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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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