New NYCB Conductor Recalls Good Advice from Rudolf Nureyev

Before Andrew Litton, who has led orchestras around the world, became a conductor, his first real job was accompanying ballet dancers: as a student at Juilliard, he was hired as the onstage pianist for one of Rudolf Nureyev’s engagements on Broadway.

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Hundreds of Studio Dancers Heat up Disney During Frozen Performances

More than 300 dancers from 40 studios across the country, including dancers from Kick Dance Studios of Rumson and Fair Haven, New Jersey, recently performed in Disney Parks “Frozen” Christmas Celebration, which was taped December 4 to 8 and will air December 25 at 10am EST on ABC.

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Ballet Was “Secret Ingredient” that Helped Trocks Dancer Handle Autism

Philip Martin-Nielson has overcome more than most. He took his first ballet class at 6, three years after being diagnosed with autism. After extensive therapy and the rigor of dance—it was his secret ingredient—Martin-Nielson has found his calling as a ballerina. At 20 he is the youngest member of the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

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Connecticut Students Explore Creativity and Movement with Pilobolus

For 90 minutes each week since early October, Pilobolus dancers have been encouraging Reed Intermediate School students to get creative with movement in preparation for a joint public performance, Pilobolus Performs with Newtown Kids, set for December 19 at 7pm.

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Alla “Flying Sizova” Sizova, Once A Leading Ballerina of the Kirov, Dies at Age 75

Alla Sizova, one of the leading ballerinas of the Kirov Ballet during the 1960s and ’70s, and an early partner of Rudolf Nureyev, died on November 23 in St. Petersburg, reported the New York Times. She was 75.

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ADF Awards Distinguished Teaching Chair to Three Longtime Educators

Three longtime educators have been named as joint recipients of the 2015 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching, which honors educators who strive to preserve dance history and tradition while cultivating the future of the art form.

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Dance Studio Owner’s Citizenship and Community Service Wins Accolades

Mike Everhart has had a good year, reports the Marietta Daily Journal. His son, Zack, was one of the final four contestants on So You Think You Can Dance. Last Tuesday, The Great Gig Dance Company, the business he founded in 2000 with his wife, Tammy, was awarded Business of the Year by the Kennesaw [GA] Business Association.

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NYC Dance Companies Feel Pinch of Declining Corporate Giving

Corporate support for dance organizations in New York City plunged 62 percent over five years, with midsize and small organizations having an especially difficult time getting on businesses’ giving agendas, according to a new study reported in Crain’s New York Business.

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Dancers with Disabilities Shine During New England Ballet’s Nutcracker Suite

New England Ballet Company will perform a special Adaptive Nutcracker Suite today alongside children, teens, and young adults with autism, other developmental disabilities, and in wheelchairs, reported the New Haven [CT] Register.

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Barbara Carson, Founder of Ballet Austin, Dies at Age 87

When Barbara Carson staged Texas’ first full-length production of The Nutcracker in 1960, her Nutcracker prince—Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancer George Zoritch—refused to dance with a student, so Carson donned her pointe shoes and danced the role of Sugar Plum Fairy herself.

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Colorado Conservatory of Dance Prepares to Welcome Autistic Audience to Special Sensory Performance

Colorado Conservatory of Dance will stage a special sensory performance of its annual Nutcracker production, with adjustments to elements such as sound and lighting, to make the show more accessible to people with autism, developmental disabilities, or other disabilities. Rachel Long, a communications coordinator with CCD, told Boulder Daily Camera . . .

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Philadelphia Shocked by Sudden Loss of Funding To Dance Booster Organization

Waves of dismay are rolling through the Philadelphia region’s dance community in the wake of an abrupt decision by the William Penn Foundation to cease funding Dance/UP, a branch of Washington-based Dance/USA and the sole organization serving the entire community.

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Alvin Ailey Gala Continues the Company’s Successful Fundraising Year

A record $4.6 million was raised at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Opening Night Gala Benefit December 3 honoring retiring board chairman Joan Weill for her extraordinary two decades of service. The funds will support of the creation of new works and Alvin Ailey’s extensive educational programs for young people.

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93-Year-Young Dance Teacher Retires After Operating Studio for 63 Years

As a small child, Theresa Landry began dancing for pennies in a French-Canadian club in Central Falls, Rhode Island, where she was raised and still lives. During the 63 years she has operated Theresa Landry’s Dance Studio in Pawtucket, Landry, 93, has taught thousands of children to dance.

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Martha’s Advice for Agnes and the Ages: Don’t Judge or Compare. Create.

With the choreography for the Broadway smash Oklahoma!, Agnes de Mille achieved the greatest success of her career, but the only thing she felt was confusion, entrepreneur James Clear says in a blog reprinted in Huffington Post.

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Ballet West Hails Opening of New and Improved Ballet Centre

Public officials and guests are getting their first glimpse today of the new Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre, home to Ballet West and the Ballet West Academy, as well as renovations at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, located adjacent to the Centre at 50 West 200 South in downtown Salt Lake City. Grand opening ceremonies are being held this afternoon (December 5).

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Program to Provide 26 New York Dancemakers with Space to Create

More than two dozen New York City dance companies and choreographers will be moving, creating, and sharing dance as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), which will provide residency opportunities at 11 City University of New York campuses during 2015.

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After Personal Financial Struggles, Dance Mom Now Pays Tuition for Others

A nonprofit organization created by four New Jersey dance mothers to financially assist young dancers in achieving their dance dreams has awarded its first three $500 grants to young dance students through its Adopt-A-Dancer program.

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SAB Annual Workshop Performance To Be Shared with PBS Viewers

Viewers are invited to go behind the scenes to experience the training of the driven young dancers of the School of American Ballet in Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances, to be broadcast December 12 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings).

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Millennium Dance Designed for the Over-18 Dancer “With Nowhere To Go”

At 40,000 square feet over four floors, the former Pearl Art and Craft supplies store on South Street was one of the largest in Philadelphia. “This building is terrifying,” Lori Long told Newswork after not sleeping for three days to ready the building’s debut as a dance center. “It’s a lot. But I see the dancers and everybody today—they’re happy and excited.”

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Teenage Teacher’s Donated Paychecks Help a Needy Dancer Afford Classes

If Art in Motion teacher Alyssa Kluth had her way, every child who wanted to learn to dance would get the opportunity—and for free. That’s why the high school junior recently started donating her paycheck back to the studio to help finance a child who can’t afford lessons.

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Dance Movement Therapy Pioneer and Advocate, Arlynne S. Stark, Dies

Arlynne S. Stark, a dancer who was a pioneer and early advocate of dance movement therapy and was a co-founder of the American Dance Therapy Association, died of breast cancer November 17 at Collier Hospice Center at Lutheran Hospital in Denver. The Baltimore Sun said she was 71.

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Acclaimed Martha Graham Dancer Mary Hinkson Dies at Age 89

Mary Hinkson, one of Martha Graham’s most important leading dancers, whose performances from the 1950s through the early ’70s were filled with unbridled dramatic power, died on Wednesday at her home in Manhattan, reported the New York Times. She was 89.

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New Head Plans No Changes at 276-Year-Old St. Petersburg Ballet School

A year after former Bolshoi Theatre ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze was appointed acting head of the celebrated St. Petersburg ballet school, prompting criticism in some circles, the staff of the Vaganova Ballet Academy have voted resoundingly to make his position official.

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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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