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On the Edge, and Not Apologizing for It

posted by Ali Castro on Friday, Apr 17

Over the past few days, I've had the pleasure of taking a choreography workshop led by Donna Uchizono, a Guggenheim fellow and Bessie award-winning choreographer. She came equipped with exercises designed to challenge and provoke the future dancemakers in the room. The first day, we experimented with tasks and strategies in the space to crea…

 
 
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Misty is a TIME 100

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Apr 16

The latest chapter in Misty Copeland's mind-blowing story: She has just been named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People for 2015. She appears on one of five covers of the latest issue, keeping good company with icons like Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Kanye West.    In the  

 
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H.I.I.T. It Without Stressing Your Knees

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Apr 15

High-intensity interval training has been gaining popularity in the fitness world for some time now—and for good reason. This form of cardio involves alternating sets of intense exertion (typically running) with slower recovery for several minutes at a time. Certain studies have even shown that H.I.I.T. can increase one's health and fitne…

 
 
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YAGP’s Dazzling Constellation Includes David Hallberg as Impresario

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Apr 14

It’s not only hundreds of wannabe dancers who are chomping at the bit to attend the gala nights of Youth America Grand Prix. It’s also New York’s ballet world in general. The gala this Thursday offers the “Stars of Tomorrow” in the first half (meaning the winners of this glittering yout…

 
 
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Finally, A Premiere Date for "Flesh and Bone"

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Apr 13

It feels like forever ago when we found out that a new ballet thriller was coming to TV. And that's because it kind of was: In early 2013, word got out that Starz was developing a series called "Flesh and Bone." Later that year, we were told it would star

 
 
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Critiquing the Critics

posted by Lauren Wingenroth on Friday, Apr 10

Critical dance reviews hold a lot of power. They shape the way we perceive pieces we haven’t seen, and challenge us to rethink pieces that we have seen. They can define the status of companies and choreographers, and help us make decisions about wh…

 
 
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Imagine: Getting Arrested for Dancing

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Apr 09

What would you risk to dance? The new Akram Khan–choreographed film Desert Dancer, which opens in theaters tomorrow, tells the true story of Afshin Ghaffarian, who formed a secret dance company in Iran. Dancing in the country is punishable by several months in pris…

 
 
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Goodbye, Luigi

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Wednesday, Apr 08

Jazz master Luigi passed away yesterday in his home in New York City. A memorial will be announced soon, but in the meantime, his longtime associate Francis Roach says that in lieu of flowers, Luigi had asked for scholarship donations so students could learn his life's work.…

 
 
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5 Reasons to Stock Your Dance Bag with Raisins

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Apr 08

If you have a long day ahead of you, packing snacks to get you through it is just half the battle of eating healthy. Here at DM, we're making it easy for you. Just think back to elementary school snack time. Yes, we're talking about raisins. Here are five reasons they're a fantastic choice for helping yo…

 
 
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Beyond Tokenism in Swan Lake

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Apr 07

In the ballet world it’s rare to see an African American amidst the swan corps, and wayyyy more rare to see an African American as the Swan Queen. I believe this has not happened since Lauren Anderson danced the role at Houston Ballet in the mid-'90s. But this week The Washington Ballet will present a cast of Swan Lake with an Afri…

 
 
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Let's Give It Up for Dances In Suits

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Apr 06

There's nothing better than a man in a good suit—except for an exquisite male dancer in a good suit. This weekend, The New York Times did a piece on the evolving m…

 
 
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Preserving the Past

posted by Ali Castro on Friday, Apr 03

Last week, dance great Bill T. Jones blogged about the question of preserving the past within the next generation of dancers. He commented on how refreshing the Martha Graham Dance Company's performance of its newest work—The Tempest Songbook—was, as it fused classical Graham movement and shapes with conte…

 
 
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Bad At Auditions? Try This

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Apr 02

Auditions can be terrifying. You put all of your training, your body, your personality on the line for someone else to judge, wondering whether or not they'll say those soul-crushing words "Thank you for coming, but..." The fear of being cut can tense up your muscles, throw off your balance, make you pull back from expressing your artistry…

 
 
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What 5 Minutes Outside Can Do for Your Dancing

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Apr 01

If you're feeling cooped up in the studio—maybe tensions are running high between you and your partner, or your brained is fried from learning lightning-fast choreography—and you have a five-minute break, take it outside. Why? "Getting some fresh air" is more than just a saying. It actually works.    Ac…

 
 
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Feast on Dance Salad

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Mar 30

OK, we’re all upset that Cedar Lake is folding. But there is another place where you can get your fix of European choreographers: Houston’s Dance Salad. The 20th anniversary edition begins this Thursday, with dancers from Norway, Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium, as we…

 
 
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The #ArtisticChallenge Takes Over

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Mar 30

There's a new meme taking over my Facebook and Instagram: the artistic challenge. (Though there seems to be discrepancy over what it's actually called. The artist challenge is a contender, too.) I'm sure you've seen it by now. You post …

 
 
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Tonight: PBS Brings Mark Morris Home

posted by Ali Castro on Friday, Mar 27

Nothing to do on a Friday night?   Think again.   For the ultimate post-rehearsal treat, grab the popcorn (and maybe an icepack) and head for the couch: Tonight, as part of its…

 
 
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Who's That Girl?

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Mar 26

Americans may not yet know the name Courtney Richardson. But that’s about to change. The Detroit-born Dresden Semperoper Ballett standout will make a rare appearance on U.S. shores April 2–4 at Dance Salad Festival in Houston. The tall, powerful dancer has made her ca…

 
 
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Dancing Under a Whale: Armitage! Gone Dance at the Museum of Natural History

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Mar 25

If you're craving some science and dance and you're in NYC between now and Friday, why not head to the American Museum of Natural History?    There, in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life—perhaps most famous for t…

 
 
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Seven Things for College Dancemakers to Avoid

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Mar 24

Whenever I adjudicate for the American College Dance Association, I feel like the future of dance is in good hands. I am always taken with the commitment, sophistication, and craft of the student performances. And I love the hooting and hollering when the audience goes crazy over a piece. Last week…

 
 
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Cedar Lake Will Shut Down

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Mar 23

It was the shot heard 'round the dance world: On Friday, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet announced that this will be the company's final season. A notice on its website says that the troupe will still fulfill its Boston and Brooklyn performances, though its upcoming audition and Cedar Lake 180<…

 
 
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Making It Work

posted by Ali Castro on Friday, Mar 20

  It’s no secret that a career as a modern dancer doesn’t typically pay the bills. With f…

 
 
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4 Dancer-Friendly Foods to Celebrate Spring

posted by Madeline Schrock on Thursday, Mar 19

If you're like me, after a brutal winter in the Northeast, spring just can't get here fast enough. Besides the warmer temperatures March offers, there are plenty of in-season foods to get excited about. So on the eve of the first day of spring, why not include one of these vegetables or fruits in your next meal? Bonus: They're extremely dancer-…

 
 
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Tribeca Film Fest Is Now Dancer-Approved

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Wednesday, Mar 18

The always-trendy Tribeca Film Festival features an intriguing twist this year: A line-up of dance films! Thank you, Robert De Niro—we highly approve of these choices.    Our top Tribeca picks:    Les Bosquets…

 
 
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Helen Pickett: Rebel on Pointe

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Mar 17

American choreographer Helen Pickett is on a roll. Her first full-length story ballet, Camino Real, based on Tennessee William’s provocative 1953 play, opens at Atlanta Ballet on March 20. Next week, her world premiere for Ballet West, Games

 
 
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Ballet San Jose Will Keep Dancing

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Mar 16

Not even two weeks ago, Ballet San Jose, which former American Ballet Theatre star José Manuel Carreño took over in 2013 after a shakeup with then artistic …

 
 
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Millennium Dance Complex Opens In Chicago

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Mar 13

On March 21, Millennium Dance Complex, the L.A. studio with a teaching roster full of famed commercial choreographers like Dana Wilson, Misha Gabriel and Tokyo, will open a new branch in Chicago's West Loop. Its home: nearly 7,800 square feet on West Lake Street. L…

 
 
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"So You Think You Can Dance" Winner Ricky Ubeda's Broadway Debut

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Mar 12

Winning $250,000 may be nice, but a Broadway debut is, well, priceless. As part of his prize for winning Season 11 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” Ricky Ubeda landed an ensemble spot in the hit Broadway show On The Town from February 27 to April 26. Fresh off the whirlwind “SYTYCD tour,” the 19-year-old is not on…

 
 
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Live Stream Forsythe at PNB Tonight

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Mar 11

If you've ever wondered what it's like to work in the studio with contemporary ballet mastermind William Forsythe, tonight is your chance to find out. (Or try to get a spot in the new University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance,  

 
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An Ode To Comedic Dances

posted by Wendy Perron on Sunday, Mar 08

Funny dances are few and far between. I was reminded of that when I saw Alexander Ekman’s laugh-out-loud funny Tulle recently at the Joffrey Ballet. He had a horde of tutu-clad women clomping around—I think the floor was miked—so you heard an exaggeration of the thudding sound you usually politely ignore at the ballet. …

 
 
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Ballet San Jose Needs $550,000 To Stay Afloat

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Mar 06

Ballet San Jose announced this week that it must raise $550,000 by March 14 to keep its doors open.   …

 
 
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Paul Taylor's 1974 Letter to His Dancers

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Mar 05

How does a great director nurture great dancers? In 1974, Paul Taylor wrote a letter to his company members (which he suggested they keep "tucked in each of your costumes where it will be handy to get at”) on the topic of what he calls “zunch.” His words are passionate, sometimes cheeky, yet completely sincere. He writes: <…

 
 
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Wayne McGregor to Launch a New Arts Space in 2016

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Mar 04

In the summer of 2012, droves of people flocked to London for the Olympics. But what becomes of an international sports playground once all the medals have been awarded? Many of the facilities in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been repurposed for public use—like an outdoor park, an acquatic center, ten…

 
 
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Can Dance Flourish in a “Non-Dance” Town?

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Mar 03

Not every city has a thriving dance scene. But a dance community doesn’t have to be large or action-packed to feel like a community. This I learned in San Antonio last Thursday.San Antonio is not New York City or San Francisco. It’s not Houston or Dallas. But it’s a lively city with more than The Alamo. Among its…

 
 
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Hamilton Is Coming to Broadway

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Feb 27

I still remember the day at the office when I heard that Andy Blankenbuehler was going to choreograph for a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton. Interesting, I thought, sincerely intrigued, yet skeptical. An urbanized song-and-dance story about the American Revolution? What an odd choice for a Broadway-aimed show.…

 
 
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Cherkaoui Takes on Tango

posted by Hanna Rubin on Thursday, Feb 26

Homage and innovation pair seductively in choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s M!longa, a refreshing exploration of tango’s essence, opening tonight at New York City Center after premiering to rave reviews i…

 
 
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Smarter Late-Night Snacking

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Feb 25

Pop quiz. If you had an early dinner, but your stomach starts to growl by day's end, what should you do: Go to bed hungry, have another meal or nosh on something smaller?

 
 
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Ron K. Brown: Where Struggle Meets Spirituality

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Feb 24

If you are looking for juicy movement carried on cross-cultural currents, there’s no choreographer more satisfying than Ronald K. Brown. When he dances, a force seems to lift him upward but also keep him close to the Earth. Chalk it up to the African-infused vocabulary that comes naturally to him. He’s trained his company to dance wit…

 
 
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The 2015 Vail International Dance Festival Lineup Is Here

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Feb 23

  PNB's Carla Körbes and The Royal Ballet's Eric Underwood in Agon at Vail 2012. Pho…

 
 
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Harkness Dance Festival Kicks Off Today

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Feb 20

It's cold in New York City—numbingly cold—so the list of things people are willing to get out and do is very small. But here's one indoor activity that should be on your radar: The 92Y's annual Harkness Dance Festival begins today. Over the next month, the Upper East Side dance presenter will hold performances curated by choreogr…