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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London Hospital Hopes Work with Actors, Dancers, Will Remind Doctors of the “Art” of Medicine

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.

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Former Ailey Dancer Remembers Tough Neighborhood He Grew Up In; Hopes to Start Dance Center There

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.

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Finalists Chosen in “Dance Your PhD” Contest

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.

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Innovative Designer’s Futuristic Pointe Shoes Help Capture Dance Movements

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.

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Elementary Students Invited to Dance All Day as Part of Dréa’s Dream Fundraiser

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.

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Doris Hering, Champion of Regional Dance in America, Dies

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.

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Master Tap Improviser, Bob Carroll of LA’s Rhapsody in Taps, Dies

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.

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Rockettes’ New Show Scrapped in Favor of ‘Spring Spectacular’

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.

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Festival’s Move to Larger Space Speaks to Growth in Modern Dance Community

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.

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Studio Construction Ordeal Finally Over for California Couple

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.

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Bessie Awards Bestows Honors and Awards

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.

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Hallberg and Osipova to Dance Together in ABT’s Spring Season

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.

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Educators Working with Somatics-Based Approaches Urged to Present at Conference

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.

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Passage of Civil Rights Act Remembered by Ailey in New Work Honoring Activist

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.

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Grant Will Allow OCU’s Community-Based Dance Program to Reach More Underserved Children

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.

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Laguna Hills Dancers Serve as Hostesses for Dréa’s Dream Fundraising Event

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.

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Bankers Dance, Too; After All, They’re Only Human

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.

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Memory of Mother Lost on 911 Lives on in Daughter’s Dance Studio

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.

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America’s Ballerina, Cynthia Gregory, To Receive Capezio Dance Award

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.

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Mormon Missionary Demonstrates Impressive Dance Skills in Toe-to-Toe Dance-Off

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.

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