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Media Hub | Women in Dance: Trisha Brown

Women in Dance: Trisha Brown written and curated by Maura Keefe Keefe, a scholar in residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, traces Brown’s career and influence on postmodern dance in this multimedia online essay. Photos, interviews, and videos of performances cover some of the award-winning choreographer’s best-known works, including Set and Reset, If You Couldn’t…

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Studio Style | West Valley Dance Academy

West Valley Dance Academy by Heather Turbeville What’s the best way to approach a build-out for your brand-new dance studio? If you’re Lisa Tran—a dancer who has a civil engineering degree and a husband who works as an electrical engineer—you do most of it yourself. “I think [having engineering degrees] definitely influenced our decision to…

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FYI | Opportunities Expand With Jacob’s Pillow Five-Year Plan

Jacob’s Pillow recently announced a five-year plan that will transform the famed summertime dance festival in Becket, Massachusetts, into a year-round center for dance creation. That’s good news for the established professional companies and emerging artists who have long benefitted from the exposure and support the festival provides. But the strategic plan, dubbed Vision ’22,…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Themes and Variations

To keep your students engaged in ballet class, try varying how you present the material. I use theme months and theme days with my intermediate and advanced levels to focus and add fun to class lessons.   Theme months No-Barre November: Have students do their regular ballet barre in center. Ask them to notice how…

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Media Hub | Martha & Niki

Media Hub | Onscreen, on the page, and online Martha & Niki directed by Tora Mkandawire Mårtens In 2010 African-born dancers Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos became the first women to win France’s Juste Debout, the biggest international street dance competition. This documentary follows the hip-hop world champions as they take part in competitions where they…

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FYI | Free Dance Offerings in August

Free Dance Offerings in August Got dance withdrawal? Here are three great dance events happening in August—and they’re free! New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival, the annual Battery Dance Festival, is set for 7 to 9 p.m. August 13 through 18 at the Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Manhattan’s Battery Park City.…

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Competition Zone: Artistry With Cathy Roe

  Artistry With Cathy Roe by Karen White Stereotypes feed the general public’s perception of dance competitions as overloud events with underwhelming dance. But those of us who spend the majority of our spring weekends staring at one competition stage or another know that when we least expect it, art happens. It can be a…

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Collective Wisdom | Reality Check | Parent-Teacher Conferences

Reality Check: Parent-Teacher Conferences Q: I’ve always been very open and available to discuss a student’s progress when parents have concerns, and during optional end-of-year conversations. But I have some mothers who request parent conferences every couple of months. I have to spend time not only holding these conferences, but collecting pertinent info from multiple…

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July 2017 | FYI | NYCB’s Woetzel Named New Julliard President

NYCB’s Woetzel Named New Juilliard President While The Juilliard School’s Dance Division is often considered the pinnacle of higher-ed dance training, a dancer has never held the school’s top job. As of next summer, that will no longer be the case. Juilliard announced in May that former New York City Ballet dancer Damian Woetzel will…

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July 2017 | College Close-Ups | Beloit College

College Close-Ups: What students need to know about college and university dance programs Beloit College With about 1,300 students, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, may be small, but it has a thriving dance program. Since 2001, Beloit dances have regularly been selected for the gala concerts at the American College Dance Association regional conference, alongside…

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July 2017 | Media Hub | Maiko

Onscreen, on the page, and online Maiko: Dancing Child directed by Ase Svenheim Drivenes Maiko Nishino, whose first name can be translated as “dancing child,” was destined to be a dancer. As this 2015 documentary recounts, Nishino’s mother sold the family’s house and car in order to send the 14-year-old to the most prestigious dance…

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July 2017 | IMHO | Enjoying the Rhythms of Early Childhood Dance Class

by Amanda Whitehead Experiencing music kinesthetically is one of my favorite parts of dancing: for sheer movement pleasure, give me some lush Tchaikovsky or bouncing electro-swing. Like me, few of my students can resist moving to music, and I enjoy preparing classes attuned to my students’ musical development and their pleasure in music, as well…

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July 2017 | FYI | Ballet Dancer Creates No-Judgment Company

Ballet Dancer Creates No-Judgment Company Professional dancer Briana Selstad Bosch was fed up with her friends and colleagues being made to feel that they didn’t measure up to ballet’s established physical aesthetic, so she recently founded a company where everyone fits. Ballet5280—named for the elevation of her company’s Denver, Colorado hometown—presented its first concert performance…

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July 2017 | Did You Know? | History Connection

  Sean and John Scott / Alfred Desio It’s all energy all the time with tap dancing twins Sean and John Scott. Now appearing in the retro-hip cabaret Absinthe in Las Vegas, Sean and John have worked with Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, and Usher. The 33-year-olds are equally comfortable calling out a rap with their feet…

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July 2017 | Media Hub | The Nutcracker

Onscreen, on the page, and online The Nutcracker produced by New York City Ballet and illustrated by Valeria Docampo Ballet and picture book lovers, rejoice! New York City Ballet presents The Nutcracker, a 2016 children’s book featuring the beloved story, which is told for the first time using George Balanchine’s quintessential production as inspiration. The…

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July 2017 | Studio Style

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” It’s a common saying, popular with all manner of people—from Friedrich Nietzsche to Kelly Clarkson. Though it may sound like a cliché, at least one studio owner has found it to be true.   The change In 2014 Art in…

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July 2017 | FYI | Chuck Davis, African Dance Enthusiast, Dies

A passionate proponent of African dance, Charles “Baba Chuck” Davis, died May 14 in Durham, North Carolina, where he had taught with the American Dance Festival for decades, and founded the African American Dance Ensemble in 1983. He was 80. The New York Times said Davis “considered dance an agent of social change,” and shared…

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July 2017 | Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Sound Effects

Ideas and advice from our readers Classroom Connection: Sound Effects A few years back I had a student with beautifully clear technique, particularly in petit allegro. Yet beyond technique, her dancing lacked artistic touches, such as expression, dynamics, and color. After toying with some tactics to help her add nuance to her dancing, I landed…

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July 2017 | Media Hub | Merce Cunningham: 65 Years

Onscreen, on the page, and online   Merce Cunningham: 65 Years by David Vaughn Throughout Cunningham’s career, the choreographer, dancer, and artist engaged with technology. What better way to celebrate his legacy than with an app? Created by Aperture Foundation in collaboration with the Cunningham Dance Foundation, the app includes more than 40 excerpts from…

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July 2017 | Competition Zone

In the groove with Daniel De Franco by Karen White As if Rutgers University wasn’t tough enough, marketing and economics student Daniel DeFranco complicated his senior year schedule by founding a dance competition. Six years later, as Groove Dance Competition and Convention CEO, DeFranco’s still crazy busy. “This job—it’s never boring. It’s exciting, emotional, rewarding,”…

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July 2017 | FYI | Teacher-Friendly Master Tap Program Launches

Teacher-Friendly Master Tap Program Launches Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World festival has long been a fount of tap knowledge for dancers. This year, teachers will get lessons designed just for them through the festival’s new Teacher Certification program, which runs July 17 to 20 at the American Rhythm Center in Chicago. Maurice Hines, Lane…

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July 2017 | Collective Wisdom | Reality Check

Ideas & advice from our readers Reality Check: Studio Owner Vacation Q. Looking for tricks of the trade for when studio owners take a vacation. What do you do to make sure everything operates smoothly while you’re away? —Samantha Bower A. I let my families know I will not be in the studio—no need to…

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