DDC Faculty Receive Scholarships to Attend Innovative Teaching Program

       Artistic director of Gadsden’s Downtown Dance Conservatory, Linze Rickles McRae and DDC faculty members, Krystin Baird and Laura Thrasher, have recently been selected to receive a scholarship from Revolutionary Principles of Movement to participate in their teacher training program. Receiving word from Alabama native, former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and RPM Master Teacher, Wes Chapman, the DDC faculty will travel to West Palm Beach, Florida, to train in the syllabus work of the program in January 2016. 
   Founded by Cheryl Ale, Revolutionary Principles of Movement (RPM) has enabled individuals of all body types to realize their fullest potential through dance and dance education. This teacher training method pulls on the science of kinesiology and physical movement to spread the how of dance. RPM is an addition to every dance teaching method; we enable dance professionals to teach dance safely, allow their students to practice dance injury free, and extract the hidden capacity of all dancers from the so-called “difficult” bodies to the traditional ballet bodies. The program will be brought to Gadsden as a supplement to the RAD and Vaganova training methods taught at the Conservatory. 
“I have seen the results of this very intuitive training method on dancers. We are honored and enthusiastic to bring this to our students,” says  McRae. “It complements our established syllabus work to incorporate an awareness and analytical way of thinking for our dancers. The program teaches students to use their own facility to allow their bodies to safely reach the aesthetics needed for ballet training.”
The DDC is located in downtown Gadsden, Alabama, and is operated under the auspices of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts and the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation.  For more information on the Conservatory’s programs, contact or visit