Exhibition Highlights History of Batsheva Dance Company

Batsheva Dance Company at 50: American Concepts and the Israeli Spirit focuses on the interaction between American choreographers and Israeli dance. Choreographers who have set works on or created works for the company include Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, Anna Sokolow, Donald McKayle, José Limón, Robert Cohan, and, more recently, Elizabeth Streb, Douglas Varone, and Danny Ezralow. The exhibition highlights the artistic dialogue between American concepts and Israeli culture as well as the company’s local and global characteristics.

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New Sheet Music Book for Ballet Accompanists

The Modern Ballet Pianist, a purveyor of recorded music for ballet class, announces its first sheet music book for ballet accompanists. The Classics: Sheet Music for the Ballet Accompanist features 27 pieces of music by composers ranging from Chopin to Rachmaninoff, and specifically arranged with 4 bars of intro and even phrasing for ballet class. Purchase includes free digital download of The Classics album.

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Film Lineup Announced for Dance on Camera

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association will present Dance on Camera, a film festival that features an array of narrative, documentary, and experimental features and shorts, all centered around dance, running January 30 to February 3.

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DWTS’s Latest Winner, Alfonso “The Carlton” Ribeiro, To Join Nationwide Tour

Dancing with the Stars’ newest mirror ball champion, Alfonso Ribeiro—who broke into big-time show business at age 12 in Broadway’s The Tap Dance Kid—will be headlining the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour.

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Baryshnikov Photo Show to Open in London

An exhibition of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s digital prints will open in London on November 29, according to a story in the Guardian. The show features photos of every type of dance from Brazilian hip-hop and Hawaiian hula to dancers with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

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Annual Unity Meeting To be Held at DanceLife Retreat Center

Unity, a nonprofit coalition of dance education organizations, associations, merchants and others that promotes cooperation and dialogue within the national dance profession, will hold its annual January meeting at the DanceLife Retreat Center in Norton, Massachusetts.

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Mother’s Stroke Leaves Harlem Dance Teacher Struggling to Save Her Academy

East Harlem dance teacher Robin Williams is fighting to save her Uptown Dance Academy, deep in debt and struggling after Williams’ mother—who acted as the school’s backbone, handling extensive administrative duties—suffered a stroke that left her partially blind and confined to an assisted living facility.

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Patrick Stewart Goes Where No Starship Captain Has Before: Into the Ballet Studio

IFC Films has debuted a trailer for Match, a film starring Patrick Stewart as an aging ballet instructor at The Juilliard School in New York City, written and directed by playwright Stephen Belber and based on his 2004 Broadway play of the same name.

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Philadelphia African Dance Ensemble Celebrates 45th Anniversary This Weekend

The legacy of Afro-Cuban dance will be celebrated this weekend when Kùlú Mèlé, Philadelphia’s longest extant African dance ensemble, presents “Danzas de Cuba” at its 45th Anniversary Concert Gala, reported The Philadelphia Tribune.

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World’s Tallest Dancer, Fabrice Calmels, Triumphs Over Size Restrictions

For 6-foot-6 Joffrey Ballet dancer Fabrice Calmels, officially named the world’s tallest professional ballet dancer by the Guinness Book of World Records this month, rejection was the rule when he was first starting his professional dance career in France.

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New El Paso Studio Offers Contemporary-Based Classes for Adults and Teens Only

Dancer Jennifer Burton lived in a downtown studio space for 15 years before moving out in January to turn it into a dance studio. Sound + Vision Studios opened its doors to lovers of contemporary dance in late August. “Right now we are trying to find a niche,” Jennifer Burton, . . .

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Ben Vereen Pumps Up Alabama Students Before Guinness World Records Attempt

Broadway song-and-dance man Ben Vereen spoke to 2,000 students from Dothan [AL] City Schools about the importance of art education and its application to everyday life moments before they secured a place in the Guinness World Records on Wednesday by staging the world’s largest hip-hop dance performance.

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Nutmeg Ballet Founder Sharon Dante Honored For Contributions to Connecticut

The Nutmeg Ballet founder Sharon Dante last week received the CultureMax Award, presented by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council to those who have “elevated the stature of arts and/or heritage within the region of northwest Connecticut.”

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Owner Gives Studio to Employee, Then Pitches In When Help is Needed

Christmas is the season for giving, and Ashlie Andersen, owner of State Street Dance Studio in Geneva, Illinois, and director of the school’s 11th performance of The Nutcracker, is contemplating three of the most important gifts of her life.

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Great Improvisational Tap Dancer, Bunny Briggs, Dies at Age 92

Tap dancer extraordinaire Bunny Briggs, who created a paddle-and-roll style of tapping but never bothered naming or labeling any of his specific steps and moves, died at the age of 92 in Las Vegas on November 15, according to Yankee Jazz Beat and confirmed by Jane Goldberg, director of Changing Times Tap.

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Jacob’s Pillow Building Housing its Dance Archives to Triple in Size

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival will break ground this month on an expansion project at Blake’s Barn—home to its rare and extensive dance archives—which will triple the areas for storage and increase access for the public, artists, students, researchers, and scholars.

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Through Sweat and Struggle to the Stage: Film Looks at the Making of Ballet 422

A newly released trailer gives New York City Ballet fans a sneak peek at BALLET 422, a film that follows NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck as he crafts a new work—a process that, until this film, had never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.

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Baltimore Dance Studio Celebrates the Spirit of Giving with ‘Dance Across America’

One hundred percent of the proceeds from Baltimore studio A Step Ahead Dance Center’s upcoming performance will benefit the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, “Dance Across America,” which works to bring dance therapy services to children.

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Art-Loving Mother Comes Up With Multifaceted Business Plan for Dance Studio

Certified yoga and dance therapy instructor Karla Kress-Boyle, a West Hartford, Connecticut, mother of two, considered opening a dance studio but realized her town was already full of them. Instead, she created Imagine Studio, which features art, music, theater, and yoga classes for toddlers in the mornings, and dance instruction for older kids after school hours.

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Joni Mitchell’s Anti-War Songs Serve as Soulful Soundtrack for Ballet

The more than 100 well-wishers who recently gathered at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum to wish happy birthday to famed folk singer Joni Mitchell saw a screening of The Fiddle and the Drum, a film she edited that features a 2007 ballet performance of the same name that she conceptualized and scored with choreographer Jean Grand-Maître, the artistic director of Alberta Ballet in Canada.

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Dancers Honored to Keep Balanchine’s Legacy—and His Rubber Plant—Alive

The legend of “The Balanchine Plant” goes back to the 1970s, when George Balanchine, co-founder of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, gave a clipping of his rubber plant to one of his leading dancers at the time, Karin von Aroldingen.

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Dancers Help NC High School Students Understand Math, English, and Physics

Fifty dancers from RJ Reynolds High School and eight professionals from the Charlotte [NC] Ballet presented a modern ballet production last week titled Black, Blue and Green, about black history, blues music, and environmental science. Those weren’t the only lessons being taught through dance, though.

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Dance Production About the Passenger Pigeon is a Cautionary Tale

Birds are no strangers to the world of dance—think Swan Lake, or Firebird—but the star of this show isn’t the typical graceful swan. On Friday and Saturday, dancers of the Pittsburgh-based Shana Simmons Dance will premiere Passenger, an ode to the life and demise of the passenger pigeon, at the National Aviary on the North Side.

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Luigi’s Impact on Broadway’s Brightest Stars Outlined in New Film

Luigi was a sought-after teacher by some of the brightest stars on Broadway—Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, Estelle Parsons, Kelly Bishop, Ron Dennis, Jane Summerhays, Robert Morse, Gretchen Wyler, and others—and many of them have shared their memories of the great jazz dance and New York City master teacher for the film Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age.

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Misty Copeland, Brooklyn Mack, Shatter All-White Stereotype of Swan Lake

The all-white stereotype of Swan Lake, the most traditional of ballets, will be shattered next April when the two lead roles are performed by African Americans: Misty Copeland in the leading role of Odette/Odile, and Brooklyn Mack as her partner and love interest, Prince Siegfried.

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Longtime Proponent of Tap Dance Carl Schlesinger Buried in His Tap Shoes

Carl Schlesinger, longtime co-producer of Tap Extravaganza, an annual celebration of tap held in New York, died Sunday at 88. The Rutherford, New Jersey, resident tap danced as a boy in the Bronx, took it up again in his 50s, gave his first public performance on his 64th birthday, and was laid to rest in his tap shoes.

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Brooklyn African Dance Studio Loses Home to Luxury Apartment Development

The Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance on Fulton Street in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn is scrambling to find a new home after its 10-year lease was cut short, allowing the property to be transformed into a 19-story luxury residential tower.

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SF State U. Dance Bumped from Studio Space; Will be Used as a Museum

For any dance student, the studio space where rehearsals and training takes place is an essential resource. But dance majors at San Francisco State University will be losing their lofty dance studio in the Fine Arts Building—one created especially for dance, with sprung floors to reduce strain and injury to the joints, marley floor covering to prevent slipping, mirrors, adjacent locker rooms with showers, as well as bleacher seating, pipes rigged for lighting, and a sound system—as of the spring semester.

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Scientists Say Biology to Blame When Individuals Can’t Find the Beat

Most bad dancers have nothing but their own awkwardness and self-consciousness to blame, but for a few, a complete lack of rhythm could have a biological explanation, suggests research published this week in Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences. It’s called beat-deafness, and it’s a sensory deficit analogous to being tone-deaf or color-blind.

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Quadriplegic Former Dancer Urges Other to Find the Joy in Music, Dance

“I was at a blues concert north of New York City when I started to feel sorry for myself,” writes Catherine Wolf in ABC News’ “A Day in the Life,” a series of blogs written by people who are living with medical conditions.

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TV’s Jenna Elfman Praises Life Lessons of Ballet in Studio’s New Lectures Series

Westside School of Ballet’s new Dance Talks series, featuring a lineup of successful alumnae who will talk to community youth about their dance training and its positive impact on their lives, kicks off November 15 with speaker Jenna Elfman, star of the TV series Dharma and Greg and a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance.

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Harkness Center to Celebrate 25 Years of Providing Medical Assistance to NYC Dance Community

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Medical Center will celebrate 25 years of providing high-quality, affordable, medical care for the New York City dance community November 12 at the 2014 NYU Langone Musculoskeletal Ball, to be held at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Competition Bows Out for One Year in Favor of Bournonville Workshop

The annual American Ballet Competition (ABC) will not be held in 2015 to permit contestants to take advantage of an educational offering: Bournonville Workshop with the Masters, to be presented by Imagine Ballet Theatre in association with ABC next June.

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Studio Owner Honored for Blog that Encourages Women Struggling With Cancer

Very quickly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2010, Millene Michel decided nothing would stop her from beating the cancer and going on with her life, reported the Mount Olive Chronicle. She has succeeded.

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