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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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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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Competition Zone | Nonconforming Contemporary

by Amber Perkins I have a request for educators who create contemporary competition dances: please, please, please don’t limit yourself to what you think contemporary choreography is supposed to be. Despite what we might see onstage at competition after competition, not every piece of contemporary choreography has to be deep and dark! Many of us…

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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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December 2017 | Mail

Words from our readers Hi, Karen: I wanted to personally thank you for your article, Competition Zone: “A New Awareness of Age Appropriateness,” in the September issue. Several Encore client teachers/directors have reached out to me personally to express how much they enjoyed the article and appreciated your well-written insight. I so appreciate your individual…

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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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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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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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In My Humble Opinion | A Culture Worth Preserving

A Culture Worth Preserving by Kim Hungerford In a dance studio environment, teachers can often feel like lone rangers. Parents bring students to our classroom doors, then take their exit. Half a dozen pairs of eyes stare into our souls and ask, “What do you have for us today?” As if the pressure of giving…

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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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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Ankle-Rolling Rescue

  Ideas and advice from teachers When several of my 8- to 11-year-old jazz dancers complained that their ankles often rolled over during class, I consulted a local physical therapist, Joshua Kernen, DPT, CSCS. Kernen explained that weak ankles are common in kids in this age range who are growing quickly. He suggested three exercises…

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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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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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Competition Zone | Winning With Dan Barris

by Karen White Another competition day is about to begin when Dan Barris, Dancers Inc.’s charmingly effusive director, strides to center stage and holds up a coffee cup. “Let’s toast to a beautiful day!” he says, while a host of matching coffee cups rise from the auditorium to greet him. Then comes the kicker: “You…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Teaching Musicality

Ideas and advice from teachers As dance teachers, we can elevate our students’ performance quality by developing their musicality. Incorporating a few simple exercises into class can help your intermediate/advanced dancers become more aware of the relationship between their movements and the music. Start with a definition. Mine is: “Musicality is a dancer’s ability to…

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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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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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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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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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Did You Know? | Robert Battle

Who is Robert Battle? “I remember early on . . . watching the preacher preach . . . and watching the rest of the congregation respond and be uplifted. I wanted to do something like that.” —Robert Battle on PBS’ NewsHour   As Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s artistic director, Robert Battle leads a company…

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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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