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.
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.
Ann Khalid, 12, a student at the Baghdad School of Music and Ballet, is determined to one day have a career dancing and teaching ballet, not an easy path in a country torn for years by conflict.
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.
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.
Albany, New York, collaborative dance performance between dance students, professional dancers, and severely disabled adults; photo by Cindy Schultz /Albany Times Union
The Nashville Ballet announced this week that it received the largest contribution in the organization’s history: a $1 million grant-match pledge from the Martin family.
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.
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.
Alvin Ailey will be recognized posthumously for his contributions and commitment to civil rights and dance in America as one of this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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.
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.
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.
The Dance Enthusiast, a NYC-based dance journalism website, has launched a new event series: Enthusiastic Events!
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.
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.
The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) will hold Thank a Dance Teacher Day, a social media giving campaign to celebrate dance education, on December 2.
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.
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.
Amid hi-tech machines, a blood-smeared body lies on a hospital bed with what looks like a bullet hole in its side. It’s a mannequin, but one that sweats, breathes, and bleeds. The room feels like an eerily accurate theater performance, but this is not a scene set for an audience—it’s part of a new £500,000 project at St. Thomas’ hospital in London to train doctors, nurses, and paramedics in physical theater.
The son of a single mother, Uri Sands remembers growing up in Miami-Dade County: nights that echoed with gunfire, running to the store to play a number for his grandmother, overhearing the grownups talk about so-and-so getting shot, or the neighbor lady who’d become a prostitute.
American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company will give three performances at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City November 14 to 16. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm.
Why would you want to write a PhD abstract when you could make it truly abstract—through the medium of interpretive dance? CNET reports that for the seventh year running, Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have challenged PhD students to do just that, with the best dance in each field—chemistry, biology, physics, and social sciences—taking home $500. The best overall dance garners an additional $500 prize and a trip to Stanford University for a screening of the PhD dance.
The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, has chosen Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif, and Stephanie Martinez as winners of its fifth annual Choreographers of Color Award.
Danielle Robin Reinstein of Sudbury, Massachusetts, will receive the Martha Hill 2014 Young Professional Award at the Martha Hill Dance Fund’s annual awards gala November 24 in New York City.
The concept of Spanish designer Lesia Trubat’s “E-traces” project is based in capturing dance movements and transforming them into visual sensations through the use of new technologies—such as pointe shoes outfitted with microcontroller boards that record the pressure and actions of the dancer’s feet and send the signal to an electronic device.
Local elementary school children from Danvers, Massachusetts, can spend the day dancing—and raise money for dance therapy programs for children with cancer and special needs—through the “Dréa’s Dream DECA Dance Day” set for November 15 from 10am to 1pm.
Doris Hering, a critic who surveyed the dance world for decades, and was later the founding executive director of the national organization now known as Regional Dance America, died on October 15 in the Bronx, reported the New York Times. She was 94.
Caterers, photographers, jewelers, entertainers, and bridal shop representatives will showcase their wares and services at the National Museum of Dance’s 6th annual Bridal Show, set for November 2.
Bob Carroll, best known as a performer for 18 years with the Southern California company Rhapsody in Taps, where he danced featured roles in choreographed pieces and unleashed memorable solo improvisations, died October 13 in a single-vehicle traffic accident in Pueblo, Colorado. The Los Angeles Times said the 48-year-old Home Depot employee had been in declining health.
When we think of nuns, thoughts of Madonna may often follow. Ordinarily, this would be a reference to the Virgin Mary; for some this week, however, Sicilian sister Cristina Scucci comes to mind.
Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced last week that its $25 million extravaganza Heart and Lights, a Rockettes show that was in development for Radio City Music Hall, is being reconceived by Tony Award–winning Broadway artists with input from the producer Harvey Weinstein.
Your Move Modern Dance Festival, featuring new and developing works by choreographers from New Jersey, New York, and beyond, will run this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at DeBaun Performing Arts Center at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.
A Toronto studio, Performing Dance Arts, has weighed in on recent news that the Canadian government will increase the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, which includes dance.
A site that for years has housed Oregon Ballet Theatre’s dance studio and school is set to become part of the latest building craze in Portland: apartments.
A California couple’s plans to replace their longtime studio garage space with a larger stand-alone facility cost three years and an unexpected additional $250,000, but on November 1, The Dance Gallery 2 owners will celebrate a grand opening at their new Roseville studio.
On Monday night, two titans in the field were honored at the annual Bessie Awards ceremony: Arthur Mitchell, the founder of Dance Theater of Harlem, with a lifetime achievement award; and Chuck Davis, the founder of DanceAfrica, for service to the field of dance.
Flags of green, white and orange will wave in the wind at Villanova University on Saturday, November 1 during the Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival, according to the [Montgomery County, PA] Times Herald.
One of the great ballet pairings of recent years—David Hallberg and Natalia Osipova—will be reunited in New York City this spring during American Ballet Theatre’s season at the Metropolitan Opera House, reports the New York Times ArtsBeat.
Proposals are now being accepted for the Second International Conference on Somatics-Based Dance Education, to be directed by Bill Evans and Cynthia Williams, July 15 to 19, 2015, at the Palladino School of Dance, Dean College, Franklin, Massachusetts.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is marking this year’s 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA, a new piece honoring folksinger and civil rights activist Odetta Holmes, reported the Kansas City Star.
A grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will allow city children to receive dance lessons at low cost—and allow college students to put lessons learned in pedagogy classes into action, reported News OK.
West Coast Movement Project of Laguna Hills will hold an Afternoon Tea and Trunk Show to benefit the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s Dance Across America initiative on October 26 from 2 to 5pm at the Wiebe Residence, 26531 Elmcrest Way, Lake Forest, California.
Dr. Peter Lovatt, the 48-year-old head and founder of the Dance Psychology Lab at the University of Hertfordshire in England, rarely has difficulty convincing people to dance. An article in Men’s Health says his lectures on dance psychology often end with the audience bursting into dance.
Mary Ramirez Cook teaches a variety of classes each week at her A-Marika Dance Studio in Sharonville, Ohio, including one for students with Down syndrome she created for her son, Matthew.
Joann Tabeek always encouraged her daughter, Krystal, to follow her dreams, but didn’t live to see Krystal through her 15 years of competitive dance. Working as a vice president and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center, she was one of the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Cynthia Gregory, whom Rudolf Nureyev called “America’s prima ballerina assoluta” and who was celebrated as one of the world’s greatest ballerinas during a career that spanned more than a quarter of a century, will receive the 63nd annual Capezio Dance Award.
A story from KLS.com reports that while Michael Jackson was known for his talented voice and for his impressive dance moves, an LDS missionary might have bested a Michael Jackson impersonator in the battle of the moonwalk.
6ABC.com reports that Bucks County Dance Center in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, was badly damaged in a fire early Monday morning. Investigators say it was arson.
Brothers Young Productions recently held a video casting call for dancers around the world to appear in the movie Untapped. After evaluating thousands of submissions, the list has been narrowed down to 200 semifinalists.