National Dance Institute’s China Project Train Young Dancers

After three years of training by American dancers, a group of Shanghai students put on a dance performance for teachers and parents last Wednesday, according to CCTV. The event was part of a three-year pilot program set up by the National Dance Institute, the U.S. nonprofit organization that introduces children to the arts.

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FYI

Jack Mitchell photographed artists and icons from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Alfred Hitchcock for top publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek, and Vogue. But a visit to Jacob’s Pillow in 1949 convinced Mitchell that dancers, with their molded bodies and willing minds, made stellar subjects. During his five-decade career he took thousands of shots of dancers, more than 160 of which became Dance Magazine covers.

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ADF Teaching Award for Yang Meiqi

Yang Meiqi, who pioneered modern dance in her native China, will be awarded the 2010 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching by the American Dance Festival in a ceremony July 18 at Duke University’s West Campus in Durham, North Carolina. Choreographer Shen Wei, founder of Shen Wei Dance Arts and a former student of Yang Meiqi, will speak at the ceremony.

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