95 Rituals for Anna Halprin, 95

posted Tuesday, Jun 30

What do Martha Graham, Ninette de Valois, Katherine Dunham, Freddie Franklin, Kazuo Ohno and now Anna Halprin have in common?

They all stayed active in dance past the age of 95.

Next week the Dancers’ Group celebrates visionary Anna Halprin’s birthday with a free… Read More >


Misty Triumphs in Swan Lake—Fouettés Be Damned

posted Thursday, Jun 25

Her Odette was spellbinding: classically elegant with a velvety quality of slowness. Her Odile was direct and strong, reveling in her power over Siegfried.

Throughout yesterday’s matinee of American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake, Misty Copeland’s full-body lines… Read More >


Don't Miss Ailey at Lincoln Center

posted Wednesday, Jun 17

This week is the last chance to see favorite dancers Alicia Graf Mack, Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sigh. All three will relocate to St. Louis after this season. (I always loved Alicia’s Read More >


Celebrate New York City, River to River

posted Tuesday, Jun 09

Will you be in New York City this month? Whether you live here or you’re visiting, the River-to-River festival will transport you to picturesque parts of the city where you can see a zesty array of downtown stars. The festival, with events in Manhattan and Governors Island, takes place in Ju… Read More >


The Highs and Lows of the Benois de la Danse

posted Wednesday, Jun 03

The Benois de la danse is a major international dance prize for ballet professionals but little known in the States. Produced in cooperation with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, this year the nominees include dancers from Italy, Germany, the U.S., England, Norway and, of course, Russia. Winners inc… Read More >


On the Town and An American in Paris Win Big at the Astaire Awards

posted Tuesday, Jun 02

An American In ParisThe Fred & Adele Astaire Awards gala l… Read More >


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 >