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?
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The Dance Happy Project
Musical Tribute to Luigi
Shaking It Down in the Subway
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I take the stairs at a run, risking my neck by sprinting in socks, gripping my shoes in one hand and my bag in another, a mess of T-shirts dangling from my arm. I’m always running 5 or, let’s face it, 10 minutes behind, sheepishly dropping straight into pliés in fourth position or “accidentally” missing pranayama and chanting. But Batsheva Dance Company has been very clear: class begins at 11:30, and once class begins, no one enters or leaves. Maybe it’s the cultural influence of the Tzahal, Israel’s military, I think. My uncharacteristic punctuality is noted by a friend, who laughs and says, “In Israel, class always starts 10 minutes late.”
Pondering these questions of education and access, Strandberg and her sister Carolyn Adams, a longtime Paul Taylor Dance Company dancer and a faculty member at The Juilliard School, came up with a revolutionary concept—the Repertory Etudes Collection. Under the guidance of Brown’s American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI), established by the sisters in 1993, modern dance choreographers would create new works based on one of their signature works or personal stylistic and thematic choreographic qualities. Important deceased modern pioneers, like José Limón, who died in 1972, could be represented through a new work created by a close associate charged with preserving and protecting the choreographer’s legacy.
Since these short technique studies (informally called RepEtudes) were commissioned by ADLI, they could be recorded and distributed to educators, who could teach them to students and present them in performance with no rights or royalty issues attached.
Any child who’s ever “flown” atop a parent’s upstretched feet has an inkling of the kinetic pleasure at the heart of contact improvisation (CI). A movement form developed in 1972 by dancer and choreographer Steve Paxton, CI utilizes every bone, muscle, and surface of the body in the service of an unpredictable duet. Participants are “danced” by a point of contact, which might be a head against a back, a hand to a chest, or simply two wrists leaning into each other.
If you’re looking for an intensive tap experience for you or your students, we’ve got you covered. Just browse through our annual listing of national and international festivals, most of which include workshop classes, performances, and more.
For small-business owner Hillary Parnell, business is anything but small. The owner and artistic director of Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) in Apex, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh, Parnell has grown her school from a 4,000-square-foot dance-focused facility to one with 10,000 square feet and multiple programs.
Boston University (BU) offers an extensive program of dance and movement courses through its Department of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (PERD) and School of Theatre in the College of Fine Arts. Although BU, a private institution, does not offer a dance major, it offers a dance minor program to undergraduate students in all majors.
“I own a dance program that caters to children ages 3 to 8, and Ellen has been an integral part from day one. She performs in many theater productions in the Houston area, and brings that energy and animation into class. I know my program wouldn’t be as successful without her dedication.”
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I’m writing this the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at a time when world events make me wonder whether we, as individuals and societies and nations, will ever think of one another as equals. Serendipitously, I came across an interview with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director Robert Battle in which he speaks about dance’s role as an equalizer.
There’s a lot to love about Horton technique, a codified form of modern dance created by American choreographer Lester Horton (1906–1953). With its anatomically corrective approach and focus on producing dancers who are equally flexible and strong, the technique is an effective modality for teaching the fundamentals of modern dance to a wide range of students. While dancers who have mastered Horton tend to share certain traits—including lean and strong limbs, clean lines, and exceptional stamina—the technique is known for creating dancers who perform without affectation and can confidently transition among multiple styles of dance.
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.