Educators, Choreographers Gear Up for 2015 School Programs at the Pillow

The artist faculty members that will be leading The School at Jacob’s Pillow during the upcoming 2015 season are diversely experienced, and will be joined at the Beckett, Massachusetts, dance festival by dance artists, choreographers, and artistic directors from across the globe.

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ADF Awards Distinguished Teaching Chair to Three Longtime Educators

Three longtime educators have been named as joint recipients of the 2015 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching, which honors educators who strive to preserve dance history and tradition while cultivating the future of the art form.

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Dance Studio Owner’s Citizenship and Community Service Wins Accolades

Mike Everhart has had a good year, reports the Marietta Daily Journal. His son, Zack, was one of the final four contestants on So You Think You Can Dance. Last Tuesday, The Great Gig Dance Company, the business he founded in 2000 with his wife, Tammy, was awarded Business of the Year by the Kennesaw [GA] Business Association.

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NYC Dance Companies Feel Pinch of Declining Corporate Giving

Corporate support for dance organizations in New York City plunged 62 percent over five years, with midsize and small organizations having an especially difficult time getting on businesses’ giving agendas, according to a new study reported in Crain’s New York Business.

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Colorado Conservatory of Dance Prepares to Welcome Autistic Audience to Special Sensory Performance

Colorado Conservatory of Dance will stage a special sensory performance of its annual Nutcracker production, with adjustments to elements such as sound and lighting, to make the show more accessible to people with autism, developmental disabilities, or other disabilities. Rachel Long, a communications coordinator with CCD, told Boulder Daily Camera . . .

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Philadelphia Shocked by Sudden Loss of Funding To Dance Booster Organization

Waves of dismay are rolling through the Philadelphia region’s dance community in the wake of an abrupt decision by the William Penn Foundation to cease funding Dance/UP, a branch of Washington-based Dance/USA and the sole organization serving the entire community.

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Alvin Ailey Gala Continues the Company’s Successful Fundraising Year

A record $4.6 million was raised at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Opening Night Gala Benefit December 3 honoring retiring board chairman Joan Weill for her extraordinary two decades of service. The funds will support of the creation of new works and Alvin Ailey’s extensive educational programs for young people.

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93-Year-Young Dance Teacher Retires After Operating Studio for 63 Years

As a small child, Theresa Landry began dancing for pennies in a French-Canadian club in Central Falls, Rhode Island, where she was raised and still lives. During the 63 years she has operated Theresa Landry’s Dance Studio in Pawtucket, Landry, 93, has taught thousands of children to dance.

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Program to Provide 26 New York Dancemakers with Space to Create

More than two dozen New York City dance companies and choreographers will be moving, creating, and sharing dance as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), which will provide residency opportunities at 11 City University of New York campuses during 2015.

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After Personal Financial Struggles, Dance Mom Now Pays Tuition for Others

A nonprofit organization created by four New Jersey dance mothers to financially assist young dancers in achieving their dance dreams has awarded its first three $500 grants to young dance students through its Adopt-A-Dancer program.

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Millennium Dance Designed for the Over-18 Dancer “With Nowhere To Go”

At 40,000 square feet over four floors, the former Pearl Art and Craft supplies store on South Street was one of the largest in Philadelphia. “This building is terrifying,” Lori Long told Newswork after not sleeping for three days to ready the building’s debut as a dance center. “It’s a lot. But I see the dancers and everybody today—they’re happy and excited.”

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Dance Movement Therapy Pioneer and Advocate, Arlynne S. Stark, Dies

Arlynne S. Stark, a dancer who was a pioneer and early advocate of dance movement therapy and was a co-founder of the American Dance Therapy Association, died of breast cancer November 17 at Collier Hospice Center at Lutheran Hospital in Denver. The Baltimore Sun said she was 71.

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Exhibition Highlights History of Batsheva Dance Company

Batsheva Dance Company at 50: American Concepts and the Israeli Spirit focuses on the interaction between American choreographers and Israeli dance. Choreographers who have set works on or created works for the company include Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, Anna Sokolow, Donald McKayle, José Limón, Robert Cohan, and, more recently, Elizabeth Streb, Douglas Varone, and Danny Ezralow. The exhibition highlights the artistic dialogue between American concepts and Israeli culture as well as the company’s local and global characteristics.

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Film Lineup Announced for Dance on Camera

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association will present Dance on Camera, a film festival that features an array of narrative, documentary, and experimental features and shorts, all centered around dance, running January 30 to February 3.

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Baryshnikov Photo Show to Open in London

An exhibition of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s digital prints will open in London on November 29, according to a story in the Guardian. The show features photos of every type of dance from Brazilian hip-hop and Hawaiian hula to dancers with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

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Mother’s Stroke Leaves Harlem Dance Teacher Struggling to Save Her Academy

East Harlem dance teacher Robin Williams is fighting to save her Uptown Dance Academy, deep in debt and struggling after Williams’ mother—who acted as the school’s backbone, handling extensive administrative duties—suffered a stroke that left her partially blind and confined to an assisted living facility.

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Philadelphia African Dance Ensemble Celebrates 45th Anniversary This Weekend

The legacy of Afro-Cuban dance will be celebrated this weekend when Kùlú Mèlé, Philadelphia’s longest extant African dance ensemble, presents “Danzas de Cuba” at its 45th Anniversary Concert Gala, reported The Philadelphia Tribune.

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New El Paso Studio Offers Contemporary-Based Classes for Adults and Teens Only

Dancer Jennifer Burton lived in a downtown studio space for 15 years before moving out in January to turn it into a dance studio. Sound + Vision Studios opened its doors to lovers of contemporary dance in late August. “Right now we are trying to find a niche,” Jennifer Burton, . . .

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Owner Gives Studio to Employee, Then Pitches In When Help is Needed

Christmas is the season for giving, and Ashlie Andersen, owner of State Street Dance Studio in Geneva, Illinois, and director of the school’s 11th performance of The Nutcracker, is contemplating three of the most important gifts of her life.

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Jacob’s Pillow Building Housing its Dance Archives to Triple in Size

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival will break ground this month on an expansion project at Blake’s Barn—home to its rare and extensive dance archives—which will triple the areas for storage and increase access for the public, artists, students, researchers, and scholars.

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Baltimore Dance Studio Celebrates the Spirit of Giving with ‘Dance Across America’

One hundred percent of the proceeds from Baltimore studio A Step Ahead Dance Center’s upcoming performance will benefit the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, “Dance Across America,” which works to bring dance therapy services to children.

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Art-Loving Mother Comes Up With Multifaceted Business Plan for Dance Studio

Certified yoga and dance therapy instructor Karla Kress-Boyle, a West Hartford, Connecticut, mother of two, considered opening a dance studio but realized her town was already full of them. Instead, she created Imagine Studio, which features art, music, theater, and yoga classes for toddlers in the mornings, and dance instruction for older kids after school hours.

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Dance Production About the Passenger Pigeon is a Cautionary Tale

Birds are no strangers to the world of dance—think Swan Lake, or Firebird—but the star of this show isn’t the typical graceful swan. On Friday and Saturday, dancers of the Pittsburgh-based Shana Simmons Dance will premiere Passenger, an ode to the life and demise of the passenger pigeon, at the National Aviary on the North Side.

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Luigi’s Impact on Broadway’s Brightest Stars Outlined in New Film

Luigi was a sought-after teacher by some of the brightest stars on Broadway—Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, Estelle Parsons, Kelly Bishop, Ron Dennis, Jane Summerhays, Robert Morse, Gretchen Wyler, and others—and many of them have shared their memories of the great jazz dance and New York City master teacher for the film Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age.

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Longtime Proponent of Tap Dance Carl Schlesinger Buried in His Tap Shoes

Carl Schlesinger, longtime co-producer of Tap Extravaganza, an annual celebration of tap held in New York, died Sunday at 88. The Rutherford, New Jersey, resident tap danced as a boy in the Bronx, took it up again in his 50s, gave his first public performance on his 64th birthday, and was laid to rest in his tap shoes.

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Brooklyn African Dance Studio Loses Home to Luxury Apartment Development

The Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance on Fulton Street in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn is scrambling to find a new home after its 10-year lease was cut short, allowing the property to be transformed into a 19-story luxury residential tower.

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SF State U. Dance Bumped from Studio Space; Will be Used as a Museum

For any dance student, the studio space where rehearsals and training takes place is an essential resource. But dance majors at San Francisco State University will be losing their lofty dance studio in the Fine Arts Building—one created especially for dance, with sprung floors to reduce strain and injury to the joints, marley floor covering to prevent slipping, mirrors, adjacent locker rooms with showers, as well as bleacher seating, pipes rigged for lighting, and a sound system—as of the spring semester.

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TV’s Jenna Elfman Praises Life Lessons of Ballet in Studio’s New Lectures Series

Westside School of Ballet’s new Dance Talks series, featuring a lineup of successful alumnae who will talk to community youth about their dance training and its positive impact on their lives, kicks off November 15 with speaker Jenna Elfman, star of the TV series Dharma and Greg and a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance.

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Harkness Center to Celebrate 25 Years of Providing Medical Assistance to NYC Dance Community

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Medical Center will celebrate 25 years of providing high-quality, affordable, medical care for the New York City dance community November 12 at the 2014 NYU Langone Musculoskeletal Ball, to be held at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Studio Owner Honored for Blog that Encourages Women Struggling With Cancer

Very quickly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2010, Millene Michel decided nothing would stop her from beating the cancer and going on with her life, reported the Mount Olive Chronicle. She has succeeded.

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Dance Company’s Social Mission Leads to Powerful Anti-Bullying Video

The MusEffect dance company’s mission is to “encourage dialogue on social issues through our art,” and certainly did so with its latest project: an anti-bullying video that shows dancers in the classrooms and hallways of a school, moving to the powerful words of poet Azure Antoinette.

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