DSL NewsWire: Longtime Chicago Dance Educator, Ginger Farley, To Head Up CDF

Chicago-based dance artist and advocate Ginger Farley has been named the first executive director of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF), which, through its Lab Artist grant program, provides ascending choreographers with cash awards, mentorship, and artistic and professional support.

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DSL NewsWire: Attitude Allows Advanced Dancers to Find Education in Even Beginner Classes

“I’m an advanced dancer, I guess,” says Chrysta Brown in an essay written for The Dance Journal. “It seems, however, that I have a beginner dancer’s schedule because advanced classes tend to happen when I’m working.

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DSL NewsWire: Choreographer/Educator Bill Evans Celebrates 75th with Benefit Performance

To celebrate his 75th birthday on April 11 and to introduce himself to the Rhode Island dance audience, choreographer and dancer Bill Evans and special guests will share an afternoon of Evans’ works April 12 at the AS220 Black Box Theatre, 95 Empire Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

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DSL NewsWire: NYCB’s Art Series Fills Seats with Younger (Hipper) Audience Members

There seemed to be an explosion of young men in knit caps and young women in leather pants watching as New York City Ballet recently performed a trio of Balanchine classics. In fact, according to the New York Times, the average age in the David H. Koch Theater seemed to have dropped by years, if not decades.

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DSL NewsWire: YBCA’s “50 Cent” Workshops Introduce Students to Influential Artists

Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble members Katie Geissinger and Ellen Fisher will head up several classes March 28 from 11am to 4pm offered through the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ 50 Cent Tabernacle program.

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DSL NewsWire: South Carolina Artists Follows Collaborative Example of Ballets Russes

What do you get when you combine a driven, neoclassical choreographer with a business-savvy impresaria and an Irish feminist composer? You get the newly formed Ballet Evolution, a collective of artists led by choreographer Jonathan Tabbert, Chamber Music Charleston director Sandra Nikolajevs, and composer and performer Laura Ball.

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DSL NewsWire: Joy in Singing, Dancing, Drops as Children Become Aware of Others’ Opinions

Picture two birthday parties: one where 4-year-old kids bellow Happy Birthday and put their left feet in during the Hokey Pokey, and the other where 14-year-olds huddle slump-shouldered in corners furtively glancing at each other as loud music blares. Why the difference?

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DSL NewsWire: Carla Körbes This Year’s Artist-in-Residence at Vail Festival

Carla Körbes, the Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer who announced last year that she would retire at the end of this season, will be the artist-in-residence at this year’s Vail International Dance Festival, according to the New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog.

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DSL NewsWire: Dance, Fitness, Yoga Studios Find Home in Shared Rental Space

A Perdido, Florida, couple is helping small businesses such as dance and fitness studios find a place to call home by renting 1,000-square-feet and then making it available through subleases on a short- or long-term basis.

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DSL NewsWire: Ella Baff, Dedicated Leader of Jacob’s Pillow, to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Ella Baff, longtime executive and artistic director of the international Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, will receive an honorary doctorate degree from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, during the college’s commencement ceremonies set for May 22 at 10:30am on the campus.

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DSL NewsWire: Boston Ballet’s Versatile Leading Man, Yury Yanowsky, To Retire

After 22 years with the company, Boston Ballet principal guest artist Yury Yanowsky is retiring from dancing to focus on choreographing. And he’s going out in style: Yanowsky and his wife, Boston Ballet principal dancer Kathleen Breen Combes, are scheduled to dance the lead roles of Armand and Marguerite on opening night of Val Caniparoli’s The Lady of the Camellias on February 26.

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DSL NewsWire: Lack of an Arm Doesn’t Stop Student from Rocking Out at Jump

“Dance . . . who needs two arms?” reads Lexi Daniels’ Instagram bio. The 15-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, proves every day that in order to pursue your passion—and to be an awesome dancer—two arms is just not a requirement.

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DSL NewsWire: Studio Owner Instrumental in Bringing Dance Therapy to St. Louis

When the owner of St. Louis Academy of Dance in Olivette, Missouri, heard about a little girl who badly wanted to dance, but whose cancer treatments kept her in the hospital or at home quarantined and very tired, she decided to take dance to the girl.

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DSL NewsWire: Hubbard Street, Ailey Extension, Design Summer Programs for Serious Dancers

Two leading contemporary dance education institutions, Hubbard Street and The Ailey Extension, have created summer intensive preparatory programs that give aspiring dancers the opportunity to experience what it’s like to train professionally.

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DSL NewsWire: Mobile App Allows Clients to Book Classes, Pay, Online

Mindbody, a leader in software development for the wellness industry, is expanding its consumer mobile capabilities through the acquisition of Fitness Mobile Apps, a tailored mobile app solution that helps customers book and pay for services.

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DSL NewsWire: Five Dance Teams Disqualified After Award Ceremony Protest

A charge of plagiarism was behind an incident at the state Class 3A High Kick dance championship held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saturday where five high school dance teams were disqualified after protesting the winning routine.

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DSL NewsWire: Australian YAGP Winner Takes Top Prize at Prix de Lausanne as Well

When 15-year-old Australian ballet dancer Harrison Lee took top prize this month at the Prix de Lausanne, he showed his trademark control when called forward from a line of finalists—some three and four years his senior.

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DSL NewsWire: Longtime Director of St. Croix Ballet, Karla Sweeney, Loses Battle With Cancer

Karla Sweeney, 66, the founder and longtime director of St. Croix Ballet in Stillwater, Minnesota, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and had been in hospice for more than a year, died last Thursday.

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DSL NewsWire: Dance Artists Share Experiences in Online Oral History Library

The oral histories of 73 luminaries from the San Francisco Bay Area performing arts, including many dancers and dance educators, are now available online as part of Museum of Performance + Design Legacy audio recordings series.

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DSL NewsWire: Annual Awards Recognize Contributions of Grey and Weinstein

Broadway legend Joel Grey and film producer Harvey Weinstein will be guests of honor at the 33nd annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, to be held June 1 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York.

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DSL NewsWire: Alumni, Students, and Established Artists Celebrate Contemporary Dance at Bates Festival

The 2015 edition of the Bates Dance Festival, a laboratory for artists making important contributions to contemporary dance, will take place July 1 through August 8 on the Bates College campus, Lewiston, Maine.

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DSL NewsWire: Center for Ballet and the Arts Welcomes New Thinkers

Puppeteer Basil Twist, singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, baroque dance specialist Béatrice Massin, and New York University philosopher Tamsin Shaw are among the new group of fellows who will be in residence at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, the first international institute devoted to the creation and study of ballet.

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DSL NewsWire: ASU Student’s Desire to Help Others Fueled by Love of Dance

Arizona State University design management major and dance minor—and student at Barrett, ASU’s honors college—Melia Coury is producing a dance concert, “One World, Many Voices: Dance Around the Globe,” as a fundraiser for a scholarship the senior is establishing for ASU students with an interest in business and dance.

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DSL NewsWire: Tale of NBA’s First Senior Hip-Hop Team To Be Told in New Musical

Gotta Dance, a new stage musical based on the critically acclaimed 2008 documentary of the same name, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre beginning December 13, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

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DSL NewsWire: Palm Springs Dance-a-Thon Will Benefit Andréa Rizzo Foundation

Dance With Miss Lindsay Dance Studio in Palm Springs, California, will hold a dance-a-thon on February 27 from 6 to 9pm at the studio to benefit the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, “Dance Across America.”

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DSL NewsWire: Adult Ballet Class: It’s A Joy To Dance At Any Age

“Those of us in the Saturday morning adult ballet class at Casco Bay Movers studio in Portland recently learned a new word: to ‘balter,’ as defined by the urban dictionary, is ‘to dance artlessly, without particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment,’ ” writes Stephanie Eglinton in an editorial column about her adult ballet class printed in the Portland [ME] Press Herald.

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DSL NewsWire: High School District Invests $5 Million in New Dance Spaces

The Escondido [CA] Union High School District is turning heads with a dance program that has already produced a bevy of professional performers and is poised for even greater success, officials told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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DSL NewsWire: American Dance Festival Auditions for Summer School Students

The American Dance Festival (ADF) will embark on a 16-city tour to audition dance students for the 2015 ADF Six Week School and Three Week School, to be held as part of ADF’s 82nd season, June 11 to July 25, in Durham, North Carolina.

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DSL NewsWire: Writer Dad Praises Special Bond Between Ballerinas and Dads

Being a ballet dad is about showing up, being there, and putting your whole heart into it, writes Huffington Post contributor Richard Greenberg, along with “teaching your child how to cope with hurt feelings, how to redirect frustration, and how to avoid being diminished by the behavior of others.”

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DSL NewsWire: Nonprofits Near and Far Benefit from Philanthropic-Minded Dancers

HumanKIND, a dance show with a purpose and a message, was the 11th annual production of Arts with a Heart, a performing-arts program at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California, that combines dance and philanthropy.

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DSL NewsWire: American/Canadian Ballet Companies Benefit from Exchange Program

Alberta Ballet is participating in an exchange with the Houston Ballet in the hopes of exposing audiences in both cities to vibrant new talent. The Canadian company danced in Houston, Texas, at the end of January, reported CBC News.

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DSL NewsWire: Awareness and Understanding Lead to Safe Turnout, Story Says

The activity of turning out, or external hip rotation, is one that is highly desired by dancers of every genre at one time or another, but especially by dancers of classical ballet. Although dancers are taught to turn their feet out, it is often unclear to what degree and how to properly achieve the desired turnout.

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