DSL NewsWire: Tap Company Attracts New Audiences by Presenting Story Shows

Choreographer Mark Yonally; photo by Mina Bloom/DNAinfo Chicago

When tap dance choreographer Mark Yonally was performing with a touring circus a few years ago, he would watch the whip artist and the contortionist warm up before shows.

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DSL NewsWire: Choreographer and Students Discover Limitations Can Spur Creativity

“Ten Tiny Dances;” photo courtesy Kali Raisl

“Ten Tiny Dances,” a Tacoma, Washington, dance event that raises funds for scholarships at Tacoma City Ballet, sets a challenge for choreographers and dancers: to fit expressive movement into short works on a 4-by-4-foot stage set squarely in the middle of an audience.

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DSL NewsWire: New Production Explores Over-Sexualization of Competitive Dancers

ReGirling the Girl; photo courtesy Rabble.ca

Using research she is undertaking with young dancers for her PhD dissertation, choreographer Lisa Sandlos is creating a production that explores how girls are socially constructed.

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DSL NewsWire: Choreographer/Educator Bill Evans Celebrates 75th with Benefit Performance

To celebrate his 75th birthday on April 11 and to introduce himself to the Rhode Island dance audience, choreographer and dancer Bill Evans and special guests will share an afternoon of Evans’ works April 12 at the AS220 Black Box Theatre, 95 Empire Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

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DSL NewsWire: South Carolina Artists Follows Collaborative Example of Ballets Russes

What do you get when you combine a driven, neoclassical choreographer with a business-savvy impresaria and an Irish feminist composer? You get the newly formed Ballet Evolution, a collective of artists led by choreographer Jonathan Tabbert, Chamber Music Charleston director Sandra Nikolajevs, and composer and performer Laura Ball.

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DSL NewsWire: Fifty Years of Twyla Celebrated in National Tour

Choreographer Twyla Tharp is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her choreographic debut with a national tour this fall.

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DSL NewsWire: Acclaimed Choreographer William Forsythe Joins Paris Opera Ballet

In a major coup, Paris Opera Ballet has secured one of the dance world’s biggest names, William Forsythe, as the company’s associate choreographer, reported the New York Times.

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DSL NewsWire: NYCB Choreographer Justin Peck’s Star is on the Rise

“I’m not really conscious of how to provoke interest,” offers Justin Peck, which is a little strange, given just how much interest the choreographer and New York City Ballet dancer is getting these days. On February 6, Magnolia Pictures will release Ballet 422, Jody Lee Lipes’ feature-film documentary of the making of Peck’s Paz de la Jolla.

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DSL NewsWire: Program Offers Cash, Mentorship, to Chicago Choreographers

Artists interested in applying to be considered for this year’s Chicago Dancemakers Forum assistance program, which includes a $15,000 cash award plus a full year of mentorship, artistic and professional development in support of a new dance work, are urged to attend one of two 2015 Lab Artist Awards Application Assistance Workshops.

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DSL NewsWire: Free One-Hour Master Classes Featured in New Orleans Event

Four free master classes open to the public are featured in D’Project’s 7th season of Southern Voices: Dance Out Loud, a New Orleans-based community event that offers a professional environment for seasoned and emerging choreographers to showcase new works.

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DSL NewsWire: Teacher’s Personal Experience With Luigi’s Power Shared with Playwright

When Langley, Washington, choreographer and dance teacher Daunne Bacon Zinger herniated two of the discs of her spine, doctors told her she would likely never dance again. But Bacon Zinger heeded the words of her idol, jazz dance icon Eugene Louis “Luigi” Faccuito; she never stopped moving.

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DSL NewsWire: Legacy of Merce Cunningham Lives on Through Newly Established Award, Fellowship

As it seeks to preserve and extend the artistic legacy of the choreographer Merce Cunningham, the Merce Cunningham Trust has awarded major gifts to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) and the Baryshnikov Art Center (BAC).

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Educators, Choreographers Gear Up for 2015 School Programs at the Pillow

The artist faculty members that will be leading The School at Jacob’s Pillow during the upcoming 2015 season are diversely experienced, and will be joined at the Beckett, Massachusetts, dance festival by dance artists, choreographers, and artistic directors from across the globe.

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Martha’s Advice for Agnes and the Ages: Don’t Judge or Compare. Create.

With the choreography for the Broadway smash Oklahoma!, Agnes de Mille achieved the greatest success of her career, but the only thing she felt was confusion, entrepreneur James Clear says in a blog reprinted in Huffington Post.

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Program to Provide 26 New York Dancemakers with Space to Create

More than two dozen New York City dance companies and choreographers will be moving, creating, and sharing dance as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), which will provide residency opportunities at 11 City University of New York campuses during 2015.

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Canadian Company Director and Choreographer, Brian Macdonald, Dies

The esteemed Canadian director and choreographer Brian Macdonald died Saturday in Stratford, Ontario, at the age of 86, reported The Globe and Mail.

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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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Fifth Annual Choreographers of Color Award Winners Announced

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, has chosen Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif, and Stephanie Martinez as winners of its fifth annual Choreographers of Color Award.

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Three Choreographers Recognized for Work; Named U.S.A. Fellows

Choreographers Alejandro Cerrudo, d. Sabela Grimes, and RoseAnne Spradlin are among 34 people who have been awarded $50,000 and named U.S.A. fellows for 2014, reported the New York Times.

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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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September 2014 | Ballet Scene | Welcome to Pineapple Tree

Dance troupe lets Arkansas locals collaborate, create, and perform By Joseph Carman A pineapple symbolizes hospitality. So says Pineapple Tree Dance Company co-founder Sally Ashcraft. When the dance troupe, located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was founded in March 2013, the founders’ prime motive was to bring dance teachers, dancers, choreographers, and . . .

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September 2014 | FYI

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What’s up in the dance community:

A Storybook Nutcracker Reaches The End

Accolade for Dancemaker Bill T. Jones

CUNY Answers Call of NYC’s Choreographers

Big Step Up for NYCB Soloist Justin Peck

NEFA Awards to Artists Near $1 Million

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Choreographer’s Sondheim-Inspired Dances Now Available on App

Dancing Sondheim, a free app of seven short dance movies by choreographer Richard Daniels using the music of Stephen Sondheim, is available as of September 1.

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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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Emerging Choreographers Can Win Opportunity to Set Piece on Joffrey Student Dancers

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, official school of The Joffrey Ballet, announces a national call for artists to submit applications for the Joffrey Academy’s Fifth Annual Choreographers of Color Award.

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NYCB Soloist Justin Peck Becomes Company’s Resident Choreographer

New York City Ballet soloist Justin Peck has been appointed resident choreographer just two years after creating his first piece for the company, reported the New York Times.

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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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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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Respected Leader in the Modern Dance Movement, Mary Anthony, Dies at 97

Mary Anthony, a choreographer and teacher who was one of the leaders of the modern dance movement, died in her studio home in the East Village in New York City on May 31. She was 97.

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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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Choreographer Bruce Wood’s Death a Blow to Fort Worth/Dallas Dance Community

Bruce Wood, the gifted choreographer who dazzled audiences over nearly two decades with the dance companies he brought to Fort Worth and Dallas, died last Wednesday, reported the Star-Telegram. He was 53.

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Juilliard Alumnus, Choreographer John Heginbotham, Wins Jacob’s Pillow Award

This year’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award will be presented to choreographer John Heginbotham, an alumnus of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, who has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his contemporary works.

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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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Original Grease Choreographer, Patricia Birch, Honored for Lifetime Contribution

Choreographer Patricia Birch will be presented with the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd Fred and Adele Astaire Awards.

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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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May-June 2014 | 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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Relationship Between Choreographers and Dancers Explored in New Film

A new movie at the Tribeca Film Festival takes an intimate look at young dancer Justin Peck’s road to opening night as he choreographs the 422nd ballet for New York City Ballet.

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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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French Choreographer, Angelin Preljocaj, To Receive ADF’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Dance Festival (ADF) will present the 2014 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement to choreographer and director Angelin Preljocaj.

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SYTYCD’s tWitch in the (Court)House on Season Premiere of Drop Dead Diva

Dancer and choreographer Stephen “tWitch” Boss will be guest starring on the two-hour season 6 premiere of the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva on March 23 at 9pm, TheWrap has learned.

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Wisconsin Dancer/Choreographer’s 100 Birthday is Cause for Celebration

Reaching the age of 100 is worth celebrating, but marking your birthday by performing in a dance show in your honor is celebrating on a whole different level.

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