Posts Tagged ‘theatre’

February 2016 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1. Dance Improvisations: Warm-Ups, Games and Choreographic Tasks
2. Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image
3. Creating Musical Theatre: Conversations With Broadway Directors and Choreographers
4. Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance

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December 2015 | Make Mine Musical Theater

Does your heart beat faster when taps start clacking a rapid staccato cadence on 42nd Street? Do you dream of waving a flag as leader of the student protests in the Paris Uprising of 1832? Do you hold your breath for the moment when Macavity the Mystery Cat makes (or doesn’t make) his appearance? If so, you’ve been bitten by the musical theater bug—just like students at Front & Center for Performing Arts. This school in Springfield, New Jersey, has catered to musical theater lovers ages 3 to adult for 14 years.

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November 2015 | College Close-Ups | Arizona State University

The dance program at Arizona State University (ASU) School of Film, Dance and Theatre offers a range of opportunities for creative expression, including classes ranging from urban movement to contemporary ballet, community partnerships, and public events focusing on new student work.

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November 2015 | Ballet on Broadway

For decades, Broadway and ballet have shared a bloodline, if not exactly a blessed marriage. And a select number of ballet choreographers from George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, and Jerome Robbins onward have gained fame and felt equally at home on the Great White Way and on the ballet stage. But the recent artistic and box office success of the Tony Award–winning An American in Paris, choreographed by ballet’s prolific whiz kid, Christopher Wheeldon, has many wondering if Broadway has embraced a new type of musical essentially driven by ballet as a theatrical tool.

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September 2015 | Thinking Out Loud | Theater Etiquette

As a dance educator and former performer, I believe dance teachers have an obligation to teach theater etiquette to their students. I teach it for many reasons: because I want my dancers to take pride in the art they have chosen to study, and to behave in a manner that exemplifies this when attending a performance; because I want them to show respect for the performers onstage and courtesy to the patrons seated around them; and because I want them to understand what it means to immerse themselves in a theater experience. I also want them to realize that their behavior can directly affect the theatergoing experience of others.

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January 2014 | Dance Theater Goes Global

Enrolling in a summer performing arts camp does not usually entail sliding on your bottom down a mountain stream whose red earth imprints itself on you. At Colorado’s Telluride Academy, nobody tests your turnout, the range of your voice, or your ability to remember lines. However, you do have to undergo an age-old—well, let’s say 27-year-old—initiation ceremony.

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September 2013 | Classroom Connection

Musical theater class can involve far more than choreography done to Broadway tunes. Here’s your chance to work weekly with your students on one of the most difficult skills to grasp—how to create and sustain emotion and/or character.

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October 2010 | Recital Planning for Rookies

It’s 8:00 a.m. Coffee in hand and laptop in tow, Michelle Spezio arrives at the theater to begin onstage preparations for her 2010 recital, “Get Up and Dance.” With an army of 13 teachers, 40 volunteers, a full technical crew—plus a coffee pot—she’s ready to get down to business. “

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