He calls the initial attraction “infantile.” Garth Fagan was drawn to dance because he saw it as a “sports car–driving, beautiful-clothes-wearing group of people.”
A May 2 open house at the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, will feature open classes, studio tours, performances, faculty meet and greets, food trucks, and fun.
Former professional dancer and ballet educator Peter LeBreton Merz has been hired as the new director of the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dances for a Variable Population, a dance company that promotes creative movement among adults of all ages and abilities, will present its latest show, “10027,” over two days in three locations in an effort to link the residents of three distinct West Harlem communities who share a single zip code.
Guest artists from BalletX, Charlotte Ballet, Momix, Orlando Ballet, plus Fabrice Calmels of The Joffrey Ballet, and Bad Boys of Dance star Rasta Thomas, will headline a performance that benefits a youth development and arts education program that provides free performances, arts school, and summer camp programs to the Washington DC–region’s most underserved neighborhoods.
The Charlotte [NC] Ballet’s new work by choreographer Dwight Rhoden has dancers performing to a mix of Bach and Beyoncé thrown down by a live DJ on stage.
The entire San Francisco Bay Area dance community and everyone outside of it is invited to participate in Bay Area Dance Week, 10 days featuring more than 400 open houses, performances, and free events, reported the East Bay Express.
Two paintings created by Irish dancer Michael Flatley’s famed Lord of the Dance feet have sold at auction for close to $128,000, reports Irish Central.
Young People’s Ballet Theatre of Flint, Michigan, is once again holding a shoe collection drive with multiple purposes: to support their mission of dance education in the Flint community, to benefit microenterprise ventures in developing nations, and to keep old shoes out of local landfills.
The Youth American Grand Prix finals last week gave New York audiences a unique opportunity to see many of the world’s best young dancers before they disperse to study on scholarship at the world’s leading dance academies.
Contemporary choreographer Liz Gerring will receive this year’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, a prestigious honor carrying an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize, in recognition of her talent and outstanding contributions to the dance field.
Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, E Street Band member Nils Lofgren (a former gymnast) was famous for playing guitar while doing flips on a trampoline. Unfortunately, years of backflips and basketball punished his body to the point where he now sports two metal hips.
Thanks to jazz musician and tapper Greg Varlotta, Lofgren—who has performed on classic albums by Neil Young, toured with a Beatle, and earned his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band since 1984—has been able to add tap dance to his act.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Austin, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, along with 23 symphony orchestras, opera companies, theaters, and other arts-based organizations, will learn how to better grow and sustain their audiences through the New York–based Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability effort.
The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is helping New York City residents celebrate National Tap Dance Day and learn more about the history of this great art form with its Tap Treasures: Tap Dance Hunt and Tour 2015.
Anna Halprin, the legendary artist and activist who for decades has inspired fellow choreographers to take modern dance into new dimensions, will celebrate her 95th birthday at a public event in California.
At a gala marking the final weekend of its 45th mainstage season, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) last week announced a $20 million campaign that will expand its PBT School and its presence in the region and the dance community at large.
A shortage of costume makers (stitchers in industry speak; tutu-makers in public parlance) is causing headaches at opera and ballet companies around the world, reported Newsweek.
San Francisco Ballet and The Royal Ballet’s co-production of the gothic classic Frankenstein will be choreographed by The Royal Ballet’s artist in residence, Liam Scarlett.
Frankenstein will premiere May 4, 2016 at The Royal Ballet, with SF Ballet presenting the full-length production during its 2017 repertory season.
Tony Waag, executive/artistic director of the American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF), talked about tap’s past and future with Broadway World (BW) this week in anticipation of the upcoming Rhythm in Motion contemporary tap dance showcase, set for April 22 to 26 in New York City.
Beginning in summer 2016, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will host a program of intensive workshops at the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Career Transition for Dancers welcomes all dancers at any stage in their careers to its next Career Conversation event, “Networking for Introverts,” to be held April 20 from 5:30 to 7pm in the 14th floor council room of the Equity Building, 165 West 46th Street, New York. The event is free.
To the uninitiated, life at New York City Ballet may seem like a frothy confection of princes, silky pink ribbons, and countless curtain calls, all wrapped in tulle. The reality is quite different: hours of practice, day after day, year after year. Here is a brief chassé through NYCB’s world, with facts and figures presented by T, the New York Times’ style magazine:
When Christopher Wheeldon was growing up in England, as the only child of parents involved in amateur theater, he amused himself by building stage sets in his bedroom. The one he liked best was inspired by Starlight Express, with toy car tracks re-creating the whirling pathways of the 1980s roller-skating rock musical.
A three-part retrospective exploring American Ballet Theatre’s contributions to American dance over the past 75 years will be shared with ballet fans across the country through a special live-streaming event this coming Sunday and Monday.
“Be strong, be brave, and be yourself” is the motto of the Foster-Schmidt Dance Company of Roswell, Georgia, and it’s particularly fitting for this troupe of nine Down syndrome dancers who will perform at Disney World in June for the first time.
In the midst of wrapping up its fifth successful season, Ballet Nebraska is pausing to take a look back at the abrupt folding of Omaha Theater Ballet in 2010, and the subsequent rise of a new company that would keep professional ballet alive and happening in Omaha.
The Dancing Divas and Dudes of Dallas, a troupe of 50 seniors who practice line dances every Wednesday at the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, are considered some of the superstars of southern Dallas, according to many community members.
Maryland Youth Ballet in Silver Spring is teaching classical ballet to students with physical disabilities—including some diagnosed with disorders like cerebral palsy and Rett syndrome, which may require wheelchairs and constant care—that some would not expect to see in a dance studio.
Barre classes—which combine components of ballet, yoga, and Pilates—are the latest exercise trend, and it looks like designers have followed suit. Spring looks included some beautiful nods to dance-inspired style that can be re-created without pointe shoes and leg warmers.
Starz’s Flesh and Bone, an eight-part limited series that follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York, will make its debut November 8, according to Deadline.
In a historic move, two African American ballet dancers performed the lead roles in The Washington Ballet’s Swan Lake last week at the Kennedy Center—the first time this has been done in a major ballet company, and challenging the idea of what principal roles in classical ballets should look like.
International Ballet Exchange’s (IBE) Ballet Building Bridges program, which introduces Philadelphia public school students to dance and the performing arts through performances of fully staged story ballets, is now preparing for May performances of Carmen.
IBE, a Philadelphia nonprofit that provides low-income students with classical ballet educational and performance opportunities, has been presenting ballets for Philadelphia School District students since its founding in 1999.
Eugene Louis “Luigi” Faccuito was a dancer, teacher, and choreographer who made paralysis the beginning—not the end—of an extraordinary career, reported NorthJersey.com.
Faccuito, who had dual residency in Manhattan and New Jersey, had been in declining health since Thanksgiving. Though slowed by a stroke four years back, he had been active at his center until about a year and a half ago. He died Tuesday at age 90.
A new concentration for Harvard University undergraduates in Theater, Dance, and Media that blends historical and theoretical study with arts practice has been approved, reported the Harvard Gazette.
Interested students will begin taking classes this fall, and the concentration—approved by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)—will officially launch in December.
The Ailey Extension, created to fulfill Alvin Ailey’s life-long commitment of bringing dance to everyone by offering “real classes for real people,” celebrates 10 years of dance and fitness classes this April with new classes and special events.
Open classes and showings of new works will be featured during the inaugural Dance Swap, an event designed by the North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA), the state’s leading membership group serving and supporting the development of dance in North Carolina.
The recent influx of traditional ballet and ballet-based classes, squarely aimed at the busy corporate office worker, seems to say that pure classical ballet technique is the ultimate antidote to a high-pressure, stressful working environment, says the Guardian.
Dancers’ Alley of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Astoria Dance Centre of Astoria, New York, will both hold benefit performances for the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, Dance Across America.
A historic hotel in the heart of Seattle, a forest outside Redmond, Seattle’s EMP Museum: all are settings for Humans of Ballet, an ambitious project that melds the beauty of the human form with interesting and beautiful places, reports King 5 News.
Bethany Hellen, who owns a dance studio in Bessemer, Michigan, attended Monday’s city council meeting along with several parents of dance students to voice concerns about the medical marijuana caregiver who resides above the studio.
American Dance Institute, founded 15 years ago in Rockville, Maryland, plans to spend less time teaching dance and more time supporting dancers and presenting new work—including with a New York season next year, the organization announced Friday.
Darrell Grand Moultrie, a Brooklyn-based choreographer who has worked with Beyoncé on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour two years ago, and with the Tony Award–winning dancer Savion Glover, is now rehearsing Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) for a new work.
What may be Seattle’s most publicized event in the last year, a dance performance called Shen Yun Performing Arts, also is a goad in the side of the Chinese government, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Tommy Tune, who has collected nine Tony awards as a dancer, choreographer, and director, will need to make room on his shelf for a 10th: he has been named as the 2015 recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is losing two of its most treasured members this summer, reported the New York Times ArtsBeat blog.
Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd—who were married in 2013—have been named the co-artistic directors of the Center of Creative Arts, the St. Louis organization where Antonio trained. Before they take up their new jobs on August 15, they will perform their final New York season with the Ailey company at the David H. Koch Theater in June, followed by an engagement in Paris in July.
The new Arabesque barre features fully welded hardware, eliminating the need for connectors and difficult assembly, and no tools are necessary to tighten the base screws. Arabesque barres come in custom lengths from 4 to 16 feet. An adjustable version of Arabesque that can be fitted to either a growing child or an adult’s height will ship later this spring.
More than 40 years after artist Remy Charlip first mailed sketches of dance figures to a choreographer to be used as a basis for creating dance pieces, those sketches are again serving as choreographic inspiration.
A child pushes something. It goes this way and that. “The question is, ‘Is that science or is that dance?’ But why can’t it be both?” asks Weber State University (WSU) dance professor Erik Stern.
Stern is collaborating with WSU physics professor Adam Johnston on a new work called A Body in Motion that explores the physics of movement.
In the past seven months, at least four different Portland, Oregon, dance companies have been shunted to new spaces—only some willingly, reported Willamette Week.
Justin Peck, Liam Scarlett, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon: they’re among the hottest young choreographers in ballet today. And Pennsylvania Ballet will dance their works and more next year in a blockbuster-packed season, artistic director Angel Corella told the Philadelphia Inquirer.