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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…


Wendy Whelan’s Farewell

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Oct 20

Everyone came prepared with tissues or hankies. But in the end, there weren’t many tears—at least not as many as predicted—because Whelan herself projected such joy.I was very moved by her during the first ballet, Balanchine’s Sonnambula. It was an eerie choice for a farewell because the Sleepwalker se…


Dexter Takes Broadway

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Oct 17

Last night was a big one for The Great White Way. On the Town opened to fantastic reviews. (Which were well deserved. I saw the show, which I wrote about


We'll Miss You, Wendy Whelan

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Oct 16

The first time I ever went to Steps as a teenager, something amazing happened. Sure, the class (Willy Burmann's) was great. But what I remember most is how one dancer graciously held the door open for my parents and me to file out of the building afterwards. I turned to my mom and whispered, "Oh my god, do you know who that is? Wendy Whelan…


Behind the Scenes of Broadway's On the Town

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Oct 15

Ballet and Broadway lovers, rejoice. On the Town opens tomorrow, Thursday, October 16, at the Foxwoods Theatre. But today, you can catch a sneak peek at tech week in a video with New York City Ballet principal Megan Fairchild. For even more OTT, check out our  


Blind Ballet

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Tuesday, Oct 14

Dancing with grace and poise is a challenge for any dancer. But the challenge is amplified exponentially if that dancer happens to be visually impaired. Brazilian ballerina and physiotherapist Fernanda Bianchini created the Association of Balle…


BalletCollective Sneak Peek

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Oct 10

New York City Ballet dancers, a Telluride backdrop and choreography by up-and-comer Troy Schumacher? Sounds like the makings of dance video goodness to us. BalletCollective just released a short film entitled "This Weather is Perfect," previewing an except from Dear and Blackbirds, one of Schumacher's pieces to premiere at NY…


Arthur Mitchell & Bessie

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Oct 09

For most of the New York dance community, we think of The Bessies as our Academy Awards to honor the most outstanding work of the past year. But for Arthur Mitchell, who will receive the Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance later this month, this tradition is about Bessie Schonberg herself, the influential modern choreographer and t…


Strength Training for Your Brain

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Oct 08

If you're having trouble remembering tricky choreography and repetition doesn't seem to help, you may want to make time for a strength-training session. New research from Georgia Tech found that hitting the gym can help improve your memory.    In the study, all participants were shown a series of 90 pho…


Take Class with Twyla

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Oct 07

Good news for Twyla Tharp enthusiasts: The Joyce Theater Foundation just announced that the choreographer will be its artist in residence f…


The Cornucopia of Fall for Dance

posted by Wendy Perron on Saturday, Oct 04

This week the Fall for Dance festival bursts into New York, showering us with 20 companies in 10 days. From October 8 to 19, people travel from near and far to come to New York City Center and soak it all in—for just $15 a pop. This year there are plenty of new works for those of us who see a lot of dance, but the festival also appeals to p…


Little Dancer Livestream

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Oct 03

  Mourning the end of the World Ballet Day livestream? Fear not! Once you've finished  


Is Your Water Bottle Safe?

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Oct 01

Staying hydrated is essential for making it through a tough rehearsal. But what you're drinking out of is also important. If you've been sipping out of plastic disposable bottles, you may want to switch to a BPA-free Nalgene.   New  


Come Join the Future of Dance Education

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Sep 29

Koplowitz's international Grand Step Project (2004), Courtesy Koplowitz.   Today is the first day…


Dancing Drones

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Sep 26

We're still waiting for drones to deliver our Amazon Prime orders, but in the meantime...watching them dance is pretty cool, too. Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich and Verity Studios have teamed up to create …


An Embarrassment of Ballet Riches

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Sep 25

The Bolshoi Ballet is all about making a big splash. So it's no surprise that just as bunheads everywhere have begun clearing their schedules on October 1 for the epic 20-hour World Ballet Day livestream, the Bolshoi's stealing a bit of pre-game thunder. A new online video series, …


Wheeldon, Ratmansky and Whelan Team Up

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Sep 24

On October 18, Wendy Whelan will give her last performance as a New York City Ballet principal. The occasion alone is enough to make this night easily top my list of must-see performances this fall. But it gets even better: It's been announced that Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon are co-choreographing a piece for the occasion. Acc…


Cole Haan and NYCB Team Up

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Sep 23

   A preview of Cole Haan's first shoe collaboration with NYCB. Photo courtesy…


Double-sided Gem in the Suburbs of DC

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Sep 22

  Aszure Barton's Awáa. Photo by Kim Williams, courtesy of the Banff Centre.     On…


Walnut Hill and Ballet Austin Team Up

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Sep 19

Walnut Hill School for the Arts is adding another partner to what seems to be a growing list—Ballet Austin. Michelle Martin, associate artistic director of Ballet Austin, will visit Walnut Hill in October to teach master classes, and the two organizations will work together to select a Walnut Hill senior for one of the 15 available sp…


Goodbye, Carla Körbes

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Sep 18

It's just been announced that Pacific Northwest Ballet star Carla Körbes will retire at the end of this season. In a press release, the 33-year-old said she hopes to keep ballet in her life, exploring the art form in new ways, but she doesn't give any details…


Feeling Stressed? Here's What Not to Eat

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Sep 17

As fall seasons ramp up, so does your dance-related stress. And after a long day of perfecting choreography, finding nuances in your roles and meshing with new company members, it may be tempting to indulge in your favorite comfort foods. But eating high-fat meals after feeling stressed will only backfire when you return to the studio. &n…


ABT Launches a YouTube Channel

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Sep 16

ABT principal Hee Seo, who is prominently…


Joffrey Celebrates 20 Years

posted by Wendy Perron on Sunday, Sep 14

  Christine Rocas and Miguel Blanco in RAkU. Photo by Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Joffrey Ballet.  …


Dance & Fashion at FIT

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Sep 12

  Dancing fashionistas, take note: The Museum at FIT has a new exhibition, Dance & Fashion, opening tomorrow. It examines the…


These are Two of My Favorite Things

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Sep 11

Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of This American Life. So when I heard last year that host Ira Glass was collaborating with Monica Bill Barnes on a touring production called Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, I was super excited—if slightly confused. What …


Score 5 Essential Nutrients with Pumpkin Seeds

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Sep 10

Fall is nearly here, and while it seems like everyone may be buzzing about pumpkin-scented soaps and candles, dancers in particular have a reason to celebrate the season. It's time to roast pumpkin seeds, the perfectly portable, dance-bag-totable, extremely nutritious snack. Here's why: When you eat one cup of pumpkin seeds throughout …


World Ballet Day Is Too Good to Be True

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Sep 09

  The Royal Ballet's Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli, who will be featured in the live stream. Photo by Johan Persson, c…


Paradise in Positano

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Sep 08

What do Christopher Wheeldon, Olga Smirnova, Steven McRae, PeiJu Chien-Pott and Xander Parish have in common? They were all honored with the Premio Positano Danza Léonide Massine on Saturday in Positano, Italy. As one of the judges, I was there to soak in the artistry of these and other dance artists, as well as the beauty of this town on …


Inside Look at Sara Mearns' Life

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Sep 05

Sara Mearns' career is the stuff dreams are made of: She's a principal at New York City Ballet, working on a piece with Broadway's Joshua Bergasse, doing fashion films with Ryan Heffington and now is featured in a short film by Ezra Hurwitz. "In a Day's Work" opens with a shot of a pretty ballerina ornament hanging from the lights of a dressi…


Jennifer Homans: Traitor to Savior?

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Sep 04

When Jennifer Homans argued that ballet was dying in her epic 2010 ballet history book Apollo's Angels, she drew the ire of many in the dance world. But it looks like those pages weren't meant to be an obituary—they were a call to arms.   It's just been announced that Homans will run a new  


Are Trans Fats Really Gone for Good?

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Sep 03

Back in late 2013 the Food and Drug Administration announced plans to phase out partially hydrogenated vegetable oils from all foods. Nearly one year later, it may seem like these trans fats have been eliminated, but it turns out they're still hi…


The Joffrey is Training Marriott Employees

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Sep 02

Can ballet basics boost a hotel chain's bottom line? The Marriott is hoping so. According to the Chicago Tribune, the company hired the Joffrey Ballet to shoot four short videos about the importance of warming up, proper breathing, flow o…


Fashion Friday: Dancewear by Dancers

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Aug 29

Dancewear made by dancers for dancers seems to be everywhere right now. The latest two ballerinas to get in on the trend? Tiler Peck, who's created a leotard line for Body Wrappers/Angelo Luzio and Ashley Bouder who's just debuted  


More Turnover PA Ballet

posted by Kristin Schwab on Thursday, Aug 28

There's been a lot of news pouring out of Pennsylvania Ballet for the past few months—and it just keeps on coming. In April, Roy Kaiser, who directed the company for 19 years, announced that he was stepping down. Two weeks later, executive director Michael Scolamiero said he would be leaving for Miami City Ballet. A sea…


Dancer-Friendly Ingredient Swaps

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Aug 27

Looking for a way to take your favorite recipes to the next level? Here are three easy ingredient swaps that can do your body a whole lot of good with just a small bit of effort.    1. Swap out soy sauce for liquid aminos.Why: Liquid aminos contain 16 of the 20 amino acids, which help serve as the buil…


"SYTYCD" Wins Two Emmys

posted by Kristin Schwab on Tuesday, Aug 26

Every year since 2007, "So You Think You Can Dance" has taken home at least one Emmy Award—that is until 2013. Last year was the first season that the show didn't win for choreography, costuming or lighting design. As of last night though, "SYTYCD" is back on the Emmy train. Not only did it win for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety …