nancy also discusses why she never opted to open a dance studio, how she helped her alma mater start a dance department, how she developed an injury awareness class, and her myriad work with special needs students. She believes dance is for everyone, and her rich career reflects this.
Nancy Bain received her MA in Dance and Dance Education from NYU, and has taught dance to children and adults for more than 40 years. She studied at the Royal Ballet in London and with Hanya Holm in the United States. She performed with several modern dance companies and directed her own company for 13 years in New York City. Her teaching career has included working at Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts and Queensborough Community College. Over the years, she has worked with many students with disabilities and special needs. She currently works in Austin, TX, at Forklift Danceworks. She also teaches dance to people with Parkinson’s Disease.