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Who are the Prancing Elites?

posted by Lauren Wingenroth on Friday, Jul 03

Ever heard of J-setting? I hadn't either, until I read this week's New York Times feature on the Prancing Elites. Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, this group of young, gay African-American men are rising to stardom and c…


Complexions Is on the Move

posted by Madeline Schrock on Thursday, Jul 02

After 20 years in New York City, Complexions Contemporary Ballet has chosen Atlanta as its new home. According to a story published yesterday on ArtsATL, Dwight Rhoden, who directs Complexions with Desmond Richardson, sa…


What Misty's Promotion Means for Dancers

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Wednesday, Jul 01

The entire world was talking about Misty Copeland yesterday. As soon as it was announced that she'd been promoted to principal, The New York Times sent out a breaking news alert, and put her story on the front page of its website. Every outlet from  


95 Rituals for Anna Halprin, 95

posted by Wendy Perron on 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 performance series called  


Misty Copeland Becomes ABT's First Ever African American Female Principal

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Jun 30

The moment everyone—dancers, dance lovers, and even non-dance fans—has been waiting for is here. Today, American Ballet Theatre announced that Misty Copeland will become a principal dancer. She's the first African American female to reach that rank in the company's 75-year history. Go Misty!   Another princ…


Serena Williams Can Pirouette, Too

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Jun 29

Wimbledon 2015 began today with its first-round matches. And of course, Serena Williams, who holds the most total singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles over any other competitor (man or woman) and ranks as the #1 female player in the world, is a top contender. She already has five Wimbledon singles wins under he…


Carla Körbes joins L.A. Dance Project

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Friday, Jun 26

Just two weeks after her final performance with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Carla Körbes is making moves: She's joined L.A. Dance Project as associate artistic director. Along with ballet masters Sébastien Marcovici and Charlie Hodges, she'll be part of the LA-based team that Benjamin Millepied has assembled to look after the troupe whi…


Celebrating NYC Pride Week and NYC Dance Week

posted by Lauren Wingenroth on Friday, Jun 26

This year’s  


Misty Triumphs in Swan Lake—Fouettés Be Damned

posted by Wendy Perron on 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 were exquisite, her flawless balance allowing you…


DM's Guide to Summertime

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Jun 24

As of Sunday, we're now officially in the summer season! (Insert your own happy dance.) For many dancers, that means intensives, company layoffs, picking up a part-time job or some well-deserved R & R. Whatever your plans, Dance Magazine


Nureyev Movie in the Works

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Jun 23

Ballet is coming back to the big screen. Luckily, this time the story won't center around hallucinating Swan Queens, but Russian ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev. Screen Daily re…


My Latest Binge Watch: "Strictly Ballet"

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Jun 22

No, you're not imagining it: Ballet is everywhere these days. In ads, in music videos and on TV. And with an increase in dance coverage hopefully comes an increase in dance knowledge. Just how did all th…


Goodbye, Julie Kent

posted by Lauren Wingenroth on Friday, Jun 19

Julie Kent became a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre in 1993, the year I was born. Tomorrow, she will take her final bow on my 22nd birthday. I say this not to emphasize her age — she simultaneously possesses agelessness and maturity in …


Guest Blog: Performing with Sammy Hagar

posted by Beckanne Sisk on Thursday, Jun 18

Last weekend, Beckanne Sisk performed in Cabo, Mexico, at Gala de Danza, an annual collaboration with Youth America Grand Prix. In Dreams, a specially commissioned duet choreographed by Josie Walsh, she danced with Fabrice Calmels to live music by Sammy Hagar…


Don't Miss Ailey at Lincoln Center

posted by Wendy Perron on 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 "Why I Dance.") We’re …


3 Foods to Fight Anxiety

posted by Madeline Schrock on Tuesday, Jun 16

Auditioning for your dream company. Attending a summer intensive where you don't know anyone. Waiting backstage before a major performance. All of these situations can make a dancer anxious. But what if food had the potential to reduce symptoms of social anxiety? That's just what a new study published in  


Dancing With Maria

posted by Lauren Wingenroth on Friday, Jun 12

Maria Fux teaching class. Dancing With Maria via TIME.    In the 194…


The Ultimate #TBT: When Madonna Went to ADF

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Jun 11

Before Madonna became a one-name superstar, she was just a 19-year-old dance student taking part in American Dance Festival's first year at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, training under teachers like Pearl Lang. Yet she already had the kind of stage presence and over-the-top confidence that would eventually make her an icon. A reporte…


4 Reasons to Eat Cantaloupe This Summer

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Jun 10

I admit it. When I'm shopping for produce, I almost always pass up cantaloupe. The tough exterior and all the slicing and dicing involved drives me away. But it turns out the work it takes to prep cantaloupe is totally outweighed by its dancer-healthy nutritional benefits. Here are four reasons why I won't be passing it up on my next trip …


Celebrate New York City, River to River

posted by Wendy Perron on 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 June this year instead of July.   …


Here's What Happens When You Watch the Tonys and Carla Körbes' Goodbye at the Same Time

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Jun 08

I had a dilemma last night: Watch the Tony Awards or the live stream of Carla Körbes' last performance with Pacific Northwest Balle…


It's Tony Time: Here Are Our Predictions

posted by Lauren Wingenroth on Friday, Jun 05

The anticipation is almost over. The 2015 Tony Awards are just two days away! It’s been a season of dance-filled musicals, with Jerome Robbins revivals


Goodbye, Cedar Lake

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Jun 04

Twelve years ago, a friend and I wandered to a converted photo studio in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood to see the debut of a brand-new contemporary ballet company. To be honest, we were mostly drawn by our curiosity over reports of generous dancer paychecks. We found out that although those paychecks had attracted a group of top-notch da…


The Highs and Lows of the Benois de la Danse

posted by Wendy Perron on 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 included Christopher Wheeldon in choreography (for


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

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Jun 02

The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards gala last night was a blast for dance lovers. Celebratin…


Dudley Williams (1938-2015)

posted by Dance Magazine on Tuesday, Jun 02

Born in 1938, Dudley Williams graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts and attended The Juilliard School, before performing with the companies of Martha Graham, Donald McKayle, and Talley Beatty.  In 1964, Mr. Williams joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where he performed until 2005. Known for many iconi…


PNB To Live-Stream Carla Körbes' Final Bow

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Jun 01

Balletomanes are having a tough summer. Paloma Herrera and Xiomara Reyes retired from American Ballet Theatre last week; Julie Kent will soon follow. Sylvie Guillem is on her farewell tour (though she excitingly just announced that she will visit the U.S. i…


Our Sylvie Prayers Have Been Answered

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, May 28

This morning, I opened an email from Dance Magazine's associate editor Kristin Schwab that said, simply, "OMG SHE'S COMING."   The "she" of that OMG is Sylvie Guillem, who is currently on a world-wide retirement tour that, up until now, didn't include any stops in the United States. Over the past few months, the …


Feeling Depressed? Soak Up the Sun

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, May 27

Vitamin D is a must-have for dancers since it helps the body absorb calcium to maintain strong bones. But recent research from Oregon State University suggests the vitamin may also be linked to mental health.    The study in 


The Best of London—In Four Days

posted by Wendy Perron on 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 novels, it’s really an ode to Woolf, as well…


Another Reason We Love Jacob's Pillow

posted by Ali Castro on Friday, May 22

First, three sailors from New York City Ballet bounce through Jerome Robbins' exuberant choreography. Then Carmen de Lavallade commands the stage against a windy backdrop of trees. Next comes Savion Glover hoofing it, and before you know it you're back in 1937 with Ted Shawn.  


Laid-Off Dancers Go DIY

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, May 21

What do you do when your company cancels the rest of its season? Put on your own show, of course!    At least that's what a group of Sacramento Ballet dancers are planning. Last week, the company laid off all of its dancers for the final three weeks of its 2014…


Dance for Twyla—No Experience Necessary

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, May 20

Students at a 2014 Twyla Tharp summer workshop where rep included The One Hundreds. Photo by Kyle Froman.   If you've ever wanted to try your hand—and feet, legs, arms and most importantly brain—at Twyla Tharp's mind-boggling choreography, now is your chance. Next month, Tharp'…


Tap Nerds Unite

posted by Wendy Perron on 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 the tap legends danced. 


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

posted by Wendy Perron on 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 clips. Watching the long series of excerpts was like o…


Fast Food = Real Food? We're Getting There.

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, May 18

When you're a dancer, running from school to class to rehearsal to performance means you might very well be eating three meals away from home. And it takes a lot of time—and a lot of Tupperware—to constantly eat home-cooked meals on the go.It's a big struggle to eat healthy while eating out. Bu…


Best of Both Worlds: The Coffee Nap

posted by Ali Castro on Friday, May 15

Coffee, or a nap? Now, you don't have to choose!


Gillian Murphy: "An ABT Ballerina Needs Chutzpah"

posted by Hanna Rubin on Thursday, May 14

What makes American Ballet Theatre quintessentially American? A new Ric Burns documentary American Ballet Theatre: A History tries to find an answer. The film airs tomorrow night on PBS’s American Masters series just as the company kicks off its 75th anniversary season. Expect snippets from dancers like Misty Copelan…


Watch Dance Magazine's New Web Series

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, May 13

Melissa Toogood during a rehearsal with Pam Tanowitz's dancers. Photo by Jim Lafferty.   Having a dance career means devoting countless hours to your craft—think of all the classes,…


No Child Left Dance-less

posted by Wendy Perron on 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 those two ingredients line up and every kid gets t…