At a gala marking the final weekend of its 45th mainstage season, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) last week announced a $20 million campaign that will expand its PBT School and its presence in the region and the dance community at large.
Tony Waag, executive/artistic director of the American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF), talked about tap’s past and future with Broadway World (BW) this week in anticipation of the upcoming Rhythm in Motion contemporary tap dance showcase, set for April 22 to 26 in New York City.
Beginning in summer 2016, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will host a program of intensive workshops at the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
A three-part retrospective exploring American Ballet Theatre’s contributions to American dance over the past 75 years will be shared with ballet fans across the country through a special live-streaming event this coming Sunday and Monday.
“Be strong, be brave, and be yourself” is the motto of the Foster-Schmidt Dance Company of Roswell, Georgia, and it’s particularly fitting for this troupe of nine Down syndrome dancers who will perform at Disney World in June for the first time.
Maryland Youth Ballet in Silver Spring is teaching classical ballet to students with physical disabilities—including some diagnosed with disorders like cerebral palsy and Rett syndrome, which may require wheelchairs and constant care—that some would not expect to see in a dance studio.
Barre classes—which combine components of ballet, yoga, and Pilates—are the latest exercise trend, and it looks like designers have followed suit. Spring looks included some beautiful nods to dance-inspired style that can be re-created without pointe shoes and leg warmers.
A new concentration for Harvard University undergraduates in Theater, Dance, and Media that blends historical and theoretical study with arts practice has been approved, reported the Harvard Gazette.
Interested students will begin taking classes this fall, and the concentration—approved by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)—will officially launch in December.
The Ailey Extension, created to fulfill Alvin Ailey’s life-long commitment of bringing dance to everyone by offering “real classes for real people,” celebrates 10 years of dance and fitness classes this April with new classes and special events.
Open classes and showings of new works will be featured during the inaugural Dance Swap, an event designed by the North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA), the state’s leading membership group serving and supporting the development of dance in North Carolina.
Bethany Hellen, who owns a dance studio in Bessemer, Michigan, attended Monday’s city council meeting along with several parents of dance students to voice concerns about the medical marijuana caregiver who resides above the studio.
American Dance Institute, founded 15 years ago in Rockville, Maryland, plans to spend less time teaching dance and more time supporting dancers and presenting new work—including with a New York season next year, the organization announced Friday.
What may be Seattle’s most publicized event in the last year, a dance performance called Shen Yun Performing Arts, also is a goad in the side of the Chinese government, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is losing two of its most treasured members this summer, reported the New York Times ArtsBeat blog.
Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd—who were married in 2013—have been named the co-artistic directors of the Center of Creative Arts, the St. Louis organization where Antonio trained. Before they take up their new jobs on August 15, they will perform their final New York season with the Ailey company at the David H. Koch Theater in June, followed by an engagement in Paris in July.
More than 40 years after artist Remy Charlip first mailed sketches of dance figures to a choreographer to be used as a basis for creating dance pieces, those sketches are again serving as choreographic inspiration.
A child pushes something. It goes this way and that. “The question is, ‘Is that science or is that dance?’ But why can’t it be both?” asks Weber State University (WSU) dance professor Erik Stern.
Stern is collaborating with WSU physics professor Adam Johnston on a new work called A Body in Motion that explores the physics of movement.
In the past seven months, at least four different Portland, Oregon, dance companies have been shunted to new spaces—only some willingly, reported Willamette Week.
Highlights of this summer’s offerings include Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a special dance and radio stage production starring public radio’s Ira Glass; the return of Nederlands Dans Theater 2; the US debut of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart from Germany; the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin’s Intensio; Cuban contemporary ensemble Malpaso Dance Company, performing with Grammy Award–winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; and the launch of Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th anniversary, including a world premiere by eminent choreographer Mats Ek.
A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78 is a new web-based publication that reexamines the early dances of one of America’s most influential contemporary choreographers.
Dance Studio Life columnist and Massachusetts studio owner Thelma Goldberg will receive the 2015 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion Award from the Boston Dance Alliance at the organization’s May 14 gala.
“Panel after panel convenes to ask why there are not more dancers of color in ballet. My heart sinks every time. Where is Dance Theatre of Harlem in this conversation?” asks DTH artistic director and former professional dancer Virginia Johnson in a column in Huffington Post.
The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has hired a new dance instructor to lead an effort to start a wheelchair dance workshop.
The Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular has arrived and it’s one show this season that definitely lives up to its name—spec-ta-cu-lar.
The shoe offers several heels crafted in different weights and materials for a wide variety of tone and pitch. A hollow heel unit acts as a sound chamber to produce a crisp sound that is not subdued by marley competition floors, plus heightened amplification. With the Tapsonic, dancers are able to customize their sounds similar to the ways in which musicians can customize the sounds of their instruments.
Mothers and daughters who crave more quality time together have found their way to an eight-week class at BritZa Studios in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, that mingles dance with life lessons in self-esteem, inner beauty, and being unique.
More than 30 affordably priced classes for all skill levels in a variety of genres will be offered as part of Movement and Dance Weekend, presented by Rochester, New York’s Nazareth College Department of Theatre and Dance from today through Sunday.
One of the best-loved dances by one of the world’s greatest choreographers—Mark Morris’ 1988 L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato—will be broadcast on television for the first time this March 27 at 9pm EST on PBS’ Great Performances program.
Innovative contemporary choreographer and company director Mark Morris and ballet luminary Rudolf Nureyev have been chosen by the National Museum of Dance as the 2015 inductees into its Hall of Fame.
American musicals were rarely performed in France in the past, but have been a huge hit in recent years, reported NPR.
One hundred years after opening its doors, Peabody Dance welcomes alumni, guest artists, and scholars to Baltimore, Maryland, for its Centennial Celebration during the weekend of March 26 to 29.
A new Oxygen docu-series, The Prancing Elites Project, tells the story of an African American, gay and gender non-conforming dance team from Mobile, Alabama, that challenges societal norms while overcoming obstacles with passion and wit.
When tap dance choreographer Mark Yonally was performing with a touring circus a few years ago, he would watch the whip artist and the contortionist warm up before shows.
They’re like the light-up shoes of your childhood, the ones that blink and flash, activated by the pressure of your tread—but cooler than that, reports CNET. Orphe, developed by Japanese startup No New Folk Studio and currently seeking Indiegogo backers, is a programmable performance shoe fitted with 100 full-color, serially controlled LEDs, advanced motion sensors, and a Bluetooth module—designed to enhance and become a part of your dance moves.
The nation’s square dancing population has declined by 700,000 over the past 30 years, according to United Square Dancers of America. Lawmakers in 31 states have tried to reverse that trend by making it their official state dance.
So You Think You Can Dance will be bringing two of its alumni on board when it returns this summer for season 12. Travis Wall and Stephen “Twitch” Boss will join the competition dance series as mentors to the top 20 finalists.
Ballet dancers have a tough life: so how about a softer, cuddlier look at the dance life, thanks to Instagram.
“Ten Tiny Dances,” a Tacoma, Washington, dance event that raises funds for scholarships at Tacoma City Ballet, sets a challenge for choreographers and dancers: to fit expressive movement into short works on a 4-by-4-foot stage set squarely in the middle of an audience.
The 25th annual Dance+ Festival will offer classes in over a dozen different styles of dance and movement for dancers and non-dancers of all ages and levels on March 29 at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York.
When he retires at the end of the school year, Monument Mountain Regional High School teacher Dan Gray will be remembered as much for the contributions he made through his dancing shoes as he will be for the lessons he gave in the biology lab.
Will Dance for Kids Project, an organization that raises funds for children’s charities through dance and dance competitions, earned $50,000 for the Utah Food Bank through a weekend competition.
Gray’s Studio, an Amarillo, Texas, photography and video business, will soon offer a video-based social network they hope will tap into the artistic drive that supports thousands of dance studios across the United States.
Visitors to the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York, can learn about the history of the Argentine tango, view rare footage, and even learn the dance itself through a new exhibition, 125 Years of Tango: A Walk Through the History of the Dance, running through March 2016.
Duncan dancers, teachers, choreographers, and scholars throughout the world are urged to share information about themselves with the Isadora Duncan Archive committee now in the process of producing a digital archive representing the vast legacy of the modern dance pioneer.
Financially troubled Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley has to raise $550,000 by March 14 or face its possible swan song, reported the San Jose Mercury News.
Miami Ballet founder and former New York City Ballet principal Edward Villella is also an accomplished choreographer for ice skaters. One of his pieces, “The Three Smokers,” will be featured during ABC-TV’s Shall We Dance On Ice, airing March 7 at 4pm EST.
Seven-year-old Alissa Sizemore was playing with a group of kids last May when Naples, Utah, police say she ran into the street, where her right foot became pinned under the wheel of a passing UPS truck.
TutuTix announced that it will begin offering free printed tickets to all dance studios and performance companies who use TutuTix to sell recital tickets online.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Equal Rights Division is hearing the lawsuit between a former dance team coach and the Marshfield School District.
I’ve been in the dance education field for a long time, and over the years I’ve noticed some changes, particularly in regard to student performances. Long before the current generation started dancing for awards, generations of young dancers performed for something quite simple: applause.
For some educators, the thought of teaching modern dance raises terrifying questions. How do you do it best? How do you know you’re qualified? What is modern dance, anyway? Others ask: why do my students need modern training? Aren’t those techniques old-fashioned and outdated?