2012 Bessie Award nominee Darrah Carr Dance and celebrated guest choreographer Seán Curran return to New York City’s Irish Arts Center this November to premiere new work in the company’s signature style of ModERIN: a unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance.
Dance teachers and studio owners know the DanceLife Teacher Conference is about more than technique and studio talk—it’s also coming face-to-face with the business and service people who keep the dance studio industry rolling.
The 2012/2013 season of the Mariinsky Theatre features an impressive schedule of tours, performances, recordings, and events, and will usher in a new era with the inauguration of the new Mariinsky Theatre (Mariinsky II).
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For half a decade, Luigi has been one of the reigning masters of jazz dance—holding court in his New York City classroom where jazz aficionados of all ages and abilities have benefitted from his in-depth knowledge and dedication to this very-American style of dance.
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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre currently has three Japanese-born members in its ranks, but the big story is in PBT’s school, where 20 Japanese students took part in the Intensive Summer Program and are often featured in leading roles in school performances.
The American Skin Association will honor Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Michaela DePrince on October 30 at the organization’s 25th annual gala at the Plaza Grand Ballroom, New York City.
The Gold School director Rennie Gold remembers his reaction when the Broadway production of Newsies made his dance students David and Jacob Guzman an offer—one role for only one twin. “I said, ‘Boys, you do realize you’re going to have to be separated at some point in your life,” he told Dance Studio Life.
The American Ballet Theatre said on Thursday that it has signed a three-year contract to perform at the David H. Koch Theater, ending the company’s 15-year perch at New York City Center.
Raised in the nearby suburb of Reston, Virginia, Keenan Kampa grew up attending matinees and master classes here. But this time, she’s back as the first American member of the legendary Mariinsky Ballet (formally the Kirov Ballet).
Rachael Bonato, a 13-year-old Oregon dancer, has won the Design Your Dream competition sponsored by Revolution Dancewear of Niles, Illinois.
San Francisco Ballet will mark the 100th anniversary of the revolutionary ballet The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) with its own version staged by SF Ballet choreographer in residence Yuri Possokhov.
Roni Mahler learned some of her first lessons in ballet from the renowned Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda, then expanded her knowledge as a dancer with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, American Ballet Theatre, and National Ballet of Washington (DC).
For nine seasons, the So You Think You Can Dance live tours have brought stellar dancers and cutting-edge choreography to viewers’ hometowns, and now Curtain Call Costumes will be actively supporting those efforts as the exclusive Dancewear On-Screen Media Partner of the SYTYCD Tour 2012.
Do I hear a waltz? Professional ballroom dancers will lead a 45-minute instructional class in ballroom basics on November 9 during Friday Nights at the de Young, a special series held at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco.
Craig Brown’s Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings details a daisy chain of encounters between famous literary, artistic, and historic figures. One such “moving meeting of great spirits” took place when Helen Keller, age 72, visited iconic choreographer Martha Graham and was able to learn from legendary . . .
Nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune will make his New York solo debut in Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, New York City, this November.
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Misty Lown has the optimism, enthusiasm, and imagination to handle 700 dance students, five kids, several businesses, and a side job as a writer—and do it all successfully and with a smile.
It’s not just the high-kicking legs in heels that bring Broadway to mind in the photo book Dancers Among Us (Workman Publishing, $17.95), reports The Washington Post. It’s the sense of emotional release. In his shots of dancers in flight on sidewalks and city streets—excitable superheroes among us—Matter has produced a series of mini-musicals, frozen in time but full of energy.
Dinna Bjorn, former artistic director of the Finnish National Ballet and Norwegian National Ballet and an authority on the Bournonville technique, will lead an intensive and active ballet seminar on enhancing teaching and coaching skills as part of the American Ballet Competition next June at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, Massachusetts.
Next summer, teachers and studio owners will be able to share master modern teacher and esteemed educator Bill Evans’ wisdom first-hand at the DanceLife Teacher Conference, August 1 to 4, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Evans, who has earned the Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts, will be teaching technique classes and leading seminars at DLTC.
After an eight-year hiatus, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company is back on the road, and its first stop of a heavy itinerary was Louisville, Kentucky, this past weekend.
The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting applications for the ninth annual Dance Bethesda Concert, according to The Gazette.
Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition will be performed October 19 at 4pm and October 20 at 11am and 2pm at David W. Reid Theatre, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina, as the first ballet in a double feature. A production of The Elves and the Shoemaker, directed by Ballet Spartanburg artistic director Carlos Agudelo, also will be performed.
Each month, DSL’s Strength in Numbers feature pays tribute to a dance teacher organization. Through pictures and illustrations, the feature explains why the group was founded and by whom, how it has grown over the years, and what sorts of services and education opportunities it affords members.
Prevention . . . awareness . . . showgirls? The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City is launching its new burlesque-themed dance series with Pink Light Burlesque, created by the New York School of Burlesque to celebrate the lives of women who have experienced breast cancer.
Choreographer and dance teacher Peter Chu will participate in the 24 Seven Dance Convention, a tour of two-day workshops for aspiring dancers ages 5 to 19 that will visit 15 cities across the United States in 2012-13, culminating with a national dance competition in Las Vegas from July 14 to 19, 2013.
Ten times a year, Dance Studio Life magazine presents pages and pages of insightful, emotional, and advice-packed articles about the dance studio world. But our readers tell us that what’s on the cover is always a treat as well—from twirling toddlers to dance icons.
Paul Taylor received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Dance award and Alice Teirstein took home this year’s award for Service to the Field of Dance at The 2012 Bessies: New York Dance and Performance Awards, held October 15 at the Apollo Theater in New York City.
To be a great dancer, flawless technique is not enough. For Mikhail Baryshnikov—the dancer, not the photographer—you have to go further than athleticism and use the technique to embody the music.
Ready, set, high gold! You’ve picked out the music and the moves for your competitive team, and now the Rhee Gold Company is ready with all the strategies, enthusiasm, and advice you need to make sure your competition season is a winning one.
Dancers from California’s San Fernando Valley have thrown their talent and enthusiasm behind Dance for a Cure, a night of entertainment and fun that raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, set for November 10 beginning at 6pm.
The last remaining Alvin Ailey Dance Company member selected by founder Alvin Ailey, Renee Robinson, will give her final performance in New York on December 9 at 7:30pm.
Rhee Gold and a team of staff members spent a weekend chatting with friends and fellow dance lovers at the United Dance Merchants of America Dance Resource and Costume Show at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in the Chicago suburbs.
Boston Ballet has announced that it will kick off its 50th season with six performances, July 1 to 7, 2013, at the London Coliseum, reports the Boston Globe.
Legendary choreographer Paul Taylor was feted at a state dinner at the iconic Lotos Club on October 3 where he received the Medal of Merit, the club’s highest honor given to leaders in the arts and cultural worlds.
Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection is an impeccably researched history through centuries’ worth of ballet’s dirty little secrets concerning ballerinas, write CindyMarie Small, former soloist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, in a review in the Winnipeg Free Press.
Chicago Human Rhythm Project will perform JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance at the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in a rare, full-length performance of American concert tap dance.
Jennifer Homans, dance critic, historian, and author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, will give a talk, “Why Art Matters,” October 14 at 3:30pm at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts, reports The Salem News.
Dance luminaries and dance lovers will be on hand when The New York Dance and Performance Awards—“The Bessies”—are presented at the Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York City on October 15.
How about doing a hula-hoop dance while being pelted with glowing balls? That was the solution discovered by Sarah Wilk, the author of the above chemistry Ph.D. thesis at the University of California, Berkeley. Her entry is one of the 12 finalists in the 2012 Dance Your Ph.D. contest. The other dances include techniques such as break dancing and burlesque.
Tapology’s annual Dance Festival for Youth, a three-day event featuring dance workshops for youth and adults, a tap competition, historical presentation, honorary luncheon, and concert, is set for October 25 to 28 at the Flint Institute of Music’s Cultural Center Campus, 1025 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan.
Dance and the Child International USA and the University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre have teamed up to present a Day of Dance 2012 on October 13 from 9am to 4:15pm.
The Weinstein Company struck Oscar-winning gold with its film The Artist, but one of its biggest projects for 2013 will be a television event: the World Dance Awards, reports The Guardian.
The Australian Ballet has welcomed its first Aboriginal dancer, Ella Havelka, who will join the company next month after four years with Australia’s top indigenous dance troupe Bangarra, reports the Herald Sun.
East Carolina University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina located in Greenville, North Carolina, has posted a job opening for a part-time tap teacher in its School of Theatre and Dance.
The Boston International Ballet Competition, founded two years ago by former Bolshoi Ballet dancer Valentina Kozlova, has announced its move to New York City and renaming as the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition.
Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo have choreographed for Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and Christina Aguilera, but now the couple has embarked on a new collaboration: parenting.