Coached by Gelsey

 At Gelsey Kirkland’s repertory workshop, students get the kind of attention usually reserved for principal dancers. Gelsey Kirkland walks toward a group of teenage students in the middle of the studio. The dancers are practicing the tricky hops on pointe at the end of Swanilda’s Act III variation from Coppélia. It’s a stressful moment, andMore »

The Best of Both Worlds: Low-Residency MFAs

Low-residency MFAs offer working dancers more flexibility.     Nicole Wolcott in her UWM MFA thesis Paper Pieces. Photo by Whitney Brown, Courtesy University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.   For many dancers, concerns about the next stage in their career frequently loom overhead. Enrolling in a master’s program serves as a crucial stepping-stone, especially if one wantsMore »

In Training: Learning to Fly

College aerial programs take flight.     University of Wyoming students performing at Vedauwoo rec area. Photo by J. Harper, Courtesy University of Wyoming.   Lately, aerial dance has become a major genre—take a look at productions of Cirque du Soleil or on Broadway, and you’ll see dancers high overhead, engulfed in swaths of fabricMore »

NCI: A Win-Win Situation

For the past 11 summers, emerging choreographers and dancers from across the country have gathered in southern California for the National Choreographer’s Initiative. And the benefits are two-fold: Dancers on their summer break receive engaging, process-oriented work, while the four selected dancemakers receive creative freedom, valuable studio time and highly-trained artists to work with. StartingMore »

BFAs for the Great White Way

Three college programs for aspiring triple threats.   Singing. Dancing. Acting. For college-bound students hoping to become the next triple threat, it’s often hard to find a dance program that nurtures all three—and few musical theater programs offer enough challenging courses for seriously trained dancers. Choosing the right school takes some digging and creative planning.More »

From USA IBC–Jackson: Washington Ballet’s Andile Ndlovu

For the past two weeks, over 90 dancers from around the world have taken over the city of Jackson, Mississippi, for the USA International Ballet Competition. Since Tuesday, the remaining 31 finalists have been strutting their stuff to packed audiences at Thalia Mara Hall. While there’s been plenty of thrilling pyrotechnics in the classical department,More »

NYC Dance Week = Free Classes

Today marks the start of NYC Dance Week, a 10-day event of free and discounted dance, somatics and fitness classes at studios citywide (including the outer boroughs). Mark Morris Dance Center is this year’s partner studio, although other participating studios include The Ailey Extension, Power Pilates, Peridance Capezio Center, Ballet Academy East and Dancewave. (TheMore »

The World at Seattle’s Feet

If you happen to be in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood this weekend, you’re in for a treat. That’s because the ninth annual Seattle International Dance Festival: Beyond the Threshold starts tomorrow, running through June 22. The event kicks off with a dance party at dusk, complete with food trucks, flash mobs and impromptu performancesMore »