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The End of the NYIBC

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Apr 23

Today it was announced that the New York International Ballet Competition has closed its doors. Though it’s a loss for the dance community worldwide, since the competition attracted promising ballet dancers, ages 17 to 24, from Egypt, Ecuador, Greece and many other countries, it doesn’t come as a complete shock…

 
 
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Top 5 Highlights of Dance Salad Festival

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Apr 22

How do you create a "salad" of dance? By tossing together tastes of choreography from around the world. For the past 19 years, producer Nancy Henderek has traveled the globe to handpick artists to bring to Houston each Easter weekend for the annual Dance Salad Festival. The lineup is typically an eclectic …

 
 
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A Burst of Support for NYC Dance

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Apr 21

Every once in a while a funding organization hits on a good idea that’s a win-win for both art and education. Such is the new CUNY Dance Initiative, which will bring more dance to university students in NYC while also providing space for choreographers. Starting this summer, 11 CUNY campuses in all five boroughs will host a …

 
 
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A Blair Witch–Style Dance Movie?

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Friday, Apr 18

Here's some unexpected news: Screenwriter John Swetnam—the writer behind the fifth Step Up installment, Step Up: …

 
 
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The Tricks of the (Ballet) Trade

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Thursday, Apr 17

In the ballet world, it's not the spectacular moves that make the dancer—it's the nuanced subtleties of artistry, the sheen of immaculate technique. That said, there's nothing quite like a great trick. Daredevil feats can add jolts of electricity to performances, especially when they're in the hands (and feet) of world-class dancers.

 
 
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Ballet in Iraq

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Apr 16

In American and European cultures, ballet is typically viewed as a respectable art form, and you wouldn’t think twice about teenage girls taking lessons. But that’s not the case worldwide. The next episode of “Unreported World,” a series broadcast on the British network Channel 4, delves into the lesser k…

 
 
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Listen to SJP Chat with Ballet Icons

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Apr 15

Sarah Jessica Parker is taking over the radio—and bringing a few ballet icons with her. The New York City Ballet super-fan (and city.ballet. executive producer) is guest hosting WNYC's "The Leonard Lopate Show" today and tomorrow, and she has handpicked some incredib…

 
 

Highlights of YAGP Galas

posted by on Monday, Apr 14

Youth American Grand Prix, the largest youth competition for ballet in the world, has always stressed artistry as well as technique in its galas. For its blockbuster 15th anniversary two-night celebration, students in the house screamed equally for fabulous jumps and turns as for the poetry of classicism. Another hallmar…

 
 
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Bring Your Questions for Sergei Filin

posted by Wendy Perron on Friday, Apr 11

As if it weren’t enough that Youth America Grand Prix is giving us three fantastic programs of dance at the Koch Theater—and last night’s show was dizzyingly good, earning thunderous applause—the organization is also giving us a public interview with Sergei Filin. The Bolshoi’s revered artistic director was nearly bl…

 
 
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city.ballet. Has Been Renewed

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Thursday, Apr 10

It looks like we weren't the only ones who couldn't get enough of the AOL online series city.ballet. The Sarah Jessica Parker-produced docudrama following New York City Ballet dancers has been renewed for a second season.   In a way, we're not surprised. The show painted a compellingly intimate portrait of life as a p…

 
 
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Before you crack open an energy drink...

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Apr 09

If you need a quick boost before stepping onstage, energy drinks are one thing you should definitely avoid. Why? Though tempting, the caffeine rush can be too much of a good (and sometimes dangerous) thing, since many drinks can have up to 500 mg of caffeine. That’s equivalent to downing about five cups of coffee!

 
 
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Keep Your Eye on Calvin Royal III

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Apr 08

Calvin Royal III is on a roll. The American Ballet Theatre corps member didn't even begin training until he was 14, but in the past year, he's become the kind of dancer you can't ignore. He elegantly mastered principal roles in Alexei Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy and Twyla Tharp's Bach Partita (alongside Polina Semionova and…

 
 
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Not Your Average Dance Flick: Flex Is Kings

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Monday, Apr 07

David LaChapelle's 2007 documentary Rize paid tribute to L.A.'s krumping community, using graceful, sophisticated cinematography to capture its raw, exhilarating energy. Rize glorified krumping without cheapening or sensationalizing it—a rare achievement when it comes to street dance.

 
 
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Talking Injuries with Sara Mearns

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Friday, Apr 04

Injury can be a dancer's greatest trial. When your identity is thoroughly wrapped up in your physical body, and that body is betraying you, what happens to your sense of self? Often, our instinct is to dance through the pain, ignore it or try any quick fix that will get us back onstage—strategies that c…

 
 
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A World of Dance Video Wonders

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Thursday, Apr 03

We've all gotten lost in the wonderful wilds of YouTube. There are dance treasures to be found there, if you look hard enough—grainy archival clips, or snippets of Russian ballet performances stealthily filmed by audience members.   But until very recently, the real dance video treasure trove could only be accessed …

 
 
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One more reason to shop the farmers’ market

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Apr 02

With spring in full swing—well, at least in some parts of the country—farmers’ markets are also back in session. And new research from University College London just might have you rushing to a market ASAP. Why? A…

 
 
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Virgina Woolf—the Ballet?

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Apr 01

When I read this morning that Wayne McGregor was planning to create a full-length ballet based on not just one Virgina Woolf novel, but three Virginia Woolf novels, my first thought was: That's insane. My second was: That's so insane, it just might be brilliant.   Royal Ballet artistic director Kevin O'Hare  

 
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A Dense Sliver of March Madness

posted by Wendy Perron on Sunday, Mar 30

Yes, dance has spread throughout the world. But there are times, like this last stretch of March Madness, that New York still feels like the center of the dance world. The wonder for me was not that I saw eight dance events in one week, but that they were all exciting performances with crazy-good dancing.  

 
 
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A New Dance Film Explores an Age-Old Predicament

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Friday, Mar 28

The plight of the aging dancer seems like catnip to filmmakers. And for good reason: Dance is an art in which the breaking down of the body can become a metaphor for the loss of a certain kind of life. While in reality most dancers go on to have successful, fulfilling post-dance careers, the end of a senior dancer's run onstage does feel trag…

 
 
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When Dance, Architecture and Robotics Collide

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Thursday, Mar 27

Sometimes the most interesting impetuses for movement come from ideas that, at least initially, seem only tangentially related to dance. For years, choreographer Elizabeth Streb has been preoccupied with the idea of risk. From how high can a dancer free fall, or at what speed can two dancers collide, without causing injury? They're un-dancerl…

 
 
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Who says CEOs can't dance?

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Mar 26

These days, dancing isn’t just for the dancers. It’s taken over TV shows and exercise crazes, entered into the curriculums of public schools and has been used as movement therapy for the elderly. But the one place you wouldn’t expect to see dance is in corporate America.  

 
 
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Rockettes' New Show Gets Delayed

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Mar 25

After two years of work, $25 million in investment and endless anticipation, the Rockettes' new Heart and Lights production, set to open at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, has been postponed until 2015. To explain the highly unusual move, the Rockettes' parent company Mad…

 
 
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Martha Graham and the Asian Connection

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Mar 24

Although the Graham season this weekend emphasized Martha’s Greek connection, it got me thinking more about her Asian connection. From the legendary Yuriko in the 1940s on down to the latest star, PeiJu Chien-Pott, these dancers have been breathtaking interpreters of Graham’s vision.   I’ve read that Graham …

 
 
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NYCB's Up-and-Coming Women

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Friday, Mar 21

Following the retirements of the irreplaceable Jenifer Ringer and Janie Taylor, Wendy Perron called out five other extraordinary principal women who continue to electrify New York City Ballet performances. But that dynamism characterizes many of the company's greenest…

 
 
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Straight from Twyla's Mouth

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Thursday, Mar 20

This weekend, the students of Juilliard's dance department will perform three very different masterworks: Eliot Feld's Celtic-flavored The Jig Is Up; Lar Lubovitch's Concerto Six Twenty…

 
 
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A Sweeter Start

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Mar 19

Dancers know the importance of a healthy breakfast to jumpstart their day, so chocolate probably doesn’t come to mind as a go-to ingredient. But recent research suggests that you may want to consider sprinkling cocoa powder on your morning oatmeal or yogurt. Food scientists from the University of Louisiana discovered…

 
 
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Will the NYLA Experiment Live On?

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Mar 18

When Dance Theater Workshop and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company merged in 2011 to become New York Live Arts, many dancers scratched their heads. How does that work? What does it mean when a performance venue/service organization becomes one with an…

 
 
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Good Work Comes from All Types of Colleges

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Mar 17

It’s pleasantly shocking to see the choreographic diversity pouring out of colleges and universities. And it’s not just the better-known dance departments that are producing daring, well-crafted work, but also many community colleges.    

 
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Paul Taylor Dance Company's Next Step

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Friday, Mar 14

From DM's conversation with Paul Taylor in the February issue:   DM: Paul, how do you want [the Paul Taylor Dance Company] to look in 25 years? 
PT: Oh, well, I like it like it is. I don’t know how …

 
 
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Russian Seasons

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Thursday, Mar 13

Big news for American fans of Russian ballet:   First, St. Petersburg's Mikhailovsky Ballet has finally set a date for its U.S. debut. Though the company initially planned to perform in New York two summers ago, that visit was canceled when American Ballet Theatre exercised a non-compete clause involving Ivan Vasiliev and…

 
 
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Coffee Lovers Rejoice!

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Mar 12

Coffee’s many health benefits have been touted for years, and now science is suggesting that you can still reap its rewards even after your caffeine crash. Research recently published in the journal Nature Neuroscience found that coffee offers memory-enhancing effects 24 hours after you guzzle your cup o…

 
 
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Dance: There’s an App for That

posted by Kalee Brunelle on Tuesday, Mar 11

Is there anything that our iPhones can’t do? Apparently, no. In the past four years, several dance apps have been added to the iPhone and iPad repertoire of business, food, health, finance, social media, sports, games and education apps. Just when we thought that dance was one of the last face-to-face forms of communication, these tutorials…

 
 
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Kylián is Catching On—Finally

posted by Wendy Perron on Sunday, Mar 09

Jiří Kylián has been a gigantic influence in Europe for decades, but it’s been rare to see his works in the U.S. Now, suddenly, his choreography is highly visible. This week, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents four of his pieces in its  

 
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On the Town Returns to Broadway

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Friday, Mar 07

Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free scored an immediate hit upon its premiere at American Ballet Theatre in 1944. So huge was the response to the innovative ballet, which used a jazz-tinged, distinctly American vocabulary to tell the story of three sailors on leave in New York, that later that year Robbins and composer Leonard Bernstein decid…

 
 
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Broadway's Newest Star Is Adele Dazeem

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Thursday, Mar 06

Allow us to address, for a moment, a subject only tangentially related to dance: The fabulous good-sportiness of Broadway star Idina Menzel, currently headlining If/Then. (Well, there is some connection to dance here: If/Then features choreography by the ever-inventive Larry Keigwin, which you can rea…

 
 
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Dancers' Sixth Sense?

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Mar 05

During an improv jam, it’s not uncommon for a fellow dancer to throw in an unexpected turn, suddenly transitioning to the ground with fluidity or darting in a completely opposite direction. The uncertainty and spontaneity—and how participants respond to the rapidly changing landscape—are what make the art form …

 
 
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Dance Magazine Just Got Bigger

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Tuesday, Mar 04

If you've gotten your copy of Dance Magazine's March issue, you might have noticed that something feels a bit...different. Nope, it's not just in your head—our pages have gotten wider.   Everyone from Nashville Ballet director Paul Vasterling to a dance store owner in Bozeman, Montana has been asking me why. We…

 
 
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The Wonder Women of NYCB

posted by Wendy Perron on Sunday, Mar 02

The astonishing thing about the women of New York City Ballet is that even with the retirement of two of the company' most magnificent dancers, the bench of remarkable women is still deep. The six-week winter season that just ended brought this home to me.   Needless to say,…

 
 
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Misty Copeland: Coming to a Town Near You?

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Friday, Feb 28

American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland has long been one of our favorite people to watch onstage, thanks to her radiant presence and laser-sharp technique. But she's also made a name for herself as an eloquent spokesperson for black dancers in …

 
 
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JR, NYCB Choreographer

posted by Margaret Fuhrer on Thursday, Feb 27

We've spent much of New York City Ballet's winter season oohing and ahhing over French artist JR's mind-bending installation for the Koch Theater. The most striking aspect of the project, part of NYCB's Art Series, is his eerily realistic photocomposition for the …