Posts Tagged ‘technology’

July 2017 | Media Hub | Merce Cunningham: 65 Years

Onscreen, on the page, and online   Merce Cunningham: 65 Years by David Vaughn Throughout Cunningham’s career, the choreographer, dancer, and artist engaged with technology. What better way to celebrate his legacy than with an app? Created by Aperture Foundation in collaboration with the Cunningham Dance Foundation, the app includes more than 40 excerpts from…

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July 2016 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1. The Artist’s Compass: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Performing Arts
2. Dance Production: Design & Technology
3. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
4. Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts, and My Midlife Quest to Dance The Nutcracker

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September 2014 | The Competition Scene

“The times they are a-changin’,” sang Bob Dylan, and though he didn’t have dance competitions in mind, the sentiment fits. Anyone who has brought students to these exhilarating yet often exasperating dance contests has probably noted what’s new (technology), what’s better (technique), what’s worse (trophy-chasing), and what’s missing (tights).

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October 2013 | Higher-Ed Voice | Mamboing at MIT

They are our future astrophysicists, neurobiologists, computational linguists, medical researchers, and nuclear engineers, these undergraduate and graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Among them, 120 to 150 set aside their computations, research projects, lab coats, and study sessions for up to 15 hours a week to devote themselves to perfecting the art of ballroom dancing.

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May-June 2012 | Mindful Marketing | 10 Tips for Great Newsletters

By Melissa Hoffman With the development of new technologies and media for “getting the word out,” email newsletters are emerging as an integral part of any dance studio’s communication with current dance families and as a tool for gaining new clients. Constant Contact’s email marketing program has proven successful for my studio, although other equally…

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August 2010 | Multitasking: Friend or Foe?

Here’s a confession: I’m writing this article for myself. With five kids, a dancewear store and studio, 700 students, and a new job as managing partner of five daycare centers, I have reached a whole new level of multitasking.

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May-June 2010 | Kids Make Dance

Walk into a dance studio and you’ll see that little about it, from the mirrors to the barres and the bare wood or linoleum floor, has changed in decades, even centuries—save, perhaps, for a CD or Mp3 player in the corner replacing or joining the piano. Walk into Kathleen Isaac’s dance studio in Queens, though, and it looks like she went on a shopping spree at Best Buy: cameras, laptops, cords, video monitors, tripods, iPhones, and sundry other “e-toys” abound.

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Private Eyes

Today’s technology makes it easy for us to record the goings-on in our lives and share those images with the world. The massive popularity of websites like YouTube and social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace has led to a seemingly no-holds-barred sharing of information. However, there’s a problem: It has caused a disconnect in people’s minds between the desire to post anything and everything and what is appropriate and legal to post.

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Treasuring the Old, Exploring the New

Recently, when I was contemplating seeing La Sylphide, one of the oldest ballets, and Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch’s world premiere of A Doll’s House, one of the newest, on the same program, I started to wonder how technology has affected dance. Welch came up with the idea of programming these ballets together as a way to honor the past and look forward to the future all in one night. Pairing the old with the new sets a striking contrast and invites us to make comparisons about how much has changed, technologically speaking, over the years. Exactly how do we define technology in dance?

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Techno Dance

Wayne McGregor is as passionate a man as you’ll hope to find among choreographers. Cerebral and articulate, he is as much an intellectual as an artist.

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