DSL NewsWire: Dance Artists Share Experiences in Online Oral History Library

The oral histories of 73 luminaries from the San Francisco Bay Area performing arts, including many dancers and dance educators, are now available online as part of Museum of Performance + Design Legacy audio recordings series.

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Successor Sought for Portland Ballet Executive Director Genie O’Brien

Portland [ME] Ballet’s performance last week of The Victorian Nutcracker was spiced with a bit of extra excitement: a surprise pre-show announcement that the ballet’s founder and 35-year executive and artistic director is leaving.

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Hundreds of Studio Dancers Heat up Disney During Frozen Performances

More than 300 dancers from 40 studios across the country, including dancers from Kick Dance Studios of Rumson and Fair Haven, New Jersey, recently performed in Disney Parks “Frozen” Christmas Celebration, which was taped December 4 to 8 and will air December 25 at 10am EST on ABC.

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Colorado Conservatory of Dance Prepares to Welcome Autistic Audience to Special Sensory Performance

Colorado Conservatory of Dance will stage a special sensory performance of its annual Nutcracker production, with adjustments to elements such as sound and lighting, to make the show more accessible to people with autism, developmental disabilities, or other disabilities. Rachel Long, a communications coordinator with CCD, told Boulder Daily Camera . . .

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SAB Annual Workshop Performance To Be Shared with PBS Viewers

Viewers are invited to go behind the scenes to experience the training of the driven young dancers of the School of American Ballet in Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances, to be broadcast December 12 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings).

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Severely Disabled, Non-Verbal Adults “Speak” Through Dance In Collaborative Performance

Albany, New York, collaborative dance performance between dance students, professional dancers, and severely disabled adults; photo by Cindy Schultz /Albany Times Union

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Lyrical, Lovely, and Luminous, Sylvie Guillem Plans Final Performances

Sylvie Guillem, hailed as one of the greatest dancers of her generation, has announced her retirement after 39 years, announced the Telegraph.

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Cooperation Between Hospital and Ballet Allows Patients to Enjoy Peter Pan

Cincinnati Ballet will livestream its November 8 matinee performance of Peter Pan to patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, allowing patients and their families to experience the ballet without leaving their hospital rooms.

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

Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced last week that its $25 million extravaganza Heart and Lights, a Rockettes show that was in development for Radio City Music Hall, is being reconceived by Tony Award–winning Broadway artists with input from the producer Harvey Weinstein.

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San Francisco Museum Looking for Selfies of Artists in Action

San Francisco’s Museum of Performance + Design is on the hunt for unique, creative, and evocative selfies of performing artists for its exhibition, “Instant Love: Simple Moments of Magic and Memories in Offstage Sketches, Snapshots and Selfies,” opening December 18.

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New Orleans’ Jazz Musicians and Tap Troupe Create Beautiful Music Together

A weekend performance in New Orleans explored an “energetic exchange” between two art forms—tap and jazz—as a professional tap troupe shared a stage with a seven-piece jazz music ensemble.

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October 2014 | Ready, Set, Show!

Intelligently designed, effective scenery provides the perfect background for your dancers, enhancing their performance and instilling a professional tone in your show. As we hear from two experienced studio owners and an award-winning set designer, modular set pieces put smart design within everyone’s reach.

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San Francisco Dancers Collaborate to Raise Funds and Fight Cancer

San Francisco Bay Area dance companies will join together again this year in a one-night-only special performance to benefit the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) and the UCSF Melanoma Center.

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Upcoming Ballet in Cinema Season Features Seven Bolshoi Performances

The Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema 2014–15 Season will feature seven productions, with four live performances (captured earlier the same day of the cinema broadcast from Moscow) and three pre-recorded programs.

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Wendy Whelan to Dance Debut During Final NYCB Performance

Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon, two of the world’s most sought-after ballet choreographers, will create a new work for Wendy Whelan’s farewell performance with New York City Ballet on October 18, the company said in the New York Times.

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New Chicago-Based Company Presents Tap With a Comedic Twist

Tapman Productions, a newly formed Chicago-based tap company under the artistic direction of Tristan Bruns, will present three original productions in 2015 during its inaugural, full-length season.

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Twenty Years of New Jersey Tap Ensemble Celebrated in Show

“XX: A Celebration of 20 Years” will look back at the two-decade history of New Jersey’s leading tap performance group, the New Jersey Tap Ensemble, through performances of 20 dance pieces from the group’s past and present.

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Audience Joins the Story at Fort Wayne Dance’s Interactive Performance

In the famous Lewis Carroll story, Alice in Wonderland, young Alice explores a magical and mysterious new world. Audiences at the Fort Wayne [IN] Dance Collective’s weekend fundraiser, “Wonderland,” might also find themselves tiptoeing though a world of wonder as part of an “immersive theater/choose-your-own-adventure” experience.

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September 2014 | EditorSpeak

In this magazine, we talk a lot about teaching kids to be invested in dance, to give their all onstage, and to understand that intent and emotion can take a captivating performance beyond technique, no matter how impressive. Well, scrap the technique . . .

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Classic Musical-Theater Routines Come Alive Again at the Joyce Theater

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, an organization dedicated to the preservation of dance masterpieces from American musical-theater history, will give its first public performances November 11 to 16 at The Joyce Theater in New York City.

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Studio Owner’s Desire for a Place to Dance Results in Second Detroit Dance City Festival

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.

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New Tights Continually Moisturize the Skin as the Wearer Moves

Mondor, a company that develops high performance tights and training and competition apparel for top athletes and professional dancers, has announced its latest: moisturizing 3D knit tights.

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San Antonio’s Second Professional Company Presents Ballet with a Latino Flair

With performances during its inaugural season under its belt, organizers of San Antonio’s newest ballet company, Ballet Latino de San Antonio, are working on the fall 2014 schedule as well as plans for performing abroad next year.

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August 2014 | On My Mind

Photo by Mim Adkins

Beautiful technique, gorgeous feet, and a whole lot of desire for excellence—that’s how I would describe the world-class ballet dancers I saw at the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. From classes to performances to teacher workshops, everything about the event was a class act.

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Seven Illinois Studios Strive to Raise $5,000 for Drea’s Dream

Seven northern Illinois dance studios have come together to host RippleFX, a dance performance with the goal of raising $5,000 to help establish a Drea’s Dream dance/movement therapy program at a local area hospital.

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Dance All Day—For Free!—on July 26, Philadelphia Dance Day

Philadelphia Dance Day, a nonprofit festival featuring free workshops, live performances, and a huge evening dance party, will be held July 26.

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NYC Police Send “Show Closing” Notice to Subway Acrobats

Underground acrobats who flip, somersault, and pole-dance among New York City subway riders as trains roll are drawing a new audience—police officers, said an Associated Press story in Seattle PI.

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National Dance Institute’s China Project Train Young Dancers

After three years of training by American dancers, a group of Shanghai students put on a dance performance for teachers and parents last Wednesday, according to CCTV. The event was part of a three-year pilot program set up by the National Dance Institute, the U.S. nonprofit organization that introduces children to the arts.

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SAB’s Annual Workshop Performance A Rare Opportunity to View Future Stars

The School of American Ballet’s Workshop Performance Benefit 2014 on June 3 celebrated 50 years of these annual performances and raised nearly $860,000 for scholarships and school programs, reported Elitedance.

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Pennsylvania Studio Performance Raises Funds to Help Repair Cemetery Vandalism

Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop’s “Save the Graves” performance this Sunday at the Boal Mansion Museum benefitted the Boalsburg [PA] Cemetery, the scene of a vandalism spree in May that left more than 50 gravestones toppled over, with some snapped in half.

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College Dancers Study Relation of Wind to Energy and Breath to Dance in New Piece

Into the Wind, a dance piece inspired by the potential of harnessing the wind as a renewable energy source, will be performed in a theater this month and at a renewable energy center in August.

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NBS’ “Pop-Up” Performance Initiative Seeks to Encourage Young Dance Artists

Student choreographers from Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) and their artistic collaborators will present free public “pop-up” dance performances in various locations across Toronto today, tomorrow, and June 14 as part of NBS’ first-ever Creative Challenge.

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Rogue Dance Artist’s App Sneaks Dance Performance into NYC Museum

Art museums have been struggling for half a century to figure out how to collect and exhibit “time-based art,” such as dance and theater. Now, one dancer has figured out a way for museumgoers to experience dance on their handheld devices—and he did it without the museum’s consent.

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ATDF Takes Tap to the Streets With Free Outdoor Performance May 25

Tap Attack, a free outdoor performance presented by the American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF), will be performed three times on National Tap Dance Day, May 25, in New York City. **Performances will be held at** Hudson River Park, Pier 45, Christopher Street and the Hudson River.

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Center Stage’s “Charlie,” Sascha Radetsky, Sets Final Performance With ABT for July 3

Center Stage star Sascha Radetsky, an American Ballet Theatre soloist since 2003, will give his farewell performance with the company on July 3 at the Metropolitan Opera House in the role of Franz in Coppélia.

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Pre-Professionals Pay Tribute to Longtime Joffrey Teacher Francesca Corkle

The Joffrey Concert Group, a pre-professional performance company that prepares dancers for the world stage, will pay tribute to longtime Joffrey Ballet teacher Francesca Corkle during a May 19 performance at New York Live Arts.

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Pavilion Audiences to Enjoy Simulcast of Hubbard Street Program June 6

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s summer series programming includes the first-ever simulcast of a Hubbard Street performance this July to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

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Multi-Faceted Arts Program, Hope Stone Studio, Closes to Reevaluate and Rejuvenate

Anyone who’s ever crossed paths with arts entrepreneur Jane Weiner is instantly captivated by her ability to get things done, to find a way to fix things. It’s because of Weiner’s determination that her decision to close down Hope Stone Studio will come both as a surprise and as a warning to art consumers and supporters, reported Culture Map Houston.

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Philly Company of Dancer/Choreographers to Present Work in Free Outdoor Shows

Philadelphia’s MM2 Modern Dance Company—a unique collaborative effort in which each member is charged with creating and setting new work each year on the entire company—will be offering three free programs this spring at The Porch at 30th Street Station, reported The Dance Journal.

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NY Public Library Makes Historic Dance Performance Videos Available Online

For the first time, 24,000 films and tapes from the New York Public Library’s dance archive is available to view online, reports Hyperallergic.

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NYCB’s Wendy Whelan’s Last Performance with Company Set for October 18

Wendy Whelan, principal dancer with New York City Ballet who became a major star of the post-Balanchine era, plans to give her farewell performance with the company on October 18 after 30 years—and then to continue her leap into contemporary dance.

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ARB April Events: College Admissions Discussion, DANCE POWER Performance

The public is welcome to attend two free outreach programs offered up by American Repertory Ballet’s Access & Enrichment department this April.

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Documentary Uses Dance and Disability to Explore Siblings’ Relationship

The sisters had a month to get the lift right. Kiera Brinkley slides across the floor on legs stumped at the thighs. She jumps. Uriah Boyd catches Brinkley with her feet, grabs the arms that end just below the elbow and pushes her sister up.

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March-April 2014 | EditorSpeak

There are two singing ensembles in my area. One boasts 100 chosen-by-audition voices trilling out six-part harmonies. In performances the singers wear black-tie garb and are accompanied by a professional orchestra—with a harp.

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March-April 2014 | Tap Festivals

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.

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Free Mother’s Day Event Features Performances by Four Texas Dance Groups

The Dance Council of North Texas and the Town of Addison will celebrate dance styles from contemporary ballet to traditional Aztec dance to Russian folk dance during a free Mother’s Day event to be held May 11 from 2 to 4pm at the Addison Theatre Center, 15650 Addison Road.

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February 2014 | EditorSpeak

I love dance neophytes. Accompanying one of those newbies to a performance—whether it’s their first exposure to dance in any form, to a particular kind of dance, or to a specific work—has the added perk, beyond the performance’s offerings, of a delicious mingling of pleasures.

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Boston Ballet Concludes 50th Anniversary Season with Historic Visit to Lincoln Center

Boston Ballet will climax its 50th-anniversary season with its first-ever performances at New York’s Lincoln Center, reported the Boston Globe.

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No Dance Experience Required to Join Performance Dance Art Planned for Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston is looking for more than 150 dancers to participate in a public “dance extravaganza” that will descend on Copley Square this May 16 to 18, reported Boston.com.

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PTDC Alumni Dancers Join Current Company in Special Anniversary Performance

Forty-six former Paul Taylor Dance Company dancers have accepted the modern dance master’s invitation to join the current company in the revival of his work, From Sea to Shining Sea.

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