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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…

 
 
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Why It Matters That Women Lead

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Feb 19

What happens when you put a woman in charge of a ballet company? Well, that obviously depends on the woman. But when she's Tamara Rojo, you can expect some pretty great things.   Since she took over English National Ballet in 2012, Rojo's visionary leadership and star power have transformed London's underdog company into one …

 
 
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Sneak Peek Video: Hofesh Shechter's New Work at The Royal

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Feb 18

The Royal Ballet is always willing to shake things up in the studio. That's just what they're doing wi…

 
 
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Joffrey Ballet's Big News

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Feb 17

Today the Joffrey Ballet announced a new Nutcracker to be created by Christopher Wheeldon next year. This makes me happy because Wheeldon’s full-length story ballets have been pretty spectacular. He really knows how to collaborate with designers and composers and give story ballets a contemporary slant. After seeing Nat…

 
 
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Win a Tutu From Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Video

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Feb 13

If you've been hibernating all winter and haven't seen Taylor Swift's kooky dance party of a video yet, please come out of your cave and catch up here. Some of the song's most awkward pa…

 
 
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Why You'll Want to Watch the NBA All-Star Game

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Feb 12

Despite yesterday's bad news that MSG Entertainment is shutting down the Rockettes' touring troupes, we've got one consolation prize: This Sunday, the Rockettes will debut Mia Michaels' opening number for the New York Spr…

 
 
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Rockettes' Touring Troupe Folds

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Feb 11

The past year has been rough for the Rockettes. First, they abruptly announced the postponement of their new show Heart and Lights last spring. After reworking the production and adding some major collaborators (hello, Derek Hough, Jared G…

 
 
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Wheeldon's New Winter's Tale in Cinemas

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Feb 10

OK, so we have to wait a while to see Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris on Broadway—previews begin in March.    In the meantime, we can see his la…

 
 
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Baryshnikov and Lil Buck Star In the New rag & bone Ad

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Feb 06

Let's talk about some of my favorite things: dance, fashion, handsome men... Put them together and you have the full monty. That's the gist of rag & bone's latest menswear video, which features Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lil Buck busting out some smooth moves. In it, the pair twist, slither and jive with an energy between them …

 
 
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Big News from Europe: Cherkaoui & Millepied

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Feb 05

Some major moves are being made over in Europe this week.    First, we've learned that Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui will be taking over Royal Ballet of Flanders. He's one of contemporary dance's "It" choreographers right now, collaborating with everyone from Akram Khan to Shaolin monks.  

 
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Some Supplements Aren't What You Think

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Feb 04

Last year, DM voiced its skepticism about dancers taking supplements. After all, how do you really know what's in a bottle? Can you trust that the label is telling the truth? It turns out, you can't. Earlier this week, The N…

 
 
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New Media and "Old" Media

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Feb 02

When has a First Lady ever started something that was this much fun? Last year Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign asked MFA student Callie Lyons and her teacher, NYU’s Dance and New Media director Paul Galando, to make a film in support of the campaign. The wonderful short film he made in response was shown at t…

 
 
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A Big Case Against E-Cigarettes

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Feb 02

Electronic cigarettes have been taking over the smoking market, promoted as a healthier alternative to traditional smoking. Instead of burning tobacco, the battery-powered device heats up a fluid containing nicotine to create a vapor that can be inhaled.  

 
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Dance on Camera 2015 Begins Today

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Jan 30

The 43rd annual Dance on Camera festival begins today and runs through February 3. Put on by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the festival examines dance of every sort through documentaries, feature films, experimental projects and Q&A sessions with dancers, choreograph…

 
 
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On the Minds of Top Companies

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Jan 29

What happens when the executive leaders of more than 20 major dance companies meet in the same room? You get a snapshot of the top business concerns of today's leading troupes. Dance/USA recently hosted just such a gathering in London, with representatives from major US institutions like American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater…

 
 
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Live Stream the Prix de Lausanne

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Jan 28

Next week, ballet's stars of tomorrow will gather in Switzerland for the annual Prix de Lausanne competition. But just because you can't travel to Europe doesn't mean you have to miss out! For the first time ever, a portion of this year's weekday events will be streamed live online  

 
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Clive Barnes Awards

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Jan 27

Clive Barnes loved dance and theater. And Dance Magazine readers loved following him in our pages for 20 some years.When he died in 2008, his widow, former Royal Ballet soloist Valerie Taylor-Barnes, decided to establish an annual award in his name. She stipulated that one award go to a young, emerging performing artist in da…

 
 
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Juilliard To Open Career Services Center

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Jan 26

It's too easy to forget. But when you boil it down, dance is a business.This concept though, is one that is so often glazed over in university training. It's one of the biggest complaints among young artists I talk to today: Why haven't we been taught fundamental business skills like marketing, management and netwo…

 
 
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"So You Think You Can Dance" Audition Tour Kicks Off

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Jan 23

A new season of "So You Think You Can Dance" is just around the corner, and the search for contestants begins this Saturday in New York City. "SYTYCD" is back for its 12th season, but with a brand new format. Contestants will be placed into one of two categories—street or stage—and of the Top 20, 10 will be street dancers and 10 …

 
 
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GoPros: No Longer Just for Snowboarders

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Jan 22

We all knew it was bound to happen eventually, but now it's official: GoPros have made their way onto dancers.   These trendy cameras that attach to bodies have recorded nearly every activity from snowboarding to off-road motorcycle racing. Now, they are being used to capture the experience of dancing. There are already some …

 
 
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New Documentary Profiles Martha Hill

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Jan 21

Without directors and administrators, dance simply could not thrive. And the new documentary Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter tells the story of one of the greatest behind-the-scenes champions of modern and contemporary dance, Martha Hill. Though she may be best known as the founder of the Bennington School of the Dance (the fo…

 
 
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NYCB Opens Its Winter Season

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Jan 20

New York City Ballet kicks off its 2015 winter season tonight, which has been marked by its NYCB Art Series for three years now. And after all the buzz surrounding last year's collaboration—artist JR's life size collage of dancers arranged in a giant eye o…

 
 
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The Divine Diana

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Jan 19

No matter how many twists and turnabouts Alexei Ratmansky sends her way, Diana Vishneva makes them flow. This is her gift. She’s a warm, charismatic dancer with the texture of plush velvet. And Cinderella is Ratmansky’s gift to her.The Mariinsky Ballet, now resident at Brooklyn …

 
 
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The British Are Coming

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Jan 16

Ballet fans, rejoice! After a 10 year hiatus, the Royal Ballet is appearing in New York City. From June 23 to 28, New York audiences can enjoy performances by the famed company at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincol…

 
 
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Watch Patrick Stewart in the Studio

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Jan 15

Head's up, Trekkies and X-Men fans: Acting legend Patrick Stewart's latest project has brought him to the ballet studio. In his new film, Match, he stars as a spirited Juilliard professor obsessed with his former career as a classical dancer and choreographer. The opening scene shows Stewart leading a class in Juilliard's L…

 
 
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The Surprising Link Between Creativity and Boredom

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Jan 14

When was the last time you felt truly bored? If you're having a hard time remembering, you're not alone. The conundrum doesn't only apply to dancers with jam-packed schedules. It's also something that most 21st-century smartphone-using earbud-wearing people feel. But while technology is great (such as  

 
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Ryan Heffington Choreographs Another Viral Sia Music Video

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Jan 13

Sia, "Dance Moms" star Maddie Ziegler and choreographer Ryan Heffington have taken over the internet again. The singer/songwriter's new music video, "Elastic Heart," is a sort of unofficial sequel to her " 

 
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Old Flames and New Names at APAP

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Jan 12

In some ways, APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) makes the dance world go round. Without this annual meeting ground of presenters and small performing arts groups from all over the country, very few dance companies would get work. Yes, you can send your video to a poten…

 
 
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It's YAGP Time

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Jan 09

Today marks the kickoff of the 2015 Youth American Grand Prix season, with competitions beginning in Tampa, Florida and Seattle, Washington. Started by former Bolshoi dancer Larissa Saveliev (and Dance…

 
 
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Happy #NACHMO

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Jan 08

Having a rough time getting back into a creative groove post-holidaze? Good news: January is National Choreography Month, aka NACHMO, aka "your choreographic kick in the pants." This seven-year-old tradition challenges dancemakers to set aside all hesitations, excuses and even day jobs to create a brand new wor…

 
 
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Shop Your Way to a Better Battement

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Jan 07

Facing a tough class? New research found one activity that could give you a little extra oomph. A study published in The Journal of Consumer Psychology found that shopping for yourself may give you a boost once you hit the barre.      According to the st…

 
 
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Jacob's Pillow Announces Its 2015 Season

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Jan 06

It's been snowing non-stop all morning here in New York City. So you can imagine that I—and probably many of you—can't wait for warmer weather. And what comes with that? Summer dance festivals, of course.One of the biggest, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, has announced its lineup for 2015. As usual, the list is a stell…