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Media Hub | Chasing Dance

Chasing Dance directed by Mathieu Mazza More than 400 dance companies in New York City vie for dancers, performance space, audiences, and funds. Chasing Dance follows a contemporary dance company over a two-year period as it struggles to stay afloat during an economic recession. This documentary about The Chase Brock Experience and its founder Chase…

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FYI | At ABT, Making Ballets Is Women’s Work

What’s up in the dance community Balletgoers will see more dance made by women starting this fall, thanks to American Ballet Theatre’s new multiyear initiative the ABT Women’s Movement. The initiative will support the creation and staging of at least three new works by female choreographers each season. It grew out of ABT’s Women’s Choreographers…

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Did You Know? | Who is Michelle Dorrance?

“I am currently swimming in such an exciting range of possibilities.” —Michelle Dorrance, to the New York Times in 2018   Michelle Dorrance might have become a ballet dancer: her mother, M’Liss Gary Dorrance, had been a professional ballerina, and founded the Ballet School of Chapel Hill, where Dorrance studied as a child. Along with…

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Media Hub | Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir

Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir by Halifu Osumare Osumare takes readers through her four-decade journey—from choosing dance as her revolutionary statement; to teaching “jazz ballet” in Europe; to establishing a dance company in Copenhagen; and back to the U.S., where she danced with the Rod Rodgers Dance Company in New York City and was integral…

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Studio Style | Performer’s Edge Dance Center

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville What do you do when your studio is bursting at the seams near the happiest place on earth? Performer’s Edge Dance Center (PEDC) built an entirely new space. The studio, which serves approximately 500 students with Mom & Me, combo, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, acro, contemporary,…

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FYI | Ballet for All in St. Paul

What’s up in the dance community Ballet should be open to anyone, regardless of age, race, body type, gender, income, or language. That’s the thinking at St. Paul Ballet, a Minnesota company and nonprofit dance school that has implemented programs designed to shift people’s thinking about what a ballet dancer should look like. SPB’s annual…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Focus on Facials

No matter how I used to encourage them to change up their facial expressions, many of my students only smiled when performing. When I asked them to experiment with different nuances and emotions in class, they would become self-conscious and visibly uncomfortable; onstage, they had difficulty connecting with their audiences. I decided to use musical…

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Media Hub | In the Steps of Trisha Brown

In the Steps of Trisha Brown directed by Marie-Hélène Rebois Go behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to the first performance of Brown’s 1979 work Glacial Decoy in Paris. Interspersed with rarely seen archival footage from original productions and of Brown herself in rehearsal, this film shows Lisa Kraus, restager and former dancer…

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In My Humble Opinion | I Just See Her

by Cathy Roe Many years ago, I joined hundreds of other educators seeking inspiration and class ideas at a dance teacher conference. In this huge convention center/hotel setting, the air was artificial, the lights were glaring, and all sorts of personalities were on display. During a break, I sat in the hallway on one of…

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FYI | World Celebrates Merce at 100

What’s up in the dance community Merce Cunningham, the mad scientist of modern dance, would have turned 100 years old next year. To celebrate his innovative and influential body of work, more than 60 international dance companies and presenters are joining in the Merce Cunningham Centennial, a celebration that begins this September and runs through…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Movement and Idea

Teaching students how to create choreography out of an idea shows them how to use movement as a means of artistic expression, and exercises the creative and collaborative processes that they will need to face 21st-century challenges. My studio uses a choreographic process that emphasizes improvising, creating, showing, and observing; students engage with the material…

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Media Hub | Beginning Hip-Hop Dance

Beginning Hip-Hop Dance by E. Moncell Durden Dancer, educator, and historian Durden provides dance and general education students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of hip-hop—techniques, styles, aesthetics, history, significant works, and artists. A companion web resource includes 56 video clips for practicing techniques.

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FYI | Dancing Dreamers Curriculum Expands

What’s up in the dance community Dance educator Princess Johnson, founder of Greensboro, North Carolina’s Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet, designed her Dancing Dreamers curriculum to help kids embody their dreams through movement. This spring, local philanthropic organization the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation rewarded Johnson’s vision with a $1,500 donation. Johnson began developing the curriculum in…

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