DSL NewsWire: Life in Modern Dance Hasn’t Always Been Easy for Garth Fagan

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.”

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DSL NewsWire: Public Invited to Tour ABT School on the West Coast

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.

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DSL NewsWire: New Director, Peter Merz, Sees Growth in Ballet West Academy’s Future

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Multigenerational Company’s Show Links West Harlem Neighborhoods

Dances For a Variable Population; photo courtesy Facebook

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Dance Headliners Support DC Underserved Youth Program

CityDance Dream program; photo courtesy Facebook

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Live DJ Mixes Bach and Beyoncé in New Work by Dwight Rhoden

Dwight Rhoden with Charlotte Ballet; photo by Jeff Hahne

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Dance, Fly, and Party as Part of SF Bay Area National Dance Week

Bay Area Dance Week; photo by Kegan Marling

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Michael Flatley’s Famous Feet Now Creating a New Kind of Art

Paintings by Michael Flatley; photo courtesy Irish Central

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Flint Ballet Students’ Shoe Drive Helps Others and Protects the Environment

Young People’s Ballet Theatre shoe drive; photo by Michelle Farleo

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.

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DSL NewsWire: YAGP Crowns This Year’s Most Promising Young Dancers

Avery Gay, third-place winner, YAGP 2015 finals; photo courtesy Facebook

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Liz Gerring to Receive 2015 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award

Liz Gerring; photo by Miguel Anaya

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Bruce Springsteen’s Guitarist Combines Tap Dancing With Guitar Licks

Nils Lofgren; photo courtesy New Jersey Stage

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Effort Seeks to Help Arts Organizations Grab and Keep 20-Something Audiences

Ballet Austin; photo courtesy Facebook

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Learn About Tap’s History in NYC on ATDF’s Treasure Hunt

American Tap Dance Foundation; photo courtesy Facebook

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Public Invited to Celebrate Modern Dance Artist Anna Halprin’s 95th Birthday

Anna Halprin; photo courtesy Yoga-To-You

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.

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DSL NewsWire: New PBT School Annex Expected to Boost Enrollment by 40 Percent

Artist rendering of PBT’s new annex; image courtesy Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Experienced Tutu-Makers in Short Supply

A dancer in full tutu; photo by Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

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.

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DSL NewsWire: New Frankenstein Ballet Amps Down Horror in Favor of Love

Liam Scarlett; photo by Richard Saker

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Tony Waag: Keeping Tap Alive and Moving It Into the Future

Tony Waag; photo by Lois Greenfield

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Hubbard Street to Collaborate With USC’s Kaufman School of Dance

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in William Forsythe’s Quintett; photo by Cheryl Mann

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Free Event Helps Shy Dancers Engage in Productive Conversations

Win Sheffield; photo courtesy Coming of Age NYC

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.

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DSL NewsWire: From Bows to Band-Aids: NYCB Through Fun Facts and Figures

NYCB logo; courtesy Facebook

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:

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DSL NewsWire: Ballet Choreographer Wheeldon Just a Musical Theater Geek at Heart

An American in Paris; photo by Angela Sterling

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Past and Present of ABT Explored in Live-Streaming Event

ABT’s Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations (1947); photo courtesy Facebook

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Company of Nine Down Syndrome Dancers Heads to Disney in June

Foster-Schmidt Dance Company; photo courtesy Sideways

“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.

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DSL NewsWire: Documentary Considers How Professional Ballet Was Kept Alive in Omaha

It Starts with a Step; poster image courtesy Ballet Nebraska

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Dallas Line Dancers Log 300-Plus Community Service Hours Annually

Dancing Divas and Dudes of Dallas; photo courtesy Twitter

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Maryland Youth Ballet Looks to Expand Challenged Student Program

Maryland Youth Ballet’s Music and Motion program; photo courtesy Larry Miller

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Designers Find Inspiration for Spring Lines in Ballet Class

Ballet-inspired spring fashions; photo courtesy Fox News KMSP

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Dark, Gritty TV Ballet Drama Set to Debut November 8

Flesh and Bone; image courtesy TV Line

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Copeland and Mack Make History With Sold-Out Shows of Swan Lake

Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack in Swan Lake; photo by Emily Jan/NPR

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Philly Nonprofit Brings Ballet Performances, Training Into Public Schools

Wissahickon Dance Academy students preview Carmen; photo by Lindsay Browning

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.

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DSL NewsWire: “Luigi” Lived Life Large, Both in Hollywood and in the Teaching Studio

Eugene Louis “Luigi” Faccuito; photo courtesy NorthJersey.com

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Harvard Approves New Theater, Dance, and Media Concentration

Harvard Dance Project; photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard staff photographer

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.

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DSL NewsWire: April Marks 10th Anniversary for the Ailey Extension

Yoga at the Ailey Extension; photo by Kyle Froman

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.

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DSL NewsWire: First “Dance Swap” Encourages NC Artists to Seek Out New Students, Audiences

Kim Jones; photo courtesy NCDA

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Corporate Workers Look to Ballet to Counter High Pressure, Stress

Ballet counters corporate stress; photo courtesy Not Always Working

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Missouri, New York Studio Performances Support Dance Therapy

The Andréa Rizzo Foundation; logo courtesy Facebook

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.

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DSL NewsWire: PNB Dancers’ Photo Series Highlights Interesting Seattle Locales

Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers in a vintage photo shoot for Humans of Ballet; photo by Day Kol

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Marijuana Odors Concern Michigan Studio Owner, Parents

Bessemer city council meeting; photo courtesy Daily Globe

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.

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DSL NewsWire: American Dance Institute to Shutter School; Focus on Presenting Dance

American Dance Institute school; photo courtesy American Dance Institute

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.

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DSL NewsWire: OBT Readies New Work by Former Beyoncé and Savion Glover Choreographer

Darrell Grand Moultrie works with Oregon Ballet Theatre; photo by Blaine Truitt Covert

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Shen Yun Dance Show: Spectacle With a Side of Politics

Shen Yun Performing Arts; photo courtesy Nuvo

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Tommy Tune Honored With Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement

Tommy Tune; photo by Franco Lacosta

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Two Ailey Favorites Give Up Stage to Run Educational Center

Alvin Ailey’s (from left) Samuel Lee Roberts, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, and Antonio Douthit-Boyd; photo by Andrea Mohin/New York Times

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.

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DSL NewsWire: New Freestanding Barre Offers Easy Assembly and Custom Lengths

Custom Barres product featured in Fox TV’s Glee; photo courtesy Custom Barres

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Charlip’s “Air Mail Dances” Still Serving as Choreographic Inspiration

Remy Charlip; photo by Lois Greenfield

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Utah Schoolchildren Learn About Physics Through Dance Performance

Weber State University dance; photo courtesy WSU

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Portland Dance Companies Compete for Space With Breweries, Tech Firms

NWDP’s new dance studio; photo by Christopher Peddecord

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.

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DSL NewsWire: Angel Corella Plans Blockbuster Season for Pennsylvania Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet in Serenade; photo by Alexander Iziliaev

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.

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