Ten Vermont choreographers will present works during the first annual DanceFest Vermont!, a showcase and celebration of modern dance, set for September 5 and 6 in venues in Barre and Stowe.
The festival’s artistic director, Erika Lawlor Schmidt, is a lifelong dancer and a professional teacher and choreographer who spent most of her adult life in central Florida. She moved with her husband, composer Gary Schmidt, to Pawlet on a whim in 2007. The creative couple set up private studios on their property, but Schmidt found herself frequently driving an hour or so in search of other dancers.
Schmidt expects the event will encourage dancers and choreographers to connect both with one another and with audience members. Over time, organizers hope to expand the festival into a multiple-weekend event in locations around the state. The aim is twofold: to grow a local modern dance audience throughout Vermont, and to give “some well-deserved visibility to these dancers and the genre,” Dan Casey, executive director of the Barre Opera House, says.
The program for September 5 at the Barre Opera House features solos, duos, and trios by choreographers Schmidt, Paul Besaw, Patty Smith, and Toby MacNutt, along with an improvisational movement-inspired dance by Willow Wonder.
Ensemble work will be featured September 6 at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. Dances will be presented by choreographers Hanna Satterlee, Heather Bryce, Pauline Jennings, Lida Winfield and Ellen Ahern-Smith, and Paul Besaw.
The second annual Detroit Dance City Festival, set for August 22 to 24, brings together local and out-of-state dancers, both professionals and students, in a celebration of all things dance, with more than 20 all-day workshops, classes, and afternoon and evening performances in downtown Detroit.
“I love Detroit,” says Joori Jung, festival founder and artistic director of ArtLab J, told the Detroit News. “But there is still a bad perception about it. Detroit has so much potential and opportunity, but people don’t know it. So my goal is to bring more people to Detroit through dance and change their mindset.”
Jung, a native of Seoul, South Korea, moved to Detroit from New York two years ago to open a dance studio. She initially wanted to create a space for herself and local artists to workshop and showcase their completed or works in progress. What started as a bi-monthly showcase at her Eastern Market ArtLab J studio expanded into the first Detroit Dance City Festival. More than 1,000 participants attended last year, coming from as far away as New York.
DDCF’s 23 faculty members, who are all donating their time, include Jung and such local professionals as former Radio City Rockette Denise Caston and Tracy Pearson, a 2014 Kresge Fellow and dance instructor at Marygrove College in Detroit.
Professionals coming from out of state include Carolyn Dorfman of Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company from New York, and ballet dancer Sheena Annalise, founder of the all-female Arch Contemporary Ballet, also from New York.
The festival will run Friday through Sunday with workshops from 9:30am to 5pm at the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts and The Carr Center, with performances at the YMCA Boll Theater and 1515 Broadway. Free dance classes and performances will also be held outdoors at Paradise Valley/Harmonie Park, all three days, from 11am to 5:30pm, followed by community after-parties from 9 to 11pm.
For more information, call 313.683.2192 or visit www.detroitdancecityfestival.com.
To see the original story, visit http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140821/ENT01/308210010/Detroit-Dance-City-Festival-brings-students-pros-together.
Lucy Bowen McCauley, artistic director of Virginia’s Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD), will serve on an American delegation of dance artists and administrators at the international dance festival Internationale Tanzmesse, August 27 to 30, in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The Internationale Tanzmesse will bring together more than 400 dance companies from around the world. McCauley will travel as part of American Dance Abroad, an organization that helps American choreographers and companies build international relationships by connecting them with dance professionals around the world.
The Internationale Tanzmesse is a biennial marketplace and festival platform for communicating and networking in the field of contemporary dance. At the Tanzmesse, international dance companies and artists present their work live on stage; and choreographers, dancers, agencies, presenters, and cultural institutions network and present their work in a lively marketplace.
For more information, visit http://www.bmdc.org/about.
Exit12 Dance Company, a contemporary dance company founded by United States Marine Corps Sergeant Roman Baca after returning from service in Iraq, will perform in New York City’s annual Summer Streets festival, reports Broadway World.
The company, based in Manhattan, will be joined by student dancers from Ballet Theatre Company of West Hartford, Connecticut, in a performance at Foley Square, Saturday, August 16 at 10:30am.
In April of 2012, Baca returned to Iraq as a civilian artist and ran a Dancing to Connect program with young men and women from Kirkuk and Erbil, supported by a grant from the U.S. Embassy Baghdad and supported on the ground by local partners. Jonathan Hollander of Battery Dance Company organized this program with Emad Salem supported by a fellowship from The Mission Continues.
“The experience has left deep impressions for all of us and we are doing everything possible to establish solidarity with our Dancing to Connect participants in Erbil and elsewhere in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq against the monstrous forces of the so-called Islamic State or ISIS,” said Hollander from his studios in NYC.
“The performance provides a window into the struggles of the populations of Northern Iraq who live in constant danger, invoking familiarity and empathy with the audience,” Baca added.
Exit12 will perform Conflict(ed), a work that suggests a common underlying humanity. Exit12 will be joined by BTC students for Yarjuun, (Kurdish for “hope”) a piece that originated in Iraq with Baca’s students in 2012.
All Summer Streets activities are free of charge and are accessible to people of all ages and ability levels.
The third annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival, named for a folkloric music style from the Southern Mexican state of Veracruz, will be held August 14, 16, and 17 at several venues in San Francisco.
Son Jarocho is an Afro- Mestizo hybrid form that blends Spanish, indigenous Meso-American, and African elements into a joyous celebration of Mexican identity. In the last decade, this style has seen resurgence as many young people have adopted it and expanded the sonic and rhythmic possibilities it offers.
The annual festival has become a cornerstone of the emerging Son Jarocho music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, attracting the top performers in this genre and providing workshops for local musicians to interact with the masters of this music.
The festival includes a dance and music workshop August 17 from 10am to noon at the Brava Theater Center, plus a free performances at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (August 14 from 12:30 to 1:30), a “community fandango” at Union Square (August 17 from 2 to 4pm), and evening concert at Brava Theater Center (August 16).
For details, visit www.brava.org.
Free performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s company, summer intensive students, and special guest artists will be part of the Summer 2014 DTH Street Festival on August 9 from noon to 7pm at West 152nd Street between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues, New York City.
The annual Street Festival affirms the organization’s ongoing commitment to the Harlem community by entertaining, informing, and encouraging community members to become a part of the Dance Theatre of Harlem family as new students, volunteers, and supporters. Over the years, the Street Festival has grown more successful both in content and attendance.
The festival offers seven hours of fun and entertainment, including live performances of music and dance, plus an array of street vendors who offer a variety of American and ethnic foods, jewelry, books, clothing, and other items for sale.
For more information, visit http://www.dancetheatreofharlem.org/outreach/2014-dth-annual-street-festival.
A new program developed by Vail International Dance Festival artistic director Damian Woetzel is recognizing 16-year-old flamenco dancer, Elena Heiss, as the festival’s inaugural scholar-in-residence.
The Vail Daily said Woetzel created the program to offer promising young artists/scholars the opportunity to participate in the artistic and cultural life of the Vail International Dance Festival.
As program honoree, Heiss received one-on-one mentorship provided by New York City ballerina Tiler Peck, and was a featured performer on Tuesday’s mixed-bill program highlighted by the powerhouse contemporary dance company, BalletX.
“As a young scholar, the dancer, in the final stages of training before embarking on a professional career, will be able to observe, interact, and learn from the leading artists in the field over the course of the festival,” Woetzel said.
Heiss, an honors student and junior at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, began flamenco at age 8 at the National Institute of Flamenco. During her tenure at NIF, she has won annual scholarships since 2006 and the Student of the Year Award in 2013. Heiss has studied with internationally acclaimed artists Nino de los Reyes, Sonia Olla, and Ismael de la Rosa at the University of New Mexico in conjunction with NIF’s artist-in-residence program. She is currently a member of Alma Flamenca, which performs at various events around New Mexico, and has performed professionally with Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The festival runs through August 9 at the Gerald A. Ford Amphitheater. To see the original story, visit http://www.vaildaily.com/entertainment/activitiesevents/12473898-113/dance-festival-heiss-flamenco.
Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on Sunday canceled the planned performances of its student dance company at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next week, due to security concerns for the dancers, reported the Jerusalem Post.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city, attracting thousands of performers from around the globe who present theater productions, comedy, dance performances, circuses, cabarets, children’s shows, operas, and exhibitions.
The decision by BGU was taken in light of the intentions of anti-Israel protesters to demonstrate against Operation Protective Edge [recent military actions of Israel Defense Forces in the Gaza Strip] and at the urging of the venue’s operator.
“The personal safety of the members of the dance company is the most important factor and we will certainly not compromise on that in any way. We received warnings that their participation could endanger the dancers, therefore, in consultation with the relevant parties, we made the hard decision not to send the company to the planned performances in Edinburgh,” BGU president Prof. Rivka Carmi said on Sunday.
“It is a shame that this is the state of affairs—where artistic freedom of expression is being sorely tested. The company has no connection to politics, but everything has become highly politicized. Considering the quality of the company, its withdrawal from the festival is a loss to all art lovers.”
The 12-member BGU Dance Company was set to perform the piece La Karina by Dedi Alofer August 9 to 12.
Audiences at New York City’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival sampled a new Brazilian street-dancing style: Passinho, Brazil’s version of b-boying or breakdancing, born years ago in the slums of Rio de Janiero and still shunned by its home country.
The concert, called “A Batalha do Passinho,” was sponsored by the Secretary of Culture for Rio de Janiero. Bill Bragin, director of public programming at Lincoln Center, told Fox News Latino that the reception of these dancers have been overwhelmingly positive.
“Everyone’s been pretty ecstatic about it,” Bragin said. “I think people have just been blown away by their virtuosity and their close connection to the origins of hip-hop.”
Passinho, much like hip-hop, came from an underprivileged culture. Born in the favelas of Brazil, Passinho is normally associated with criminals and gang activity. The dancers who performed on July 24 reasserted that the dance is now just a form of art that started in the slums.
For others, having the dance performed in the U.S. gives Brazilians a chance to fight the problems going on in their country. “This [performance] helps us in Brazil to fight persecution,” says disc jockey Sany Pitbull. “It’s as if New York is giving funk music oxygen to continue, to take a breath and continue this fight.”
Pitbull is one of the leading producers and advocates of Funk Carioca, which is Brazilian funk music created in response to racial, social, and economic issues in Brazil, and Passinho was created from it, having been provided with a soundtrack to dance to.
“Brazilians have many preconceived notions in regards to this genre [funk] and the scene suffers from these prejudices,” Tiago Gomes, project manager at the Secretary of Culture, told NBC News. “Events like this one, funded by the consulate, are extremely important for us because if we are able to legitimize funk abroad then we can legitimize it within Brazil.”
To see the original story and a performance video, visit http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2014/08/01/banned-brazilian-dance-receives-warm-welcome-in-us/.
Performances by top dancers from the ballet, contemporary, Broadway, and ethnic dance worlds helped the Fire Island Dance Festival to raise a record-shattering $533,860 for Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway World said the festival celebrated its 20th anniversary edition July 18 to 20, outdoors on the shores of the Great South Bay in Fire Island Pines, New York. This year’s total eclipsed last year’s record-setting $393,647.
The festival lineup included the world premieres of works choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, Marcelo Gomes, and others, plus performances by 48 professional dancers including New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns, Broadway veteran Nick Kenkel, MOMIX soloist Jon Eden, members of Ailey II, Jon Bond of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and members of the Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu all-male hula company.
In its 20 editions, Fire Island Dance Festival has raised more than $3.8 million to help ensure that those who need it most can receive lifesaving medications and health care, nutritious meals, counseling, and emergency financial assistance. To see the original story, visit
In-demand tap artist Michelle Dorrance and her Dorrance Dance company will headline the 15th edition of the Vancouver International Tap Festival set for August 28 to 31 in Vancouver, Canada.
The four-day festival features dance workshop for youth and adults with more than 60 classes led by Brenda Bufalino, Sam Weber, Dianne Walker, Tony Waag, and others.
Open-to-the-public evening performances include:
• The inaugural Tap Grace Awards Gala, recognizing artist, volunteers, and sponsors who have contributed to the evolution of the festival and of the Vancouver Tap Dance society Academy, is set for August 28 at 8pm at the Holiday Inn Downtown Vancouver.
• New works by two of Canada’s finest tappers— Love.Be.Best.Free by Danny Nielsen and Hold On by Lisa La Touche—will be featured August 29 at 8pm, at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Avenue.
• Dorrance and her company will appear in performance August 30 at 8pm, also at the Norman Rothstein Theatre.
• More than 100 dancers will take to the 700 block of Granville Street in the festival’s finale, Tap It Out, on August 31 from 5 to 6pm, followed by performances by students and others at the Festival Showcase & Tap Visions at 8pm at the Norman Rothstein Theatre.
For more details and tickets, visit http://www.vantapdance.com/tap-festival/tap-festival-events.php.
The Cape Dance Festival, scheduled for July 26 at 6pm at the Province Lands Amphitheatre in Provincetown, Massachusetts, has been a labor of love for co-founders Stacey-Jo Marine and Liz Wolff. And that affection for increasing the amount of dance performance on the Cape has been embraced throughout the region.
“The summer program this year will have a different feel with a lot of new work,” says Marine in Provincetown Magazine. “Newer work and a fresh vibe.”
Scheduled performers include Boston Ballet soloist John Lam, along with dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company, CorbinDances, Nickerson-Rossi Dance, Take Dance, Mazzini Dance Collective, Pedro Ruiz, and Project Moves Dance Company.
Marine and Wolff formed Cape Dance Festival in 2013 to bring world-class dance to the residents and visitors of Cape Cod through education, altruism, and performance. Marine, who teaches dance production at Marymount Manhattan College, is currently touring with the Martha Graham Dance Company as production supervisor. Wolff is a life-long summer resident of the Cape who danced professionally in New York and Cleveland for 15 years, and is the co-curator for Dance On Camera, a film festival held annually at Lincoln Center, NYC.
The Province Lands Amphitheater is located at 171 Race Point Road, next to the Province Lands Visitor Center. For more information, visit http://capedancefestival.com/.
Some 130 representatives of 30 countries are taking part in the 26th edition of the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, which aims at finding young talents in classical and contemporary ballet.
2014 marks 50 years since the inaugural Varna festival, founded in 1964 as the world’s first professional international competition. Vladimir Vasiliev from Russia will serve as jury chair for this year’s panel, which includes judges from Cuba, Bulgaria, USA, Japan, Germany, Romania, Monaco, Argentina, France, Korea, China, and Kazakhstan.
Ballet fans around the world can tune in next week as some of the competition and special events are broadcast live on BNT World July 26, 27, 29, and 30 at 8pm Central European Summer Time. (To access the broadcast, visit http://tv.bnt.bg/bntworld/.)
Competition began Tuesday. The third round will take place July 26 and 27. Prizes will be awarded at the official closing ceremony July 29, followed by a Super Gala, “Meeting of Generations,” on July 30.
To learn more about Varna, visit http://www.varna-ibc.org/site/?lang=en.
San Francisco Ballet is in Paris for an unprecedented 17-day engagement at the Théâtre du Châtelet, beginning on July 10, and is featured in the Les Etés de la Danse Festival, reported San Francisco Classical Voice.
The company program is varied and extensive, compressing virtually the entire home season into the festival days. The entire company—principals, soloists, corps de ballet—is participating. A notable homecoming is that of Mathilde Froustey, on extended leave from the Paris Opera Ballet; she will stay with SF Ballet at least through 2015.
Opening night is an exceptionally generous gala. The program: Renato Zanella’s Alles Walzer, Val Caniparoli’s No Other, the pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto, Helgi Tomasson’s Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, the pas de deux from George Balanchine’s Agon, Johan Kobborg’s Les Lutins, Frederick Ashton’s Voices of Spring, the second movement pas de deux from Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, and the fourth movement and finale from Balanchine’s Symphony in C.
From the opening until the July 26 closing concert, SF Ballet will present some three dozen works.
Interesting tidbit: Théâtre du Châtelet was originally used for drama performances. Beginning in April 1876, the stage version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, adapted by Verne and Adolphe d’Ennery, began a run spanning 64 years and 2,195 performances (not continuously), until the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940 closed the production permanently.
To see the original story, visit https://www.sfcv.org/article/sf-ballet-at-home-in-paris.
Philadelphia Dance Day, a nonprofit festival featuring free workshops, live performances, and a huge evening dance party, will be held July 26.
Philly Dance Fitness, an independent company based in Center City, first organized this event three years ago to celebrate National Dance Day. Organizers seek to unite the Philly community as they celebrate dance both as a platform for creative expression and as a joyful, physical activity.
More than 300 people participated in the 2013 celebration, and with the addition of more participating organizations and more volunteers, an even bigger turnout is expected this year.
There is no pre-registration, and no limit to the number of workshops participants can attend. Workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis. All daytime workshops are free. (There is a $5 entrance fee for the evening dance party and other events at the historical Ethical Society Building on Rittenhouse Square.)
Locations and offerings include:
• Headlong Studios: power jam stretch, impact jazz, Indonesian dance, hip-hop, striptease, dance party boot camp
• Major Movement Studio: Tap Tonic, Piloxing (Pilates and boxing), modern fitness, JazzTech, BalletEXTREME, Bhangra Blast, tango
• Philadelphia Dance Academy: adult beginner ballet and advanced beginner adult tap
• Studio 1831: belly dance
• Christian Street YMCA: Zumba Sentao, Body Jam, Sh’Bam, hip-hop master class
• Art in Motion Dance Academy: Bachata
• The Ethical Society of Philadelphia; cardio bellydance, Zumba party, lindy hop, rumba, salsa
To see the full schedule, visit http://philadelphiadanceday.com/2014-workshop-schedule/.
Hollywood icon Gene Kelly and Carnell Lyons (“Mr. Magic Feet”) will be inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts tonight as part of the American Tap Dance Foundation’s annual Tap City festival, announced NJ.com.
Lyons (1917–1992), along with the acrobatic duo of Jesse Franklin and James Hawthorne, climbed to the heights of show business in the ‘50s, appearing with Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, and Milton Berle on TV, and as one of the few black acts that played Las Vegas (El Rancho) and Radio City Music Hall (May 23, 1953) in that era. Lyons later performed extensively in Europe and the Far East, and, according to his American Tap Dance Foundation bio, was responsible for bringing rhythm tap to Europe through his late-in-life teaching career.
Tony Waag, Tap City’s director, says that Kelly (1912–96) continues to inspire male dancers who identify with his athleticism. “He represented—similar to Gregory Hines—a very masculine, positive image for tap dance,” Waag says.
The festival also features two evening tap-centered events this week at NYC’s Symphony Space: on Wednesday, Kelly’s widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, will offer up insight and film clips during “Gene Kelly: The Legacy.” On Thursday, an international cast of hoofers will perform in “Tap and Song.” For more information on both shows, visit www.symphonyspace.org.
Tap City concludes on July 12 with a free public celebration featuring 150 dancers in historic Foley Square.
For more information on the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame, visit http://www.atdf.org/hall.html.
To see the original story, visit http://www.nj.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2014/07/the_tap_city_festival_honors_hollywood_star_
NYC Dance Week, the 10-day festival of free and discounted dance, fitness, and wellness classes, is taking place at dance studios across New York’s five boroughs now through June 28, reported Broadway World.
In addition to Dance Week’s 2014 Studio Partner, Mark Morris Dance Center, this year the festival will also offer classes in collaboration with The Ailey Extension, Power Pilates, Ballet Academy East, Dancewave, Z Club NY, and others.
NYC Dance Week invites New York studios, dance students, businesses, volunteers, and other organizations to participate in an array of dance and fitness classes, from classical ballet to West African dance to Pilates to Zumba, with the goal of demonstrating how all movement benefits the mind, body, and spirit.
Participants are invited to watch performances of new dance works at a special showcase by its sister project, NYC10, at Dixon Place on June 25.
A complete schedule of free classes is now available at http://nycdanceweek.org/the-festival/free-classes, and a schedule of discounted classes is available at http://nycdanceweek.org/the-festival/discounts. Required registration for NYC Dance Week Passes is now open online at http://nycdanceweek2014.eventbrite.com.
The 4th International Istanbul Ballet Competition and Festival, organized to highlight Turkey’s artistic identity, kicks off June 21 at the Zorlu Center PSM with the ballet Count Dracula.
State Opera and Ballet general director Professor Rengim Gökmen, speaking to Anadolu Agency, said he gave great importance to the competition, adding, “I believe this competition makes great contributions to Turkish ballet in terms of opening it to the world. As of June 21, Istanbul will be the place where the heart of world ballet will beat.” The festival ends June 26 with a gala and award ceremony, according to The Hurriyet Daily News.
Gökmen noted that the competition gained the status of being a festival this year and important ballet pieces would be staged. “We want to draw the ballet world’s attention and promote the art of Turkish ballet because this is what we can boast about. Our wish is to use the techniques the world uses,” he said.
Ballet in Turkey began with Russian instructor Lydia Krassa Arzumanova, who opened a ballet studio in Istanbul in 1921. Dame Ninette de Valois, the founder of The Royal Ballet, was invited to Turkey in 1947 for the foundation of Turkish ballet, and in 1948, enrolled 11 male and 18 female students in an Istanbul ballet school.
Later, de Valois sent her assistant Alaine Phillips to Turkey. Phillips reorganized the choreography of Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti and staged Léo Delibes’ ballet Coppélia in 1961. This was the first ballet performed by Turkish ballet dancers.
To see the original story, visit http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ballet-stars-to-compete-in-istanbul.aspx?pageID=238&nID=67962&NewsCatID=384.
Top professional choreographers, master teachers, professional dancers, dance students of all ages, and dance fans will meet at the Long Beach [CA] Convention Center July 22 to 27 for DancerPalooza, reported Broadway World.
More than 5,000 dancers and enthusiasts covering the wide spectrum of the field are expected to participate in this six-day festival.
A highlight of the festival is Beat Street, an expo hall and performance stage that features “Crash Course” open classes for all ages and all styles taught by Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, tWitch, Kenny Wormald, Misha Gabriel, Nick Lazzarini, Stacey Tookey, Ivan Koumaev, Teddy Forance, Andy Blankenbuehler, Al Blackstone, Mike Minery, Bobby Newberry, and Anthony Morigerato.
The festival also includes nightly ticketed performances by Shaping Sound and others in the 825-seat Center Theater, and week-long intensives in contemporary, tap, hip-hop, jazz funk, and Broadway, under the direction of Moore, Wall, Michaels, tWitch, Wormald, Tookey, and Blankenbuehler. Visit www.dancerpalooza.com for information and ticketing.
To see the original story, visit http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/DANCERPALOOZA-the-Dance-Event-of-the-Summer-is-Here-722-27-20140616#.U6Gczc9OWUk.
Award-winning tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith and renowned musician/singer/composer Owen “Fiidla” Brown will present an original musical response to the critically acclaimed film 12 Years A Slave in a free performance June 20 at 7pm in Brooklyn’s Herbert Von King Park as part of the 2014 SummerStage festival.
SummerStage is New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, featuring more than 100 free performances in 14 parks throughout the five boroughs now through August 24. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin, and world music, to dance, comedy, and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 29 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage.
Another dance offering this month is ChoreoQuest on June 21 at 7pm at Herbert Von King Park. ChoreoQuest is the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza—Center for Arts and Culture dance residency program. Established in 2001, CQ provides a home for a diverse array of Brooklyn-based emerging and accomplished choreographers, plus the opportunity to create, develop, and present new works while providing master-level instruction and mentorship to Youth Arts Academy dance students and studio showcases for the general public.
July dance performances include Urban Bush Women, Ballet Hispanico, Harambee Dance Company, National Dance Institute, Hybrid Movement Company, Shaun Parker Dance Company, HaHuDance Crew, Sidra Bell Dance NY, Spectrum Dance Theater, The Harlem Dance Caravan, and others.
For a full schedule, visit http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/.
Jersey Tap Fest, New Jersey’s annual tap dance festival, celebrates its fifth-year anniversary August 14 to 17 in Bloomfield with more than 30 tap dance classes and a main stage celebration event, “TAP ‘N TIME.”
The public is welcome to participate, as well, by attending various events such as a history lesson, jam session, student showcase, and faculty meet and greet.
For its fifth anniversary, the festival has launched a scholarship initiative and has awarded deserving participants with full and partial scholarships, totaling more than $5,000. Of the recipients, five are international students.
“I wanted to help educate the world of the tap masters that have come from Jersey,” said festival founder and director Hillary-Marie Michael. “We’ve been able to not only celebrate local masters each year, but also provide an unprecedented opportunity for tap enthusiasts to find a home for exploration and intuitive performance through this intensive training.”
“TAP ‘N TIME” is set for August 16 at 7:30pm at Bloomfield College’s Westminster Arts Center, and will feature performers such as Jason Samuels Smith, Jason Janas, Karen Callaway Williams, Jeff Foote, Kyle Wilder, Evan Ruggiero, Hillary-Marie Michael, Boston Tap Company, and others.
Carmen de Lavallade holds the distinction of having the longest Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival performing career on record, having made her Pillow debut with Lester Horton Dance Theatre in 1953.
She returns to the Pillow’s stage with the world premiere of her new solo show, As I Remember It, reports Broadway World. The piece opens the festival and runs June 20 to 22, combining dance, film, and spoken word to weave a theatrical memoir about de Lavallade’s venerable life on stage.
De Lavallade says, “Jacob’s Pillow has played such an important role in my career. It is hard to believe that my first performance at the Pillow was 61 years ago, which makes this upcoming presentation incredibly special for me.”
In addition to her early Pillow appearances with the companies of Lester Horton and Alvin Ailey, de Lavallade has also performed at the festival with her husband, Geoffrey Holder; in the companies of Glen Tetley and Donald McKayle; and with John Butler in his iconic Portrait of Billie.
The lives and experiences of residents of Cincinnati’s Llanfair Retirement Community served as thematic elements for four pieces to be shown during this weekend’s Area Choreographers Festival, run by Contemporary Dance Theater.
Cincinnati.com said the annual festival, formerly known as Choreographers Without Companies, is a showcase for the work of independent choreographers in Greater Cincinnati. This year’s edition will run June 13 and 14 in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center.
“We thought it would be interesting if we collected various life stories from the residents and interpreted them in modern dance movement,” says Jefferson James, CDT founding artistic director.
Many residents were hesitant to participate. “I had to convince a lot of our residents that their lives were interesting,” says Peg Ashbrock, Llanfair community relations coordinator. “They kept telling me things like ‘All I ever did was raise a family’ or ‘I went to war and then came back.’ But I assured them that was plenty important.”
Choreographer Judith Mikita said the stories that attracted her were those from people who faced great personal trials, but didn’t dwell on them. “All of us have stories to tell. We go along and we laugh and we work and associate with people, but nobody knows what our worries or our fears are. I didn’t want to sensationalize their pain, but I was so impressed with their humbleness and their tenacity. In the end, I felt honored that I was entrusted to share their stories.”
For more information, visit www.cincinnatiarts.org. To see the original story, visit http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/
The San Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Boulder, Colorado, has a deadline of May 23, to submit film and video works that integrate dance and cinematography.
In selecting pieces for the festival, judges will consider thoughtful forms and themes; investigative, innovative, and experimental approaches; production values; audience appeal; and how the piece fits with or complements other films being considered. Art-oriented shorts under 16 minutes are strongly preferred.
Accepted works will be screened in Boulder at one or more of the following venues:
• Atlas Institute’s Center for the Arts, Media and Performance at the University of Colorado—Boulder (September 5 and 6)
• Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Center for the Arts (September 21 and October 19)
• Boulder Public Library Cinema Program in the Canyon Theater (October 6)
Sans Souci means “without worry” in French, and was conceived in 2003 when Michelle Ellsworth and Brandi Mathis sat on the porch of a mobile home in the Sans Souci Trailer Park in Boulder. What was first imagined as an informal gathering of local dance video artists, screening their works on a white wall in a trailer, is now an international festival with submissions from all over the world.
For entry forms, submission requirements, and more information visit http://sanssoucifest.org/danceCinemaCall2014.php.
A guide to 2014 tap events in the U.S. and abroad
Intensive tap festivals abound, and most include workshop classes, performances, and more. Whether you’re on the hunt for a great tap experience for your students or yourself, you’ll find the right fit in our listings.
Festivals are listed alphabetically by state, province, or country.
Chloe & Maud Productions’ DC Tap Festival
Where: Washington, DC
When: April 10-13
Fees/costs: Unlimited classes $300; single class $25
Registration deadline: Ongoing (March 1 for early-bird discount); walk-ups welcome
Faculty includes: Chloe and Maud Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, DeWitt Fleming, Jason Janas, Sarah Reich, Jason Samuels Smith, Dianne Walker, Joseph Webb, and Bakaari Wilder
Expand the language of tap dance through master classes with world-renowned tap dance artists. Includes competition, panel discussions, jam sessions, student showcases, cutting contests, and an all-star concert featuring tap masters, critically acclaimed musicians, and accomplished young dancers from around the world.
Contact: 202.421.0235; firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: American Rhythm Center, Chicago, IL
When: July 7-August 3
Fees/costs: Two weeks $1,500; single class $25
Registration deadline: May 25
Faculty includes: Lane Alexander, John Angeles, Bril Barrett, Martin Bronson, Zada Cheeks, Starinah Dixon, Martin “Tre” Dumas, Jay Fagan, Doug Feig, Derick K. Grant, Jason Janas, Nico Rubio, Sarah Savelli, Jumaane Taylor, Dianne Walker, Sam Weber and Nicholas Young; plus guests from Europe and South America: Guillem Alonso, Daniel Borak, Victor Cuno, Roser Font, and Charles Renato.
Rhythm World, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s 24th annual summer festival of American tap and percussive dance, features courses, master classes, workshops, and conferences taught by the world’s leading tap masters. “JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance” concerts showcase extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters.
Contact: 312.542.CHRP (2477); email@example.com; chicagotap.org
Motor City Tap Fest
Where: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
When: August 13-16
Fees/costs: Unlimited classes $395; single class $30
Registration deadline: June 15 for a 15 percent discount; July 15 for a 10 percent discount
Faculty includes: Guillem Alonso, Bril Barrett, Denise Caston, Suzy Guarino, Ray Hesselink, Shelby Kaufman, Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, Jenefer Miller, Claudia Rahardjanoto, and Gregg Russell
In its seventh year of bringing tap dance to the heart of Detroit, Motor City Tap Fest offers three days of master classes for all levels and ages with leading artists, a participants’ showcase, a “faculty chat,” a tap jam, and the “Masters of Tap” concert at Detroit’s historic Orchestra Hall.
Contact: 917.687.4811; firstname.lastname@example.org; motorcitytapfest.com
Jersey Tap Fest
Where: Bloomfield, NJ
When: August 14-17
Fees/costs: Unlimited classes $365; day passes and single classes available
Registration deadline: Ongoing as of April 1
Faculty includes: Maurice Chestnut, Jason Janas, Hillary-Marie Michael, Deborah Mitchell, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Kyle Wilder, Karen Callaway Williams, and Nicholas Young
Founded in 2010, Jersey Tap Fest offers master classes, a student showcase, a panel discussion, and the mainstage event, “Tap ’N Time.”
Contact: 973.932.0561; JerseyTapFest@gmail.com; JerseyTapFest.com
North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival
Where: The Ballet School of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
When: June 13-15
Fees/costs: $30 per class
Registration deadline: Ongoing
Faculty includes: Michelle Dorrance and Derick K. Grant
A rhythm-tap festival for all levels, including a showcase for students and a performance for instructors.
Contact: Gene Medler, 919.260.7585; email@example.com; ncyte.org
Point Tap Festival 2014
Where: Noel Fine Arts Center, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
When: August 7-9
Fees/costs: Full festival $400 (early bird $350), 1/2 festival and individual class options
Registration deadline: June 6 for early-bird discount
Faculty includes: Past teachers have included Robert Audy, Brandi Coleman, Thelma Goldberg, Mark Goodman, Josh Hilberman, Jeannie Hill, Ryan Korb, Lynn Schwab, and Mark Yonally.
National and international tap dancers from beginner to professional are invited to Wisconsin for three days of intensive tap dancing. Eight classes daily in two beautiful studios with sprung floors. Additional events include faculty rap session, cookout, downtown jam session, and festival concert.
Contact: Jeannie Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org; 715.346.3980; pointtap.wordpress.com
Vancouver International Tap Festival
Where: Dance Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
When: August 28-31
Registration deadline: August 28
Faculty includes: Terry Brock, Mika Komatsu, Gene Medler, Danny Nielsen, and Dianne Walker
Fifty master classes, four performances, and special youth programming.
Contact: 604.253.0293; email@example.com; vantapdance.com
Montreal Tap Dance Festival
Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
When: August 15-17
Fees/costs: All-access passes TBA (early bird $250)
Registration deadline: May 30 for early-bird discount
Faculty includes: International tap dancers and teachers offering classes in English and French
North America’s premier bilingual tap dance festival. Workshops, master classes, and three tap shows, a tap jam and cutting contest, panel discussion, footage viewing, and a Tap Dance Museum, all held in the historic Rialto Theatre. Performance opportunity for participants.
Contact: 514.779.6506; firstname.lastname@example.org; tapmontreal.com
Stockholm Tap Festival
Where: Stockholm, Sweden
When: April 16-22
Fees/costs: Festival package: 2600 SEK ($399 at press time; includes 14 classes in the main schedule and evening events). Master classes: 250 SEK ($38). Faculty Showcase Gala: 170-270 SEK ($26-$41)
Registration deadline: Ongoing until filled
Faculty includes: Guillem Alonso, Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Josh Hilberman, Michela Marino Lerman, Jason Samuels Smith, Sam Weber, Joseph Wiggan, and Nicholas Young
Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Stockholm Tap Festival with seven days of classes, a student showcase, live music jam sessions, a cutting contest, a teachers’ gala, an all-style battle, and parties.
Contact: Jonas Nermyr, +46 704 385871; Jonas@StockholmTapFestival.com; StockholmTapFestival.com
Zurich Tap Festival 2014
Where: Backstage Studio Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
When: April 17-20
Fees/costs: Single class $50; complete program (16 classes) $30/class
Registration deadline: April 10
Faculty includes: Lane Alexander, Derick K. Grant, Jason Janas, Danny Nielsen, Demi Remick, Cartier Williams, and Karen Callaway Williams
Four intensive days with 52 master classes for all levels, including kids and teens, and specialty-themed classes (technique, slides, improvisation, funk, etc.). Student showcase and tap jam with live music; parties. European premiere of Rhythm Refix, the percussive extravaganza directed by Cartier Williams; Festival Concert 2014.
Contact: +41 (43) 311 6868; email@example.com; zurichtapfestival.com
Top salsa dance teachers from the Dallas area will lead free 30-minute dance lessons every Saturday night in June and July as part of the Dance Council of North Texas’ Vitruvian Salsa Festival.
The festivals feature lessons at 6:30pm followed by dancing until 10pm to live salsa bands such as Latin Fire, Havana NRG, Latin Katz, Carabali, and Chichos. Gourmet food trucks will be on site beginning at 6pm. The evening’s activities are suitable for the entire family, and all dance levels are welcome. All activities take place at the Vitruvian Park Amphitheater, Vitruvian Way and Ponte Avenue, Addison, Texas.
The summer schedule includes: June 7 and July 5, Cuban Night; June 14 and July 12, Puerto Rican Night; June 21 and July 19, Dominican Night; June 28 and July 26, Colombian and Brazilian Night.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival returns to Brattleboro July 17 to 20 for its second year with a wide range of dance classes, workshops, lectures, performances, site-specific concerts, and free community events such as outdoor performances and live music.
The festival focuses on promoting dance educators, choreographers, and performers from New England and New York and will incorporate some of the top masters of this art form from across the country and beyond. This event has been designed to be accessible to anyone who is interested in participating in a weekend of dance and movement.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company members will lead technique classes, repertory workshops, and talks throughout the festival. Other faculty members include Navarra Novy-Williams of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, former Martha Graham dancer Donlin Foreman, Alvin Ailey veteran Mucuy Bolles, Impulse Dance Company artistic director Adrienne Hawkins, Marshall Jarreau of So You Think You Can Dance and Cirque De Soleil, Boston Conservatory faculty member Lorraine Chapman, and Billbob Brown, director of dance at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
All ticketed festivalgoers will be allowed to choose one or more workshops or lectures each day of the festival, as well as up to two performances throughout the weekend. Attendees may purchase additional tickets for performances as well as add classes and workshops to their own schedules. For more information, visit www.southernvermontdancefestival.com.
Some of the top dancers and dance companies in the country will offer a diverse array of artistry and genres during the 20th anniversary Fire Island Dance Festival, set for July 18 to 20, outdoors on the beautiful Great South Bay in New York.
The festival is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Since its founding in 1995, the festival has grown to become the cultural and charitable event of the summer in Fire Island Pines, raising more than $3.3 million.
The 20th anniversary Fire Island Dance Festival will include performances by Ailey II, BalletCollective, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Marcelo Gomes, Nick Kenkel, Sara Mearns, Kristine Bendul, Waldemar Quiñones-Villanueva, Ryan Worsing, and Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu.
Three Fire Island Dance Festival performances are set: July 19 at 5pm; a sunset performance on July 19 at 7pm; and July 20 at 5pm. Tickets for Fire Island Dance Festival are on sale now at www.dradance.org or by phone at 212.840.0770, ext. 268.
As 2014 Harman-Eisner artists in residence for the Aspen Institute Arts Program, actor Alfre Woodard and dancer Charles “Lil Buck” Riley will participate at the Aspen Ideas Festival set for June 27 to July 3, and also engage in institute activities throughout the year in New York, Washington, DC, and elsewhere.
“Alfre Woodard and Lil Buck are artists whose work is a shining example of how the arts can benefit society. Beyond being artistically excellent, they put that excellence to use, helping us make progress in issues from education to equality,” said program director and former ballet dancer Damian Woetzel.
Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is a dancer and leader of a style known as “Memphis jookin’.” In 2011, Woetzel paired Lil Buck with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a collaboration that went viral on YouTube, and has to date been viewed more than two million times. Riley is an artist in residence at the Vail International Dance Festival, and is an active participant in arts education initiatives around the country.
“I graduated from a school where I learned how vital having the arts in our education really is, to our youth and the world. I am truly passionate about inspiring youth through the art of dance,” Riley said.
The Aspen Institute Arts Program was established to support and invigorate the arts in America. For more information, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org.
Tap legend Savion Glover and Bessie-winning founder and artistic director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women will serve as grand marshals of the 8th Annual Dance Parade and Festival, which will kick off at 1pm May 17 in New York City.
The more than 10,000 participating dancers hail from countries around the globe, including Ukraine, Bolivia, India, Brazil, Korea, Algeria, Tahiti, Mexico, Japan, Estonia, Jamaica, China, Armenia, Spain, and Indonesia.
More than 150 dance groups will showcase 75 dance styles and cultures as they dance down Broadway in a multi-cultural, rhythm-infused, magical display of movement, art, and color. The parade unfolds as a vibrant procession of pageantry and movement embodying the cultural richness that New York reflects as a global dance city. Ancient dance styles from Africa, South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Far East Asia are performed side by side with modern styles like tap, swing, contemporary, urban, and hip-hop.
Parade registration is open to everyone; $50 for groups, and free to individuals of all ages. All styles of dance are welcome. The last day to register for groups is May 7. Individuals can register up until the day of the parade.
“Dance feels good and you can see that in all the smiling faces of parade dancers from one culture to the next,” said Greg Miller, executive director of Dance Parade, Inc., the nonprofit organization that produces the day’s events, in a press release. “This year’s theme, Be The Momentum, is a call to action to celebrate a shared love of dance. We want to inspire folks to take on this fun and healthy activity.”
For more information, visit http://danceparade.org/wp/.
A new movie at the Tribeca Film Festival takes an intimate look at young dancer Justin Peck’s road to opening night as he choreographs the 422nd ballet for New York City Ballet.
The Daily Beast reported that Ballet 422 director Jody Lee Lipes captures the two-month conception, preparation, and execution of the NYCB’s 422nd new ballet under the helm of 25-year-old Peck, an up-and-coming choreographer who was dubbed “the third important choreographer to have emerged in classical ballet this century” by the New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay.
Peck is the only current NYCB dancer (he’s in the corps de ballet) who choreographs for the company. Set to a musical composition from 1935, Ballet #422—later titled Paz de la Jolla—was the only new ballet commissioned for the 2013 winter season. The film is quiet, and is less an introspective look into Peck’s world than a retrospective examination of the relationship between dancers and choreographers, the intricate process of formulating and producing a new ballet, and—most important—an understanding of the grace and beauty of dance behind the curtain at one of the most coveted and respected companies in the world.
The ending of Ballet 422 “is really important,” Lipes told IndieWire. “That’s my favorite part of the film. I think it took me a little while to understand this idea that you can do really great work in whatever artistic pursuit you’re going after, and you can be recognized, but you have to keep doing it. You can never stop. You go back to zero and start all over again. You can’t rest on your laurels. It may get easier in some ways and harder in other ways. The fact that Justin went back to dancing after all of this was really something.”
The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) has announced its 2014 Tap Scholars—deserving, talented youth who receive scholarship assistance to attend CHRP’s annual Rhythm World summer festival of American tap and contemporary percussive arts.
2014 Tap Scholars include: Giuliano Antônio, 20, Brazil; Anthony Clampit, 14, Villa Park, Illinois; Lilly Clampit, 17, Villa Park, Illinois; Abby Crawford, 14, Ontario, Canada; Haley Grier, 15, St. Joseph, Michigan; Moa Imai, 13, Tokyo; Donyella Kittrell-Jackson, 16, Chicago; Madison Martin, 17, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Emiko Nakagawa, 16, Tokyo; Lauren O’Neil, 18, Oak Forest, Illinois; Alexandra Stephens, 17, St. Louis, Missouri; Emerson Stephens, 15, St. Louis, Missouri; Molly Sute, 16, Brownstown, Michigan; and Sydney-Symone Tate, 16, Birmingham, Alabama.
CHRP conducts Tap Scholar auditions every February as a part of its Winter Tap JAMboree and holds auditions in Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Zurich, Toronto, and various American cities. Founded in 1995 to honor the life of CHRP co-founder Kelly Michaels, the Tap Scholar Award program has provided more than $275,000 in financial aid to more than 200 talented, deserving young dancers.
During the last 19 years, many Tap Scholar Award winners have gone on to successful careers in teaching, choreographing, and performing, including Jumaane Taylor, Ian Berg, Starinah Dixon, Nico Rubio, Sean Kaminski, and Donetta Jackson. The 2014 Rhythm World takes place July 7 to August 3. For more information, visit http://www.chicagotap.org/Performance-Education-Detail-Festival/rhythm-world-2014.aspx.
Entertainment star and dance educator Debbie Allen was brought to tears when she collected an award before an audience of mostly kids and young adults at Duke Ellington School of the Arts this past weekend, reported the Washington Post.
“This is the most moving tribute I have ever received,” Allen said, accepting the Entertainment Icon Award at the sixth annual DC Tap Festival gala. Weeping a bit with her were Maud and Chloe Arnold, the dancing DC natives whom Allen has mentored since 1998, when an adolescent Chloe auditioned for Allen’s Kennedy Center musical Brothers of the Knight.
More than 200 dancers—pros, prodigious kids and adult amateurs—presented a swath of styles, from Latin and jazz to hip-hop and Americana. Highlights included the sequined student troupe from Ashburn’s Studio Bleu Dance Center, an ad hoc tribute to the late Harold Cromer, and a visiting group from Brazil. Stand-out soloists included Sarah Reich, who tapped out a rumba with the eight-piece jazz band; Herb Spice and the Cinnamonstix; and Michelle Dorrance, a frequent collaborator with Savion Glover.
But the tapper who brought the house down was Luke Spring, a 10-year-old from Ashburn whose technical flash and flexible feet have landed him on Broadway. Spring doubled as the evening’s emcee, and he beamed as he told the crowd, “Tap’s future looks bright.”
More than 3,100 fifth-grade students from throughout Los Angeles County will simultaneously perform a choreographed dance on The Music Center Plaza in Los Angeles this weekend as part of The 44th Annual Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival, reports the Balita Filipino News.
About 18,000 students will participate over the three days of the admission-free festival (April 9 to 11). For many, this festival marks their first experience with the performing arts.
Students prepare in advance with curriculum provided to their teachers by The Blue Ribbon in partnership with The Music Center. Students learn what to watch for during the performance, history and terminology, themes, and the choreography for their dance.
During the festival, students attend a performance by a professional company—this year, the Paul Taylor Dance Company—then gather on The Music Center Plaza to perform a special dance that incorporates music and movements from the live performance in a dance choreographed just for them.
The festival began in 1970 as part of The Music Center’s commitment to engage young people in the arts, and is one of California’s longest-running ongoing free arts education programs. For more information, visit http://www.musiccenter.org/education/Students-at-the-Center/Blue-Ribbon-Childrens-Festival/.
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Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) will present the 5th Annual Move Me Festival, a free family-friendly celebration of the arts and culture that promotes healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts, on April 26 from 1 to 5pm at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia.
Nearly 1,000 attendees are expected at the festival, which features performances and interactive activities in dance, music, theater, and arts and crafts presented by Metro DC arts organizations. With the theme “Get Active, Get Creative, Get Involved,” the festival hopes to build a deeper sense of community by providing opportunities for the public to participate in arts activities.
Activities/performances will feature Zumba, Hawaiian hula dance, Bolivian dance, Bollywood, folk dances, “Ballet Party,” theater and improv games, “Singing and Strings,” arts and crafts, and “Costume Museum.”
The festival will culminate with performances by Bowen McCauley Dance, including students in BMD’s Dance for PD program for people with Parkinson’s, BMD’s Kenmore Junior Company, and students from Marshall Road Elementary School.
For more information, visit the festival website www.bmdc.org/outreach/move-me-festival.
Rhythmic drum beats and vibrant movements characterize the Bombazo Dance Company, the only New York dance group invited to perform at New Orleans’ Congo Square Rhythms Festival.
The festival, produced by The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, celebrates the music and culture of the African diaspora (http://www.jazzandheritage.org/congo-square) and will run March 22 to 23.
Time Warner Cable News NY 1 reported that Bombazo is a Bronx-based group started by professionally trained dancer Milteri Tucker, who wanted to blend her Puerto Rican culture with a passion for dance. Her goal was to introduce bomba—the traditional music of Puerto Rico that blends Spanish, African, and Caribbean cultures as it focuses on the relationship between dancers, percussionists, and singers—to New Yorkers in an environment where people of all ages could grow and learn together. Six years later, she has a diverse group of about two dozen who range in age from early 20s to their 70s.
Bombazo conducts classes and workshops and performs all over the NYC area. An appearance at the New Orleans festival would be its first performance opportunity outside the city. The group has launched a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to help defray the cost of the 22 members’ travel expenses. For more information, visit www.bombazodanceco.com.
To see the full story, visit http://bronx.ny1.com/content/news/205231/bronx-dance-group-needs-help-to-perform-at-new-orleans-festival.
The 36th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival will feature 31 dance companies and more than 300 dancers and musicians at this year’s event, set for June 5 to 29.
Kathakali dance, last presented at the festival in 1978, will be highlighted. Of all of the classical Indian dance forms, kathakali is the most stylized and is often compared to the kabuki tradition of Japan, especially in regards to the elaborate make-up worn by the performers.
Noted teachers of classical Indian dance, Katherine and K.P. Kunhiraman, will be presented with the festival’s annual Malonga Casquelourd Lifetime Achievement Award at the June 14 evening performance.
“Kathakali dance is at risk of being lost forever,” said Julie Mushet, the festival’s executive director, noting that this year’s festival will mark K.P.’s final U.S. appearance before retirement. “K.P. Kunhiraman’s departure raises many questions about the future of dance and how, and even if, cultural traditions will be passed to the next generation, as they have been for millennia.”
Tickets to the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival are $18 to $58 and will be available for purchase April 11 at www.sfethnicdancefestival.org.
The American Dance Festival (ADF) will present the 2014 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement to choreographer and director Angelin Preljocaj.
Preljocaj is one of France’s preeminent choreographers, known for work that is daring, intensely physical, and complex. Established in 1981 by Samuel H. Scripps, the annual award honors choreographers who have dedicated their lives and talent to the creation of modern dance.
The Scripps/ADF Award presentation will take place on July 11 at 8pm, prior to Ballet Preljocaj’s performance at the Durham [NC] Performing Arts Center.
“Mr. Preljocaj creates visually arresting, beautifully physical work that never fails to amaze. We are pleased to honor his significant contributions to the dance world this summer at ADF,” said ADF director Jodee Nimerichter.
Preljocaj began his career in classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance. In 1980 he studied in New York with Zena Rommett and Merce Cunningham, after which he returned to France, joining the Quentin Rouillier Company in Caen. Preljocaj formed his own company in December 1984 in Champigny-sur-Marne and since that time has produced 47 choreographic works.
His productions have been restaged by numerous repertory companies, many of which also commission works, including the Saatsoper of Berlin, The New York City Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet. For more information, visit www.americandancefestival.org.
For seven years, the Dancing in the Street festival in Grand Center, St. Louis, not only opened the entertainment district’s fall season, but also served as a showcase for local companies. The family-friendly outdoor setting was invaluable in introducing dance to new audiences while raising the profiles of the companies onstage.
But Grand Center recently announced that the festival will not be returning for an eighth edition a decision that the dance community views as a step backward, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“Dancing in the Street was a great opportunity for a variety of dance groups of all levels to come together and bring awareness of dance to the people of St. Louis,” said Stacy West, executive and artistic director of MADCO, the resident dance company at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “I think it will be missed by many people.”
Last year’s festival featured more than 60 local and regional dance companies on three stages.
In a recent interview with the Post-Dispatch, Vincent C. Schoemehl Jr., president and chief executive of Grand Center Inc., cited inadequate funding and difficulties in booking big-name headliners as reasons for bringing Dancing in the Street to an end.
But Grand Center said in a statement released in January that the district was “willing to provide logistical support to a dance organization interested in assuming sponsorship of the event and would love to see the event continue in the district.”
Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance will feature New Jersey’s top dance companies, as well as emerging dance troupes from around the state, during two nights of dance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark.
This will mark the third year for the festival, reported Broadway World. Nine dance companies featuring styles from Irish to modern, ballet to tap, will be presented in two installments.
The opening night’s program, March 8, will feature world premieres and other pieces from Randy James’ all-male dance company, 10 Hairy Legs, as well as from The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company. Prior to the 8pm curtain, ticket holders are welcome to attend a free workshop where 10 Hairy Legs company members and guest musicians will demonstrate the nuances of the relationship of live music to dance.
The second part, May 3, will feature performances by American Repertory Ballet, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Cleo Mack Dance Project, tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, dancer Timothy Kochka, and dance artist Claire Porter.
Tickets are $24 to $39. For more information, visit http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/jersey-moves-festival-of-dance-1.
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The fifth annual Space City Tap Festival, planned for February 28 to March 2, will bring together tap dancers from 4-year-olds to professionals as it continues to build the ties between tap dancers of all ages throughout Texas, according to the Citizen.
Hosted by New Tap Productions (TNT), festival faculty will include Acia Gray, Matthew Shields, Tony Merriwether, and Sarah Reich.
The festival includes opportunities for young dancers from the Houston area and beyond to participate in numerous cultural traditions of tap dance (such as a cutting contest and tap jam), to grow with fellow dancers, and to increase their historical knowledge of this uniquely American art form. Classes will include classic and musical theater tap, tap history, choreography, and hip-hop.
All classes will be held at 15210 Hwy 3, Suite 109, Webster, Texas. For registration and information call 281.480.8441, or visit www.spacecitytapfest.com.
To see the original story, visit http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/bay_area/living/space-city-tap-fest-returns-feb/article_3ffef129-73b7-5dde-8696-5bcf9adcc578.html.
The Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) will feature a globe-spanning roster of artists and creators who will take to the city’s stages from March 7 to 29.
This vibrant festival features a diverse array of international icons, including China’s Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Spain’s flamenco innovator Israel Galván, coupled with local favorites Dancers Dancing, the 605 Collective, among many others.
“VIDF exists to celebrate and explore dance in its enriching and endlessly fascinating incarnations,” says artistic director Barbara Bourget. “This season’s programming realizes this purpose in the most brilliant manner—perhaps more so than any other season—by drawing master practitioners who represent a vast range of geographic place and distinguished artistic form.”
A standout early event features Guangdong Modern Dance Company, China’s first professional modern dance company, appearing with Vancouver’s award-winning Goh Ballet in “Select Works/Mustard Seed” at the Vancouver Playhouse on March 7 and 8 at 8pm.
The Vail International Dance Festival’s 2014 edition will be held July 27 through August 9, marking its 26th season with world premieres, debuts, and collaborations, according to the Vail Daily.
Under the direction of former New York City Ballet standout Damian Woetzel, the festival has established itself as one of the premiere dance events in the world. This year, the festival announces Argentina’s Herman Cornejo as artist in residence and Pennsylvania Ballet and BalletX as companies in residence.
The festival also welcomes back ballerina Wendy Whelan in the Vail debut of her new project, Restless Creature, along with New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, Carla Körbes from Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company, tango artists Gabriel Missé and Analia Centurión, and the Memphis dancer Lil’ Buck.
“The Vail International Dance Festival is more and more about collaboration—combining contrasting styles of dance or dancers who have never worked together before,” Woetzel said. “These explorations are what make the festival a unique experience for the dancers and the audience. Pushing the limits and experimenting with what is possible has really become the goal.”
Performances take place at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Fan Club presale tickets are available March 19 to 21; public sale begins March 25 and “Dance for $20.14” tickets go on sale in June. A full schedule of performances and other festival events are available at www.vaildance.org.
To see the original story, visit http://www.vaildaily.com/news/10168013-113/dance-ballet-aug-festival.
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The 18th annual New England Dance Festival will be held June 14 and 15 at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, New Hampshire.
Run by Paula Callahan, a 25-year member of the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, the festival is a local competition that uses many DTCB/AS members as judges. Dancers may compete as soloists, duo/trio, small and large groups, or classes in a wide variety of dance styles, including ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, character, jazz, musical theater, and Irish.
• Pre-competitive; first year competitors only
• Novice; small and large groups and classes only; for groups that dance two hours total or less per week
• Amateur; dancers who dance strictly for recreation and/or competitions
• Pro-Am; a combination of amateur and professional dancers
• Professional; dancers who are rewarded in either a monetary or material way for performances
Entry forms must be postmarked no later than May 16. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dancers of Damelahamid presents the diverse stories, songs, and dances of the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and beyond at the seventh annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival set for March 4 to 9.
Held in partnership with UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA), Vancouver, B.C., the festival will feature traditional performances and contemporary expression through school workshops, signature evening presentations, and afternoon festival stage shows.
In addition to diverse performances by internationally renowned artists from throughout British Columbia, Alaska, Yukon, and Washington, this year’s festival also welcomes South American dancer Adriana Arrunátegui, from Lima, Peru, in her Canadian debut. Arrunátegui—who has trained extensively in traditional, classical, and contemporary dance—will share community dances connected to agriculture and the time of harvest from the Cusco region of Peru.
“The Prophesy of the Eagle and the Condor—the people of the north and south—speaks of a coming together to remember each other and our shared cultures and histories that are deeply connected by the mountain range that spans our two continents,” says Margaret Grenier, executive and artistic director of Dancers of Damelahamid. “We present the 2014 festival with this spirit of sharing in mind. This year will be a particularly exciting one, as we are thrilled to include incredible international performance in the celebration.”
Dancers of Damelahamid is a professional aboriginal dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia that makes use of dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia.
Dallas native Dylis Croman, currently appearing in the Broadway production of Chicago, will be teaching free musical theater, ballet, and contemporary classes as guest artist for Dance Planet 18, a community-wide, weekend dance festival set for April 12 and 13 in Dallas, Texas.
Croman danced with FeldBallets/NY (now Ballet Tech Company), served as assistant to Ann Reinking, and performed in Broadway shows such as Sweet Charity, Fosse, and Oklahoma!
Croman trained in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with Dana Davis Bailey, Dian Clough West, and TuzerBallet. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts.
In addition to Croman’s classes, Dance Planet 18 will feature 30 free classes in many styles from samba to swing to circus silks, African to Middle Eastern. Two Performance Showcases will feature more than 80 dance troupes and 1,000 performers from the greater North Texas region.
Presented by the Dance Council of North Texas, Dance Planet is America’s largest free dance festival and is appropriate for all ages. Schedules will be posted online at www.thedancecouncil.org.
The American Dance Festival audition tour will visit 14 cities between February 1 and March 30, seeking talented candidates for the festival’s 2014 ADF Six Week School.
The ADF school provides professional training programs for students, choreographers, and teachers, and is held in conjunction with the festival (running June 12 to July 26 in Durham, North Carolina).
The faculty will include Brenda Daniels, Mark Haim, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Pamela Pietro, James Sutton, Andrea Weber, and Jesse Zaritt, among others.
Tuition scholarships are offered to promising students who demonstrate a high level of technical and creative ability or potential, as well as financial need. In 2013, more than $200,000 was given in scholarships to more than 50 percent of the students who attended the festival.
Scholarship amounts range from $200 to full tuition.
Notable scholarship alumni include Hope Boykin, Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton, Paul Taylor, and Shen Wei, and many former scholarship students have gone on to have successful careers with renowned companies such as Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, and Shen Wei Dance Arts, among others.
Applications for the school and audition details are available at www.americandancefestival.org.
The most delightful flick of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is an unconventional documentary with no plot, no dialogue, and nothing but party. Living Stars, a fleet 63-minute film by Argentinean directors Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat, is a lark, a YouTube-influenced trifle that travels to different people’s homes, plops a camera on a tripod, and asks them to pick a song and dance.
That’s literally all Living Stars is: 30-plus strangers shaking their stuff to Britney Spears and the Black Eyed Peas, says a review by Amy Nicholson in The Village Voice. Instead of plopping their performers in front of a backdrop or on a stage, Cohn and Duprat elbow into their homes and ask their friends and family to stick around and act natural. There are no re-dos. If someone stumbles or a baby brother toddles into the frame, the show goes on. We soak it all in—the clutter, the “characters,” the dogs nipping excitedly at their feet—and quickly shape it into a scene we can understand.
Living Stars is both dozens of mini-movies and no movie at all. We build a whole life for each person without them saying a word. A tough, talented girl dancing while her mechanic dad solders a car is like a 60-second version of Flashdance; an older woman bopping though “Hound Dog” while her two friends beam in her crowded bedroom is a short story about friendship after 50.
And then it hits you that the audience is the story, too. The entire time, you’ve been absorbing everyone else’s reactions. Who do people like? Who do people not? Along with these instant character portraits come instant, often unfair judgments. Chubby kids with skills get cheers, older ladies who love Technotronic are heroes. But the reaction to good-looking, semi-skilled girls is cold, and a teacher who twerks got shamed with tsk-tsks.
It’s not a film about actors and scripts. It’s a film about us, the strangers in our world, and our reaction to them. This is the only film at Sundance that you can duplicate by clicking around YouTube. And it’s fitting that we’re free to make our own version. Go ahead, give it a whirl.
To read the full review, visit http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/01/living-stars-dancing-documentary.php.
Applications are still being accepted for the 2014 Young Choreographer’s Festival, an annual showcase in New York City that features the work of up-and-coming artists. This year’s event is set for June 14 at 8pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space, New York City.
The festival’s mission is to “aim to educate, foster . . . and support the cultivation of young artists” by putting young choreographers in contact with established professionals. Choreographers selected for the festival will work with a mentor, attend private workshop classes, participate in the Talk Back panel, and receive rehearsal space prior to the performance.
Choreographers must be between the ages of 18 and 25 on the application deadline date of January 31. Applicants must provide a three to five minute work sample (via YouTube) of the proposed work, in any genre, of either rehearsal or performance.
For more information, visit http://www.youngchoreographersfestival.com/