DSL NewsWire: Brown, Shelton, Wilkinson, Ansin to Be Honored by Dance/USA

Trisha Brown; photo by Lois Greenfield

Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, has named four industry leaders—Trisha Brown, Linda Shelton, Raven Wilkinson, and Toby Lerner Ansin—as 2015 Dance/USA Honorees.

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DSL NewsWire: Michigan Ballroom Studio Offers Instruction to Wheelchair Dancers

Wheelchair classes at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hills; photo courtesy Facebook

The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has hired a new dance instructor to lead an effort to start a wheelchair dance workshop.

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DSL NewsWire: Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular Arrives With a Splash

The Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular has arrived and it’s one show this season that definitely lives up to its name—spec-ta-cu-lar.

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DSL NewsWire: Stellar Performances Mark Competition for Erik Bruhn Prize

Hannah Fischer; photo by Bruce Zinger

The National Ballet of Canada’s Hannah Fischer and Carlo Di Lanno of San Francisco Ballet were winners at The Eleventh International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize, held Tuesday night at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, according to CBC News.

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DSL NewsWire: Latest Capezio Tap Shoe Offers First Interchangeable Heel Unit

Cathie Nicholas and the Dada Hoofers; photo courtesy Capezio

The shoe offers several heels crafted in different weights and materials for a wide variety of tone and pitch. A hollow heel unit acts as a sound chamber to produce a crisp sound that is not subdued by marley competition floors, plus heightened amplification. With the Tapsonic, dancers are able to customize their sounds similar to the ways in which musicians can customize the sounds of their instruments.

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DSL NewsWire: MGM To Turn Michaela DePrince’s Story into Feature Film

Michaela DePrince; photo by Jade Young

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has acquired the rights to Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, the story of Dutch National Ballet dancer and First Position star Michaela DePrince.

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DSL Newswire: Dance Class Helps Mothers, Daughters Make Emotional Connection

Mother & Daughter Classes; photo by Joe Ahlquist/Argus Leader

Mothers and daughters who crave more quality time together have found their way to an eight-week class at BritZa Studios in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, that mingles dance with life lessons in self-esteem, inner beauty, and being unique.

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DSL NewsWire: Six Master Classes for $25 Part of Movement and Dance Weekend

Movement and Dance Weekend; photo courtesy Alex Shukoff

More than 30 affordably priced classes for all skill levels in a variety of genres will be offered as part of Movement and Dance Weekend, presented by Rochester, New York’s Nazareth College Department of Theatre and Dance from today through Sunday.

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DSL NewsWire: Mark Morris’ Ode to Joy, L’Allegro, Shown on Great Performances

Mark Morris Dance Group in L’Allegro on PBS; photo courtesy MMDG

One of the best-loved dances by one of the world’s greatest choreographers—Mark Morris’ 1988 L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato—will be broadcast on television for the first time this March 27 at 9pm EST on PBS’ Great Performances program.

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DSL NewsWire: David Hallberg Presents Ballet Companies That Influenced Him

David Hallberg; photo courtesy David H. Koch Theater

David Hallberg will introduce top international ballet companies and share an insider’s perspective on the works and the institutions that have left an indelible impression on him as an artist during “David Hallberg Presents: Legacy,” to be presented in association with the Youth America Grand Prix, April 17 at 7pm at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York City.

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DSL NewsWire: Bolshoi’s Galina Petrova, Who Danced in the ’30s, Dies at Age 101

Former principal ballet dancer of the Bolshoi Theater, choreography teacher, and merited artist of the Russian Federation, Galina Petrova, died in Moscow last week. She was 101, the press service of the Bolshoi Theater reported in Tass.

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DSL NewsWire: Mark Morris, Nureyev, 2015 Inductees into NMD Hall of Fame

Mark Morris in rehearsal; photo by Amber Star Merkens

Innovative contemporary choreographer and company director Mark Morris and ballet luminary Rudolf Nureyev have been chosen by the National Museum of Dance as the 2015 inductees into its Hall of Fame.

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DSL NewsWire: Parisian Audiences Defy Critics by Showing Love to American Musicals

Singin’ in the Rain; photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

American musicals were rarely performed in France in the past, but have been a huge hit in recent years, reported NPR.

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DSL NewsWire: Royal Caribbean, FIU, Collaborate on New Rehearsal Space

New FIU rehearsal space for cruise ship performers unveiled; photo by Arlene Satchell/Sun Sentinel

Dancers, aerialists, singers, and actors who entertain guests on some Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ships now have a new venue to hone their skills.

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DSL NewsWire: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Announces Closure

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet; photo by Andrea Mohin/New York Times

“We are sad to announce the closing of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet,” the company announced on its website. “It has been our honor to work with some of the best dancers and choreographers in the world and we thank all of our valued employees who helped create many inspirational productions over the years.” It was not immediately clear what led to the decision to close.

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DSL NewsWire: Performances, Free Talks Part of Peabody Dance’s 100th Celebration

Peabody Dance Centennial; photo courtesy Peabody Dance

One hundred years after opening its doors, Peabody Dance welcomes alumni, guest artists, and scholars to Baltimore, Maryland, for its Centennial Celebration during the weekend of March 26 to 29.

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DSL NewsWire: New Payment Solutions Offered Through CompuDance Studio Management Software

CompuDance, a presenter of studio management software for more than 20 years, has added new payment functionalities to its platform that is more comprehensive and makes day-to-day operations easier for users. CompuDance, of Dumont, New Jersey, offers customized payment solutions used by dance, gymnastics, music, and fitness studios to manage . . .

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DSL NewsWire: Story of Prancing Elites’ Determination to Dance Told on Oxygen

The Prancing Elites; photo courtesy Facebook

A new Oxygen docu-series, The Prancing Elites Project, tells the story of an African American, gay and gender non-conforming dance team from Mobile, Alabama, that challenges societal norms while overcoming obstacles with passion and wit.

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DSL NewsWire: Tap Company Attracts New Audiences by Presenting Story Shows

Choreographer Mark Yonally; photo by Mina Bloom/DNAinfo Chicago

When tap dance choreographer Mark Yonally was performing with a touring circus a few years ago, he would watch the whip artist and the contortionist warm up before shows.

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DSL NewsWire: Young Dancer Starts Charity to Help Recycle Gently-Used Costumes

Catie Mae Carey of Second Chance Dance; photo courtesy Facebook

An enterprising student at North Attleborough [MA] Middle School has started a new charity to help other youngsters pursue a common passion: dance.

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DSL NewsWire: Mark Morris Dancers Coach Community Members in Free Repertory Classes

Mark Morris dance class; photo by Johan Henckens

In preparation for the Mark Morris Dance Group’s upcoming performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Fort Greene troupe is offering free dance lessons where regular Brooklynites can learn some of the moves from the shows themselves.

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DSL Newswire: Ric Burns’ Documentary American Masters: American Ballet Theatre Screens March 23

American Masters: ABT; photo courtesy PBS

The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage hosts the world premiere screening of American Masters: American Ballet Theatre on Monday, March 23 at 6pm in the Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

American Masters: American Ballet Theatre, a feature-length documentary produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns, celebrates ABT’s legacy through rehearsal footage, performances, and interviews with key figures from the company’s rich history.

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DSL Newswire: Bolshoi Ballet Coming to Movie Theaters

Svetlana Zakharova in Lady of the Camellias; photo by Svetlana Fetisova, courtesy Bolshoi Ballet

The 2015–16 season of “Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema,” presented by Pathé Live and BY Experience, will show seven full-length ballets—three prerecorded (so the casts are known) and four shown live or on the day of performance—in some 450 spots across the United States and Canada, reports the New York Times ArtsBeat.

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DSL Newswire: LED Smart Shoes Turn Your Dance into a Light Show

LED smart shoes; photo courtesy No New Folk Studio

They’re like the light-up shoes of your childhood, the ones that blink and flash, activated by the pressure of your tread—but cooler than that, reports CNET. Orphe, developed by Japanese startup No New Folk Studio and currently seeking Indiegogo backers, is a programmable performance shoe fitted with 100 full-color, serially controlled LEDs, advanced motion sensors, and a Bluetooth module—designed to enhance and become a part of your dance moves.

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DSL NewsWire: Square Dancing in Steep Decline; Fans Try Legislation to Stem Tide

Square dancing; photo courtesy Square Dance Magazine

The nation’s square dancing population has declined by 700,000 over the past 30 years, according to United Square Dancers of America. Lawmakers in 31 states have tried to reverse that trend by making it their official state dance.

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DSL NewsWire: SYTYCD’s Travis Wall and Twitch to Mentor This Season’s Contestants

Travis Wall and Stephen “Twitch” Boss; photo courtesy Variety

So You Think You Can Dance will be bringing two of its alumni on board when it returns this summer for season 12. Travis Wall and Stephen “Twitch” Boss will join the competition dance series as mentors to the top 20 finalists.

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DSL NewsWire: Dancers Find Smartphones’ Slow Motion a Useful Teaching Tool

Recording dance in slow motion; photo courtesy Wired

For dancers, the smartphone with its slow-motion video recording feature, has become an incredibly useful tool for honing their craft—enabling them to improve their technique, spruce up their audition reel, and isolate aspects of their performance that were once intangible.

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DSL NewsWire: Illinois Actors and Actresses Sought for National Awards Competition

National High School Musical Theater Awards; photo courtesy Facebook

Applications are due April 15 for schools and students from the state of Illinois wishing to be considered for the fourth annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards, to be held June 1 at the Broadway Playhouse at Chicago’s Water Tower Place.

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DSL NewsWire: Precious Puppies Help to Ease Job Stress at American Ballet Theatre

ABT’s Lauren Post and Pickles; photo courtesy Instagram

Ballet dancers have a tough life: so how about a softer, cuddlier look at the dance life, thanks to Instagram.

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DSL NewsWire: Supporters Speak Out with Checkbooks, Save Financially-Strapped Ballet San Jose

Ballet San Jose dancers Jing Zhang, Amy Marie Briones, and Ommi Pipit-Suksun; photo courtesy Facebook

California’s Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley successfully overshot its do-or-die fundraising goal over the weekend by almost $100,000, reported the Contra Costa Times.

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DSL NewsWire: Pro Dancer Shares Lessons Learned While Auditioning

Ashley Werhun; photo by Christopher Peddecord

“Securing a job with a dance company is an intimidating task,” says Ashley Werhun in a column in 4dancer.org, where she admits the journey is filled with uncertainty and “more work than I ever imagined possible.”

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DSL NewsWire: Online Resource Offers Ballet Curriculums, Lesson Plans, Music

The Ballet Source; photo courtesy Facebook

The Ballet Source is an online resource for teachers of ballet with students from age 3 through the high school years based on the “Ballet Arts for Young Children” curriculum written and developed by the late Ruth H. Brinkerhoff, former director of the Utah Ballet Academy.

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DSL NewsWire: Choreographer and Students Discover Limitations Can Spur Creativity

“Ten Tiny Dances;” photo courtesy Kali Raisl

“Ten Tiny Dances,” a Tacoma, Washington, dance event that raises funds for scholarships at Tacoma City Ballet, sets a challenge for choreographers and dancers: to fit expressive movement into short works on a 4-by-4-foot stage set squarely in the middle of an audience.

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DSL NewsWire: Master Pointe Shoe Fitter Shares Her Knowledge on YouTube Channel

Mary Carpenter and DancewithmaryNYC; photo courtesy Mary Carpenter

When Mary Carpenter started work at a small Repetto boutique in New York City in order to get a discount on dancewear, little did she know that that job would guide her to a flourishing career as a professional pointe shoe fitter and, most recently, producer of her own YouTube channel, DancewithmaryNYC, geared to “all things pointe shoes.”

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DSL NewsWire: Innovative Choreography Hallmark of Annual NYC Showcase

The Choreographers Canvas; photo courtesy The Choreographers Canvas

The Choreographers Canvas, a platform for emerging and established choreographers to showcase their work Off-Broadway to industry professionals and the general public, will hold its eighth event April 26 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center.

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DSL NewsWire: Kids Run the Whole Shebang at New Competition Event

DanceKidsUSA; photo courtesy of Lynn Giordano

Kids are not only the stars of the show, but also the judges, hosts, and backstage workers at DanceKidsUSA, a new competition event from World-Class Talent Experience.

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DSL NewsWire: Children Believe They Are “Special” If Constantly Told So, Researchers Say

Narcissistic kids research study; image courtesy Shutterstock

If you keep telling your children that they are special, you may end up with kids that go around acting like they’re better than everybody else, according to a new study reported in Newser.

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DSL NewsWire: Dance+ Festival Going Strong for 25 Years in Saratoga Springs

Dance+ Festival; photo courtesy Facebook

The 25th annual Dance+ Festival will offer classes in over a dozen different styles of dance and movement for dancers and non-dancers of all ages and levels on March 29 at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York.

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DSL NewsWire: “Curriculum in Motion” Science Teacher on Third Pair of Jazz Shoes

School science teacher Dan Gray rehearses Curriculum in Motion; photo courtesy of David Dashiel for Jacob’s Pillow

When he retires at the end of the school year, Monument Mountain Regional High School teacher Dan Gray will be remembered as much for the contributions he made through his dancing shoes as he will be for the lessons he gave in the biology lab.

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DSL NewsWire: William Forsythe Discusses His Ballets in Live-Streamed PNB Event

PNB dancers Elizabeth Murphy and Jerome Tisserand; photo courtesy Facebook

A special lecture-demonstration at Pacific Northwest Ballet led by legendary choreographer William Forsythe will be streamed live tonight (Wednesday, March 11) on the eve of the first American program devoted entirely to his work.

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DSL NewsWire: Connection Between Dance and Identity Explored in UM Workshop

UM junior Sophia Deery helped to organize the Dance and Identity Workshop; photo by David Song/Michigan Daily

Before launching into improvisation exercises, Neal asked the group to consider how dance movements can connect with one’s own identity, focusing the event on the ties between individuality and movement.

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DSL NewsWire: Brazilian Ballet Class Shields Poverty-Stricken Children from Crime

Ballet in Paraisopolis, Brazil; photo courtesy Fox News

It is 10am and classical music is playing in the Paraisopolis “favela,” the second-largest shantytown in São Paulo, Brazil. Twenty children have already been practicing for an hour under a stern ballet instructor. The dance class is, in fact, also an effort to fight crime.

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DSL NewsWire: NJ Dancers to Explore African Heritage on Performance Trip to Ghana

The Garvey School; photo courtesy Facebook

Dancers from Trenton, New Jersey’s Garvey school will travel to the West African nation of Ghana this summer to perform at a cultural festival, reports NJ.com.

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DSL NewsWire: Charity-based Competition Presents $50,000 to Utah Food Bank

Ginette Bott of the Utah Food Bank accepts a $50,000 check from Will Dance For Kids; photo by Chelsey Allder/Deseret News

Will Dance for Kids Project, an organization that raises funds for children’s charities through dance and dance competitions, earned $50,000 for the Utah Food Bank through a weekend competition.

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DSL NewsWire: Video and Share Moves and Music with New Free App

Jusmove app; photo courtesy Amarillo Globe-News

Gray’s Studio, an Amarillo, Texas, photography and video business, will soon offer a video-based social network they hope will tap into the artistic drive that supports thousands of dance studios across the United States.

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DSL NewsWire: Richmond Ballet Turns to Heavy Metal Front Man for Latest Score

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God; photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns/Getty

It’s not often that the lead singer of a heavy metal band that Rolling Stone described as “too brutal for thrash” would provide the score for a ballet, but Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe is defying expectations by contributing music to a friend’s dance project.

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DSL NewsWire: National Museum of Dance Heats Up Winter With Tango Exhibit

Antón Gazenbeek and Natalie Laruccia; photo courtesy Natalie Laruccia

Visitors to the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York, can learn about the history of the Argentine tango, view rare footage, and even learn the dance itself through a new exhibition, 125 Years of Tango: A Walk Through the History of the Dance, running through March 2016.

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DSL NewsWire: Info on Duncan Dancers and Educators Sought for Online Archive

Isadora Duncan; double exposure photo by Richard Stoots from the collection of Janaea Rose Lyn

Duncan dancers, teachers, choreographers, and scholars throughout the world are urged to share information about themselves with the Isadora Duncan Archive committee now in the process of producing a digital archive representing the vast legacy of the modern dance pioneer.

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DSL NewsWire: Struggling Ballet San Jose Launches Emergency Fundraising Drive

Ballet San Jose; photo by Alejandro Gomez

Financially troubled Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley has to raise $550,000 by March 14 or face its possible swan song, reported the San Jose Mercury News.

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DSL NewsWire: David Hallberg To Miss Spring ABT Season Due to Injury

David Hallberg; photo by Gene Schiavone

David Hallberg, the American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, is injured and will not perform during the company’s Metropolitan Opera House season, reported the New York Times ArtsBeat.

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