Back in the 1980s and 1990s, little about AIDS was known—except that it was ravaging the queer and trans community. Within months of being diagnosed, tens of thousands of once healthy and vibrant individuals withered and died.
Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley is running two special outreach programs in connection with this weekend’s production of Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella that will allow children with special needs, plus underserved children and their mothers, to attend live performances of the classic ballet.
New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City has announced its second season of Victory Dance, a summer series of free dance performances by artists like Martha Graham Dance Company, Parsons Dance, and others, for children in NYC day camps, summer schools, and programs run by social service agencies.
Guest artists from BalletX, Charlotte Ballet, Momix, Orlando Ballet, plus Fabrice Calmels of The Joffrey Ballet, and Bad Boys of Dance star Rasta Thomas, will headline a performance that benefits a youth development and arts education program that provides free performances, arts school, and summer camp programs to the Washington DC–region’s most underserved neighborhoods.
The entire San Francisco Bay Area dance community and everyone outside of it is invited to participate in Bay Area Dance Week, 10 days featuring more than 400 open houses, performances, and free events, reported the East Bay Express.
International Ballet Exchange’s (IBE) Ballet Building Bridges program, which introduces Philadelphia public school students to dance and the performing arts through performances of fully staged story ballets, is now preparing for May performances of Carmen.
IBE, a Philadelphia nonprofit that provides low-income students with classical ballet educational and performance opportunities, has been presenting ballets for Philadelphia School District students since its founding in 1999.
Dancers’ Alley of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Astoria Dance Centre of Astoria, New York, will both hold benefit performances for the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, Dance Across America.
CounterPointe3, the third edition of an annual curated performance series that features 11 women choreographers making new work en pointe, will run April 10 to 12 in downtown Brooklyn’s The Actors Fund Arts Center.
If you’re looking for an intensive tap experience for you or your students, we’ve got you covered. Just browse through our annual listing of national and international festivals, most of which include workshop classes, performances, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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).
Albany, New York, collaborative dance performance between dance students, professional dancers, and severely disabled adults; photo by Cindy Schultz /Albany Times Union
Sylvie Guillem, hailed as one of the greatest dancers of her generation, has announced her retirement after 39 years, announced the Telegraph.
Cincinnati Ballet will live-stream 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia Dance Day, a nonprofit festival featuring free workshops, live performances, and a huge evening dance party, will be held July 26.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.