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.
To look at the casts of Broadway’s many musicals, one would think that the New York theater community is populated by a limitless number of triple threats—that is, performers who can act, sing, and dance.
The Movement Talent Agency, a commercial and concert dance–focused talent agency, has signed on as the official talent agency for StarQuest for the 2015 dance competition season.
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.
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.
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.
Bob Rizzo of Riz-Biz Productions, is a leading producer of educational dance videos in the U.S., has launched an online dance coaching service for students, teachers, and choreographers.
Rachael Poirier of Vancouver’s The Dance Initiative wants to tell a “good” story about Stephanie Moseley, her star pupil and friend who was found dead Monday, apparently at the hands of her rapper husband, reported the National Post.
The Bucks County Dance Center in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, reopened last week at its new location on Bristol Pike after a fire gutted the Street Road building that had hosted dancers for 56 years.
Members of the Ridge High School Dance Department will share the stage with graduate and former Basking Ridge, New Jersey, resident, tapper Hillary-Marie Michael, during the world-premiere of Soul Walk on January 18.
Every Wednesday, wheelchair user Randy McNeil heads to the Victoria Ballet Academy for ballroom dancing lessons with Wheel Dance, the first subsidized wheelchair social dance program in Canada.
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 . . .
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.
Oakland, California–area dance instructor and new studio owner Kehinde Kujichagulia-Seitu told SFGate she wished she had snapped her Achilles tendon instead of slightly tearing it.
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.
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.
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.
“Who is the greatest villain of all time?” demands Christopher Walken appearing tonight (December 4) as Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live!, a production of the beloved musical being broadcast on NBC.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Although only a few kilometers apart, but separated by a wall and many checkpoints, a Palestinian and Israeli dancing troupe have decided to meet all the way in Ireland, reports Al Arabiya News.
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.
Celebrating 25 years as a presenter of American tap dance and international contemporary percussive arts, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), announces its annual Winter Tap JAMboree, to be held February 13 to 15, 2015.
As the Gus Giordano Dance School took part in Chicago’s McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time this week, studio director Amy Giordano said her dancers felt like they had gotten their big break.
Gotta Dance studio in Redmond, Washington, will open its door to the community on December 6, but rather than dancing, those stepping inside will be working to give back to those less fortunate.
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.
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.
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.
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, . . .
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.