The Best of London—In Four Days

posted Monday, May 25

I was lucky to hit London town in time to see three amazing dance concerts, a rehearsal of a terrific cabaret act and two hallowed centers of dance.

First up was Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s new extravaganza for The Royal Ballet. Based on three of Virginia Woolf’s … Read More >

 

Tap Nerds Unite

posted Tuesday, May 19

Want to win $500 worth of tap classes? Or, want to learn about the history of tap dance?

If you are anywhere near New York City, immerse yourself in the lore of tap this week. New York is one of the cities where tap dance was born. Go on a treasure hunt to find the exact locales where … Read More >

 

The Top 10 Highlights of ABT’s 75th Anniversary Blowout

posted Tuesday, May 19

We all walked out of the Metropolitan Opera House on a high from basking in the glorious history of American Ballet Theatre. On Monday night, 24 excerpts from 23 ballets were rolled out before our eyes (and ears, with the ABT orchestra playing live), interspersed with spoken comments and film clip… Read More >

 

No Child Left Dance-less

posted Tuesday, May 12

Teaching dance in public schools can be filled with joy—but not all the time. The endeavor has to have the support of school principals as well as access to excellent teachers. This month New York area folks will be able to see PS DANCE! a documentary that gives five examples where … Read More >

 

When Things Go Wrong Onstage

posted Tuesday, May 05

I’ve never seen performers have so much fun with a huge technical mistake. Last Saturday during a matinee, the cast of Something Rotten! turned what could have been a disaster into a spontaneous moment that made the uproarious script even funnier.

Although most of us in t… Read More >

 

10 Things We Didn’t Know About Christopher Wheeldon

posted Tuesday, Apr 28

Dance Magazine has published several stories about the brilliant, multi-faceted choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, including a cover story and a Read More >

 

Six Reasons We Love David Hallberg

posted Tuesday, Apr 21

Last Friday, we got to see that David Hallberg is more than a ballet superstar. While recovering from an injury, he is not wasting time. He organized a Legacy Gala program in association with Youth America Grand Prix that presented six international companies he has danced with.

Here&r… Read More >

 

YAGP’s Dazzling Constellation Includes David Hallberg as Impresario

posted 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… Read More >

 

Beyond Tokenism in Swan Lake

posted 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… Read More >

 

Feast on Dance Salad

posted 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 fro… Read More >

 

Seven Things for College Dancemakers to Avoid

posted 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 audie… Read More >

 

Helen Pickett: Rebel on Pointe

posted 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… Read More >

 

An Ode To Comedic Dances

posted 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… Read More >

 

Ron K. Brown: Where Struggle Meets Spirituality

posted 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 t… Read More >

 

Joffrey Ballet's Big News

posted 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 … Read More >

 

Wheeldon's New Winter's Tale in Cinemas

posted 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. 

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New Media and "Old" Media

posted 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 wonde… Read More >

 

Clive Barnes Awards

posted 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 awa… Read More >

 

The Divine Diana

posted 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 residen… Read More >

 

Old Flames and New Names at APAP

posted 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… Read More >