Adam Sklute Contract Renewal Has Him Leading Ballet West until 2017

Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute will be keeping that job at least through June 2017, as the ballet announces a number of changes to its artist staff and some dancer promotions and additions, according to the Deseret News.

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Kronenberg, Lopez Vie to Follow Villella at Helm of Miami City Ballet

Two finalists have emerged in Miami City Ballet’s effort to find a successor for founding artistic director Edward Villella, whose forced early retirement has divided the company and its supporters since it was announced in October.

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‘Mao’s Last Dancer’ Chosen to Lead Queensland Ballet

Li Cunxin was born in poverty in China, became a world ballet star, segued into stockbroking, wrote a best-selling memoir, took on a sideline in motivational speaking, and, as of this week, is artistic director-elect of Australia’s Queensland Ballet.

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Joffrey Ballet Happy to Keep Wheater in Top Job

The Joffrey Ballet breathed a collective sigh of relief this week when Ashley Wheater, the company’s artistic director since 2007—and who in recent weeks was shortlisted for the hugely powerful job of artistic director of the Britain’s Royal Ballet—will happily continue on in Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Contemporary Choreographer Crystal Pite Wins Pillow Award

The fifth annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award will be presented to Crystal Pite, an internationally renowned Canadian choreographer and artistic director of contemporary dance company Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM, at the Pillow’s season-opening gala June 18.

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Ailey Artistic Director Announces Program to Support Choreographers

Making his creative vision public for the first time, Robert Battle, the incoming artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, announced a major new choreography program on Thursday, according to a story in The New York Times.

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Hubbard Street, Alonzo King’s LINES Mark Beginning of Collaboration

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will conclude its season with the company premiere of Following the Subtle Current Upstream, choreographed by LINES Ballet artistic director Alonzo King and marking a new collaborative relationship between Hubbard Street and LINES.

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Ballet Scene | A Phenomenal Life

Some people challenge conventional limits; Bruce Marks just ignores them. He was a modern dancer who became a ballet dancer. He completed makeovers on Ballet West and Boston Ballet, proving that he could be an equally effective artistic director and chief executive.

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Philadanco Brings Out the Funk at Brooklyn College Show

One of Philadelphia’s most renowned dance companies, Philadanco, will premiere a new piece by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder and artistic director of Urban Bush Women, when the company appears at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, New York, on November 20 at 8:00 p.m.

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Thoroughly Modern in Texas

For two women in Austin, Texas, modern dance is the center of the universe. This universe is kept spinning by three separate but interconnected entities—a physical dance space, a dance school offering classes for serious adults, and a dance company. Both the women and their businesses are devoted to the teaching, making, and performing of modern dance.

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Teacher in the Spotlight | German Dager

German Dager is a ballet and pointe instructor as well as a talented choreographer and director. He is also a private coach, judge of regional and national competitions, and leader in liturgical dance productions. He is frequently asked to teach master classes for local studios and organizations as well as national dance conventions. He had a successful studio in Colombia and now teaches in South Florida. We are blessed to be graced with his talents and expertise.”

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Teacher in the Spotlight | Linda Lavender Ford

“Linda Lavender Ford inspires all ages with her kindness and spirit. She received the Governor’s Arts Award in 1997 for outstanding lifetime achievement in the arts. Her original choreography includes three complete ballets for children, A Storybook Christmas, Rudolph, and Scrooge. Her influence on the cultural enhancement of life in our northeastern Louisiana region is immeasurable.”

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Teacher in the Spotlight | Lynn Scheps

I care about every student. I am never absent or late. I keep up with the latest Broadway material. I make class time fun, interesting, exciting, and educational. I am passionate about my material and what I teach. I also teach everyday life values.

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