Exhibition Highlights History of Batsheva Dance Company

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.

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Through Sweat and Struggle to the Stage: Film Looks at the Making of Ballet 422

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.

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Modern Dancer and U of Illinois Educator, Beverly Blossom, Dies

Beverly Blossom, a leading modern dancer in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s who went on to be a master teacher at the University of Illinois and a celebrated choreographer and performer of pieces that were sly, sardonic, heart-breaking, and funny, has died in Chicago.

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Multi-Talented Performing and Visual Artist Geoffrey Holder Dies at Age 84

Geoffrey Holder, the dancer, choreographer, actor, composer, designer, and painter who used his manifold talents to infuse the arts with the flavor of his native West Indies and to put a singular stamp on the American cultural scene, not least with his outsize personality, died on Sunday in Manhattan, reported the New York Times. He was 84.

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Shen Wei, José Limón Companies Invited to Share the Stage With Paul Taylor

The choreographer Paul Taylor startled the dance world earlier this year by reinventing his company as Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, which he said would perform his works along with those of other modern dance pioneers and contemporary choreographers.

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Broadway Choreographer Writes Guide to “Making It” in Show Business

Director, choreographer, and performer Adam Cates [featured in Dance Studio Life’s May/June competition judge article, “Straight Talk”] has released a book written especially for performers ages 16 to 25 who aspire toward professional careers as dancers, actors, and singers.

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NDEO Fall Online History Course Involves Study of 32 Choreographers

National Dance Education Organization is offering a three-unit online dance history education course this fall that covers 32 different choreographers working in modern, ballet, hip-hop, tap, and cultural forms from 1953 to today.

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August 2014 | EditorSpeak

It was an emergency. My son, then a sophomore in high school, approached me after a dance. “Mom,” he said, “when you dance, do you go back and forth, or side to side?” He demonstrated both, shifting stiffly from side to side, and yes, back and forth. Aghast, I gave him a quick lecture/demo on moving from his center and never bobbing his head.

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Glee’s Harry Shum Jr. Video Series Asks: Is Dance a Sport, and Vice Versa?

A new video series by dancer, actor, and choreographer Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee, Step Up 2) draws parallels between disparate dance forms and extreme/action sports, utilizing slow motion to pinpoint the striking similarities between both genres, both in movement and approach.

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“Bessie” Nominees To Be Announced July 16

The Bessies, New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, will announce the 2013–2014 nominees, as well as the recipient of the 2014 New York Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer via a press conference on Wednesday, July 16 at 6pm at Lower Manhattan’s Gibney Dance Center.

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Modern Master Bill Evans Takes a Bow at Brockport; Moving to Dean College

While internationally renowned choreographer/dancer and Dance Studio Life columnist Bill Evans makes movement look easy, he readily admits there is nothing easy about his upcoming move from New York, reports The Democrat & Chronicle.

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EditorSpeak

The Huffington Post headline caught my eye: “18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently.” Wouldn’t you know, I fit almost all of the descriptors, from “they daydream” to “they people-watch” to “they ask the big questions.”

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DancerPalooza Offers Up a Week of Classes and Performances from Celebrity Teachers

Top professional choreographers, master teachers, professional dancers, dance students of all ages, and dance fans will meet at the Long Beach [CA] Convention Center July 22 to 27 for DancerPalooza, reported Broadway World.

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Green Bay Celebrates Packers Choreographer and Local Teacher, Shirley Van

“Light The World,” a community celebration of dance teacher Shirley Van, 86, who taught thousands of local dancers, including many Green Bay Packers cheerleaders, is planned for Saturday at 2pm at Ralph Holter Auditorium at Green Bay [WI] West High School.

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Program Brings Together Mentor Alexei Ratmansky and Young SFB Protégé

San Francisco Ballet corps de ballet member and budding choreographer Myles Thatcher will be personally mentored for a year by American Ballet Theatre artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky through the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

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Promising Young Choreographer, William B. McClellan Jr., Found Dead

William B. McClellan, Jr., a long-time Dayton Contemporary Dance Company dancer and choreographer, died as the result of complications of a brain tumor, reported the Dayton Daily News. The 36-year-old was found dead Wednesday in his home in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Esteemed Choreographer William Forsythe Joins USC’s New Dance Department

William Forsythe, recognized as one of the world’s foremost choreographers, will be joining the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in the fall of 2015 as a professor, announced USC Kaufman.

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Stuttgart Ballet Choreographer Demis Volpi to Work with NBS Students as Guest Artist

Stuttgart Ballet resident choreographer Demis Volpi will share his creative process and insight over the course of the next year at Canada’s National Ballet School as part of a new, multi-year initiative that will enable established artists of high international acclaim to engage with students in a collaborative creation process throughout a residency period.

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Twyla Tharp’s Latest a Collaboration with Carolina Chocolate Drops Bluegrass Band

As a group of black musicians playing what is usually assumed to be traditionally white music—bluegrass and old timey songs—the Carolina Chocolate Drops has worked to show the deep connectivity of all music. Now, the band is teaming up with legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp to break down even more barriers with a performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music tonight (April 10) at 8pm, says the Brooklyn Paper.

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Bronx-Born Lawrence Gradus Made His Mark in the Canadian Ballet World

As Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962, Lawrence Gradus was standing behind the curtain with other members of Jerome Robbins’s Ballets U.S.A. dance troupe, which was also on the program that night.

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Pop Star Choreographer JD McElroy to Head Up Detroit Pistons’ Hip-Hop Clinic

JD McElroy, known as a dancer and choreographer to the stars, will be doling out choreography tips and smooth moves at The Drop, a hip-hop clinic for all ages to be held by the Detroit Pistons Academy on February 23.

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Paul Taylor to Reveal Plans for New Center for American Modern Dance

After Martha Graham’s death, a bitter and protracted legal dispute erupted over who had the rights to the revolutionary modern dances she created. When Merce Cunningham died in 2009, his dance company went on a farewell tour and then disbanded, according to his wishes.

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Sochi Opening Ceremonies Choreographer Inspired by Russian Culture and Arts

After a year of planning and rehearsals, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Broadway choreographer Daniel Ezralow premiered his 20th-century Russia–themed opening ceremony performance at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday.

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Young Choreographer’s Festival Seeks Out Talented Up-and-Comers

Applications are still being accepted for the 2014 Young Choreographer’s Festival, an annual showcase in New York City that features the work of up-and-coming artists. This year’s event is set for June 14 at 8pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space, New York City.

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NYC Choreographer Steps Up to Save Bankrupt DNA’s Space and Reserve it for Dance

Lower Manhattan’s arts scene took a hit when Dance New Amsterdam vacated its TriBeCa home this fall. But last week a new tenant with equal dance-world credibility signed a 20-year lease for the 36,000-square-foot space at 280 Broadway: choreographer Gina Gibney, founder of Gibney Dance.

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Dancing on Common Ground

As a young artist in Baltimore, Maryland, Angela Harris was on track to have a career as a dancer. She thought she was on track to be a choreographer too. It was only when she’d achieved Act I of her dream (dancing professionally) that she realized Act II wasn’t within reach. Fast forward to 2008 when Harris found her own answer to the lack of opportunities for young choreographers—the Atlanta, Georgia, organization for emerging choreographers, Dance Canvas.

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Onstage Poetry

At the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), young choreographers are introduced to a different way of creating a dance—by working in tandem with digital poetry. Digital poetry is an evolving medium that presents poetry electronically and can incorporate, for example, hypertext; animation, video, or other visual elements; sound; and interactivity.

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Monthly Choreographers’ Showcase Moves to New Home at Hubbard Street Dance Center

“Dance Chance,” a monthly showcase of works by local choreographers chosen through a random drawing, will move to a new home at the Lou Conte Dance Studio in the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago’s West Loop, beginning January 31.

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Choreographer Trey McIntyre to Disband Full-Time Company to Pursue Other Interests

Choreographer Trey McIntyre says he will disband his Trey McIntyre Project as a full-time dance company in July, instead focusing TMP on other enterprises involving dance, film production, and photography, reports the Idaho Statesman.

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Portraits of Movers and Shakers in American Dance Scene on Display at Smithsonian

From the late 19th century to today, dance has captured this nation’s culture in motion. “Dancing the Dream,” an exhibition running now through July 13 at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, showcases generations of performers, choreographers and impresarios.

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Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company Choreographer to Retire

Romeo and Juliet was the first professional production Nicolas Petrov saw as a student in Yugoslavia. Later, as the founding artistic director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, he created the first American production in 1971. Now the revival of that same full-length ballet at Point Park University will mark his final bow in a 67-year career in dance.

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Dancers and Choreographers Sought for First Annual International Contemporary Competition

Dancers have until March 30, 2014 to submit applications for the first annual international Contemporary Dance and Choreography Competition, which will be held April 28 and 29 at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York City.

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