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 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.
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.
The public is welcome to attend two free outreach programs offered up by American Repertory Ballet’s Access & Enrichment department this April.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boston Ballet will climax its 50th-anniversary season with its first-ever performances at New York’s Lincoln Center, reported the Boston Globe.
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.
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.