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FYI | CCC’s Hip-Hop Minor a Major Deal

What’s up in the dance community Columbia College Chicago’s new interdisciplinary hip-hop studies minor, a 21-credit program launched in December 2017, features core classes on hip-history history and culture, plus practice-based learning. The minor is open to students in any major: dance students are encouraged to take technique classes and complete a dance internship, whether…

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FYI | Misty Copeland Booked for Library Week

What’s up in the dance community A successful author and celebrated boundary breaker, Misty Copeland was a natural choice to serve as honorary chair of the American Library Association’s National Library Week, which runs April 8–14 with the theme “Libraries Transform: Libraries Lead.” ALA chose Copeland because her efforts “to lead youth to pursue their…

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FYI | Ballet Arizona Taps New School Leader

What’s up in the dance community Anthony Jones is making the leap to a new school and warmer weather this winter. In December, Ballet Arizona announced that Jones, the former director of Oregon Ballet Theatre School, had been appointed school director of the School of Ballet Arizona, where he begins work February 12. He’ll oversee…

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FYI | Illinois Student Achieves Rare Cecchetti Status

What’s up in the dance community Hayden Gittner is an exceptional dancer—and now he has the paperwork to prove it. Last year, the 18-year-old Belleville, Illinois, ballet student became one of only two American men since 2007 to earn the Cecchetti Council of America’s Professional Advanced VII Certificate. For 10 years, Gittner has studied at…

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FYI | Puerto Rican Studio Is a Good Neighbor After Hurricane Hits

What’s up in the dance community A dance studio that has educated generations of underserved local kids gave its hurricane-distressed neighbors a new kind of leg up last fall. After Hurricane Maria decimated much of Puerto Rico, Centro Cultural de Bomba y Plena turned its focus from teaching dance and drumming classes to securing and…

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FYI | Record-Breaking Tutu Raises Funds

What’s up in the dance community An auto body shop probably isn’t the first place you’d look for the world’s longest tutu. But this fall, The Auto & Tire Doctor in Truckee, California, broke a world record with its balletic creation. Inspired by shop employee and breast cancer survivor Cindy Lain, Auto Doctor staff produced…

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FYI | De Mille Muse Gemze de Lappe Dies

What’s up in the dance community Gemze de Lappe, who championed Agnes de Mille’s choreography both as a dancer and coach, died of pneumonia November 11, 2017, in Manhattan, according to the New York Times. She was 95. In 1943 de Lappe was cast in the first national tour of Oklahoma!; she went on to…

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FYI | Artists of Change

What’s up in the dance community Mikhail Baryshnikov, Camille A. Brown, and Michelle Dorrance have won numerous accolades for the beauty of their art. This fall, the three also received recognition for their dedication to art that advances freedom, justice, and inclusion through the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change fellowship program. Twenty-five artists in multiple…

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FYI | Work Out With Millepied’s Dancers

What’s up in the dance community Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied has jumped into the online dance-inspired fitness fray with LA Dance Workout, a series of online video workouts and tutorials that he created in conjunction with his L.A. Dance Project dancers and the advertising agency BETC L.A. Millepied’s approach leans heavily on the experience…

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FYI | Making a (Dance) Musical

What’s up in the dance community Is there enough dance on Broadway? No, says the Springboard Project, an initiative of the Jerome Robbins Foundation that will provide full funding for rehearsal space, casting consultants, dramaturgical advisors, and stipends to writers, directors, and choreographers looking to create dance-driven musicals. According to a Broadway World article, this…

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FYI | Tackle Preschool Pressures With Studio to Go

What’s up in the dance community Imagine striding into your preschool classes with curriculum, music, activities, and props ready to go—without the need to spend countless hours in preparation. Educators Robyn Donaldson, Leah Matthews, and Lauren Nolan were imagining that dreamy scenario when they launched Studio to Go in Atlanta this fall. Studio to Go’s…

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FYI | Sequins and Sensitivity at Curtain Call

What’s up in the dance community Which costume catalog would be representative of most studios’ student populations: one with images of pouty models in sensual poses or one showing dancers of various body shapes and sizes, skin tones, and abilities, wearing age-appropriate costumes and just being kids? Leslie Scott, founder of Youth Protection Advocates in…

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FYI | Choreography Assistant App

What’s up in the dance community Stuck in a choreography slump? Surprisingly, there’s an app for that. Dance Maker, a free app from the Dance Education Laboratory at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, offers tips, prompts, and guidance to help dance teachers create choreography. Users can choose from hundreds of pre-selected themes such as…

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FYI | Applause Continues for NYCDA Foundation

What’s up in the dance community Dance legends and learners alike celebrated New York City Dance Alliance Foundation’s ongoing advocacy of arts education and training at the annual Bright Lights Shining Stars event held October 1 in New York City. Established in 2010 by jazz icon and educator Joe Lanteri, the NYCDA Foundation has provided…

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FYI | There’s No Place Like (a New) Home

What’s up in the dance community It’s a scenario familiar to artists: move into a neglected urban area, make it hip and desirable, and then get shoved aside to make room for new residents attracted by all that hipness. Dance studio educators—with their modest revenues and need for sizable square footage—are particularly vulnerable. The downtown…

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FYI | The Swing Never Stops at Lindy Hop Championships

What’s up in the dance community When many ballet, tap, and jazz students turn 18, they stop dancing. But lindy hop students never stop. “Lindy hoppers start dancing as children and keep dancing until they die,” Paulette Brockington, American Lindy Hop Championships founder, told DSL. About 400 participants—from competitors ages 10 and older to spectators,…

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FYI | DTCB College Fair: A Study in Dance Higher Ed

What’s up in the dance community “Saying you want to be a dance major is just the first step,” Diane Jacobowitz, executive/artistic director of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit dance education program Dancewave, told DSL. “Other young dancers might be sitting on the fence, considering whether or not to major in dance. Knowledge better equips you to…

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FYI | Sweating With the Alpacas

What’s up in the dance community What’s an alpaca’s favorite style of dance? “Hip-hop,” said Ann Patman of 313 Farms in Anola, Manitoba, Canada, which this summer began offering AlpacaZone Dance & Fitness classes. Patman told Dance Studio Life that two of her nine alpacas keep curiously close to the instructor leading the Poppin’ Pacas…

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FYI | Peabody Dance: From Dalcroze to Degree

What’s up in the dance community Dance classes officially started at the Peabody Institute in 1914. While the Dalcroze Eurhythmics course was created to help the school’s classical music students understand music through movement, it also marked the beginning of a long-running dance education program at the institute for young children, pre-professionals, and adults. (See…

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FYI | Club’s Training Program Marks 75th Year

What’s up in the dance community   Tradition and innovation met August 12 as the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course celebrated its 75th anniversary during graduation ceremonies at the Hilton Boston/Woburn. The 69 soon-to-be teachers, clad in white formal wear, promenaded in a grand march before family, faculty, and alumni just…

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FYI | Naharin to Vacate Artistic Director Post

What’s up in the dance community   Acclaimed, innovative, and controversial, the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company has long pushed contemporary dance in interesting new directions. Founded in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild as Israeli dancers sought to learn more about American modern dance, the company has flourished under the artistic…

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FYI | Giordano Foundation Holds Benefit

What’s up in the dance community Gus Giordano’s dedication to jazz dance is common knowledge. Perhaps less known is how Giordano supported the genre at the ground level—by giving scholarships to young students hungry to travel to Chicago to learn jazz under his direct tutelage. “I grew up seeing him help thousands of dancers,” Amy…

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FYI | Cultures Find Common Ground in Dance

Dance teacher/performer Ana Ines King gained a new appreciation for the power of words and movement in the late ’90s when she and her 11-year-old daughter moved to Virginia from their native Colombia. Homesick and unable to adapt to the local culture, her daughter responded positively to a schoolteacher’s urging to write and dance about…

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FYI | Indianapolis School Goes Pro

New York City Ballet founder George Balanchine famously said, “But first, a school.” Those words have served as inspiration and advice for Victoria Lyras, who founded the Indianapolis School of Ballet in 2006 and this year is taking the final steps toward founding Indianapolis Ballet, a professional ballet company. Lyras, a former Pennsylvania Ballet dancer…

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FYI | Opportunities Expand With Jacob’s Pillow Five-Year Plan

Jacob’s Pillow recently announced a five-year plan that will transform the famed summertime dance festival in Becket, Massachusetts, into a year-round center for dance creation. That’s good news for the established professional companies and emerging artists who have long benefitted from the exposure and support the festival provides. But the strategic plan, dubbed Vision ’22,…

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