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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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