Bethesda Region Dance Companies and Choreographers Sought for Dance Concert

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting applications for the ninth annual Dance Bethesda Concert, according to The Gazette.

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Beautiful Landscape Speaks to Choreographer in Creation of N.J. Dancework

The Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Park—the “Central Park” of Trenton, New Jersey—will be the site for a commissioned dance performance about the land by DanceSpora, the resident dance company of Trenton’s Passage Theatre Company.

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New Mexico Dance Company Awarded $1 Million from Federal Government

Keshet Dance Company of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will use an award of $1 million it received from the U.S. Economic Development Administration on Wednesday to create the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center, featuring an incubator program that will support start-up or struggling arts-related businesses with a variety of resources like development services and access to lending providers.

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There’s Something Borrowed and Something New in NYCB Lobby

New York City Ballet, seeking to furnish the promenade at its theater for pre-performance socializing, has found a cost-effective method—in exchange for featuring the work of three young design firms, it is receiving the free use of their furniture for the season.

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Controversial Dunham Ballet Resurrected for Denver Performances

Dance legend Katherine Dunham’s controversial Southland ballet has never been seen on American stages—or anywhere else since its short run in the early 1950s.

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Ririe-Woodbury Artistic Director Bids Farewell as the Company Hits 50

After a decade as artistic director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Charlotte Boye-Christensen has announced she will step down at the end of the 2012-2013 season to take on more choreography work, although she doesn’t plan to move out of state, reported The Salt Lake Tribune.

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Ailey Dancers Gear Up for Second Season under Battle’s Leadership

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will launch its second season under artistic director Robert Battle with holiday performances at New York City Center from November 28 to December 30, followed by a 21-city U.S. tour ending in May.

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Lythgoe’s New TV Show Seeks to Create a Dance Company in 28 Days

Choreographer-turned-reality TV powerhouse Nigel Lythgoe will produce a new competition series in which a dance company is created in 28 days, reports the L.A. Times.

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Philly Dancer’s New Company Combines Jazz Dance and Soul Music

Roger Lee Dance, a new company by Lee, an original member of the Good Day Philadelphia hip-hop dance team on Philadelphia’s WTXF (Fox 29) television station, will hold its inaugural season April 20 and 21 at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Night of Revelry Benefits L.A. Program for Under-Served Youth

Los Angeles’ CONTRA-TIEMPO, an urban-Latin dance company, will hold a charity gala on April 3 to raise funds needed for arts education and dance residencies for 10 under-served public schools.

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Ajkun Plans Ambitious U.S., International Touring Schedule for 2012

Leonard and Chiara Ajkun, artistic directors of Ajkun Ballet Theatre in New York City, have announced the company’s schedule of 2012 performances.

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Film Featuring Rhode Island College Dancers Hits the Road

Members of the Rhode Island College Dance Company will receive national attention when a film featuring the troupe is shown at the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Boulder, Colorado, next month, according to the Providence Journal.

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Internships Available With Urban Bush Women

Urban Bush Women, a dance company based in Brooklyn, New York, that seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance, is looking to fill several internship positions.

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‘Bacchae’ Explores Dynamics of Dance, Acting, Puppetry, and Music

The dance company Morphoses this October will unveil resident artistic director Luca Veggetti’s multi-disciplinary production Bacchae as part of The Joyce Theater’s fall season.

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Hubbard Street, Alonzo King’s LINES Mark Beginning of Collaboration

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will conclude its season with the company premiere of Following the Subtle Current Upstream, choreographed by LINES Ballet artistic director Alonzo King and marking a new collaborative relationship between Hubbard Street and LINES.

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Kansas Professional Modern Company Calls it Quits After 25 Years

A professional modern dance company that has toured throughout Kansas for nearly 25 years is giving its final full performance this week, reported Jan Biles in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Twyla Tharp Returns to Hubbard Street to Set New Work

Choreographic legend Twyla Tharp has returned to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to create a new work for the company, which will debut during the company’s fall series engagement at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, October 13 to 16.

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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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Mark Morris Dance Group Holds Dancer Auditions

The Mark Morris Dance Group is holding auditions for two female company dancers, to start April 25, as well as for two male dancers to dance with the company in L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato from April 25 to May 9.

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Gala Event Marks World Premiere of ‘Fable and Faith’

A post-performance gala reception will mark the world premiere of choreographer Robert Moses’ Fable and Faith on February 18 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

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BalletMet Seeks New Members for Professional Company

BalletMet Columbus has announced audition dates for male and female dancers in New York and Columbus, Ohio, for its professional company for the 2011-12 season.

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NYCB Returns to Tradition of Touring with Small Professional Ensemble

New York City Ballet is creating a small and nimble touring ensemble in the hopes of broadening its appeal around the country and the world, according to The New York Times.

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World-Class World Dance

When Azin Mahoozi Shalan was growing up, dance classes were forbidden to her. Yet today, as director of her own dance company and a dance studio owner, Shalan has overcome cultural and religious impediments to reshape her life while opening up a world of dance—literally—to her students in Vienna, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC.

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Idaho Dance Theatre Gala Remembers Music of the ’60s and ’70s

Idaho Dance Theatre’s gala, “Dancing Through the Decades,” a night of ’60s and ’70s music and dancing, will be held February 26.

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San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions in January

Auditions for the 2011 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival will be held January 8, 9, 15, and 16 at Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley.

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Winter Customs of Other Countries Celebrated by Presidio Dance Theatre

The School of Presidio Dance Theatre will present “Beyond the Land of Sweets, Holidays Across Cultures,” on December 19 at 5:00 p.m. at the Herbst Theater, San Francisco.

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Take the Plunge

Performing—it’s what dancers do. And if your students need more than an annual recital and maybe a holiday show, it’s time to think about starting a performance or competition company. The benefits are numerous, from providing your dancers with more opportunities for artistic growth (and fun) to your own joy and pride as you watch your students show off their technical skill and love of dance.

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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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New York Premiere in July for roadkill

Johannes Wieland, artistic director and choreographer of the resident dance company of the State Theater in Kassel, Germany, will present the premiere of his roadkill July 8 to 11 at New York’s Dance Theater Workshop.

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Massachusetts Dance Festival Extends Deadline

The organizing committee of the Massachusetts Dance Festival has extended the application deadline to May 1 for student, emerging, and professional dance companies that want to perform in the festival. Teachers who want to lead a dance class or presenters who want to teach a method or plan helpful to dancers have the same extension of the original April 15 deadline.

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Shen Wei Dance Arts in Orange County

Shen Wei Dance Arts will present the West Coast premiere of Re- (Parts I, II, II) April 16 through 18 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California.

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Merger Plans for Bill T. Jones Troupe?

Final negotiations are under way that would lead to a merger of the 28-year-old Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop, Crain’s New York Business reports.

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Full Lineup for Hubbard Street Dance

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will launch its 2010-11 season with the Fall Series, September 30 to October 3, featuring a world premiere by RUBBERBANDance Group founder Victor Quijada; the Chicago premiere of Nacho Duato’s Arcangelo; and Tabula Rasa by Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company.

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Premiere for Carol Fonda & Company

BodiBalance @ Dance Forum will present Carol Fonda & Company in the premiere of Fonda’s Ascending Order on April 15, 16 and 17 in New York. Fonda will be joined by members of her troupe, including Milan Agnew, Jamal Berkenkotter, Lauren Bratton-Kearns, Ryoko Goto, Leigh Schanfein, and Daniel Zapata.

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S.F. Ballet School Commissions New Work

Shaun Amyot, who teaches contemporary repertoire, improvisation technique, and musical theater at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto, has been commissioned to choreograph a new work for the San Francisco Ballet School.

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Dancer Seeks the Sweet Smell of Success

After 11 years with Pacific Northwest Ballet, corps de ballet member Jordan Pacitti says he will retire from the Seattle-based company at the end of this season to take up a new career—perfumes.

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ABT II, Ailey II, and Taylor 2—All in One Spot

The second companies of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company will team up for the 1.2.3. Festival at New York’s Joyce Theater from April 13 to 22. Ailey II, ABT II, and Taylor 2 will share the stage on opening night.

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Stephen Petronio at VCU

The Stephen Petronio Company will perform its namesake’s latest work, I Drink the Air Before Me, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond on March 16 as the company makes its 25th anniversary tour. I Drink the Air premiered at New York’s Joyce Theater in April 2009.

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New York Premiere for A Wagner Matinee

Laura Diffenderfer/Oh Dear Dance Theatre will present the New York premiere of A Wagner Matinee, an evening-length multimedia work based on Willa Cather’s short story of the same name from 1904, at the Merce Cunningham Studio on April 3, 10, and 11.

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Ballets Russes: The Celebration Continues

The editors of The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design will appear together at 7 P.M. February 24 at the Kenmore Square Barnes and Noble bookstore, 660 Beacon Street, Boston, to discuss the book, a collection of essays published last year as part of the worldwide observance of the centenary of Serge Diaghilev’s revolutionary dance troupe.

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Discount on Mark Morris Tickets

The Mark Morris Dance Group is offering a 30 percent discount on tickets to the opening-night performance of its February 23-27 run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The program includes the world premiere of Socrates, the New York premiere of Looky, and Behemoth.

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Synthesis Dance Project Plans Summer Intensive

The Synthesis Dance Project will hold its Summer Intensive workshop in intermediate and advanced dancers August 2 to 6.

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A World Premiere for Wolfgruber

The world premiere of “Sacred Things,” a dance evening by Wallie Wolfgruber & Company, will be presented March 5 and 6 at New York’s Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street.

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Dancers’ Menu: Pork and Onions

Dancers from the Fort Lauderdale-based troupe will be on hand at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Aventura, Florida, at noon February 27 to act out the story of Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig as a storyteller reads the children’s book aloud. The book by David Ira Rottenburg, who will be on hand to answer questions and sign books, tells the story of a pig who longs to dance but lacks a ballerina’s grace.

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Master Class With Adam Parson

Santa Rosa Junior College in California offers master classes February 11 with Los Angeles-based contemporary choreographer and teacher Adam Parson.

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A First for Boston

Kelley Donovan & Dancers will present the Boston-area premiere of Made of Paper on February 7 at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, Massachusetts, two months after its first performance in New York City.

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Oregon Ballet Theatre’s New Season

Oregon Ballet Theatre will present the world premiere of artistic director Christopher Stowell’s choreography for its new The Sleeping Beauty, to be performed from October 9 to 16 as part of the company’s 2010-11 season, OBT announced Jan. 29.

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Shoppers’ Special at PNB

Visitors to Pacific Place, a downtown shopping and entertainment center, can enter a drawing for one of three Sleeping Beauty Dream Weekend packages, simply by visiting participating stores in the center. (They don’t even have to buy anything, but entrants are limited to one entry per store per week.)

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Eight Works for $8—Such a Deal!

Choreographers in the San Francisco Bay Area have responded to the space crunch with 8x8x8, a program in which eight choreographers present eight new works in alternative venues, such as punk clubs or pubs, for an $8 ticket price.

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