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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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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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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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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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Media Hub | Pirouette

Pirouette by Robyn Bavati Adopted as babies by two different families, Simone and Hannah have never known they are identical twins. Simone has been raised as a dancer, but she hates performing. Hannah loves nothing more than dance, but her parents see it as just a hobby. When the two girls meet for the first…

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Media Hub | The Men Who Danced

The Men Who Danced: The Story of Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers and the Birth of Jacob’s Pillow 1933–1940, 20th Anniversary Edition directed by Ron Honsa This film presents the story of the first all-male dance company in the U.S.—Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers. Including footage of the company performing Shawn’s choreography in the 1930s, the documentary…

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Media Hub | One Day Pina Asked

One Day Pina Asked directed by Chantal Akerman This documentary provides a look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her Wuppertal, Germany-based dance company. Capturing the company’s rehearsals and performances over a five-week European tour, Akerman interviews members of the company and shows excerpts from performances of Bausch dances, including Komm Tanz Mit…

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Media Hub | Breathing Life Into Dance: One Teacher’s Perspective

Breathing Life Into Dance: One Teacher’s Perspective by Robin Sturm Based on Sturm’s life as a student, professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer, this book serves as a guide to anyone who has a desire to explore dance, whether professionally or for personal artistic fulfillment. Sturm’s lifetime of experience has given her a fresh perspective on…

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Media Hub | Tap Heat

Tap Heat directed by Dean Hargrove An award-winning short film, Tap Heat uses dance as dialogue. A young man raised on urban funk has a hard time communicating with peers who do a different style of tap dancing. When his style is rejected, even considered illegal, the Tap Squad is called to straighten him out.…

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Media Hub | Dance With Miss Kim

Dance With Miss Kim This instructional DVD by Kim Black, a teacher at Burlington [NC] Dance Center, 2018 Discount Dance Supply Teacher of the Year, and frequent Dance Studio Life contributor, takes children on an imaginary journey through movement and dance. Young dancers can pretend along with Miss Kim and become part of her stories…

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Media Hub | Tallulah’s Nutcracker

Tallulah’s Nutcracker by Marilyn Singer; illustrated by Alexandra Boiger It’s Christmastime, and Tallulah finally gets what she’s been wishing for—a part in a real ballet, a professional production of The Nutcracker. She’s only a mouse, but she works as hard as if she were the Sugar Plum Fairy. On the night of the show, everything…

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Media Hub | Aerial Dance: A Guide to Dance With Rope and Harness

Aerial Dance: A Guide to Dance With Rope and Harness by Jenefer Davies This introductory book for the beginning aerialist covers rigging, equipment, and advice on optimal conditioning. A step-by-step guide to technique includes anatomical references, space and time considerations, and elements of force when working with and against gravity. A companion website hosts example…

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Media Hub | Synchronous Objects

Synchronous Objects This site (synchronousobjects.osu.edu) examines choreographer William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced using a plethora of data and tools. Visitors can view the dance from different angles, elect whether or not to see visual indications of dancers’ cues and responses, choose the accompanying music and commentary, and much more. An essay by Forsythe provides…

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Media Hub | Tap Into Improv: A Guide to Tap Dance Improvisation

Tap Into Improv: A Guide to Tap Dance Improvisation by Barbara Duffy This guide for tappers provides tools, ideas, and concepts to help dancers of any level become more expressive in their tap improvisation. Duffy has compiled these materials from her 27 years of teaching improv classes in New York City and abroad. Also includes…

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Media Hub | The Dumb Girl of Portici

The Dumb Girl of Portici directed by Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley This 1916 silent film starring Anna Pavlova was recently restored and released on DVD with a new score by composer John Sweeney. Pavlova portrays Fenella, a poor, mute girl living in mid-17th-century Naples during the Spanish occupation, who is seduced and abandoned by…

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Media Hub | Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era

Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era   by Laura Young and Janine Parker As a charter member of Boston Ballet and its predecessor, New England Civic Ballet, Laura Young has been affiliated with the company longer than any other dancer in its history. Both a memoir of her personal journey and a fascinating…

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Media Hub | Jacob’s Pillow 2017 Premieres

Jacob’s Pillow 2017 Premieres A collection of works that premiered during the 85th anniversary season at Jacob’s Pillow, including dances from Dance Heginbotham, Pilobolus, Joseph Wiggan and Josette Wiggan-Freund, Jessica Lang Dance, Doug Varone, Compañía Irene Rodríguez, and Reona Seo. Available at danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/.

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Media Hub | Step Up: High Water

Step Up: High Water This entry in the Step Up series centers on twins Tal and Janelle, who move from Ohio to Atlanta, home of High Water—the city’s most competitive performing arts school. As they attempt to navigate their new world—on and off the dance floor—they discover just how deep they’re willing to dive to…

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Media Hub | Bobbi Jene

Bobbi Jene directed by Elvira Lind After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene leaves behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, and returns to the U.S. to create her own boundary-breaking art. Tracking the personal and professional challenges that await…

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Media Hub | Julie’s Greenroom

Julie’s Greenroom created by Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Judy Rothman Rofé Adorable puppets learn about acting, singing, dancing, playing instruments, and more as they stage their own musical under the watchful eye of mentor Julie Andrews in this original kids’ series from the Jim Henson Company. Guest stars include Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban,…

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Media Hub | Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation

Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation by Sandra Cerny Minton The fourth edition of this book contains new and updated materials and tools to help students develop their choreographic skills, from coming up with an idea to staging a performance. Includes expanded movement explorations and a new web resource with 23 video clips to help…

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Media Hub | The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora Children’s book writer–illustrator and former professional dancer Isadora gives this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale a brand-new setting—Africa. Night after night, the 12 princesses mysteriously wear out their shoes. But how? The king promises a great reward to any man who can solve the mystery.  

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Media Hub | The Prince

The Prince directed by Kyra Zagorsky In this short film, Olivia, a young tap dancer, and her uncle Amir, an actor, struggle with what it means to be Middle-Eastern American and artists in today’s racially divided world. After a man calls Amir, Olivia, and her brother terrorists during a ride on public transit, questions about…

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Media Hub | The Tap Love Tour podcast

The Tap Love Tour podcast Tap artist Travis Knights takes you on an adventure through time, rhythm, and dance. Includes interviews with tappers Starinah Dixon, Roxane Butterfly, and Derick K. Grant; lindy hoppers Aleix Prats Ferrer and Anaïs Sékiné; and former ballet dancer and founder of the Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet online platform Theresa…

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