He calls the initial attraction “infantile.” Garth Fagan was drawn to dance because he saw it as a “sports car–driving, beautiful-clothes-wearing group of people.”
Contemporary choreographer Liz Gerring will receive this year’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, a prestigious honor carrying an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize, in recognition of her talent and outstanding contributions to the dance field.
When Christopher Wheeldon was growing up in England, as the only child of parents involved in amateur theater, he amused himself by building stage sets in his bedroom. The one he liked best was inspired by Starlight Express, with toy car tracks re-creating the whirling pathways of the 1980s roller-skating rock musical.
Eugene Louis “Luigi” Faccuito was a dancer, teacher, and choreographer who made paralysis the beginning—not the end—of an extraordinary career, reported NorthJersey.com.
Faccuito, who had dual residency in Manhattan and New Jersey, had been in declining health since Thanksgiving. Though slowed by a stroke four years back, he had been active at his center until about a year and a half ago. He died Tuesday at age 90.
CounterPointe3, the third edition of an annual curated performance series that features 11 women choreographers making new work en pointe, will run April 10 to 12 in downtown Brooklyn’s The Actors Fund Arts Center.
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.
“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.
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.
Pondering these questions of education and access, Strandberg and her sister Carolyn Adams, a longtime Paul Taylor Dance Company dancer and a faculty member at The Juilliard School, came up with a revolutionary concept—the Repertory Etudes Collection. Under the guidance of Brown’s American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI), established by the sisters in 1993, modern dance choreographers would create new works based on one of their signature works or personal stylistic and thematic choreographic qualities. Important deceased modern pioneers, like José Limón, who died in 1972, could be represented through a new work created by a close associate charged with preserving and protecting the choreographer’s legacy.
Since these short technique studies (informally called RepEtudes) were commissioned by ADLI, they could be recorded and distributed to educators, who could teach them to students and present them in performance with no rights or royalty issues attached.
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.
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.
Choreographer Twyla Tharp is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her choreographic debut with a national tour this fall.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The esteemed Canadian director and choreographer Brian Macdonald died Saturday in Stratford, Ontario, at the age of 86, reported The Globe and Mail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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CUNY Answers Call of NYC’s Choreographers
Big Step Up for NYCB Soloist Justin Peck
NEFA Awards to Artists Near $1 Million
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Choreographer Patricia Birch will be presented with the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd Fred and Adele Astaire Awards.
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.
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.