Chicago-based dance artist and advocate Ginger Farley has been named the first executive director of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF), which, through its Lab Artist grant program, provides ascending choreographers with cash awards, mentorship, and artistic and professional support.
Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble members Katie Geissinger and Ellen Fisher will head up several classes March 28 from 11am to 4pm offered through the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ 50 Cent Tabernacle program.
Donna Smith has always wanted to own her own dance studio, but she never imagined she would design a nonprofit ministry for girls that teaches girls how to dance, but with a difference.
Maria Caruso has made her mark on the Pittsburgh dance scene by telling other people’s stories through her medical-themed ballets performed by her company, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet.
Carla Körbes, the Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer who announced last year that she would retire at the end of this season, will be the artist-in-residence at this year’s Vail International Dance Festival, according to the New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog.
A Perdido, Florida, couple is helping small businesses such as dance and fitness studios find a place to call home by renting 1,000-square-feet and then making it available through subleases on a short- or long-term basis.
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 San Francisco Dance Film Festival, scheduled to run October 8 to 11 at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco’s Mission District.
After 22 years with the company, Boston Ballet principal guest artist Yury Yanowsky is retiring from dancing to focus on choreographing. And he’s going out in style: Yanowsky and his wife, Boston Ballet principal dancer Kathleen Breen Combes, are scheduled to dance the lead roles of Armand and Marguerite on opening night of Val Caniparoli’s The Lady of the Camellias on February 26.
“Dance . . . who needs two arms?” reads Lexi Daniels’ Instagram bio. The 15-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, proves every day that in order to pursue your passion—and to be an awesome dancer—two arms is just not a requirement.
When the owner of St. Louis Academy of Dance in Olivette, Missouri, heard about a little girl who badly wanted to dance, but whose cancer treatments kept her in the hospital or at home quarantined and very tired, she decided to take dance to the girl.
Mindbody, a leader in software development for the wellness industry, is expanding its consumer mobile capabilities through the acquisition of Fitness Mobile Apps, a tailored mobile app solution that helps customers book and pay for services.
Chicago National Association of Dance Masters offers several scholarships that help members and their students pursue their training both in summer workshops and in college.
A charge of plagiarism was behind an incident at the state Class 3A High Kick dance championship held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saturday where five high school dance teams were disqualified after protesting the winning routine.
Longtime New Jersey studio owner Gertrude “Gert” Barison Weinberg, 98, who founded the Wynmoor Dance Troupe and served as president of the New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild, died Sunday.
The oral histories of 73 luminaries from the San Francisco Bay Area performing arts, including many dancers and dance educators, are now available online as part of Museum of Performance + Design Legacy audio recordings series.
The 2015 edition of the Bates Dance Festival, a laboratory for artists making important contributions to contemporary dance, will take place July 1 through August 8 on the Bates College campus, Lewiston, Maine.
Thirteen-year-old Meghan Dadiego has been dancing at Drouin Dance Center in Westbrook, Maine, for 10 years. Who knew it would be exactly the right place for her to be when her heart suddenly stopped beating.
Arizona State University design management major and dance minor—and student at Barrett, ASU’s honors college—Melia Coury is producing a dance concert, “One World, Many Voices: Dance Around the Globe,” as a fundraiser for a scholarship the senior is establishing for ASU students with an interest in business and dance.
Gotta Dance, a new stage musical based on the critically acclaimed 2008 documentary of the same name, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre beginning December 13, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
Patricia “Patti” Goulding, 76, of Green Tree, Pennsylvania, former executive director of National Dance Week, passed away Monday, February 9.
Dance With Miss Lindsay Dance Studio in Palm Springs, California, will hold a dance-a-thon on February 27 from 6 to 9pm at the studio to benefit the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, “Dance Across America.”
The Escondido [CA] Union High School District is turning heads with a dance program that has already produced a bevy of professional performers and is poised for even greater success, officials told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The American Dance Festival (ADF) will embark on a 16-city tour to audition dance students for the 2015 ADF Six Week School and Three Week School, to be held as part of ADF’s 82nd season, June 11 to July 25, in Durham, North Carolina.
HumanKIND, a dance show with a purpose and a message, was the 11th annual production of Arts with a Heart, a performing-arts program at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California, that combines dance and philanthropy.
The activity of turning out, or external hip rotation, is one that is highly desired by dancers of every genre at one time or another, but especially by dancers of classical ballet. Although dancers are taught to turn their feet out, it is often unclear to what degree and how to properly achieve the desired turnout.
Southern Dance Connection of Greer, South Carolina, will hold its second annual fundraising event for the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s “Dance Across America” later this month.
National Dance Week Foundation may not be held until April 24 to May 3, but dancers and teachers looking to join in the annual celebration can start learning dance mob choreography now.
An interactive workshop, led by Pace University professors and featuring dance group Koresh Dance Company, will illustrate computer science topics through dance for an audience of around 100 mostly underserved New York City middle school students this Friday.
For his first show with the Gainesville [GA] Ballet Company, John Lilly apparently put his bloomers on backward. Later, the clothing apparel fell to his knees during a ballroom dancing scene in Cinderella.
Inside every dancer, says Kathi Martuza, there’s a 5-year-old who loves to twirl. The most successful dancers aren’t only skilled technicians—they’re artists who know how to let that inner child out. But the joy people initially find in dancing can get lost during training, Martuza says, and a big part of her job these days is helping them get it back.
As a dance teacher, I have come across teens struggling with serious issues. I have also encountered parents reluctant to seek treatment for their child. In dealing with each situation, I used several rules to guide my actions. I also consulted Deborah Lynn, MD, an adult and child psychoanalyst with a private practice in Los Angeles who serves on the Volunteer Clinical Faculty at UCLA. Here are some of the ways I’ve learned to handle these difficult situations.
As school owners know, running a business can be extremely time-consuming and overwhelming. A profitable business does not happen by chance; being successful takes dedication, hard work, and innovation. There are formulas, tactics, skills, and practices that business owners must implement to increase their profit margins; however, these take time to develop. Goal setting and long-range planning of curriculum, class offerings, camps, master classes, and events are essential, but there are steps school owners can take on a monthly basis that will boost profits and lay the groundwork for sustainable revenue. The simple but effective actions outlined here will create a solid foundation for your school’s long-term health.
We are all familiar with the dreaded “freshman 15”—those pounds many students pack on during their first year of college. As a teacher of freshman dance major technique courses at the University at Buffalo (UB), I believe college students do have much to gain during their first year—but I’m talking about knowledge and experience, not weight. However, in order to make the most of what can be an explosive year of serious growth as athletes, artists, and students, incoming dance majors need to know what to expect and be prepared to adapt to a new learning environment. Teachers of high school seniors and college freshmen all have opportunities to help incoming college dance majors prepare for success in a new environment.
Mind Your Body Volume 20 | Issue 2 | Buy a print copy This month we focus on wellness, of both mind and body. Gone are the days of harsh teaching methods that promoted unhealthy mindsets; today there are widespread efforts to make dance training good for body and soul. . . .
In 2013, the great cellist Yo-Yo Ma put down his bow for an evening and picked up a sheaf of papers to give the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He called his speech “Art for Life’s Sake,” and though the art in reference was, of course, music, the parallel to dance is obvious. In subsequent speeches he has called on each of us to become a “cultural citizen” who uses art to better the world.
Classical music is art music based on the traditions of Western music, from the 11th century to the present day. Often more complex than folk or popular music, it requires technical mastery and a sophistication of form.
I am trying so hard to motivate my teen kids. They have zero energy when it comes to trying anything new, and if I teach something that challenges them, they lose interest instead of taking on the challenge. It’s almost like they don’t want to improve or think they need to. They do seem to like to hang out with their friends at the dance studio.
Books of note (new and not)
I gave a copy of the Pittsburgh Ballet piece [“Ballet Scene: A Sensory-Sensitive Show,” July 2014] to a friend who has a child with autism. He is a classical pianist and founded a local support organization for parents and children with autism. He approached a company about opening their Nutcracker dress rehearsal, but they couldn’t accommodate him. They suggested another company, who agreed to open their December 12 rehearsal to these local families. You planted the seed and look what grew.
The Dance Department at Belhaven University, a liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi, offers undergraduate and graduate instruction in dance with an emphasis on the integration of Christian faith and learning. Belhaven’s dance students are encouraged to expand their technical, artistic, and creative capacities in an environment that aims to nurture body, mind, and soul.
The film 20 Feet from Stardom, which won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, focuses primarily on the careers of African American female singers who backed up musicians from Elvis Presley to Madonna to Michael Jackson. Despite their tremendous talents, and the fact that their voices and presence onstage transformed American popular music, most of them never gained the spotlight.
Dance, like any other artistic medium is about more than just aesthetics. The best choreographers create routines with a purpose in mind, be it something as simple as inciting joy or as important as social change.
A new book, Dance Competitions: Are You Ready?, tackles subjects that competition dancers want to know more about, with chapters such as “What Judges Are Looking For,” “Choosing a Good Ballet Class,” and “Mental Preparation.”
The School at Steps on Broadway, New York City, is now offering lessons to babies as young as three months old through Baby Steps, a new mommy-and-me program “designed for moms to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back while bonding with their child,” as described by Steps and reported by Danceinforma.
A school assignment from Scot Pankey, theater teacher at A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School, led to the creation of a video in which Pankey and his students dance ’round the Dallas school to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk that’s gotten more than 3,220,000 views and a Facebook shout out from Mars: “I cried at the end. I’m still a thug though. Thank you to everyone involved in making this video.”
Winners of this year’s National Dance Awards, which are decided by 50 dance critics from across the UK and celebrate excellence in professional dance, have been announced, according to a Royal Opera House press release.
Although dancing diva Gabrielle Williams has lost 220 pounds, her weight loss journey continues while she packs on more clients, friends, and glowing good times at her fitness studio, Cosmic Studios, in Florence, Kentucky.
Arvin Arjona, who first stepped onto the local scene as a special education teacher 11 years ago and thereafter moved on to become the Millburn [NJ] High School dance educator, will be recognized as the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America, or SHAPE America, Eastern District Dance Teacher of the Year next month.
Four years ago, Nashoba Valley Technical High School became one of the first technical high schools in Massachusetts to add music to its curriculum, and will soon open its new Dance and Arts Studio as the Westford school expands its arts-based programs in music, TV and media, theater arts, and design and visual communications.
Immersive theater, a genre-bending theatrical style that blurs the lines between audience and performer, has exploded in popularity in the U.S. over the past several years.