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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…


Broadway Meets Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Nov 25

Confession: I've lived in New York City for seven years and I've never been to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But that d…


ABT Partners with Segerstrom

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Nov 24

American Ballet Theatre has been spreading out its educational efforts. In 2011 it designated the University of North Carolina School of the Arts an affiliate school, and recently announced a joint series with Columbia University.


Master Class with Sarah Van Patten

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Nov 21

Dancers in the Bay Area—want to take class from principal dancer Sarah Van Patten in San Francisco Ballet's studios? Clear your Sunday schedule! SFB is holding a master class on Sunday, November 23 at 10 am…


8 Tips for College-Bound Dancers

posted by Jennifer Roit on Thursday, Nov 20

Attention, high school dancers: The School at Steps in New York City hosted a "College Day" sponsored by Dance Magazine last weekend, offering advice directly from faculty members of college dance programs. For those of you who weren't able to make it, we gathered the best tips from each panelist:   1. Pay attention …


Supercharge Your Lunch with Avocado

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Nov 19

It's a situation all dancers have faced: It's noon, and you have just 15 minutes to grab lunch between your technique class and the start of an afternoon of rehearsals. How do you fuel your dancer body to avoid mid-afternoon hunger?   If your …


Misty Copeland to Make Her U.S. Odette/Odile Debut

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Nov 18

  It's what the masses have been waiting for: American Ballet Theatre soloist …


New Acclaim for Batsheva

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Nov 17

Batsheva Dance Company has reached a new level of acclaim, both for its dancers and its artistic director Ohad Naharin. The word spread from coast to coast about how amazing the touring Sadeh21 has been. Audiences left the theater feeling challenged, fulfilled and full of wonder. Social media carried messages from top ballet dancers like…


College Day at Steps on Broadway

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Nov 14

Calling all college-bound New York City area dancers! If the college application has you feeling stressed and overwhelmed, we've got good news for you. This weekend, The School at Steps is hosting College Day, a panel discussion covering all aspects of the college dance scene. Representatives from Barnard College, Boston Conservatory, Gouche…


Sylvie Guillem Announces Retirement

posted by Kristin Schwab on Thursday, Nov 13

  This year has been a big one for ballet, as many of its beloved women have already left…


USC Kaufman School Announces More Exceptional Dance Faculty Members

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Nov 12

Though the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance has yet to open its doors to its inaugural BFA class, the excitement surrounding the program's fall 2015 launch keeps building. Yesterday, the school announced six illustrious performers and choreographers who will be joining Jodie Gates, 


New and Rare Broadway Dance

posted by Hanna Rubin on Tuesday, Nov 11

Broadway choreography often vanishes when the curtain comes down. Numbers fade from dancers’ memories, dance captains move on and few choreographers have the leisure to polish their legacies. American Dance Machine launched in the 1970s to preserve the best of Broadway dance. Relaunched two years ago as American Dance Machine for the 21


The American at the Mikhailovsky

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Nov 10

He’s not David Hallberg, but he’s tall and thin, has beautiful feet and magnificent ballon, and is now in a Russian ballet company.  


Ballet 422

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Nov 07

Watching the new season of "city.ballet." is like getting a backstage pass inside NYCB…


Havana's Incomparable Ballet Culture

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Nov 06

The Cuban people love ballet—and their ballet dancers. Last weekend I was a guest of the International Ballet Festival of Havana to see a handful of the many shows that are running from October 28 through November 7. The dancing was fascinating. So was the audience.&nbs…


How Stress Can Slow Your Muscle Recovery

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Nov 05

Back in September, we mentioned a study that found that being stressed can actually slow down your metabolism. Now, a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found another reas…


Dancers Curating Dancers

posted by Wendy Perron on Sunday, Nov 02

The new locale of Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway has launched a six-week series curated by dance artists. Six well-known downtown choreographers have each chosen two less visible people to mentor and host at Gibney Dance. The idea of Double Plus is a collaboration between artistic director Gina Gibney…


Manassas Ballet Theatre's Tribute To a Solider

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Oct 31

Mark Wolfe, executive director of Virginia's Manassas Ballet Theatre, and his wife Amy, artistic director, have choreographed and produced a ballet as a tribute to their son, Colin. A lifelong ballet dancer, he lost his life serving in Iraq. Wolfe collaborated with composer Mark Menza to create a 27-minute piece, which she is expanding…


The Return of "city.ballet."

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Oct 30

Great news, bunheads: "city.ballet." is coming back for a second season. Even better? You'll be able to watch all 12 episodes right here on starting next Tuesday, November 4.    If last year's episodes were any indication, this docu-series (which is executive produced by none other than Sarah Jessica Pa…


Got Shoulder Tension? Avoid Chewing Gum

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Oct 29

We all know that chewing gum in the studio is poor dancer etiquette, not to mention a choking hazard. But before any rebellious dancers roll their eyes, take a look at the latest science: Recent research shows that chomping on gum can also adversely affect your dancing. The study, published in the Journal of Applied Physiolo…


Tracing Movement: There's an App for That?

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Oct 28

Technology—especially advances in smartphones and tablets—has completely changed our relationship with dance. Apps have reached beyond stretching how-tos and ballet dictionaries to become programs that allow you to play not just dancer or observer, but choreographer, too.  


Dancing in Hollywood Via MoMA

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Oct 27

The history of Hollywood movies is sprinkled with great dancing. And here to tell us about it is Debra Levine, the Los Angeles writer and scholar  


Why Do Dance Videos Go Viral?

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Oct 24

A video of two American priests battling it out on the dance floor—er, dinner table—went viral this week. The clip features the pair dancing at a dinner at North American College, a rectory not far from the Vatican. One priest does an upbeat tap dance, the other does an…


Big Names Are Involved In The Rockettes' New Show

posted by Kristin Schwab on Thursday, Oct 23

Last year, The Rockettes hoped to leap beyond a holiday-only gig with the premiere of a new spring production called Heart and Lights. But the show was abruptly cancelled less than one week before opening night. Madison Square Garden Entertainment said Heart and Lights<…


Healthy Dancer Cooking Tip

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Oct 22

Pop quiz: If you're sautéing fresh veggies, like squash, peppers and onions, for a healthy side dish and want to add a splash of oil, which kind should you use?   A. corn B. sunflower C. olive D. soybean   In an era where seed-based products, like sunfl…


Last Night at The Bessies

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Oct 21

Last night marked the 30th anniversary of The Bessies, or the New York Dance and Performance Awards, which annually salute the most outstanding work presented in New York City over the past year. Although the ceremony moved uptown to Harlem's iconic Apollo Theater a few years ago, and flung open its doors to dance of all ge…