What It’s Like to Dance All Night

What does it feel like to dance an all-night marathon of performances? Five dancers recently found out during Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, part of “A Night of Philosophy and Ideas” at the Brooklyn Public Library. The festival of screenings, debate and performances took place in over 30 cities around the globe, with the Brooklyn edition lasting from 7 pm on JanuaryMore »

Meet Shamel Pitts, A Former Batsheva Dancer with a Striking Dance Film

Shamel Pitts’ dance film, “Blackbox,” has the kind of cinematic visual quality most dance artists can only dream of. A room that feels almost dystopian—with furniture and objects covered in black trash bags—sits in the middle of an expansive desert, with no other signs of life in sight. Since leaving Batsheva Dance Company last JulyMore »

Inventive Choreo + Justin Timberlake + 37 Amazing Dancers = Our New Favorite Vid

Sometimes, a viral video comes along that has everything. A clever concept. A striking visual setting. Captivating choreography. Crazy-talented dancers. This new dance film from choreographer and director Andrew Winghart has all that—plus a groovy soundtrack from Justin Timberlake. “Cry Me a River” uses 36 women to embody the “river” with beautiful, uber-specific canons andMore »

Craving Dance Films? There’s a Festival for That.

What do Justin Timberlake, swing dance, Martha Graham and a ballet school for the blind have in common? They’re all subjects of films being shown at the annual Dance on Camera Festival. Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association, this year’s festival kicks off this Friday, February 3, and the lineup for the five-dayMore »

Lar Lubovitch: Why I Want To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

Lar Lubovitch gave such a moving, thought-provoking speech at the Dance Magazine Awards this December that we felt compelled to share it with readers who weren’t there. He gave us permission to present the entire text here.   At the age of 3 or 4 years old, I danced for the first time. It was a spontaneous a reaction that aroseMore »

Airbnb Your Way Backstage

Your favorite home-away-from-home app has an intriguing new offering: The chance to get a behind the scenes look at your favorite dance companies. With the launch of its new Experiences section, Airbnb has begun letting travelers get to know the places they visit not only by staying in a real home (or treehouse or Airstream trailer), butMore »

MMA Champion on Ballet Class: “It Was Harder Than Any Workout I’ve Ever Done”

We love hearing about professional athletes “seeing the light,” a.k.a. realizing the benefits of ballet training. (We also enjoy watching them suffer while trying to learn from Miami City Ballet’s Nathalia Arja.) The latest athlete to admit to being a bunhead comes from the brutal world of mixed martial arts. According to a recent story reported by the World Series ofMore »

The NEA is Not Going Anywhere…Yet

As the new United States government officials settle in, the whole country has turned a watchful eye towards D.C. to see what issues will be tackled first. Last week The Hill published an article detailing the potential demise of the National Endowment for the Arts under Trump administration budget cuts. Unsurprisingly, it set off aMore »