Martha Graham Officials Consider Hurricane Damage to Sets, Costumes

Most of the sets and costumes of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, stored in a West Village basement, were submerged under six feet of water in Hurricane Sandy flooding, company officials said on Friday.

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Drew Jacoby Visits Park Cities Dance in Dallas for Master Class

International dance star Drew Jacoby will teach a contemporary master class July 1 from 2:30 to 4pm at Park Cities Dance, 7979 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas.

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Choreographers Nurtured by Bates Festival Return to Celebrate 30th

The Bates Dance Festival, an annual summer series of contemporary dance, celebrates its 30th anniversary by highlighting choreographers whose creative development has been nurtured by the festival.

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After-School Organization Plans ‘Tuned In’ Concert

The Wooden Floor, an arts-based youth development organization in Santa Ana, California, that is celebrated for its pioneering dance-making, will showcase new contemporary dance works at its 29th annual concert, “Tuned In,” at the Irvine [CA] Barclay Theatre, May 31 to June 2.

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Cast of More Than 60 Shine in Peridance’s Contemporary ‘Nutcracker’

Peridance Capezio Center’s contemporary The Nutcracker, choreographed by artistic director Igal Perry, will feature a cast of more than 60 students, pre-professionals, and professional dancers.

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Danielson Brings Limón to Broadway Dance for Three Classes Only

Alan Danielson will be teaching three classes in contemporary Limón technique at Broadway Dance Center on October 18 to 20.

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Dances for a Small Stage Sets Up Show at the Shadbolt Centre

British Columbia’s Shadbolt Centre for the Arts will begin its 2011-2012 Live at the ’Bolt season with a bang as the popular contemporary performance series, Dances for a Small Stage, takes over the venue’s atrium, September 23 and 24.

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Taiwan Contemporary Dance Company Returns to Chicago

One of Asia’s most important contemporary dance companies, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, will perform artistic director Lin Hwai-min’s newest work, Water Stains on the Wall, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, on October 28 and 29 at 8pm.

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Craig Black Jr. Wins Scholarship at Jacob’s Pillow

Twenty-one-year-old Craig Black Jr. has been named the eight recipient of the Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence, the major annual scholarship of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, where Black is a participant in the Contemporary Program.

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New Bedford Ballet Presents ‘A Fusion of Dance’

New Bedford Ballet will present a blend of classical and contemporary dance in its summer performance, A Fusion of Dance, August 5 at 5:30 and 7pm and August 6 at 2 and 3:30pm, at the NBB Community Theatre, 2343 Purchase Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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Cuban Troupe to Present ‘MalSon’ at Jacob’s Pillow

DanzAbierta, one of Cuba’s leading contemporary dance companies, will present MalSon—described as “a love letter to Havana” by its choreographer, Spanish-born Susana Pous—from July 13 to 17 at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Pillow Award Winner’s Troupe to Showcase ‘Dark Matters’

Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM (Kidd Pivot), the acclaimed contemporary dance company led by choreographer Crystal Pite, performs her virtuosic and enigmatic work Dark Matters at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival July 6 to 10.

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Norway Contemporary Company Makes US Debut at the Pillow

Carte Blanche, Norway’s award-winning National Company of Contemporary Dance, makes its U.S. full company debut in a program by Batsheva Dance Company house choreographer Sharon Eyal at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival June 29 to July 3.

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Jane Comfort Brings Works of Thought and Theatre to the Pillow

Jane Comfort and Company, a contemporary dance-theatre group that pushes the intersection of dance, music, theatrically, and language, performs at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival June 29 to July 3. Using a wide range of theatrical elements, Comfort challenges the boundaries of dance and theatre in her newest work Beauty, which . . .

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Tero Saarinen Shows Finnish Dance Works at SummerScape

The ninth annual Bard SummerScape festival opens on July 7 at 8pm with the first of four performances by Tero Saarinen Company, comprising a triple bill of the Finnish choreographer’s finest dances: Westward Ho! (1996), Wavelengths (2000), and HUNT (2002).

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San Francisco Performances Features Four Dance Events in 2011-2012

Ethnic, ancient, and contemporary dance will be featured in San Francisco Performances’ upcoming 2011-2012 season.

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Columbia Dance Center Upcoming Season Features Contemporary Masters

Some of contemporary dance’s leading choreographic voices will bring their companies to The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago during the 2011-2012 season.

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DNA Launches Summer Programs for Children and Youth

Dance New Amsterdam, a training center in New York City for adult contemporary dancers, is expanding its reach to younger dance enthusiasts by organizing two summer programs for ages 4 to 18.

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Master Contemporary Teacher Derrick Yanford to Teach at 2011 DanceLife Teacher Conference

Yanford will teach intermediate and advanced contemporary warm-up and combo, as well as advanced contemporary, jazz progressions, turns, and jumps and advanced contemporary work and improvisation.

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Canada’s National Ballet School Prepares for Spring Showcase

Canada’s National Ballet School’s annual Spring Showcase performance will feature a wide array of works from classical to contemporary, some of them new to the NBS stage and some returning favorites.

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GWU Faculty to Teach Contemporary Dance in Mongolia

George Washington University’s Dana Tai Soon Burgess, chair of the university’s Department of Theatre and Dance will lead a group of artists and educators to Ulan Bator.

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EditorSpeak

In this issue we asked dozens of people to share their thoughts on how to define that ever-elusive dance form, contemporary. But the fact that we even try to put parameters on an art form got me thinking. Human beings like labels.

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Dance From the Inside Out

The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park, Florida, might qualify as a mini dance utopia. CCD houses an open training program for all ages and a pre-professional program, as well as four independent dance companies.

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Beyond Definition

“What is contemporary dance?” An equally important question is: “How does one train to become a contemporary dancer?” We’ve rounded up some of today’s hottest contemporary dancers and choreographers and asked them to share their thoughts on this dance style that refuses to be defined.

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How Do You Define Contemporary Dance?

You’ve heard what Desmond Richardson, Jillian Meyers, Nicholas Leichter, William Wingfield, and other big names think about the nature and characteristics of contemporary dance. But we wanted to find out what teachers and choreographers in the Dance Studio Life circle had to say.

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Auditions in NYC for Jacob’s Pillow Summer Education Programs

Auditions will be held this weekend in New York City for the School at Jacob’s Pillow 2011 professional advancement programs in jazz/musical theater dance and contemporary.

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West African Dance and Music Featured at DC’s Dance Place

Coyaba Dance Theater will present Rejuvenation, a performance of traditional and contemporary West African dance and music, on March 12 at 8:00 p.m. and March 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth Street NE, Washington, DC.

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Bella Lewitzky Dancer/Teacher John Pennington Visits ARC Pasadena

John Pennington will hold classes in contemporary/modern dance at ARC Pasadena in California on Saturdays in February from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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Igal Perry Gives ‘Nutcracker’ a Contemporary Twist

The Nutcracker, A Contemporary Look, with choreography by Igal Perry, will be presented in three shows at the Peridance Capezio Center’s in-house theater, 126 E. 13th Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues), New York.

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Contemporary dance and classical ballet combine in NYC Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, A Contemporary Ballet, a one-hour, modern-day version of the holiday classic, will be presented in three shows this December at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.

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Contemporary Dance Ensemble Aszure Barton & Artists Present Busk

Aszure Barton & Artists will present Busk, a work that plumbs the human psyche and explores the visual architecture of movement, color, and sound, in December at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th Street, New York City.

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Fall Workshop Schedule Announced for Peridance Capezio Center

A number of contemporary-based workshops are on tap this fall at the Peridance Capezio Center, 126 East 13th Street, New York City.

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Studio Opening Sept. 20 in New Brunswick, NJ

Dance and Wellness Studio, with classes offered by lustigdancetheatre, is set to open September 20 in at 80 Albany Street in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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U.S. Debut for Göteborg Ballet

Göteborg Ballet, a Swedish contemporary dance company, makes its American debut August 18–22 at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, with 3xBoléro, a full-length production of three diverse works, each inspired by Maurice Ravel’s classic score, “Boléro.”

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Open-Air Dance . . . With Free Pizza!

“A Dance Called Baltimore” seeks to bring the city’s sights, sounds, and rhythms to life through contemporary dance, video, soundscapes, snow cones, sprinklers—and free pizza supplied by Joe Squared.

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The Modern Male

The world of contemporary dance is luring boys like never before, glamorized by movies and TV shows like High School Musical, So You Think You Can Dance, and Glee. Guys who are taking modern classes are doing it because studios are making it part of their overall package, and they’re making it attractive.

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Yin Mei Returns to Jacob’s Pillow

New York-based choreographer Yin Mei returns to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, from August 4 to 8 with City of Paper, an evening-length contemporary dance-theater work that merges movement, paper and ink, and video projections with live and recorded music.

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Bates Festival to Hear ‘Different Voices’

In the final week of the annual Bates Dance Festival, the annual “Different Voices” concert showcases the internationalism of contemporary dance, with choreographers from Canada, Mozambique and Mexico.

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Summer Intensive at Ad Deum Dance

Ad Deum Dance Company, a professional contemporary dance company based in Houston, is offering a summer dance and mime intensive August 1 through 6.

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All-Day Anniversary Bash for Dance Center

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, one of the city’s leading presenters of contemporary dance, will hold a free, daylong celebration September 25 to mark 10 years at its current location, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue.

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U.S. Premiere for MONGER at Jacob’s Pillow

Israeli choreographer Barak Marshall’s full-length contemporary dance work, MONGER, will get its U.S. premiere July 7 to 11 at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Scripps Academy Plans Summer Camps

The Scripps Performing Arts Academy is registering students for its summer camps in dance and musical theater at its locations in Scripps Ranch and Carmel Valley in California.

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Inside a Dancemaker’s Mind

For more than 20 years, choreographer Doug Varone has carved a career path that is as full of unexpected twists and turns as his remarkable dances are. A tap dancer by training, he instead became a contemporary dance choreographer. Though he is unable to read music, he nevertheless enjoys regular commissions from leading opera companies. Now a widely respected, prolific choreographer, he struggled at first to define his own movement vocabulary. These surprising facts were revealed during a conversation on April 6 with critic Deborah Jowitt as part of the “Breaking Ground” lecture series presented by New York’s 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center. The evening yielded valuable insights about Varone’s choreographic process as well as his unique journey.

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