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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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Media Hub | The Paris Opera

The Paris Opera directed by Jean-Stephane Bron An all-access behind-the-scenes documentary, The Paris Opera showcases the individuals—from management to performers, costumers to the cleaning crew—who work to bring operas, music, and dance to audiences night after night. The film traces the 2015 strike, the departure of ballet director Benjamin Millepied, and the terrorist attack at…

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Media Hub | Inside the Dancer’s Art

Inside the Dancer’s Art by Rose Eichenbaum Photographer Eichenbaum pairs more than 250 color and black-and-white photos with inspirational quotes from an array of dancers, including Bill T. Jones, Katherine Dunham, Mitzi Gaynor, Rennie Harris, Ohad Naharin, Tiler Peck, Gregory Hines, Mark Morris, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. The words and images explore creativity, art…

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Media Hub | Bare Feet

Bare Feet The first season of this Emmy-winning series followed host Mickela Mallozzi around the world as she explored local dance and music traditions. For the second season, Mallozzi stays in New York City, discovering the dances and music of New Yorkers in ethnic neighborhoods. Episodes include “Manhattan’s Chinatown,” “Balkans in the Boroughs,” and “Nuyorican…

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Media Hub: Ballerino Nate

Ballerino Nate written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and illustrated by R. W. Alley After a field trip to see the ballet, Nate is hooked. He wants to learn ballet, and even his older brother, Ben, can’t change his mind with his claims that “boys don’t dance.” Or can he? Nate gets worried when Ben tells…

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Media Hub | Mr. Gaga

Mr. Gaga directed by Tomer Heymann A spirited and insightful documentary, Mr. Gaga gives viewers a glimpse into the life and work of Ohad Naharin, former artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company and the man who redefined the language of modern dance. Filmed over a period of eight years, the piece captures Naharin at a…

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Media Hub | Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora

Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora by Joanna Dee Das A dancer, choreographer, and dance anthropologist, Katherine Dunham was one of the most important dance artists of the 20th century. She was also an intellectual and activist committed to using dance to fight for racial justice. Dunham saw dance as a tool of liberation,…

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Media Hub | Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking directed by Susan Glatzer Former senior vice president of Paramount Pictures and first-time director Glatzer takes an inside look at swing dancing culture and the characters who make it special. From the emergence of the lindy hop to its modern-day status as an international phenomenon, the film follows the growth of swing…

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Media Hub | Cursive II

Cursive II directed by Ross MacGibbon Lin Hwai-min, known for choreographing Moon Water and Bamboo Dream, used Chinese calligraphy as his inspiration for Cursive II. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, which is trained in meditation, qigong, and martial arts, performs the piece to music by John Cage, creating original movements as fierce as striking…

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Media Hub | A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide

A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide by Rebecca Stenn and Fran Kirmser Written by dancer, choreographer, and professor Stenn and dancer, producer, and consultant Kirmser, this book delivers informative personal narratives from approximately 40 dancers of different generations and dance genres, including concert, Broadway, film, and television. The second half of the book offers…

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Media Hub | Ballerina Birdies

Ballerina Birdies written by Marina Yamamoto and illustrated by Jessica Orfe A fun book for toddlers to tweens (and the fourth in the Savant Color-Me-Please children’s book series), Ballerina Birdies is a lively presentation of young birds dancing ballet. Training begins as soon as they leave the nest. Parrot feels better when he dances, Little…

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Media Hub | Step

Step directed by Amanda Lipitz This documentary profiles three students and step dance team members at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. Set against the backdrop of inner city Baltimore, these young women try to balance schoolwork and the step team while struggling with poverty and community upheaval. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors,…

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Media Hub | Ballroom: A Novel

Ballroom: A Novel by Alice Simpson Though a husk of its former self, the Manhattan dance hall in Ballroom still draws a small crowd of loyal patrons every Sunday evening. What keeps them coming back? Simpson’s debut novel, told in interconnected stories, chronicles the lives of these men and women who find solace within the…

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Media Hub | Dance and Gender

Dance and Gender: An Evidence-Based Approach by Wendy Oliver and Doug Risner Through surveys, interviews, analyses of data from institutional sources, and research studies, this book provides concrete evidence about how gender impacts the daily lives of dancers, choreographers, directors, educators, and students. Dancers and dance scholars from the U.S., Australia, and Canada discuss equity…

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