San Diego Modern Company Kicks Off Free Wednesday Concert Series

The Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, a professional modern-dance company and school, will be the performers January 2 for “WOW! First Wednesdays,” a series of free concerts and performances held the first Wednesday of every month at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, California.

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Relief on the Way for Hurricane-Hit NYC Modern-Dance Companies

Among the huge outpouring of relief for damages from Hurricane Sandy nearly two months after it hit, a modest effort is on the horizon for the shoestring but vibrant world of modern dance in New York City.

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November 2012 | 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Strong and Liquid

Challenge the core. To build students’ core strength in each class, have them do the yoga “plank” with weight on the forearms. Tell them to hollow the abdomen (exhaling to bring the navel closer to the spine) and maintain this form for at least 30 seconds. As they become stronger, encourage them to place one hand at a time behind the back and then to lengthen one leg at a time until the foot leaves the floor. Incorporating these into longer movement phrases with music allows students to experience them as dancing rather than exercises.

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Amusement Parks Showmanship Influences Urbanity Dance Director

Boston’s contemporary Urbanity Dance will make its inaugural trip to Orlando, Florida, this week to perform and hold master classes with Yow Dance, an emerging modern dance company in central Florida.

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Modern Dance Teacher Don Halquist Encourages Uniqueness in Students’ Performances

In the November issue of Dance Studio Life magazine, SUNY Brockport professor Don Halquist shares his thoughts on teaching students how to layer their own passion, their own emotions, and their personal uniqueness on the choreography they have been taught in class or for performance.

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November 2012 | 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Strong and Liquid

2 Tips for Modern Teachers: Challenge the core and liquid breath.

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Seán Curran Collaborates with Darrah Carr Dance in Irish-Infused ModERIN

2012 Bessie Award nominee Darrah Carr Dance and celebrated guest choreographer Seán Curran return to New York City’s Irish Arts Center this November to premiere new work in the company’s signature style of ModERIN: a unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance.

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Modern Dance and Mysticism are Powerful Forces in Vermont Movie

The cast and crew of the indie film Brujo are huddled in a garage in tiny Washington, Vermont, one recent afternoon, waiting out a downpour. They’ve been filming the modern-dance movie on writer/director Glenn Mack’s sprawling homestead for almost three weeks, and with just two days of production left, they’re preparing to shoot the final scene.

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2 Tips for Modern Teachers | From the Ground Up

Muscular strength is not the same thing as stability; flexibility is not the same as mobility. Clarity of form without resilience leads to rigidity; flexibility without grounding creates formlessness . . .

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2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Spatial Awareness

By changing “front” regularly, you will facilitate the kinesthetic learning that is so important in modern dance, in which each artist is expected to find her/his uniqueness rather than look a certain way.

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2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Exploring Meaning

Good teaching is often more about asking appropriate questions than about giving answers. By learning how to investigate movement concepts, students become empowered to participate in generating knowledge.

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Documentary Detailing Rise of the Joffrey Ballet Now on Sale

Unsigned copies of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance DVD are now on sale for $14.95 by using the promo code DANCE.

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2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Focusing on the Internal

When dancers compete with others, their focus is often outside their bodies. But they learn more efficiently and deeply when they are aware of internal sensations and feelings.

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Fire in the Dark, Beauty for the Spirit

When Natta Haotzima arrived in the United States from Mexico City seven years ago, she felt both the sting and the promise of her new home.

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RIOULT Modern Dance Company Holds Four Shows at John Jay College

RIOULT, an American modern dance company with a classic sensibility, will hold a four-day 2012 New York season at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, New York City, May 10 to 12, with a family matinee May 13.

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Modern Dance Takes Center Stage at Miami Dance Festival

The eighth annual Miami Dance Festival will kick off with an environmental dance performance by Momentum Dance Company on April 1 at Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

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Five Premieres by Bill Evans Featured in Rochester Show

Bill Evans Dance Company will present “Dancing in the Vernal Equinox,” five premieres with choreography by modern dance master Evans, on March 18 at 3pm at Hochstein Performance Hall, Rochester, New York.

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2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers | Weight Centers and Words

To help students find dynamic variation and movement efficiency, I guide them into moving from the three different weight centers.

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2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers | Plié Particulars

When I ask teenage dancers what a plié is, often they answer, “Bending the knees.”

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2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Breath and Awareness

As you enter the studio, notice your own breath to help you become centered. Draw your students’ attention to their breath to help them become present in body, mind, and spirit.

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Ailey Dancers Spend Holidays Sharing Love of Dance With Audiences

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will run a special holiday schedule that includes matinee and evening programs on Christmas Eve, an evening performance on Christmas Day, and two performances on New Year’s Eve.

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Ichinohe Blends Best of West and East in 40th Anniversary Gala

The New York-based Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company, which has been creating and performing original modern dance works that merge the culture and traditions of Japan with the Western dance vocabulary, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala performance December 3 at 7pm at Ailey Citigroup Theatre.

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Bill Evans Is Keynote Speaker for FDEO’s Conference This Week

Modern dance master teacher Bill Evans will make the keynote presentation during this week’s Florida Dance Education Organization’s 2011 conference, “Dance Education: Legacy and Literacy.”

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Jacob’s Pillow Remembers Founder on His 120th Birthday

Modern dance groundbreaker Ted Shawn is being remembered by the dance educational center he founded, Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, on October 21—the occasion of his 120th birthday. To view a video clip of Shaw’s Men Dancers in the piece Kinetic Molpai, recorded at the Pillow in 1937, visit http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/ted-shawns-men-dancers?ref=era&refcar=/era/1930–1939. . . .

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Irish Dance Company Offers Family Show with Audience Participation

Guest choreographer Seán Curran brings his own innovative flair to Darrah Carr Dance’s signature blend of contemporary modern dance and traditional Irish step during four shows this November at the Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York City.

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Taylor Foundation Designs Free Program for Youth, Adults

The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation introduces Take On Taylor, a series of free events at the Taylor studios on Manhattan’s Lower East Side designed to introduce new audiences to Taylor’s work and to further engage audiences already familiar with the modern dance master.

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Israeli Choreographer Collaborates with DC Dancemakers

Choreographer Nir Ben Gal from the Israeli modern dance company Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal will join the Eureka Dance Festival in Washington, DC, in September to create and perform original dance pieces in collaboration with five DC-based choreographers.

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Pilobolus Lends Its Unique Touch to OK Go’s Video

The musical group OK Go has teamed up with modern dance company Pilobolus to create its latest video for the single “All Is Not Lost,” according to Glasswerk.co.uk.

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The Nature of Duncan

Legendary modern-dance pioneer Isadora Duncan (1877–1927) believed in nature as the primary source of inspiration for a dancer. While classes in Duncan technique are not as common as classes in the techniques of other modern dance greats such as Martha Graham or José Limón, Duncan’s legacy is thriving at The Meadow Dance Studio in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley.

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Dance Place Features New Works in Adjudicated Showcase

Dance Place’s annual adjudicated showcase of new works by established and emerging choreographers from throughout the region will feature works ranging in styles from modern to contemporary ballet.

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Beginners to Advanced Dancers Find Summer Offerings at MMDC

A program of new workshops and classes, from modern to salsa, are underway at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. This week saw the start of beginning modern on Wednesdays, and beginning/intermediate modern on Thursdays. Other classes include intermediate/advanced tap on Wednesdays . . .

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Russians (Finally) to Get a Taste of Martha Graham

The work of Martha Graham, the legendary choreographer who redefined modern American dance, has been performed all over the world before and since her death in 1991—with the exception of Russia.

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Modern-Day Dance Meets Classical Indian Forms in Shared Concert

“Performing the Border,” a shared program presented by two companies that blend modern-day dance with classical Indian dance, will be held May 20 at 8pm at Ailey Citygroup Theater, 40 West 55th Street, New York City.

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Limón Offers Summer Workshops in U.S. and Beyond

The Limón Dance Company has created five workshops where dancers and teachers can explore the Limón modern dance technique this summer, with three opportunities in the States, one in London, England, and one in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Dancewave’s Senior Students Benefit From Working with Gallim Dance

Dancewave this June will present “Spring Celebration 2011,” a showcase of modern dance repertory premiering the Dancewave Company’s work with Gallim Dance.

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Tickets on Sale May 9 for This Summer’s ADF Performances

Tickets to the 2011 American Dance Festival (ADF), running June 9 to July 23 in Durham, North Carolina, go on sale May 9 at 10am.

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Kansas Professional Modern Company Calls it Quits After 25 Years

A professional modern dance company that has toured throughout Kansas for nearly 25 years is giving its final full performance this week, reported Jan Biles in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Summer Workshops Offered in Duncan Technique

The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation will offer five weeks of adult workshops in New York City from July 5 to August 19 in the movement techniques made famous by the modern dance pioneer.

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Bill Evans Dance Showcases Tap and Modern Dance Expertise

The Bill Evans Dance Company will perform seven Rochester, New York, premieres, including both award-winning modern dance choreography and classic and contemporary rhythm tap dance, at the Geva Nextstage this month.

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Best of Modern Dance Finds its Way to North Carolina This Summer

The American Dance Festival (ADF), encouraging the creation of new and innovative modern works while also preserving modern dance heritage through the continued presentation of timeless dance classics, will present Something New, Something Treasured from June 9 to July 23 in Durham, North Carolina.

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Special Offers Available on Music for Modern, Ballet Classes

Jay Distributors and DanceClassMusic.com are offering several titles of music CDs for modern and ballet classes at discount during the month of February.

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Bella Lewitzky Dancer/Teacher John Pennington Visits ARC Pasadena

John Pennington will hold classes in contemporary/modern dance at ARC Pasadena in California on Saturdays in February from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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Mark Morris Summer Intensives Planned for East and West Coasts

Applications are now being accepted for the Mark Morris Dance Group’s 2011 summer intensives, with sessions to be held on both the East and West coasts.

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Pam England’s ‘COURT’ Presented at Dogtown Dance

Ground Zero Dance will present the expansion of choreographer Pam England’s COURT at Dogtown Dance Theatre, Richmond, Virginia, from February 3 to 5.

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Friday Nights Light Up With New Classes at MMDC

A new slate of classes for teens, children, and adults has been set for Fridays at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

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EditorSpeak

Last November I saw a performance by butoh troupe Sankai Juku that got me thinking about something we rarely do in our speeded-up world: slow down.

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Abstract Artwork, ‘Modern Dance,’ on Display in Boston

Modern Dance, a 26-foot-high abstract sculpture by Boston artist Jacob Kulin, is on display on the Wharf District Park portion of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway as part of the “Bright Lights for Winter Nights” celebration.

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Former Paul Taylor Dancer Showcases Choreography at Dance Place

New York City-based TAKE Dance brings energy and emotion to the Dance Place stage, 3225 Eighth Street NE, Washington, DC, on January 22 at 8:00 p.m. and January 23 at 4:00 p.m.

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Limón advanced students demonstrate progress in performance

Students of the Limón Institute’s Professional Studies Program will demonstrate their progress grasping the nuances of the modern master’s movements in a fall studio showing on December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Peridance Capezio Center, 126 E. 13th Street, New York.

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Contemporary dance and classical ballet combine in NYC Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, A Contemporary Ballet, a one-hour, modern-day version of the holiday classic, will be presented in three shows this December at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.

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