Maggie Black, who for decades earned renown for teaching famous ballet and modern dancers how to leap and turn in ways, as she put it, that “humans weren’t really made to do,” configuring their bodies to avoid injuries and even to heal them, died on May 11 at her home in East Hampton, New York. She was 85.
In 2011, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival launched a curated digital resource filled with video clips and context for many of the artists who have performed at the Becket, Massachusetts, festival since the 1930s.
The first season of Strictly Ballet, a web series from Teen Vogue that documents the lives of up-and-coming dancers vying for a coveted spot in a world-renowned ballet company, focused on New York City Ballet. This season the series takes a trip south: to the shores of Miami Beach.
An exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art—Dance: Movement, Rhythm, Spectacle—showcases the kinetic energy of dance in a vibrant selection of prints, drawings, photographs, and vintage videos.
More than 20 dancers with Sacramento Ballet were laid off last week in a cost-cutting move, and now are cramming for a performance they had organized on their own in just a matter of days.
American Ballet Theatre invites fans to join in the company’s continued celebration of its 75th anniversary by perusing a new website that highlights ABT through the decades.
Tresa Randall, an associate professor of dance in the School of Dance, Film, and Theater has won Ohio University’s Presidential Teacher Award.
A study published in the journal Pediatrics says that only 30 percent of ballet class is spent in substantial exercise, and that most kinds of dance classes aren’t providing anywhere near the recommended amounts of physical activity suggested for children and adolescents, says Time magazine.
The 90-year-old grand dame of Des Moines, Iowa, dance took her final bow May 10. Mary Joyce (Lind) has died after teaching thousands of students in a career that spanned more than 70 years, reported the Des Moines Register.
Artists of the Lviv National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet have issued an appeal protesting performers’ mass conscription into the Ukrainian army, which they are calling a deliberate attempt to stamp out Ukraine’s educational artistic traditions, reports Sputnik news.
Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired its first major dance collection, the archives of Dance Theatre of Harlem co-founder Arthur Mitchell.
A story in Cleveland.com reports that the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has given $5 million to establish a national center for choreography at the University of Akron.
Dance Crash will premiere May 30 on the Oprah Winfrey Network, according to Broadway World. The one-hour special follows Brandee Evans, a professional dancer and celebrity choreographer as she travels to Atlanta’s Westlake High School to overhaul its dance team in a dramatic battle to regain its hip-hop supremacy at the Georgia High School Dance Championship.
Dancing doesn’t come easily for some men, including Nick Taylor, a digital marketing professional and entrepreneur.
The opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival featured members of L.A. Dance Project in a performance inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Reporting on Misty Copeland for 60 Minutes this week, CBS correspondent Bill Whitaker heard the story of the star ballerina’s childhood: how a dance teacher took a teenage Misty under her wing, took her into her home, and changed her life.
What Whitaker didn’t expect to hear was that Copeland, now a soloist at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), is doing something similar for two teenage boys from Brooklyn—identical twins Shaakir and Naazir Muhammad. “She’s a coach, she’s a mentor, she’s a big sister,” Whitaker told 60 Minutes Overtime. “Her face lights up when she talks about them.”
Nominations have been announced for the 2015 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, reports Theatermania. Established in 1982, and formerly known as The Astaire Awards, the awards recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season.
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, little about AIDS was known—except that it was ravaging the queer and trans community. Within months of being diagnosed, tens of thousands of once healthy and vibrant individuals withered and died.
How do people who work full-time jobs and have kids find the time to take on a volunteer project? Jaime and Maria Luisa Carrillo somehow find the time because their project, Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, is their passion.
San Francisco Ballet School—America’s first professional ballet school—will host a free open house on Saturday, May 16 at 1pm, for boys ages 8 to 11 and their parents to find out more about the school’s boy’s training program. The event includes a facility tour, rehearsal observation, and Q&A session with school staff. No ballet experience is needed. To register, visit school.sfballet.org/boys or call 415.865.6700.
According to the Seattle Times, Kitty Daniels, longtime chair of the Cornish College of the Arts dance department, will retire this month after 29 years in her position. “I believe so firmly that we all stand on the shoulders of others,” Daniels said. “My entire time here, I’ve very consciously and deliberately said everything is a team effort. I’ve actually refused to use the words ‘I’ and ‘my’; I’ve always said ‘we’ and ‘our.’ ”
For nine decades, Anna Halprin has explored what it means to dance and to heal. The iconic San Francisco Bay Area–artist, who started dancing at age 5 and turns 95 in July, is the subject of a series of celebrations called “Dances for Anna” spanning three months and 15 countries this year. Halprin—who founded San Francisco Dancer’s Workshop in 1955—is known internationally for her investment in dance as a transformative practice.
In order to address those challenges for future generations of aspiring dancers, Rendon and other Benito Juarez students teamed up with two of their teachers to bring a dance studio with classical dance training to Pilsen this summer, reports DNAinfo Chicago. Instructors Barbara San-Roman and Dianne Martinez came up with the idea for Recycled Barre last summer after discussing the void of dance studios in Pilsen and other South Side communities.
Starring in music videos at the age of 100, Eileen Kramer is probably the oldest working dancer and choreographer in Australia, if not the world—and the centenarian revels in her age, says Yahoo news.
The likelihood is pretty good that your baby, lulled by the soothing music and the swaying of hips, will fall asleep at Hula Babies class. If your baby cries instead, the moms there don’t mind; babies hiccupping and intermittently crying is the gentle background to the hula, says the Seattle Times.
There are many ballet documentaries—including a couple on the American Ballet Theatre—but none has ever described the essence and beauty of dance as masterfully as Ric Burns’ American Ballet Theatre: A History, premiering May 15 at 9pm on PBS’ American Masters.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has received two sizable grants to help support its continuing work with young people and families in Chicago.
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, New York Live Arts’ resident dance company, has launched a new, four-year partnership with Loyola Marymount University (LMU) that will bring the company’s works and their pedagogical and performing philosophy to LMU’s campus and the Los Angeles area.
“Mancing.” That’s what Elite School of Dance and Performance Art in Radford, Virginia, calls it when its 15-member, all-male dance class starts moving to the beat.
The top schools for choreography are those offering dance programs that emphasize choreography or offer a distinct choreography degree, says the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which has released a list of its Top 10 Choreography Schools.
A handful of young New Orleans dancers and a local chorus will perform with the Limón Dance Company on May 9 when the modern dance company presents one of its masterworks, Missa Brevis.
Most nights find Susan Tammany ushering for New York City Ballet performances, but not last night: a new production of August Bournonville’s 1836 ballet La Sylphide—with sets and costumes designed by Tammany—had its premiere.
“The average life of a webpage is a hundred days,” stated a New Yorker article in January. Since writing about dance—along with other forms of arts criticism—now takes place mostly online, and frequently outside of well-established newspapers or magazines, the instability of webpages clearly presents a stark challenge to the survival of today’s dance writing.
Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley is running two special outreach programs in connection with this weekend’s production of Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella that will allow children with special needs, plus underserved children and their mothers, to attend live performances of the classic ballet.
It has been nearly one year since Stephen and Katie Stay, along with four of their five children, were gunned down inside their Houston home by an estranged relative. Now, a neighbor and friend is honoring the family with a dream inspired by two of the young victims.
Thirteen important dance history influences, from Isamu Noguchi who changed set design for dance forever by making it three-dimensional and interactive, to Ann Barzel who sneaked her 16mm camera backstage to film important performances of Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, have been added to the list of America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures.
“I know who you are. You are the one amongst many who will make the leap from being a dance student to being a Dancer. You have existed for hundreds of years. You are part of a tradition that has been passed by hand from dancer to dancer to dancer. You have been living and breathing on the energy dreams are made of. It is a powerful source and there is nothing illusory about it. Trust it.”
New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City has announced its second season of Victory Dance, a summer series of free dance performances by artists like Martha Graham Dance Company, Parsons Dance, and others, for children in NYC day camps, summer schools, and programs run by social service agencies.
Catherine Gund’s documentary Born to Fly, which follows iconoclastic choreographer Elizabeth Streb as she relentlessly pushes herself and her dancers to break free of the traditional, earth-bound confines of dance, will premiere on PBS’ Independent Lens May 11 at 10pm EST.
A work-in-progress by Robert Mark Burke, named the first Emerging New Jersey Choreographer by Dance on the Lawn, will be shown in rehearsal May 9 from 6 to 9pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Assembly Hall in Montclair, New Jersey.
Maya Plisetskaya, a star of Russia’s Bolshoi ballet who overcame a legacy of Stalinist oppression to redefine her art and be feted as the greatest ballerina of her generation, has died in Germany.
Thirty professional dance companies will perform across three nights at the 8th annual Emerson Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, to be held this coming Memorial Day weekend (May 22 to 24).
Two years in the making, the documentary PS Dance! captures a typical day in the New York City classrooms of five master dance educators and shows how dance can affect the trajectory of student development.
“Every time I dance, I turn into a better person. Dance temporarily takes away the pain of the harsh world outside of those studio windows. Dance enables me to find myself but to also lose myself at the same time.”
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