Growth of Washington and Lee U. Dance Program Leads to New Studio Space

To accommodate the expanding needs of the dance program at Washington and Lee University, a new dance studio has been created at 109 South Jefferson Avenue, the former print shop for the Lexington [VA] News-Gazette.

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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.

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Learn Business Management from Monsters with New Internship Program

Monsters of Dance is looking for a few passionate, talented, self-motivated individuals interested in dance and business management to participate in the new Monsters Dance internship program.

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Union College Undertakes Construction of $3 Mil Dance Pavilion

Union College’s dance program took a great leap forward May 19 with groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Henle Dance Pavilion, a home for classes, rehearsals, workshops, performances, and other events.

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Brooklyn High School Ballet Program Began with Hair Salon Chat

A plan to turn a Bay Ridge high school into Brooklyn’s ballet mecca was sparked by a single conversation at a Brooklyn Heights hair salon, reports the New York Daily News.

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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.

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Cornish College Summer Program Features Dance for All Ages

Cornish College of the Arts’ Summer at Cornish 2012 Pre-College Program will run June 25 to August 10 and feature dance programs for students ages 15 to 18, with additional programming in dance and music for children through adults

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92Y Program Considers Duncan and Her Worldwide Impact

A demonstration of original dances by pioneering modernist Isadora Duncan will be the highlight of an upcoming Russian Sundays program at New York City’s 92nd Street Y entitled “Isadora Duncan: A Muse of Modernism.”

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Houston Troupe Presents Old Favorites and New Friends in April Show

The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company performs “Signature Works,” an evening of premieres and audience favorites, on April 28 at 8pm at the Cullen Theater Wortham Center, 550 Prairie Street, Houston, Texas.

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Bright Biz Ideas | Thinking Inside the Box

From the classic Ronco Veg-o-Matic to the newfangled best-selling ShamWow, product designers and developers have one thing in common. They see a need—from turning lights off from your bed to washing your feet in the shower without bending down—that other products in the cluttered marketplace didn’t fulfill.

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Higher-Ed Voice | Road Trip to the Future

Parents of teenagers know the drill—college tours, college applications, college admissions—the agony and the ecstasy. Starting in their junior year, the question of college looms on the horizon for many high school students.

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Chicago Tap Theatre Gives the Gift of Live Music

As a special gift for Chicago Tap Theatre’s audiences, this December’s edition of “Tidings of Tap!” will feature live musical accompaniment for all dance numbers.

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Belly Dancing on the Menu at 92nd Street Y

Spend a lunch hour exploring the world of belly dancing on December 2 with “Blanca Curates Belly Dance Past and Present,” a free Fridays at Noon program at New York City’s 92nd Street Y.

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Show on the Road

Summer dance camp is an established ritual for middle-class kids, but inner-city students often find the cost of the programs, not to mention the cost of forgoing a paid summer job, prohibitive.

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Change and Its Effects Examined in Julie Bour’s ‘Why Now?’

The world premiere of Compagnie Julie Bour’s Why Now?—developed through Dance New Amsterdam’s artist residency program—will be presented at DNA in New York City on October 21 and 22 at 8pm and October 23 at 3pm.

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Dancers Of all Ages Gather in Columbia for First-Ever S.C. Dance Festival

Professional and pre-professional dance companies and dance students of all ages will gather October 7 to 9 for the inaugural South Carolina Festival of Dance in Columbia.

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Choreographers Can Seek Artistic Guidance Through CHIME

Applications are now available online for The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME), a mentorship program for self-selected pairs of choreographers, and CHIME Across Borders, a national mentorship program where a master choreographer mentors other choreographers for a year.

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Summer Dance Education Programs on Tap in San Francisco

The San Francisco Ballet School’s five-week intensive summer session, designed to give students a taste of the demands of a professional career, begins June 27 and runs through July 29.

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Susan Marshall Troupe Celebrates 25 Years with BAC Program

Susan Marshall & Company celebrates its 25th anniversary season with a special two-in-one program at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City this June.

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San Francisco’s ODC School Gears Up for Summer Youth Sessions

ODC School Youth and Teen Program of San Francisco’s ODC Dance Commons has designed a session of summer dance classes from creative movement for young dancers, to concentrated technique classes in ballet, to contemporary dance for both beginning and experienced students, during its summer session June 4 to July 31.

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PNB Students Showcase Accomplishments in Day of Dance

Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet will present two full programs featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet School students during a Day of Dance on June 18.

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Hubbard Street’s Next Season Features Tharp, Duato, Forsythe

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 2011-2012 season includes a new series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago that offers an intimate program of new works by promising choreographers, plus a holiday season family program, world premieres, and favorite works.

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Dance Artists Show Evolving Works in Chicago Program

Chicago Cultural Center’s DanceBridge program will show several dance works-in-progress during a free program at 6pm April 7 in the CCC dance studio.

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92Y Free Friday Program Looks at Emerging Dancemakers

“Ballet with a Modern Sensibility” will be the topic of the April 8 Fridays at Noon program at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York City. The event is free.

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Hundreds of NJ School Kids Showcased in Dance Power Program

American Repertory Ballet’s Dance Power program celebrates the culmination of its 26th year in the New Brunswick [NJ] Public School District with a free showcase performance on April 11 at 7pm at the New Brunswick High School.

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Sundays At Three Program Looks at Neo-Neo Classicists

The 92nd Street Y’s Sundays at Three program in New York City presents “Sydney Skybetter Curates the Neo-Neo Classicists” on March 27 at 3:00 p.m.

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Maine Summer Camp Seeks Dance Director

Camp Laurel, a private, co-ed summer camp in Maine, is seeking a talented, organized person to coordinate, choreograph, and run its 2011 summer dance program.

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Trinity Academy Summer Workshop Offers Immersion in Irish Dance

The Trinity Academy of Irish Dance invites Chicago-area children to sample its award-winning instruction with its annual summer program, Taste of Trinity, to be held from late June through mid-August at six Chicago-area locations.

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Choreography for the Camera Highlighted through DNA’s Frameworks

Dance New Amsterdam will present Frameworks, a semiannual program of innovative new works of choreography for the camera, February 13 at 3:00 pm at DNA, 280 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, New York.

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Choreographer, Author Collaborate on Work Based on Children’s Fables

Fable & Faith, a new work by choreographer Robert Moses’ Kin in collaboration with playwright Anne Galjour, explores imagination, creativity, and identity through the metaphor of children’s fables.

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Auditions for Jacob’s Pillow Programs This Weekend in Miami

The School at Jacob’s Pillow will hold auditions January 8-9 in Miami for its 2011 professional advancement programs in jazz/musical theater dance and contemporary.

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Free Family Program Shows How Young Dancers Become Professionals

Students and faculty of the School of American Ballet will present “The Beauty of Ballet,” a fun and educational program that illustrates the process by which talented youngsters develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers, in March at the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, Brooklyn, New York.

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Higher-Ed Voice | From Campus to Community

With the economy in the dumps and recovery a slow and painful process, both studios and educators are looking for innovative models to support dancers and dance programs. Rider University figured out one way to do it a long time ago. A small, private liberal arts college with 6,000 students, it joined with a pre-professional ballet studio to build a unique academic dance program.

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Schoolchildren Show off Smooth Moves in Dance Off Competition

Participants in Dancing With Class, a program for schoolchildren in grades 4 to 6 in the Chicago area, will show off their smooth and saucy ballroom moves during a Dance Off competition. The event is scheduled for December 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois. Admission is free.

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Connection Between Dance and Cameras Explored at 92 Street Y

The 92nd Street Y, in collaboration with the Dance Film Association, will present Richard Move in Dance on Camera on December 19 from 2:45 to 5:00 p.m.

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New Master’s of Fine Arts Degree Designed for Dance Professionals

George Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance (TRDA) will offer a new master’s of fine arts degree for mid-career dancers, performers, choreographers, and other dance professionals beginning the summer of 2011.

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Dance and the Environment Are Focus in “Movement Talks” Series

Edmund Henkel’s “Movement Talks: Dance as a Catalyst for Change,” a program of ongoing discussions, will present its first discussion on November 9 at 8 p.m. at the Secaucus, New Jersey, Public Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Road.

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Teacher in the Spotlight | Joel Seaman

“Joel is a wonderful role model for our young male dancers. He is personable, friendly, high-energy (especially important for those 4- and 5-year-olds’ classes), and always comes to class excited to teach something new.

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It’s Director’s Choice at PNB

Tickets go on sale July 19 for the annual “Director’s Choice” program at Pacific Northwest Ballet, highlighting the addition of new works to the Seattle-based company’s repertory and the work of noted choreographers.

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Kinderdance Conference in Florida in July

Kinderdance will hold its 30th annual Continuing Education Conference from July 8 to 10 at the Oceanfront Hilton Hotel in Melbourne, Florida, where franchisees from around the United States and the world will learn new teaching concepts developed by Kinderdance during the past year.

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Washingon Ballet Introduces Trainee Program

The Washington Ballet will launch a trainee program this fall that’s aimed at providing full-time training and performance experiences to classically trained ballet students ages 17 and older who aspire to professional careers.

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Ballet Scene | Dance in Two Dimensions

It is bitterly cold outside Portland’s Keller Auditorium, and not much warmer inside, one Wednesday morning in December as Oregon Ballet Theatre’s dancers file onstage for company class. Everyone is bundled up in hoodies and track pants; Raychel Weiner even wears bright blue gloves as she grips the barre and begins warming up. Out in the audience, art students from St. Mary’s Academy begin warming up as well, rubbing their hands together and blowing on them, breaking out oil pastels and colored pencils, arranging sketch paper, and adjusting tripods and light readings on digital cameras.

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Higher-Ed Voice | Ballet by Degree

For a small group of students—43 this year—at Indiana University, “Ballet,” is the answer to the familiar question, “What’s your major?” With less than a handful of programs in the United States offering a ballet major, college is hardly a typical track for ballet dancers, who most often join companies during their late teen years. The straight-to-a-company approach, however, is not a fit for every dancer; college may be the perfect path for the academically minded and gifted dancer.

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Higher-Ed Voice | Teacher’s Road Map for Class

Colleges across the country have distributed course syllabuses to their students at the beginning of each semester probably since Harvard opened its doors in 1636. A syllabus, whether on paper or online, serves as a road map for students, a blueprint for faculty members, and a guide for individual teachers to achieve the common goal of understanding and learning.

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Making Alvin Proud

As the house lights dim at Zellerbach Hall, on the University of California’s Berkeley campus, two nervous girls stand in a spotlight reciting poems they have written during the six weeks of AileyCamp. Then the curtain rises on a program of dance and spoken word that is endearing and invigorating in its earnestness. The energy-filled performance may lack polish and brilliant technique, but that’s just as it should be. At AileyCamp, dance is a tool that’s used to achieve a much bigger mission.

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