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.
IFC Films has debuted a trailer for Match, a film starring Patrick Stewart as an aging ballet instructor at The Juilliard School in New York City, written and directed by playwright Stephen Belber and based on his 2004 Broadway play of the same name.
The legacy of Afro-Cuban dance will be celebrated this weekend when Kùlú Mèlé, Philadelphia’s longest extant African dance ensemble, presents “Danzas de Cuba” at its 45th Anniversary Concert Gala, reported The Philadelphia Tribune.
For 6-foot-6 Joffrey Ballet dancer Fabrice Calmels, officially named the world’s tallest professional ballet dancer by the Guinness Book of World Records this month, rejection was the rule when he was first starting his professional dance career in France.
Dancer Jennifer Burton lived in a downtown studio space for 15 years before moving out in January to turn it into a dance studio. Sound + Vision Studios opened its doors to lovers of contemporary dance in late August. “Right now we are trying to find a niche,” Jennifer Burton, . . .
Broadway song-and-dance man Ben Vereen spoke to 2,000 students from Dothan [AL] City Schools about the importance of art education and its application to everyday life moments before they secured a place in the Guinness World Records on Wednesday by staging the world’s largest hip-hop dance performance.
The Nutmeg Ballet founder Sharon Dante last week received the CultureMax Award, presented by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council to those who have “elevated the stature of arts and/or heritage within the region of northwest Connecticut.”
Christmas is the season for giving, and Ashlie Andersen, owner of State Street Dance Studio in Geneva, Illinois, and director of the school’s 11th performance of The Nutcracker, is contemplating three of the most important gifts of her life.
Tap dancer extraordinaire Bunny Briggs, who created a paddle-and-roll style of tapping but never bothered naming or labeling any of his specific steps and moves, died at the age of 92 in Las Vegas on November 15, according to Yankee Jazz Beat and confirmed by Jane Goldberg, director of Changing Times Tap.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival will break ground this month on an expansion project at Blake’s Barn—home to its rare and extensive dance archives—which will triple the areas for storage and increase access for the public, artists, students, researchers, and scholars.
Ann Khalid, 12, a student at the Baghdad School of Music and Ballet, is determined to one day have a career dancing and teaching ballet, not an easy path in a country torn for years by conflict.
Many people think stretching is essential to improving flexibility, but it turns out that scientists don’t fully understand what happens during a stretch.
A newly released trailer gives New York City Ballet fans a sneak peek at BALLET 422, a film that follows NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck as he crafts a new work—a process that, until this film, had never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.
Registrations are now being taken for students interested in attending a newly created American Ballet Theatre school, to open in September 2015 on the Segerstrom Center campus in Costa Mesa, California.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from Baltimore studio A Step Ahead Dance Center’s upcoming performance will benefit the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, “Dance Across America,” which works to bring dance therapy services to children.
Fox has renewed competition series So You Think You Can Dance for season 12, reports Variety, and will be introducing some new twists when the show returns in summer 2015.
Certified yoga and dance therapy instructor Karla Kress-Boyle, a West Hartford, Connecticut, mother of two, considered opening a dance studio but realized her town was already full of them. Instead, she created Imagine Studio, which features art, music, theater, and yoga classes for toddlers in the mornings, and dance instruction for older kids after school hours.
Albany, New York, collaborative dance performance between dance students, professional dancers, and severely disabled adults; photo by Cindy Schultz /Albany Times Union
The more than 100 well-wishers who recently gathered at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum to wish happy birthday to famed folk singer Joni Mitchell saw a screening of The Fiddle and the Drum, a film she edited that features a 2007 ballet performance of the same name that she conceptualized and scored with choreographer Jean Grand-Maître, the artistic director of Alberta Ballet in Canada.
The legend of “The Balanchine Plant” goes back to the 1970s, when George Balanchine, co-founder of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, gave a clipping of his rubber plant to one of his leading dancers at the time, Karin von Aroldingen.
Fifty dancers from RJ Reynolds High School and eight professionals from the Charlotte [NC] Ballet presented a modern ballet production last week titled Black, Blue and Green, about black history, blues music, and environmental science. Those weren’t the only lessons being taught through dance, though.
The Nashville Ballet announced this week that it received the largest contribution in the organization’s history: a $1 million grant-match pledge from the Martin family.
When Dwana Smallwood worked with Oprah Winfrey to help develop a dance company for young girls in South Africa in 2009, she knew she had discovered her life’s purpose.
Birds are no strangers to the world of dance—think Swan Lake, or Firebird—but the star of this show isn’t the typical graceful swan. On Friday and Saturday, dancers of the Pittsburgh-based Shana Simmons Dance will premiere Passenger, an ode to the life and demise of the passenger pigeon, at the National Aviary on the North Side.
Luigi was a sought-after teacher by some of the brightest stars on Broadway—Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, Estelle Parsons, Kelly Bishop, Ron Dennis, Jane Summerhays, Robert Morse, Gretchen Wyler, and others—and many of them have shared their memories of the great jazz dance and New York City master teacher for the film Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age.
The all-white stereotype of Swan Lake, the most traditional of ballets, will be shattered next April when the two lead roles are performed by African Americans: Misty Copeland in the leading role of Odette/Odile, and Brooklyn Mack as her partner and love interest, Prince Siegfried.
Working on its overall digital video strategy, the Joffrey Ballet School has signed a multi-year deal with the DanceOn Network, one of the top 10 premium YouTube channels.
Alvin Ailey will be recognized posthumously for his contributions and commitment to civil rights and dance in America as one of this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Carl Schlesinger, longtime co-producer of Tap Extravaganza, an annual celebration of tap held in New York, died Sunday at 88. The Rutherford, New Jersey, resident tap danced as a boy in the Bronx, took it up again in his 50s, gave his first public performance on his 64th birthday, and was laid to rest in his tap shoes.
The Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance on Fulton Street in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn is scrambling to find a new home after its 10-year lease was cut short, allowing the property to be transformed into a 19-story luxury residential tower.
For any dance student, the studio space where rehearsals and training takes place is an essential resource. But dance majors at San Francisco State University will be losing their lofty dance studio in the Fine Arts Building—one created especially for dance, with sprung floors to reduce strain and injury to the joints, marley floor covering to prevent slipping, mirrors, adjacent locker rooms with showers, as well as bleacher seating, pipes rigged for lighting, and a sound system—as of the spring semester.
Most bad dancers have nothing but their own awkwardness and self-consciousness to blame, but for a few, a complete lack of rhythm could have a biological explanation, suggests research published this week in Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences. It’s called beat-deafness, and it’s a sensory deficit analogous to being tone-deaf or color-blind.
The Dance Enthusiast, a NYC-based dance journalism website, has launched a new event series: Enthusiastic Events!
“I was at a blues concert north of New York City when I started to feel sorry for myself,” writes Catherine Wolf in ABC News’ “A Day in the Life,” a series of blogs written by people who are living with medical conditions.
Westside School of Ballet’s new Dance Talks series, featuring a lineup of successful alumnae who will talk to community youth about their dance training and its positive impact on their lives, kicks off November 15 with speaker Jenna Elfman, star of the TV series Dharma and Greg and a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance.
The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Medical Center will celebrate 25 years of providing high-quality, affordable, medical care for the New York City dance community November 12 at the 2014 NYU Langone Musculoskeletal Ball, to be held at the American Museum of Natural History.
American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive national audition tour will kick off January 3 in Boston, Phoenix, and New York, and will visit a total of 24 cities through February 1.
The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) will hold Thank a Dance Teacher Day, a social media giving campaign to celebrate dance education, on December 2.
The annual American Ballet Competition (ABC) will not be held in 2015 to permit contestants to take advantage of an educational offering: Bournonville Workshop with the Masters, to be presented by Imagine Ballet Theatre in association with ABC next June.
Very quickly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2010, Millene Michel decided nothing would stop her from beating the cancer and going on with her life, reported the Mount Olive Chronicle. She has succeeded.