Edward Villella, the artistic director who founded the Miami City Ballet in 1986 and built it into an internationally recognized company, has left sooner than expected.
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.
Kyle Abraham, acclaimed contemporary dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of Abraham.In.Motion, will receive the sixth annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award at the Jacob’s Pillow Season Opening Gala on June 16.
Royal Ballet prima ballerina Tamara Rojo has been appointed the new artistic director of English National Ballet, replacing current director Wayne Eagling, who is scheduled to leave this summer, reported theartsdesk.
Now that Miami City Ballet has chosen its new artistic director, it seems hard to imagine someone with a better résumé for the job.
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.
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.
Ballet San Jose founder Dennis Nahat has confirmed that he has received a letter from executive director Stephanie Ziesel removing him as artistic director.
San Jose Ballet Artistic Director Dennis Nahat may be forced out of the company he founded, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Apparently, the artistic direction has moved solely into the hands of the board of directors.
Alexander Grant, a beloved star of British ballet and a former artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, died September 30 in London, according to The New York Times. He was 86.
Sylvia Waters, artistic director of Ailey II for nearly four decades, will retire from her position on June 30, 2012.
Mrs. Marsden is the best dance teacher there is. At 73, she still teaches all her ballet classes. She allows every student to perform; she encourages even those who think picking dance wasn’t a great choice.
Robert Ivey, a distinguished dancer, choreographer, and artistic director who died July 15, will be remembered for the many lives he touched in the Charleston arts community, reported The Post and Courier this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
Jim May, artistic director of Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, returns to Peridance Capezio Center in New York City with a special summer workshop based on the works of groundbreaking modern choreographer Anna Sokolow.
PBS late-night host Tavis Smiley will talk this Friday (April 29) with Robert Battle, dancer-choreographer and soon-to-be artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
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.
Carla Maxwell, Limón Dance Company artistic director, will lecture on Missa Brevis, one of Limón’s classic works, April 19 at 7pm at the Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York.
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.
Liz Lerman, founder of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, is passing the artistic directorship to company member and choreographer Cassie Meador.
Hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and artistic director Gabriel “Kwikstep” Dionisio will teach a master breaking workshop at the Mill Ballet School, Lambertville, New Jersey, on January 29 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The Louisville Ballet’s executive director, Dwight Hutton, is resigning from the position effective December 31, according to the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky.
Steve Smith of Steven Smith Teamaker and Christopher Stowell, artistic director of Oregon Ballet Theater, have collaborated on a one-of-a-kind tea blend that will be served and sold exclusively at OBT performances this month.
Gideon Obarzanek has announced that he will be stepping down as the artistic director and CEO of Chunky Move at the end of 2011 to pursue other freelance opportunities in dance and other art forms, reported Australian Stage.
“Kevin’s late wife, Michele Self, founded Michele’s Dance Academy more than 30 years ago and Las Cruces Chamber Ballet in 1983. Kevin taught with Michele and has continued in her tradition.
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.
Ethan Stiefel, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, has been appointed artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Judith Jamison, in her final year as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director, will receive the NYC Handel Medallion, the highest official honor given by the City of New York, on November 8 in a special ceremony.
The Festival Ballet of Providence, under the artistic direction of Mihailo Djuric, will present “All Balanchine” in November at the VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence, Rhode Island.
Septime Webre’s adaptation of Romeo + Juliet, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s stunning score, kicks off the 2010-2011 season for The Washington Ballet.
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida will launch its 2010-2011 season with the Four Seasons, four pas de deux choreographed by artistic director Vladimir Issaev, and Danzon No. 2, a new ballet by guest choreographer Yanis Pikieris.
After 19 years, Leggz Dance Studio in Rockville Centre, New York, has a new home.
Miami-based Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida opens its season in October with Petrouchka, along with artistic director Vladimir Issaev’s The Four Seasons and a new work by guest choreographer Yanis Pikieris.
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.
Lula Washington, founder and artistic director of Lula Washington Dance Theatre, is the 2011 Heritage Honoree of the National Dance Association.
The Vanaver Caravan will present a program geared toward dance and world music fans, particularly children, during its engagement August 25 to 29 at Jacob’s Pillow.
Dancer/choreographer Kyle Abraham brings his company, Abraham.In.Motion, to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, from August 11 to 15.
Darrah Carr, the artistic director of Darrah Carr Dance and a contributor to Dance Studio Life, has been named one of the 50 most influential women in the Irish-American community by the Irish Voice.
As of August, Hee Seo will be promoted to the rank of soloist with American Ballet Theatre, ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie announced July 6.
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.”
Choreographer Bill T. Jones, co-founder and artistic director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, will receive the fourth annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.
Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, will teach Gaga, his signature technique, at Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia from April 27 to 30.
“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.”
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.