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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 …


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 …


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…


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…


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 …


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…


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…


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  


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 " 


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…


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…



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…


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…


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…


Start the New Year with Serenade

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Jan 05

If you’re in New York or San Francisco this month, you can see the much loved ballet Serenade. This one-act ballet, made by Balanchine in 1934, treads the line between abstract and narrative with sublime choreography.When New York City Ballet opens its W…


New Year, New (Dance) Inspiration

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Jan 02

For many of us, dance is a source of inspiration—physical, mental, emotional, expressive or otherwise. As seen in this heartwarming video, dance is a life-changing source of inspiration for Philip Martin…


Top Health Tips of 2014

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Dec 31

As 2014 wraps up, many dancers are thinking about New Year's resolutions. If you need inspiration, look no further. Check out these hand-picked, positive health topics from Dance Magazine's 2014 Your Body columns. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!   1. Want to build a better pointe? Try <…


DM Editors Look Back on 2014

posted by Dance Magazine on Tuesday, Dec 30

Here at Dance Magazine, we're always living in the future. Our staff is already busy putting together stellar issues for 2015. But with this year coming to a close, it's a good time for us to reflect on all that has happened in dance. Here are our editors' picks for our favorite stories from the year. Cheers, 2014!  


Wendy's Best and Worst of 2014

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Dec 29

I guess my list is pretty long. Sorry, I couldn't help myself; there were so many performances and artists that ranked high in my personal accounting.   Best new choreography• Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming at Danspace: She broke not only…


Five Non-Nutcracker Holiday Performances

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Dec 26

Burned out from the Nutcracker but still in the holiday spirit? Christmas may be over, but the abundance of holiday programs is not! Check out these five non-Nutcracker shows and performances to carry you into the New Year with holiday cheer.1)  


Want a Good Night's Sleep? Put Down the Back-Lit E-Reader

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Dec 24

When you're hunkering down to read The Night Before Christmas tonight before bed, be sure to reach for a print copy of the book instead of reading it on your iPad--even if the e-book version has animated dancing sugar plums. Why? New  


Go Inside Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild's Wedding

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Dec 23

Have you ever been to a dancer wedding? They're usually unlike any other. Beautifully fit people dressed to the nines? Check. Great taste when it comes to decorations and wardrobe? Check. Serious dance floor moves? Check, check, check! Martha Stewart Weddings just released videos of Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchi…


Make Your Own Dance Sampler

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Dec 22

Downtown New York City will be teeming with dance festivals in January. It’s a good way to ease back into viewing dance after the holiday funk.New York Live Arts’ Live Artery confirms NYLA position on the cutting edge with reprisals of 2014&rsq…


Why Do You Dance?

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Dec 19

With the end of the year comes celebration and reflection. It's a time to give thanks for the good in your life, a time to rethink the not-so-good and a time to reaffirm why you do what you do. The Huffington Post gave 39 dancers from companies and schools around the country a simple task that echoes this spirit of the holidays: To c…


2014: The Year of Misty

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Dec 18

When you look back at the dance scene of 2014, one name dominated the conversation: Misty Copeland. She hijacked headlines as she grew beyond American Ballet Theatre soloist status and into something more akin to ballet’s ambassador to the world. She became ubiquitous, from her Under Armour billboards and TV ads, to her memoir and children&…


Another Reason to Get Your "Om" On

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Dec 17

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, dancers are likely to be seeking some respite, perhaps in the form of yoga class. We already know it's a great way to unwind while staying active. Now, new research from the 


The Clive Barnes Awards Nominees Have Been Announced

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Dec 16

Each year, I look forward to the Clive Barnes Awards nominee list because it's had a great track record of predicting where dance is going. Need proof? Past winners include Isabella Boylston, Lloyd Mayor and Lauren Lovette, and let's just say they haven't failed us since. To …


Countdown for ABT’s Nutcracker

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Dec 15

Only eight more chances to see Alexei Ratmansky’s Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Academy of Music! Next year it moves to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. It may not be as kid-friendly as New York City Ballet’s time-hono…


Backstage with Disney on Broadway

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Dec 12

Disney lovers, take note: This Sunday, ABC will air "Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years", a one-hour special about the magic of Disney on the Great White Way. Viewe…


A Look at SAB's Spring Performance

posted by Kristin Schwab on Thursday, Dec 11

If there's anything dancers enjoy as much as a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of professional dancers, it might be getting a feel for how other students around the country train. Tomorrow, PBS's "Live From Lincoln Center" series will air the Scho…


Tips for Managing Dance-Related Stress from Dr. Linda Hamilton

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Dec 10

    For years, Dance Magazine readers have turne…


The 2014 Dance Magazine Awards

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Dec 09

The Dance Magazine Awards is one of my favorite nights of the year. People from every corner of the community—dancers, choreographers, directors, presenters, teachers, historians, students, orthopedists, critics, répétiteurs and more—come together for one night to celebrate those who've made an exceptional impact on our …


Irina Baronova, Baby Ballerina of the Golden Era

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Dec 08

Just in time for holiday gift ideas, a new book on Irina Baronova, one of Balanchine’s remarkable “baby ballerinas," has been re…


Spectacular Dancing in "Peter Pan Live!"

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Dec 05

The stakes were high for NBC's live broadcast of "Peter Pan Live!", which premiered last night. After "The Sound of Music Live!" got dismal reviews last year, many feared "Peter Pan Live!" would be of the same caliber. Leading-lady (boy) Allison Williams, aware of the skeptical attitude many viewers had toward the production, remained positi…


How Positivity Improves Your Performance

posted by Madeline Schrock on Thursday, Dec 04

Have you ever rehearsed a long piece and felt like your energy had nearly run out, but then, somehow your body made it through the final sequence of choreography? While dancers' abilities are certainly high on the superhuman scale, your stamina and strength may not be 100 percent responsible. According to new research from the University of…


How Much Would "Nine Ladies Dancing" Cost?

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Wednesday, Dec 03

Everyone knows the best holiday gifts are tickets to dance performances, right? (Right?) Even in the classic Christmas carol "The 12 Days of Christmas," the narrator's true love is smart enough to present nine ladies dancing on the ninth day.    But how much are those nine dancers going to cost for the true love? $7,552.…


Peter Boal Joins NYCB's "Nutcracker"

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Dec 02

Dancers and dancegoers felt the loss of long-time New York City Ballet principal Peter Boal when he retired in in 2005&m…


Diana Vishneva’s Generous Vision

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Dec 01

It’s not every ballet superstar who, between performance dates with major companies, squeezes in a festival that she herself has founded. Starting as far back as our cover story in 2008, Diana Vishneva, a world-class principal at both American Ballet Theatre and …


Fabrice Calmels is (the) Tall(est)

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Nov 28

The Joffrey Ballet's Fabrice Calmels was recently named Tallest Ballet Dancer by Guinness World Records. Standing at 6' 6", his presence onstage is striking. Dance Magazine talked with him about his record, his height a…


Notice: Dancers Need Food

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Wednesday, Nov 26

As the country prepares to stuff its face tomorrow for America's annual marathon of overeating, some people may mistakenly believe dancers have to miss out on this tradition. Not the case! Anyone who's spent a day in a studio knows dancers love food—and hearty servings of it. Apparently dancers have long fought this misconception. Peeking t…