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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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