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Alumna Pens Piece on Including Boys in Dance Classes

Alumna Hannah Maria Hayes wrote an article in Dance Teacher Magazine about helping boys feel more comfortable in dance classes, entitled "All by Himself."

In the piece, Hayes interviews dance teachers who offer advice to fellow teachers for helping boys and girls understand their roles in a performance, and for showing boys the importance of their presence. Hayes spoke with fellow alum Adam Holms who recalled being the only boy in at a dance studio as a child and feeling like "recital pieces were always tailored to the girls." Holms is currently the co-founder and artistic director of the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet in Connecticut. Both Holms and Hayes graduated from the ABT track in 2010.