DSL NewsWire: New Book Pumps Up Competition Dancers with Good Advice

A new book, Dance Competitions: Are You Ready?, tackles subjects that competition dancers want to know more about, with chapters such as “What Judges Are Looking For,” “Choosing a Good Ballet Class,” and “Mental Preparation.”

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DSL NewsWire: Program Offers Cash, Mentorship, to Chicago Choreographers

Artists interested in applying to be considered for this year’s Chicago Dancemakers Forum assistance program, which includes a $15,000 cash award plus a full year of mentorship, artistic and professional development in support of a new dance work, are urged to attend one of two 2015 Lab Artist Awards Application Assistance Workshops.

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DSL NewsWire: Traditional Arts of Indigenous Peoples Featured in Festival

The Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, a six-day celebration of the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and beyond, will be held March 3 to 8 in the Great Hall at University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA).

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DSL NewsWire: School at Steps on Broadway Offers Classes for 3-Month-Olds

The School at Steps on Broadway, New York City, is now offering lessons to babies as young as three months old through Baby Steps, a new mommy-and-me program “designed for moms to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back while bonding with their child,” as described by Steps and reported by Danceinforma.

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DSL NewsWire: Bruno Mars, Viewers Give Tech Students’ Dance Video an A+

A school assignment from Scot Pankey, theater teacher at A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School, led to the creation of a video in which Pankey and his students dance ’round the Dallas school to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk that’s gotten more than 3,220,000 views and a Facebook shout out from Mars: “I cried at the end. I’m still a thug though. Thank you to everyone involved in making this video.”

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DSL NewsWire: Osipova, Acosta, Wheeldon, Winners at UK’s National Dance Awards

Winners of this year’s National Dance Awards, which are decided by 50 dance critics from across the UK and celebrate excellence in professional dance, have been announced, according to a Royal Opera House press release.

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DSL NewsWire: Woman’s Personal Weight Loss Journey Leads to Successful Studio

Although dancing diva Gabrielle Williams has lost 220 pounds, her weight loss journey continues while she packs on more clients, friends, and glowing good times at her fitness studio, Cosmic Studios, in Florence, Kentucky.

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DSL NewsWire: NJ Educator is SHAPE America Dance Teacher of the Year for Region

Arvin Arjona, who first stepped onto the local scene as a special education teacher 11 years ago and thereafter moved on to become the Millburn [NJ] High School dance educator, will be recognized as the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America, or SHAPE America, Eastern District Dance Teacher of the Year next month.

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DSL NewsWire: Technical HS Students Build Their Own Dance Studio Space

Four years ago, Nashoba Valley Technical High School became one of the first technical high schools in Massachusetts to add music to its curriculum, and will soon open its new Dance and Arts Studio as the Westford school expands its arts-based programs in music, TV and media, theater arts, and design and visual communications.

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DSL NewsWire: SC Youth Ballet Invites Area Studios to First Annual Showcase

Summerville [SC] Civic Ballet, a nonprofit company for dancers ages 9 and older, has designed the First Annual Lowcountry Dance Invitational in an effort to unite local studio dancers and choreographers while promoting dance education and appreciation in the Lowcountry.

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DSL NewsWire: HS Senior’s Dance Project Spotlights Special Education Students

For the past two months, for her senior project, Jerome [ID] High student Rachel Cook worked with special education students to form “Rachel’s Dancin’ Peeps,” and last week they performed during halftime at the junior varsity boys’ basketball game.

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DSL NewsWire: Jacob’s Pillow Internships Provide Experience in Arts Careers

Applications are due February 13 for young dancers and dance lovers who would like to spend the summer learning about dance production, theater management, public relations, marketing, and more as an intern at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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DSL NewsWire: Iowa School Believes Kids Who Dance Are Kids Who Learn

Students at Hillside Elementary School in West Des Moines, Iowa, had the opportunity Tuesday to learn movement techniques from a traveling dance troupe—but their teachers say this lesson applies to other subjects, like social studies, too.

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DSL NewsWire: Nana Shineflug, Influential Teacher, Chicago Moving Company Founder, Dies

Elizabeth “Nana” Shineflug, the founder and artistic director of the Chicago Moving Company, one of the first modern dance troupes in the Midwest, touched the lives of hundreds of students as a teacher and reached audiences around the world as a dancer and choreographer.

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DSL NewsWire: Jackrabbit Provides Assistance for Needy Children through Project Clean

Jackrabbit Technologies, a provider of online class management software for youth activities centers, has again participated in Project Clean, a program of Hope4Kids/Grain of Wheat International that supplies hygiene supplies to some of the world’s most needy children.

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DSL NewsWire: Dance Planet 19 Special Guest, Dallas Native, LaQuet Pringle

Musical theater performer and Dallas native LaQuet Sharnell Pringle will be special guest artist during the 19th edition of Dance Planet, a free, community-oriented weekend dance festival held in Dallas by the Dance Council of North Texas.

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DSL NewsWire: Free One-Hour Master Classes Featured in New Orleans Event

Four free master classes open to the public are featured in D’Project’s 7th season of Southern Voices: Dance Out Loud, a New Orleans-based community event that offers a professional environment for seasoned and emerging choreographers to showcase new works.

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DSL NewsWire: Celebration of Dance Lasts an Entire Month in Baltimore County

Take a Leap, a month-long Baltimore County [MD] dance celebration, takes to the stage and studio this February with more than 30 performances, free dance classes, meet-the-artist events, and artist residencies throughout Baltimore County.

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DSL NewsWire: Choreographer Up For Challenge of Mississippi River Boat Ballet

Patrick Scully wants to stage a ballet this summer in the Twin Cities that takes place on the Mississippi River and stars dozens of vessels as the “dancers.” The idea, called the Mississippi River Boat Ballet, might seem a bit far-fetched, except that Scully has pulled off a boat ballet before.

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DSL NewsWire: Free Drop-In Class Provides Lessons, Encouragement, To Underprivileged Kids

Every Friday from 3 to 4pm, Mayo Street Arts founder Blainor McGough hangs a colorful banner outside of the small former church in Portland, Maine, which houses the nonprofit theater and community center, announcing that Club Hip Hop—a free, one-hour, drop-in dance class—is underway.

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DSL NewsWire: Dance, Theater, Music, and Art Focus of 6th Move Me Festival

More than 1,000 attendees of all ages are expected at the 6th annual Move Me Festival, a free family-friendly celebration of arts and culture, scheduled for March 21 from 1 to 5pm at Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, Virginia.

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DSL NewsWire: The Royal Ballet Crosses the Pond; Plans Stops in DC, NYC, Chicago

Ever since it was reported that The Royal Ballet would visit Washington and Chicago in 2015, rumors have been swirling about a New York stop. The New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog has announced that the rumors are true.

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DSL NewsWire: Teacher’s Personal Experience With Luigi’s Power Shared with Playwright

When Langley, Washington, choreographer and dance teacher Daunne Bacon Zinger herniated two of the discs of her spine, doctors told her she would likely never dance again. But Bacon Zinger heeded the words of her idol, jazz dance icon Eugene Louis “Luigi” Faccuito; she never stopped moving.

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DSL NewsWire: Former NYCB Principal Damian Woetzel to Receive 2015 Harvard Arts Medal

Damian Woetzel, a 2007 Harvard University graduate whose career spanned nearly two decades as a principal dancer at New York City Ballet, is the 2015 Harvard Arts Medalist, the Office for the Arts announced in Harvard Magazine.

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DSL NewsWire: Colorado Studio Dances the Day Away in Support of Andréa Rizzo

Live Love Dance of Broomfield, Colorado, will hold a dance-a-thon in support of the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort “Dance Across America” on February 7 from 1 to 6pm at the Live Love Dance and Arts Center.

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DSL NewsWire: Bernie Matzke, Founder of the Green Bay Packerettes, Dies

Bernie Matzke, the founder and director of the Packerettes, the Green Bay Packers’ official cheerleading squad in the 1950s and 1970s, and who danced for 77 of her 85 years, died last Friday, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.

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DSL NewsWire: Follow YAGP Regional Competition Through Live Stream

Youth America Grand Prix regional semifinals got underway this past weekend with hundreds of hopefuls taking the stage in Tampa, Florida, and Seattle, Washington, with fans and friends able to watch the competition from their own homes thanks to this year’s live streaming.

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DSL NewsWire: Website Offers Free Music for Ballet Variations, Pas De Deux

Two dancers from Italy have created a website that provides free recordings of musical variations and pas de deux from popular ballet often danced by students in competition or auditions, such as Cinderella, Diana and Actaeon, Giselle, and Paquita.

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DSL NewsWire: Massachusetts Fundraiser for Andréa Rizzo Foundation

Sixty dancer ages 9 to 18 from North Shore Dance Academy of Danvers, Massachusetts, will perform in a showcase to benefit the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s support of dance therapy programs for children with cancer and special needs in pediatric hospitals on January 31 at 6pm at Swampscott [MA] High School.

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DSL NewsWire: New Program Champions Student Dancers of All Abilities

Envision Dance Exchange, a new collaborative effort that pairs dancers with special needs with dancers from a Chatham, New Jersey, studio’s performance company, will hold its debut performance January 24 at 7:30pm at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Madison, New Jersey.

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Story of American Modern Dance Champion Martha Hill Told in New Film

The film Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter tells the inspiring and largely unknown story of Martha Hill, a visionary whose life was defined by her love for dance, and who successfully fought against great odds to establish modern dance as a legitimate art form in America.

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PNB’s Don Quixote Portrayed by The Turning Point Screen Star Tom Skerritt

Movie and TV star Tom Skerritt, perhaps best known to balletomanes for his portrayal as a former dancer and father to Leslie Browne and husband to Shirley MacLaine in 1977’s The Turning Point, will be appearing in the title role of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Don Quixote.

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