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Summer School Students Introduced to Sokolow’s Legacy


Students of the New York State Summer School of the Arts will appear in a free performance of Anna Sokolow’s Kaddish, staged for an ensemble of 10 by original Kaddish soloist Deborah Zall, on August 17 at 7pm.

Through her unique concept of expanding the solo to an ensemble piece, Zall helps to continue Sokolow’s legacy and also introduces to the young dancers a style of movement and expression that is new to them, affording a link with their artistic past and broadening their artistic visions, said Carolyn Adams and Julie Adams Strandberg, artistic directors of NYSSS School of Dance.

Also, on August 11, Zall will appear in Kaddish in a solo performance. The piece, set to music by Maurice Ravel, was created by Sokolow especially for Zall in 1984, influenced by Zall’s longtime studies in the Graham technique.

Both performances are free and will be held at the Skidmore Dance Theater in Saratoga Springs, New York. Other works on the faculty and guest artist program are Danny Grossman’s Bella, inspired by paintings of Marc Chagall, and Eve Gentry’s 1939 classic Tenant of the Street.

Zall previously staged Kaddish for 10 dancers for the Alvin Ailey School in New York City and for the dance students at Middlesex University in London, where she is a frequent guest teacher. For more information on NYSSSA, visit

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New Bedford Ballet’s Summer Offering a Family-Friendly Affair


New Bedford Ballet’s summer dance performance, “A Patchwork of Dance,” will be presented August 3 at 5:30 and 7pm and August 4 at 2 and 3:30pm at the New Bedford Ballet Community Theatre, 2343 Purchase Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts.

New Bedford Ballet’s Tori Castanha from Marion, Massachusetts (Photo courtesy New Bedford Ballet)

Featured is Nana’s Quilt, a children’s ballet choreographed by New Bedford Ballet artistic director Rebecca Waskiel-Marchesseault and instructors James Brown and Alivia Cram, where Nana weaves a story of her childhood as she presents a very special quilt to her granddaughter.

The program also features pieces by New Bedford Ballet’s advanced students: Giselle, with original choreography by Erin Petitjean Allen, and Coming Home, a collection of modern and contemporary dances choreographed by the New Bedford Ballet students under the direction of Brown.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and children.  All proceeds support the New Bedford Ballet, a non-profit organization that provides classical ballet training for children and adults, grants scholarships, and educates the community in the value of the performing arts.

For more information, contact the New Bedford Ballet at 508.993.1387 or visit


Distribution of Free Tickets to Chicago Dancing Festival Now Underway


Free tickets are now available to the general public for the Chicago Dancing Festival’s 6th annual series of dance performances, set for August 20 to 25.

The 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival is co-produced by renowned choreographer Lar Lubovitch and esteemed dancer Jay Franke, and includes performances by top dance companies, screenings of dance film, and lecture-demonstrations. Some of the companies scheduled to perform include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Giordano Dance Chicago, Ballet Arizona, Martha Graham Dance Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, and Houston Ballet.

While all events are free, tickets for indoor performances must be reserved in advance. The week-long festival also includes three free events that do not require tickets. Tickets will be released in a staggered format so that each venue releases its tickets on a different day. To see the complete list, visit


See Martha Graham, BalletX, and More for $20.12 at Vail Festival


A thrilling array of dance will again be on display when the popularly-priced Dance for $20.12 evening returns to the Vail Valley Foundation’s Vail International Dance Festival August 7 at 7:30pm.

Tickets for the mixed-bill performance at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater are now on sale, with all reserved seats at $20.12 and all general-admission lawn seats at $12 each.

BalletX (Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy The Vail Daily)

The Vail Daily reports that August 7 marks the fifth installment of the public-minded performance created by festival artistic director Damian Woetzel in an effort to make dance more accessible, both from a price and programming perspective. The evening is specifically designed to cultivate new dance audiences by providing a wide variety of dancers and dance styles in one evening’s lineup.

Dance for $20.12 will feature performances by the Martha Graham Dance Company, BalletX, New York City Ballet’s Robert Fairchild, and artists to be announced at a later date. The Philadelphia-based BalletX will perform The Last Glass by choreographer Matthew Neenan, while MGDC will present “Steps in the Streets” from Chronicle.

Tickets for Dance for $20.12 and all other 2012 Dance Festival performances are available at, by calling the box office at 888.920.ARTS, or in person at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek or Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, which is now open for the 2012 summer season.


Cornish College Junior Dancers Present Two Showings of ‘En Avante’


The Cornish College of the Arts Junior Dance Company will present “En Avante,” June 9 at 3 and 7:30pm and June 10 at 3pm at Erickson Theater, 1524 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, Washington.

Cornish College Dance Company member (Photo by Colleen Dishy)

The program includes a new modern work about the transition from child to adult by Steve Casteel, former soloist with Houston Ballet and a Preparatory Dance faculty and Cornish College of the Arts adjunct faculty member.  Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford has reset the 1998 solo Inner Release, and Christine Juarez has set Under the Big Top, a theatrical piece, for the company’s apprentice dancers.

Paula J. Peters, former Spectrum dancer, Cornish graduate, and University of Washington graduate, has created two works, while Kathleen McCormick, director of the Preparatory Dance Program, has set Good Humored Ladies. Sarah Butler (2012 graduate) will perform Memory is Parallax, choreographed by Alex Ketley, director of The Foundry and resident choreographer at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.

Tickets are $16 for adults or $12 for students, alumni, seniors, and are available at For more information, visit

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Gotham City Inhabitants Struggle to Survive in Chicago Dance Crash Show


Chicago Dance Crash will present the world premiere of Gotham City,a fully choreographed graphic novel spun on stage through break-dance, ballet, and heart-pumping acrobatics.

Chicago Dance Crash’s Gotham City (Photo courtesy Chicago Dance Crash)

The show, choreographed by Jessica Deahr and written by Mark Hackman, goes up June 8 and runs through June 15 at DCA Storefront Theater, Chicago. As a city is taken hostage from sunset to sunrise, the few inhabitants left struggle to survive a criminal underworld with their humanity intact.

Tickets are $25 for general admission or $18 for seniors and students.

Related programs include a dance master class with Jessica Deahr on June 10; Comic Book Independents: Film Screening & Panel Discussion on June 12; and a post-show discussion June 15. Visit for more information.

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Festival Showcases the Importance of Arts in Children’s Lives


The TakePART Arts Festival: Connecting Communities Creatively—a free event featuring hands-on art activities, artist workshops, a student art exhibit, and dance, music, and theater performances—will be held June 2 from 10am to 2pm at R.H. Dana Middle School in Hawthorne, California.

P.S. ARTS teaching artist Aiko Anglim with a first grade class (Photo courtesy P.S. ARTS)

An estimated 2,500 students, parents, and community leaders from across the Centinela Valley region are expected to attend. “The TakePART initiative and this festival have been so impressive to me because they have demonstrated that this community keeps children’s well-being as their collective priority,” says Dr. Kristen Paglia, P.S. ARTS executive director of education and programs.

The festival is being planned by the TakePART (Public–school Arts Regional Team) initiative, formed as a collective vision promoting arts as essential to community life in the Centinela Valley region and facilitated by P.S. ARTS, which provides art programs to underserved public schools throughout Southern and Central California.

TakePART provides music, theater, and visual arts programs for students in the region to have equal access to quality arts opportunities and enter middle and high school prepared for advanced study in the arts. For more information, visit

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Company Honors Military through Dance Performance on USS Intrepid


As part of Fleet Week celebrations in New York City, dancer/choreographer and former U.S. Marine Roman Baca will present his Exit 12 Dance Company in a performance on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid on May 26 at 11:30am.

U.S. Marine Roman Baca (Photo courtesy Audrey Ross Publicity)

A veteran of the Iraq War, Baca resumed his dance career upon his return home in 2006 and formed Exit 12 Dance Company the following year, creating a repertory with an emphasis on his wartime experiences.

The company will present Baca’s Homecoming, set to audio-recorded letters to and from Iraq and Afghanistan. The work touches on the human toll of the war through the words of those who have seen their loved ones go off to war, and have either embraced them when they returned, or mourned their loss.

Performing with Baca will be Meaghan Doherty, Lisa Fitzgerald, Taylor Gordon, Adrienne Cousineau, Paige Grimard, and Aaron Atkins.

The Intrepid Air and Space Museum is located at Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue.

Admission to the Intrepid is $24, $18 for students and seniors, $15 for veterans, and free for retired military and persons in active duty. Admission to the performance is free.

For reservations and information, call 877.957.SHIP (7447) or 212.245.0072.

Baca enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in early 2000. As a dancer, he has appeared with the Nutmeg Ballet and New Mexico Ballet Company, and his company and choreography has been featured on NPR and NBC-TV, and in The Wall Street Journal. For details, visit

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Ballet with a Spanish Flair Presented in Miami Beach


Artistic director Pedro Pablo Peña and the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami will present Spanish Classical Night on June 16 at 8pm and June 17 at 5pm at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.

Sergio Bernal (Photo by Carlos Llano)

The performances contain fragments of ballets such as Carmen, Don Quixote, and Paquita—along with the Spanish Dance from Swan Lake and other dances—where both the subject and the styles are clearly Spanish, emphasizing the relationship between classical ballet and traditional Spanish dance.

The Fillmore Miami Beach is located at 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. For tickets, visit

Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami’s mission is to promote and preserve the spectacular tradition of the world renowned school of Cuban classical ballet; to develop future career classical dancers; and to ensure that the organization achieves an international reputation as one of the preeminent classical ballet companies in South Florida. For additional information, visit

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Free Tickets, Transportation Available for Vision-Impaired Dance Patrons


Blind or vision-impaired patrons can request free tickets and transportation from Union Station Metro Stop to AXIS Dance Company’s upcoming audio-described performances on May 19 at 8pm and May 20 at 7pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington D.C.

The mixed program will include Full of Words, a new commission from UK choreographer Marc Brew, Light Shelter by David Dorfman, and The Narrowing by Sebastian Grubb.

AXIS creates, performs, and teaches “physically-integrated dance”—a contemporary dance form that evolves from the collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities. The company has performed in more than 60 cities nationwide, as well as in Europe and Siberia, and has collaborated with Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode, Joanna Haigood, Victoria Marks, Ann Carlson, Margaret Jenkins, Sonya Delwaide, Alex Ketley, David Dorfman, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Meredith Monk, Fred Frith, and Joan Jeanrenaud.

Tickets are $25 adults or $15 students and seniors and are available at

For free audio-description transport and tickets, contact Joel Snyder, ACB Audio Description Project, at 202.467.5083, 301.920.0218,, or by May 17 at 5pm.

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Ballet San Jose Students Prepare for Spring Performances


Students in both the open and professional divisions of the Ballet San Jose School will showcase their talent, technique, and artistry during spring performances set for May 27 at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street, in downtown San Jose.

Ballet San Jose School student Nika Cohen (Photo by Chris Hardy)

The Open Division Showcase at 2pm will feature students from Open 1A, Open 1B, Open 1C, Open 2A, Open 2B, and Open 2C. The Professional Division Showcase at 4pm will feature students from Pro 1A, Pro 1B, and Pro 2, with students from Pro 3, 4, and 5 performing Bachnias Brasileiras, a new neoclassical ballet choreographed by school ballet master Mads Eriksen.

Fête, a celebration of ballet featuring variations from the classical repertoire coached by Le Mai Linh, along with original choreography by Dalia Rawson and performed by students from Levels 5 and 6 the professional division, will be presented at both performances.

Tickets range from $25 to $45 and are available at the box office, 40 North First Street, San Jose, or at 408.288.2800. For information, visit

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Young DC Dancers Present Dance Works by Elite Choreographers


The Youth Dance Ensemble, Joy of Motion Dance Center’s elite program for developing young dancers, will perform at The Greenberg Theatre at American University, Washington, D.C., on May 12 at 7:30pm.

Performers include the JOMDC’s 9th through 12th grade dance ensemble and preparatory levels for 1st through 8th grades. Dancers will present choreographic works by Youth Dance Ensemble core faculty members Tiffany Haughn (artistic director of DancEthos), Julia Smith, Kathleen Weitz, Helanius J. Wilkins (founder and artistic director of Edgeworks Dance Theater), and Youth Dance Ensemble Program director Helen Hayes (winner of the 2009 MetroDC Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education).

Additional choreography has been provided by several of the young dancers themselves, plus guest artists Jennifer Lee, Felipe Oyarzun (guest choreographer from Chile, apprentice with Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company), Christine Stone Martin (Daniel Burkholder/The Playground), and Vincent Thomas (Towson University).

This year’s concert features the youngest group of ensemble members ever, said Hayes. “To watch young dancers work on material that is so sophisticated, mature, and challenging on both a physical and emotional level is truly compelling.” Tickets start at $15. For information, visit

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Public Invited to View Artistic Creations of Juilliard’s Senior Dancers


The Juilliard Senior Dance Production, the culmination of a year-long creative and educational process focused on launching seniors into the professional world, will feature six works by dance division seniors in free performances May 3 to 6 in The Juilliard School’s Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, 155 West 65th Street, New York City.

Choreographers include Spencer Dickhaus, Melissa Fernandez, Nathan Makolandra, Ryan Redmond, Rachelle Scott, and Zack Winokur. Students in the school’s third and fourth year classes will perform the works. Juilliard dancers work in close collaboration with lighting design teams from the third year Stagecraft class, professional costume and set designers, and composers, as they create their original dance works.

Shows are set for May 3 to 6 at 8pm, plus May 5 and 6 at 2pm. No tickets are required. For more information on the Juilliard dance program, visit

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Berkeley Dance Closes Main Stage Season With ‘Beneath the Flesh’


Berkeley Dance Project 2012: Beneath the Flesh, the final production in UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Main Stage season, opens April 20 in Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley campus.

Audiences are invited to experience this year’s Berkeley Dance Project, in which three new choreographic works explore the theme of transformation.

Amara Tabor-Smith, artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater, will use the Sabar dance form as a metaphor for personal growth and cultural shifts. Stephanie Sherman, who has taught and choreographed in Ecuador and Costa Rica, will explore assimilation using costumes to challenge traditional ideas of identity. Lisa Wymore, director of the Dance Program at UC Berkeley, will experiment with ritual and heightened physical states.

Performances are set for April 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 8pm, and April 22 and 29 at 2pm. A post-show discussion led by TDPS doctoral student Chiayi Seetoo will be held April 22.

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Scarsdale Ballet Students Present ‘Serenade’ in Annual Workshop


The Scarsdale [NY] Ballet Studio celebrates the ninth season of its annual workshop performance, Concert Dance, on April 22 at 2 and 7pm.

This year’s program will feature Don Quixote Suite, with choreography by Simon Kazantsev and Carmen Banu and music by Ludwig Minkus; George Balanchine’s Serenade, set by Scarsdale Ballet artistic director Diana White and Ellen Shea, and a world premiere by Pedro Ruiz.

A former soloist of the New York City Ballet who worked directly with Balanchine, White is a repetiteur with the George Balanchine Trust and has the trust’s permission to stage his works on her students, who take special classes focusing on his style and technique.

Performances will be held at the Dance Theatre Lab, the Conservatory of Dance, Purchase College SUNY, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York. Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for children ages 18 and younger, and may be purchased in advance by calling Scarsdale Ballet Studio at 914.725.8754.


Montgomery Ballet Springs Into Spring With Gala Celebration


Montgomery Ballet’s Spring Gala Celebration, a showcase of classical and contemporary dance, is planned for April 20 and 21 at the Montgomery [AL] Performing Arts Centre.

Guest artists Adria Ferrali of Florence, Italy, a former principal dancer with Pearl Lang Dance Theater and the Martha Graham Ensemble, and Australian Timothy O’Donnell, who created choreography for West Australian Ballet, will premiere new contemporary ballets.

In Alpheos et Arethusa, Ferrali will re-tell the ancient Greek myth of an enchanting nymph’s ill-fated romance. O’Donnell’s The Games We Play puts a humorous twist on a tragicomic love triangle between two women and one man. This is Ferrali’s third collaboration with Montgomery Ballet and O’Donnell’s first.

In addition, Montgomery Ballet artistic director Darren McIntyre will re-stage the classic Le Corsaire, condensing the original work but retaining the full story line.

Tickets are $45, $35, $25, and $15, with discounts available for seniors, children, students, and military. Tickets can be purchased through the MPAC box office at 334.481.5100 and 800.745.3000, or online at


Youth Groups, Veteran Tappers Celebrate National Tap Dance Day


The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) presents “Windy City Rhythms,” its annual performance celebrating National Tap Dance Day, May 10 and 11.

“Windy City Rhythms” features Chicago-based foot drummers including the CHRP debuts of FootworKINGz and Boom Crack Dance Company, as well as M.A.D.D. Rhythms (celebrating its 10th anniversary), Ayrie “Mr. Taps” King III, Martin “Tre” Dumas, youth groups from Paul Revere Elementary School and Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School, and CHRP’s resident ensemble BAM!

Performances are set for May 10 at 10:30am and May 11 at 7:30pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place, Chicago. Tickets are $15 to $25 and are available at or by calling 773.281.1825.


Audiences in London, Washington to Welcome SF Ballet


The San Francisco Ballet will be leaving its home by the bay this fall for engagements in London and Washington, D.C.

From September 14 to 23, the company will mark its first London engagement since 2004, offering three mixed-repertory programs (details to be announced) over nine performances at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington from November 13 to 18 will feature Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet and one mixed-repertory program (programming to be announced). The company’s last engagement in Washington was part of its 75th American Anniversary Tour in 2008.

For more information, visit


Modern Dance Takes Center Stage at Miami Dance Festival


The eighth annual Miami Dance Festival will kick off with an environmental dance performance by Momentum Dance Company on April 1 at Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

The performance begins at 5pm and admission is free. For information and reservations, call 305.673.7256 or 305.858.7002.

The Miami Dance Festival (formerly known as the Miami Beach Dance Festival) showcases performances of modern and traditional dance by Momentum Dance Company, other South Florida dance troupes, and visiting artists, as well as dance films, master classes, dance workshops, and a number of special events. An opening night party and a reception will be held for festival artists, sponsors, and patrons.

Festival highlights include:

  • April 18: Miami Dance Festival Film Night featuring Paul Taylor: Dancemaker, Miami Beach Cinematheque
  • April 26: Florida Dance Theater, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 1000 Convention Center Drive
  • April 27: Ballet Flamenco La Rosa presents a program with live music, Hialeah High School Theater
  • May 13: Miami Dance Festival Family Day, Miami Beach Botanical Garden

For a full schedule of events and ticket information, visit



Five Premieres by Bill Evans Featured in Rochester Show


Bill Evans Dance Company will present “Dancing in the Vernal Equinox,” five premieres with choreography by modern dance master Evans, on March 18 at 3pm at Hochstein Performance Hall, Rochester, New York.

Live music will be provided by Eastman’s Ossia New Music Ensemble, directed by Matt Evans. Along with Bill Evans, dance artists include Heather Acomb, Tom Ciccone, Kathy Diehl, Trent Furnace, Don Halquist, Mariah Maloney, Leanne Rinelli, Jenny Showalter, Vanessa Van Wormer, and Courtney World.

Tickets are $20 general, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. They will be available at the door after 2pm the day of the show or through reservations at Visit for more information.


Ancient Tale of Beauty and War Part of Robert Moses’ Kin’s Season Opener


Robert Moses’ Kin begins its 17th annual home season in San Francisco from March 30 to April 1 with the world premiere of Helen, an interpretation of Homer’s Iliadinspired by the words and music of Carl Hancock Rux and the poetry of E. Ethelbert Miller.

Helen by Robert Moses’ Kin (Photography RJ Muna)

Performances will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Novellus Theater, 700 Howard Street.

Included on the program will be excerpts from the forthcoming Scrubbing the Dog, which investigates the residual effects of “scrubbed” or desensitized iconography and beliefs; Biography, inspired by the life and work of author James Baldwin; and the award-winning The Soft Sweet Smell of Firm Warm Things—not seen in its entirety since 2003—and Speaking Ill of the Dead, Moses’ 2007 meditation on war.

Since founding his company in 1995, Robert Moses has collaborated with a number of prominent dancers, musicians, composers, sculptors, authors, and designers to realize the concept of dance as a unifying form of art: an art-form that speaks broadly from a specific place.

Tickets are $25 to $45 with discounts for students, seniors, and YBCA members. For information and tickets, visit or call 415.978.2787.


Philadelphia Choir Accompanies Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Messiah’


Pennsylvania Ballet presents choreographer Robert Weiss’s Messiah, set to George Frideric Handel’s score and featuring The Philadelphia Singers, March 8 to 17 at the Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia.

In this ballet, Weiss employs more than 50 individual scenes to convey an emotional spectrum of joy, suffering, passion, and redemption. The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra will be accompanied by The Philadelphia Singers. Soloists include Suzanne Ramo, soprano; Jamie Van Eyck, mezzo-soprano; Steve Sanders, tenor; and Levi Hernandez, bass.

Tickets range from $20 to $140 and are available at, 215.893.1999, and in person at the Kimmel Center box office. Groups of 10 or more receive discounts and perks such as backstage tours and special talks with staff and dancers. For tickets and more information, contact group sales manager Arajua Backman at 215.587.6921 or


PNB Glances Back in Time as It Presents Two Masterworks


Pacific Northwest Ballet continues its 39th season with a potent program of Greek gods and 13th-century monks, “Apollo & Carmina.”

Carmina Burana (Photo by Angela Sterling)

Apollo, George Balanchine’s oldest surviving ballet, was his first international success as well as the start of his collaboration with Igor Stravinsky. Choreographed in 1928 for the Ballets Russes and known originally as Apollon Musagète, Apollo is widely regarded as the fountainhead of contemporary classicism.

Pacific Northwest Ballet founding artistic director Kent Stowell’s rendering of Carl Orff’s 1937 musical cantata, Carmina Burana, has played to sold-out audiences since its 1993 premiere. The famous cantata’s poems about the fickleness of fortune, the joy of renewal, and the perils of sin come to life in the shadow of Ming Cho Lee’s colossal 26-foot golden wheel.

“Apollo & Carmina” runs for eight performances April 13 to 22 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased at 206.441.2424,, or in person at the PNB box office, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle.


New Bedford Youth Ballet Takes Flight with ‘The Firebird’


The New Bedford Ballet’s annual spring fundraiser on March 18 will feature an adaptation of The Firebird with performances by members of The New Bedford Youth Ballet.

The fundraiser will run from 2 to 5pm at the NBB Community Theatre, 2343 Purchase Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Along with performances at 2:30 and 3:30pm, the afternoon will feature desserts and beverages, plus live music by members of the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students, and $5 children. All proceeds will benefit New Bedford Ballet’s arts education and dance scholarship programs.

Maddison Medeiros (Dartmouth) and Annie Tucker (Mattapoisett) as the Unicorn and Kathryn Sebastiao (Mattapoisett) as Maiden Ivana (Photo courtesy New Bedford Youth Ballet)

The youth ballet’s version of The Firebird is staged by artistic director Rebecca Waskiel-Marchesseault. Dancers will also perform The Firebird for elementary schools in Fairhaven, Marion, New Bedford, and Westport in March as part of their Bringing Mythology to Life Program, with an additional performance at Children’s Hospital Boston.

The New Bedford Youth Ballet is a company of the New Bedford Ballet Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and present classical ballets, grant scholarships, and educate the community in the beauty of this performing art.

For more information, call the New Bedford Ballet at 508.993.1387 or visit


Maida Withers Share Dances, Films During One-Week Tour of India


Maida Withers Dance Construction Company of Washington, DC, will be dancing and presenting film shorts while it tours India February 21 to 26.

The company will give a concert performance February 21 in New Delhi at the India International Center as part of a joint presentation of the center, the U.S. Embassy, and the American Center.

“Dance Films,” an evening of dance film shorts by Withers and collaborators, will be presented at the Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on February 22. The company will then travel to Bhimtal, in the foothills of the Himalayas, to present Fare Well–The End of the World As We Know It OR Dancing Your Way to Paradise! and Thresholds Crossed–Part II during a three-day global festival, Carnival of e-Creativity (CeC 2012) sponsored by the Academy of Electronic Arts (known as the Academy of Experimental Arts) in New Delhi, India.

Anthony Gongora, dancer and filmmaker, and Steve Hilmy, electronic composer/musician, will accompany the company on the tour. For more information, visit


Saratoga Community Members Speak About Achievements of Black Artists


National Museum of Dance’s Black History Month Celebration features members of the Saratoga community speaking on how the struggle to achieve human rights, equality, and dignity is expressed in the works of literature, music, dance, and the visual arts.

The free event will be held February 26 from 2 to 4pm. Special guests include:

  • Mary Nell Morgan, Ph.D., SUNY Empire State College associate professor of political science
  • Garland Nelson, lead vocalist of Soul Session and musical director of Quiet Storm Gospel Choir
  • Daesha Devón Harris, local artist/photographer (whose works are on display at the museum)
  • Glen Conner, executive director of the Eleo Pomare Dance Company. (The exhibit Eleo Pomare: The Man, The Artist, The Maker of Artists, about the Colombian-American choreographer, dancer, and teacher, is now on display at the museum.)
  • Dyane Harvey, former Eleo Pomare Dance Company member and current assistant to the director of Forces in Nature Dance Theatre

    Dyane Harvey in Eleo Pomare’s Roots, 1972 (Photo by David A. Fullard)

The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York. For more information, visit



State Ballet of Rhode Island Plans Valentine Brunch


The State Ballet of Rhode Island will hold a “Be My Valentine” brunch on February 12 from 11am to 2pm at the Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln, Rhode Island.

The event includes performances by students ages 6 and older from the Brae Crest School, raffles, silent auctions, a bunch buffet, music by 3D DJ Service, plus SBRI company dancers in a performance of Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig narrated by children’s author David Ira Rottenberg. Rottenberg will also be available to sign his books at the event.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $13 for children ages 7 and younger. To reserve tickets, call 401.334.2560 or email


Nemr and CPD PLUS Share Thoughts on Bullying With High Schoolers


High school students in New Milford, New Jersey were given a unique opportunity to learn about bullying through an innovative tap performance held in the school auditorium earlier this month, reported

The assembly featured “Come Together,” a show by tap dance company Cats Paying Dues (CPD PLUS) that blended dance and song. Between the dance numbers, company members shared stories of their own encounters with bullying, harassment, and intimidation, touching on situations of feeling alone, being ostracized for having an accent, encountering a “corporate boys’ club,” and even struggling to live with Tourette syndrome.

The company members, led by artistic director Andrew J. Nemr, were met with loud applause from high school students following the close of each number. At the end of the performance, the six performers entertained a range of questions from students from how they became interested in dance to what motivated them to create a performance meant to explore topics relating to bullying.

New Milford Schools Superintendent Michael Polizzi described the performers as having a “unique approach to educating, sensitizing, and strengthening adolescents’ capacity to resist societal pressures that can lead to mistreatment of others.”

To see the full story, visit


Rennie Harris Puremovement Plans D.C. Performances


Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM) returns to Washington, D.C.’s Dance Place for performances January 28 at 8pm and January 29 at 4pm.

Led by 2010 Guggenheim Fellow Rennie Harris, the company pays tribute to diverse and rich African American traditions while presenting the voice of a new generation through dance. Founded in 1992, the company is dedicated to preserving and disseminating hip-hop culture through workshops, classes, history lecture/demonstrations, long-term residencies, mentoring programs, and public performances. RHPM has toured all over the globe, and performs for as many as 85,000 audience members annually.

Dance Place is located at 3225 Eighth Street NE. Tickets are $22 general admission; $17 for Dance Place members, seniors, teachers, and artists; $10 for college students; or $8 for children 17 and under. To purchase, visit or call 202.269.1600.


Dean College Dancers to Perform at American College Dance Festival


Dancers from Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, will be performing and taking dance classes at The American College Dance Festival February 8 to 11 at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.

This marks the first time in the 41-year history of Dean’s Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance that student dancers will attend the festival. A dance piece, The Unspoken Truth, created by students Alex Drapinski, Amanda Dorley, and Jeryl Pilapil, will be entered in the festival’s adjudication process. The student will also present Strange Invisible Perfume, created by assistant professor Gregory King.

The 20 students represent freshman through senior dancers in the colleges’ associate and bachelor degree programs.

The American College Dance Festival Association supports dance in higher education through regional conferences, the adjudication process, and national festivals as it fosters creative potential, honors multiple approaches to scholarly and creative research and activity, promotes excellence in choreography and performance, and gives presence and value to diversity in dance. For more information, visit


Paul Taylor Turns Back the Clock to 1962 with $3.50 Tickets


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Paul Taylor’s iconic dance, Aureole, tickets to the company’s March 13 program will cost $3.50—the same price tickets sold for when the dance premiered in 1962.

Featured dances are Aureole, a Taylor masterwork; the comic Troilus and Cressida (reduced) (2006); the exuberant Brandenburgs (1988); and the sizzling Piazzolla Caldera (1997).

Tickets for the 7pm March 13 show are now on sale at the Lincoln Center David H. Koch Theater box office, 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue, and are available at or by calling 212.496.0600, with no additional facility or convenience charges.

Ticket prices for other performances in the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s New York season are $10, $25, $50, $75, $100, and $150. For the Gala Performance and Dinner at the Koch Theater on March 15, tickets are $750, $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000 (call 646.214.5815 or visit


Up-and-Coming NJ Tappers Strut their Stuff at February 3 Concert


Tapping the Source, featuring the budding tap artists of NYTAP2, will be held February 3 at 8pm at Westminster Arts Center, campus of Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey.

The new production, created by the New Jersey Tap (NJTAP) Dance Ensemble, features young artists ages 12 to 17 performing works by emerging choreographers and NJTAP artists Karen Callaway Williams, Maurice Chestnut, Jeffry Foote, Hillary Marie Michael, and Kyle Wilder.

“A new generation is discovering the life, joy, and passion in the beloved American art form of tap dancing,” said Deborah Mitchell, NJTAP artistic director.

Bloomfield College’s Westminster Arts Center is a disabled-access facility, located on the campus of Bloomfield College on Fremont Street between Austin and Franklin streets. Tickets are $35 general admission or $15 for seniors and children 12 and under, and will be available the evening of the show (cash and checks only). The box office opens at 6pm, with the house opening at 7:30pm. For more information, contact or 973.743.0600.

New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble (NJTAP) is a not-for-profit professional touring dance company with a mission to preserve and celebrate the American art form of rhythm tap dancing through public performances, artist development, new works, special programs, and arts education. For more information, visit


Riolama Lorenzo’s Farewell Pennsylvania Ballet Performance Set for February 12


Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Riolama Lorenzo will retire after 15 years on stage with a performance of Matthew Neenan’s Keep on February 12 at 2 pm at the Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Lorenzo began her ballet training with her mother, Maria Eugenia Lorenzo, and at the Martha Mahr School of Ballet. At age 14, Lorenzo was chosen to study at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. In 1993, she received the renowned Princess Grace Award and continued her dance training at New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet. The following autumn she became an apprentice with NYCB; she joined the company in the spring of 1995.

Riolama Lorenzo (Photo by W. Iziliaev)

In September 2002, Lorenzo joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in September 2003 and to principal in March 2005. Her featured roles in the classical repertoire include Odette/Odile in Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake, Sugarplum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, and the title roles in Giselle, Cinderella, The Firebird, and Roland Petit’s Carmen. She has also danced leading roles in Paul Taylor’s Company B, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, Balanchine’s Serenade, Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries, and Mauro Bigonzetti’s Kazimir’s Colours.

Lorenzo holds a bachelor of science degree in health science from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She has had an article published in the Journal of Early Childhood Education on a movement program she developed for preschoolers, some with physical and developmental disabilities. She and husband Javier Lasa are parents to a 4-year-old boy and 6-month-old girl.

Neenan’s Keep was especially selected by Lorenzo for her final performance. The ballet joins Neenan’s 11:11 and William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude on the program, “Pushing Boundaries: Forsythe & Neenan,” February 9 to 12 at the Merriam Theater. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 215.893.1999, and in person at the Kimmel Center box office.


James Sewell Ballet Prepares January Performance at Missouri S&T


James Sewell, one of American ballet’s most inventive choreographers, will bring his dance company to Missouri University of Science and Technology on January 17 for a 7:30pm performance in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall on the university campus, 10th and Main streets in Rolla.

James Sewell Ballet (Photo by Eric Saulitis)

James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by Sewell and Sally Rouse in 1990 and moved to Minnesota two years later. The company of eight dancers performs innovative work that explores the technical boundaries of ballet.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for youth. The first 75 tickets for Missouri S&T students are free; additional student tickets are $10. Tickets are available online or from the Leach Theatre box office. Box office hours are 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Call 573.341.4219 for more information.

In the event that tickets remain for these performances, Leach Theatre will offer discounted tickets through its “Back Row Club.” Seats in the last row of the theater are sold one hour before each event for $10 each.

The performance is part of Missouri S&T’s Campus Performing Arts Series. For more information about the series’ 2011-2012 season, visit


Percussive Dance Companies Come Together in ‘Stam-Pede’


“Stam-Pede,” an afternoon of percussive dance by eight companies, will be presented January 8 at 3pm at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City.

Presented by the Gotham Arts Exchange and Symphony Space, performances range from tap to flamenco to Irish dance, body percussion to bharata natyam. Participating companies include: Chicago Tap Theatre; Caleb Teicher & Company; Darrah Carr Dance; David Parker and The Bang Group; Dorrance Dance; Maya de Silva and Flamenco Revolucion; SLURP by Adam Metzger, and Parijat Desai Dance Company.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or by phone at 212.864.5400. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.


Vishneva to Make NYC Debut in Graham’s ‘Errand Into the Maze’


In a one-night-only event from the Martha Graham Dance Company, international ballet superstar Diana Vishneva will make her New York debut in Errand Into the Maze on March 14 at New York City Center.

Vishneva will perform with Ben Schultz. The pair received rave reviews for their performance of the 1947 Graham classic at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater in November 2011 and St. Petersburg’s Maryinsky Theater the preceding month. Vishneva is a principal dancer for both American Ballet Theatre and Maryinsky Ballet.

Diana Vishneva (Photo courtesy MGDC)

Janet Eilber, MGDC artistic director, said that although Vishneva is new to the Graham physical vocabulary, she understands the emotional journey of the character and brilliantly projects the deep dramatic themes of the piece—even without the exact physicality of a Graham-trained dancer. “Like other ballet greats who have been attracted to the Graham repertory, Nureyev and Baryshnikov, Diana brings her own theatrical genius to the Graham world,” Eilber said.

Also performing for the first time in two years with the Graham company is Fang-Yi Sheu in the lead role in Chronicle. The evening’s program also includes a duet from Appalachian Spring danced by Tadej Brdnik and Miki Orihara and Diversion of Angels, danced by company members.

Tickets are $45, $75, and $90 and are available at the New York City Center box office, by contacting CITYTIX at 212.581.1212, or at


Lizards, Aliens, and Wrestling All Part of Mayhem in DNA Performance


The first DNA PRESENTS performance of 2012 will include two weekends of Dan Safer’s Witness Relocation, including the remounted version of I’m Going To Make A Small Incision Behind Your Ear to Check and See If You’re Actually Human REDUX.

Comprised of 30 segments presented in random order every night, … Incision… is a dance-theater-installation-chance operation that depicts the threat of possible alien invasion. Presented in a random order every night based on audience participation, the mayhem and panic-filled plot includes high-energy dance numbers, scenes from the TV show V, blindfolded wrestling, and a lizard costume.

The work represents a growing trend within the arts to reinvent traditional dance and theater into a more radical study of contemporary culture, improvisation and time-based performance. Performances are scheduled for 8pm on January 5, 6, and 12 to 14.

“Crisis + Synchronicity,” a corresponding gallery exhibit by Kaz Phillips Safer, Witness Relocation’s resident video designer, draws on five years of her film, video, and theatrical video design work, including archives of Witness Relocation performances. The exhibit, which will run from January 5 to February 4, will feature split-screen displays of choreographed segments to examine how action diverges from intent creating moments of crisis, as well as intercut sections of video and film pieces.

Dance New Amsterdam is located at 280 Broadway, 2nd floor, New York City. Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at DNA’s box office two hours before show time, or by calling 212.227.9856 x225. Ticket prices for performances are $17 for general audiences, $12 for DNA members, and $14 for students and seniors.


Utah Lawmaker Turns Nose Up at Repertory Dance Theatre’s Grant Award


A small troupe of highly trained dancers will soon appear before Salt Lake City schoolchildren, gliding, leaping, and twisting into shapes that are meant to teach them about air pollution and the environment.

The program is funded by a federal grant and that causes some of Utah’s elected officials to roll their eyes or, as The Salt Lake Tribune reported, has Rep. Jim Matheson scrunching his nose. “I don’t think this passes the smell test,” says Matheson, a Democrat. “I question whether this is an appropriate use of federal tax dollars.”

He’s talking about $25,000 that the Environmental Protection Agency awarded Monday to the Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) as part of its environmental-justice grants.

All told, the EPA handed out more than $1 million to 46 nonprofit and tribal programs. But it’s the RDT grant that has Matheson and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, calling for Congress to scrutinize this grant program and potentially eliminate it.

Bishop tells The Salt Lake Tribune he has attended some of RDT’s performances and enjoys them. “I don’t begrudge them at all, but it is not the type of thing the federal government should be doing,” he says.

The statements baffle Linda C. Smith, RDT’s artistic director, who not only defended the purpose of the grant, but also the EPA from accusations that it is misusing public money. “Goodness sake, we take federal money in this state for all kinds of projects, why not environmental education?” she says. “It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

RDT’s grant supports a show called Snapshots, which is a combination of 17 dance works that bring schoolchildren on a virtual tour of a city from local businesses to bike paths. The point is to explain how pollution impacts their community. The dance company performed the show for audiences in mid-November and plans to bring it to 10 elementary schools in Salt Lake City in the coming months.

To see the full story, visit


Learn the History Behind the Melody in ‘Romeo and Juliet’


The next installment of American Repertory Ballet’s On Point enrichment series will feature an in-depth discussion of the ballet Romeo and Juliet and the evocative themes it portrays through Prokofiev’s haunting score. Admission to the event, set for January 6 at 5:15pm at the Princeton Ballet School, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton, New Jersey, is free.

Company director Douglas Martin will be joined by guest lecturer Simon Morrison, a Princeton University professor, music scholar, and Prokofiev expert, for On Pointe’s “The Music of Romeo and Juliet.”

Karen Leslie Moscato in Romeo and Juliet (Photo by Peter Cook)

“Romeo and Juliet is Prokofiev’s most famous work, and arguably the most famous ballet of the 20th century, despite never being performed as the composer desired,” Morrison says. “The censorship of the score by Stalinist cultural officials was the first signal to Prokofiev that his decision to relocate to the Soviet Union from France in 1936 was a mistake. He believed that his music would outlast his time and place, however, and composed works on eternal themes of love and loss, youth versus old age, earthly evil and the divine good. Romeo and Juliet embodies the essential Prokofiev.”

Excerpts from Martin’s Romeo and Juliet will debut during ARB Presents: Spring into Love, on March 17 at 8pm at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, New Jersey.

ARB launched On Pointe in 2010 to help make ballet more accessible to the community. The enrichment series presents guest speakers, lecture demonstrations, intimate company performance previews, and panel discussions on a monthly basis. Visit for more information.


Dancewave Toasts the Holidays With Free Salsa, Performances


Dancewave’s Holiday Fiesta, with music, shopping, food, and more, will be held December 10 from 10am to 6pm at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 Fourth Avenue (at President Street), Brooklyn, New York.

The event will feature performances by Dancewave’s pre-professional companies and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music youth ensembles, kid-friendly shopping, live music, Brooklyn craft vendors, and a free kids’ music class by Little Rockers at 11:30am.

An evening event, the Salsa Social, will feature a sneak peek at Dancewave Company 1’s performance of Ronald K. Brown’s To Harm the Dangerous at 5:15pm, followed by free salsa lessons for all ages from 5:30 to 6pm, and a special toast with complimentary cocktails at 6pm.

Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door (free for ages 6 and under). To purchase, visit or call 718.522.4696. All proceeds benefit Dancewave’s scholarship and New York City public schools arts programs.


Gelsey Kirkland Students Present Program of Bournonville, Petipa


“Mostly Bournonville and Petipa,” a program of excerpts from ballets such as Swan Lake, La Bayadère, and Napoli, will be performed by students from the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet on December 16 at 7:30pm at New York’s Symphony Space.

Dancers under the artistic direction of Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov will showcase the various styles taught at the school, from Petipa to Bournonville (taught by Karina Elver, formerly of the Royal Danish Ballet), and from ballet mime scenes to character dances.

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet (Photo by J. Cervantes)

The program includes: Napoli (excerpts), “Pas de Sept” (Act 3) and “Birthe the Troll” from A Folk Tale; Pas de Quatre; “Russian Dance” and “Gypsy Dance” (traditional music); La Vivandiere; “Neapolitan Dance” and “Hungarian Dance” from Swan Lake; Sleeping Beauty’s “Bluebird Pas de Deux,” “Red Riding Hood and the Wolf,” “Dance of Aurora’s friends” (Act 1), and “Jewel Fairies” (Act 3); and “Drum Dance” from La Bayadère.

Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). Tickets are $35 or $20 for children. For reservations, call 212.864.5400 or visit For more information on the academy, visit


Bausch’s Commentary on 20th Century Life Presented at Cal Performances


German choreographer Pina Bausch’s company returns to Cal Performances with Danzón, Bausch’s funny, bittersweet meditation on humanity’s trek through 20th-century life, named for the lively and passionate Cuban dance form, for two performances in Berkeley, California.

Only a handful of dance makers have been as influential and controversial as Bausch, who left an indelible mark on the artistic world before her death in 2009. Filled with Bausch’s trademark Tanztheater Wuppertal blend of movement, speech, song, and astonishing visual images, Danzón cheerfully explores our life trajectory at its best and worst, from carefree childhood through playful sexual awakening to the inevitable transitions to adulthood and death.

Performances will be held December 2 and 3 at 8pm at Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley. Tickets start at $30. To purchase, visit


‘Nutcracker’ in a Nutshell Prepares for Carson City Performances


Peanutcracker—The Story in a Nutshell, will returning to Carson City again for the holiday season, and promoters are hoping to attract more students than ever before for the December performances, according to the Nevada Appeal.

Peanutcraker — The Story in a Nutshell is a 45-minute version of The Nutcracker featuring Sierra Nevada Ballet’s professional dancers, apprentices, and trainees, as well as students from Western Nevada Performing Arts Center, Carson City, and the In Motion Studio of Dance, Reno.

Kicking off the performance on December 1 will be a special story time at the Carson City Library, with one of the dancers presenting readings for preschoolers at 10:15 and 10:45am. Free vouchers for the ballet’s performances will be available.

Performances for schoolchildren will be held December 2 at 10am and 12:30pm. Tickets are $5. Educational packets are available for interested teachers, who can contact Crystal Kenison at for information.

Public performances are set for December 3 at 2:30 and 7:30pm. Tickets are $11 and available at the box office. All performances will be in the Bob Boldrick Theater of the Carson City Community Center, 851 East William Street.

To read the full story, visit


Circus and Dance Students Fly High to Raise Funds for ‘Fairies’


Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay in Florida will hold a special performance showcasing students’ aerial abilities on November 8 from 5 to 9pm at Casa Tina’s Mexican Restaurant to help finance production costs of “Fairies, Inc.”

Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay (Photo courtesy Dance & Circus Arts)

“Fairies, Inc.” is a show featuring aerial acts, acrobatics, dance, and song that will be performed at the Conmy Center in Dunedin on March 31 and April 1, 2012. Casa Tina is located at 365 Main Street, Dunedin. The fund-raiser will feature aerial performances, Irish dance, and Renaissance-style fun. For table reservations, call 727.734.9226.

Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay is located at 1610 N. Hercules Avenue, Suite G&H, Clearwater, Florida. Call 727.461.0098 or visit for more information.


Houston B-Boys Showcase Power and Style in Brooklyn Center Show


Soul Street Dance will present its high-energy blend of poppin’ and lockin’, power moves, gymnastic stunts, b-boying, uprock, and Brazilian capoeira in “Breakin’ Backwards,” to be presented as part of the Brooklyn [NY] Center for the Performing Arts Target Family Fun Series on November 6 at 2pm.

Soul Street Dance (Photo courtesy Brooklyn Center)

“Breakin’ Backwards” showcases these contemporary street dance styles with a range of music from different decades of the 20th and 21st centuries, including hits by Michael Jackson, James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire and even classical composer Leonard Bernstein.

Co-founders and directors Javier Garcia and Rock Williams perform alongside Josh “J-Skill” Skillern, Armando “Mondo” Vargas, and Javier “Javiola” Rosa. Formerly considered “at risk,” these five young dancers came out of Houston’s independent street-crew scene. After being discovered by the artistic director of Fly Dance Company, they toured with Fly as company members before branching off to form their own professional crew, Soul Street Dance. They currently tour nationally and internationally, working as professional dancers and teachers.

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at For more details, visit


ClancyWorks Dancers Ponder Relationships in Dance Place Concert


ClancyWorks Dance Company presents performances of original choreography focusing on relationships and made through relationships on November 5 at 8pm and November 6 at 7pm at Dance Place, Washington, DC.

The evening-length concert will feature multiple partnerships, including a creative work that is the result of a repertory class at Dance Place and the re-creation of some of Adrienne Clancy’s original works, highlighting the major role that both physical and metaphorical partnering play in Clancy’s work.

Love Strings explores the wondrous, “win-some, lose-some” web of relationships. In Back to the Wall, ClancyWorks dancers face the wall as an opportunity as opposed to an obstacle. When the Rug Gets Pulled is the result of ClancyWorks’ Dance Place Repertory and Performance Class, designed by Clancy in collaboration with members of the community.

Dance Place is located at 3225 Eighth Street NE, Washington. Tickets are $22 general admission; $17 for Dance Place members, seniors, teachers, and artists; $10 for college students; or $8 for children 17 and under. To purchase, visit or call 202.269.1600.


San Luis Obispo Studios Join Forces in Weekend Dance Performance


A dance performance, “Come Together,” a joint effort of neighboring dance studios in San Luis Obispo, California, will be presented October 22 at 7pm and October 23 at 2pm at the Spanos Theatre, according to the New Times.

The show is presented by CORE Dance Company and the Academy of Dance, with guest performances from Variable Velocity, Deyo Dances, Dellos Performing Arts Studio, the Paso Robles studio Artistry in Motion, and Nipomo High School.

“Come Together” (Photo courtesy Andrew Gin)

Leslie Baumberger, one of four owner/directors of CORE Dance, said her company frequently collaborates with outside choreographers, but that Come Together marks the first time the company has shared the stage with other groups. If the production is well received, it might become an annual event. If not, the loss will be absorbed by all involved, an economically safer model than solo venture dance performances, organizers believe.

“Come Together” will take place at the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre at the Performing Arts Center of San Luis Obispo. Tickets range from $18 to $25 and are available at To read the full story, visit



Seattle Dancework Created In and Around Mountain Bike Landscape


Cornish Dance Theater of Cornish College of the Arts will present Beneath Our Own Immensity, a site-specific dance choreographed by Alia Swersky performed at the I-5 Colonnade Park in Seattle, Washington, in October and November.

Rehearsed and performed at the I-5 Colonnade Park, the dance is staged literally under the freeway, the performers swarming over the sloping landscape of the mountain bike skills park. Choreographer and Cornish alumna Alia Swersky collaborated with her dancers and the space itself in the creation of this original work.

The dance starts near the northeast entrance to the park along the Lakeview Blvd E 1700 block, and migrates south for approximately 30 minutes. Ushers will assist the audience to prime viewing areas. Audience members should dress for the terrain and note that seating will not be provided. Comfortable, solid shoes and layers for wind chill or rain are recommended.

Beneath Our Own Immensity will be presented October 29 at 1pm, October 30 at 1pm, November 2 at 4pm, and November 5 at 1pm. I-5 Colonnade Park is located beneath I-5, south of E Howe St, between the Eastlake and Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

The event is free and open to the public.

To view the website created to document the dance-making process, visit


Buglisi Dance Concludes Syracuse U. Residency With Performance


Buglisi Dance Theatre will wrap up a three-week residency at Syracuse University in New York with a public performance October 29 at 7pm at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater.

Buglisi dancers in Sand (Photo by Kristin Lodoen)

The performance will feature the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse University Singers, and Syracuse native Terese Capucilli, one of the artistic founders of Buglisi Dance Theatre. Capucilli formerly danced with and directed the Martha Graham Dance Company.

The program includes Buglisi’s Sand, set to String Quartet No. 5 by Philip Glass, with set design by Venezuelan environmental artist Jacobo Borges, and the group work Blue Cathedral, set to music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, along with Prelude and Against All Odds.

The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater is located at 421 Montgomery Street in Syracuse.

Tickets are $30 ($20 for students and seniors). Groups of 12 or more receive a 20 percent discount. For reservations call 315.435.2121 or visit the theater box office, 760 State Street. More information about Buglisi Dance Theatre can be found at


Conference Performance Starts off Nai-Ni Chen Dance’s 2011-2012 Season


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performed two works, Incense and Way of Five-Fire, at the National Association of Women Judges 2011 annual conference, held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on October 13 in Newark, New Jersey.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in Incense (Photo by Carol Rosegg)

Nai-Ni Chen, a recipient of a NJ State Council on the Arts 2011 Choreography Fellowship, melds the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the stoic discipline of the Chinese classical arts. Through the more than 50 dances she has created since forming the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in 1988, Chen has developed a signature style that takes audiences into a realm beyond cultural boundaries.

Upcoming company performances include:

Temptation of the Muses with the Ahn Trio

  • October 29, 8pm; Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston, Texas
  • November 14, 8pm; Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson, SC

Dragon’s Tale

  • November 5, 11am; Ritterhausen Theater, Nyack, NY
  • December 31, 7:15 and 8:15pm; First Night Morris County, Morristown High School Auditorium, Morristown, NJ

Chinese New Year: Year of the Dragon

  • January 15, 2012, 2pm, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
  • January 21, 2012, 2 and 7pm and January 22, 2pm; New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theater, Newark, NJ

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