The Nutcracker has become a holiday classic and one of the most popular ballets in the world, but the road from its St. Petersburg premiere in 1892 to annual must-see was neither direct nor easy.
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.
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.
Though the arts receive relatively little attention from policymakers and school leaders, exposing young people to art and culture can have a big impact on their development, reports Education Week.
To look at the casts of Broadway’s many musicals, one would think that the New York theater community is populated by a limitless number of triple threats—that is, performers who can act, sing, and dance.
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.
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.
The Movement Talent Agency, a commercial and concert dance–focused talent agency, has signed on as the official talent agency for StarQuest for the 2015 dance competition season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take the ballet The Nutcracker, add more than a dozen dogs, and the classic ballet becomes The Mutt-cracker—to be presented for the third straight year by Birmingham [AL] Ballet, according to AL.com.
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.
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.
Bob Rizzo of Riz-Biz Productions, is a leading producer of educational dance videos in the U.S., has launched an online dance coaching service for students, teachers, and choreographers.
Rachael Poirier of Vancouver’s The Dance Initiative wants to tell a “good” story about Stephanie Moseley, her star pupil and friend who was found dead Monday, apparently at the hands of her rapper husband, reported the National Post.
The Bucks County Dance Center in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, reopened last week at its new location on Bristol Pike after a fire gutted the Street Road building that had hosted dancers for 56 years.
Members of the Ridge High School Dance Department will share the stage with graduate and former Basking Ridge, New Jersey, resident, tapper Hillary-Marie Michael, during the world-premiere of Soul Walk on January 18.
Charlotte [NC] Ballet’s Patricia McBride was honored for helping to lead that company—and for three decades of masterful dancing at New York City Ballet—Sunday night during the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors.
Every Wednesday, wheelchair user Randy McNeil heads to the Victoria Ballet Academy for ballroom dancing lessons with Wheel Dance, the first subsidized wheelchair social dance program in Canada.
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 . . .
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.
Oakland, California–area dance instructor and new studio owner Kehinde Kujichagulia-Seitu told SFGate she wished she had snapped her Achilles tendon instead of slightly tearing it.
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.
Ballet San Jose School, an American Ballet Theatre certified school, is expanding its annual spring intensive audition tour to include four stops in California and one in Utah.
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.
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.
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).
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.
“Who is the greatest villain of all time?” demands Christopher Walken appearing tonight (December 4) as Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live!, a production of the beloved musical being broadcast on NBC.
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The esteemed Canadian director and choreographer Brian Macdonald died Saturday in Stratford, Ontario, at the age of 86, reported The Globe and Mail.
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.
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.
Although only a few kilometers apart, but separated by a wall and many checkpoints, a Palestinian and Israeli dancing troupe have decided to meet all the way in Ireland, reports Al Arabiya News.
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.
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.
Celebrating 25 years as a presenter of American tap dance and international contemporary percussive arts, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), announces its annual Winter Tap JAMboree, to be held February 13 to 15, 2015.
As the Gus Giordano Dance School took part in Chicago’s McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time this week, studio director Amy Giordano said her dancers felt like they had gotten their big break.
Gotta Dance studio in Redmond, Washington, will open its door to the community on December 6, but rather than dancing, those stepping inside will be working to give back to those less fortunate.
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.
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.
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.
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.