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Feast on Dance Salad

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Mar 30

OK, we’re all upset that Cedar Lake is folding. But there is another place where you can get your fix of European choreographers: Houston’s Dance Salad. The 20th anniversary edition begins this Thursday, with dancers from Norway, Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium, as we…


The #ArtisticChallenge Takes Over

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Mar 30

There's a new meme taking over my Facebook and Instagram: the artistic challenge. (Though there seems to be discrepancy over what it's actually called. The artist challenge is a contender, too.) I'm sure you've seen it by now. You post …


Tonight: PBS Brings Mark Morris Home

posted by Ali Castro on Friday, Mar 27

  Mark Morris' L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.  


Who's That Girl?

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Mar 26

Americans may not yet know the name Courtney Richardson. But that’s about to change. The Detroit-born Dresden Semperoper Ballett standout will make a rare appearance on U.S. shores April 2–4 at Dance Salad Festival in Houston. The tall, powerful dancer has made her ca…


Dancing Under a Whale: Armitage! Gone Dance at the Museum of Natural History

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Mar 25

If you're craving some science and dance and you're in NYC between now and Friday, why not head to the American Museum of Natural History?    There, in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life—perhaps most famous for t…


Seven Things for College Dancemakers to Avoid

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Mar 24

Whenever I adjudicate for the American College Dance Association, I feel like the future of dance is in good hands. I am always taken with the commitment, sophistication, and craft of the student performances. And I love the hooting and hollering when the audience goes crazy over a piece. Last week…


Cedar Lake Will Shut Down

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Mar 23

It was the shot heard 'round the dance world: On Friday, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet announced that this will be the company's final season. A notice on its website says that the troupe will still fulfill its Boston and Brooklyn performances, though its upcoming audition and Cedar Lake 180<…


Making It Work

posted by Ali Castro on Friday, Mar 20

  It’s no secret that a career as a modern dancer doesn’t typically pay the bills. With f…


4 Dancer-Friendly Foods to Celebrate Spring

posted by Madeline Schrock on Thursday, Mar 19

If you're like me, after a brutal winter in the Northeast, spring just can't get here fast enough. Besides the warmer temperatures March offers, there are plenty of in-season foods to get excited about. So on the eve of the first day of spring, why not include one of these vegetables or fruits in your next meal? Bonus: They're extremely dancer-…


Tribeca Film Fest Is Now Dancer-Approved

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Wednesday, Mar 18

The always-trendy Tribeca Film Festival features an intriguing twist this year: A line-up of dance films! Thank you, Robert De Niro—we highly approve of these choices.    Our top Tribeca picks:    Les Bosquets…


Helen Pickett: Rebel on Pointe

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Mar 17

American choreographer Helen Pickett is on a roll. Her first full-length story ballet, Camino Real, based on Tennessee William’s provocative 1953 play, opens at Atlanta Ballet on March 20. Next week, her world premiere for Ballet West, Games


Ballet San Jose Will Keep Dancing

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Mar 16

Not even two weeks ago, Ballet San Jose, which former American Ballet Theatre star José Manuel Carreño took over in 2013 after a shakeup with then artistic …


Millennium Dance Complex Opens In Chicago

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Mar 13

On March 21, Millennium Dance Complex, the L.A. studio with a teaching roster full of famed commercial choreographers like Dana Wilson, Misha Gabriel and Tokyo, will open a new branch in Chicago's West Loop. Its home: nearly 7,800 square feet on West Lake Street. L…


"So You Think You Can Dance" Winner Ricky Ubeda's Broadway Debut

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Mar 12

Winning $250,000 may be nice, but a Broadway debut is, well, priceless. As part of his prize for winning Season 11 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” Ricky Ubeda landed an ensemble spot in the hit Broadway show On The Town from February 27 to April 26. Fresh off the whirlwind “SYTYCD tour,” the 19-year-old is not on…


Live Stream Forsythe at PNB Tonight

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Mar 11

If you've ever wondered what it's like to work in the studio with contemporary ballet mastermind William Forsythe, tonight is your chance to find out. (Or try to get a spot in the new University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance,  


An Ode To Comedic Dances

posted by Wendy Perron on Sunday, Mar 08

Funny dances are few and far between. I was reminded of that when I saw Alexander Ekman’s laugh-out-loud funny Tulle recently at the Joffrey Ballet. He had a horde of tutu-clad women clomping around—I think the floor was miked—so you heard an exaggeration of the thudding sound you usually politely ignore at the ballet. …


Ballet San Jose Needs $550,000 To Stay Afloat

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Mar 06

Ballet San Jose announced this week that it must raise $550,000 by March 14 to keep its doors open.   …


Paul Taylor's 1974 Letter to His Dancers

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Mar 05

How does a great director nurture great dancers? In 1974, Paul Taylor wrote a letter to his company members (which he suggested they keep "tucked in each of your costumes where it will be handy to get at”) on the topic of what he calls “zunch.” His words are passionate, sometimes cheeky, yet completely sincere. He writes: <…


Wayne McGregor to Launch a New Arts Space in 2016

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Mar 04

In the summer of 2012, droves of people flocked to London for the Olympics. But what becomes of an international sports playground once all the medals have been awarded? Many of the facilities in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been repurposed for public use—like an outdoor park, an acquatic center, ten…


Can Dance Flourish in a “Non-Dance” Town?

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Mar 03

Not every city has a thriving dance scene. But a dance community doesn’t have to be large or action-packed to feel like a community. This I learned in San Antonio last Thursday.San Antonio is not New York City or San Francisco. It’s not Houston or Dallas. But it’s a lively city with more than The Alamo. Among its…


Hamilton Is Coming to Broadway

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Feb 27

I still remember the day at the office when I heard that Andy Blankenbuehler was going to choreograph for a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton. Interesting, I thought, sincerely intrigued, yet skeptical. An urbanized song-and-dance story about the American Revolution? What an odd choice for a Broadway-aimed show.…


Cherkaoui Takes on Tango

posted by Hanna Rubin on Thursday, Feb 26

Homage and innovation pair seductively in choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s M!longa, a refreshing exploration of tango’s essence, opening tonight at New York City Center after premiering to rave reviews i…


Smarter Late-Night Snacking

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Feb 25

Pop quiz. If you had an early dinner, but your stomach starts to growl by day's end, what should you do: Go to bed hungry, have another meal or nosh on something smaller?


Ron K. Brown: Where Struggle Meets Spirituality

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Feb 24

If you are looking for juicy movement carried on cross-cultural currents, there’s no choreographer more satisfying than Ronald K. Brown. When he dances, a force seems to lift him upward but also keep him close to the Earth. Chalk it up to the African-infused vocabulary that comes naturally to him. He’s trained his company to dance wit…


The 2015 Vail International Dance Festival Lineup Is Here

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Feb 23

  PNB's Carla Körbes and The Royal Ballet's Eric Underwood in Agon at Vail 2012. Pho…


Harkness Dance Festival Kicks Off Today

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Feb 20

It's cold in New York City—numbingly cold—so the list of things people are willing to get out and do is very small. But here's one indoor activity that should be on your radar: The 92Y's annual Harkness Dance Festival begins today. Over the next month, the Upper East Side dance presenter will hold performances curated by choreogr…


Why It Matters That Women Lead

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Feb 19

What happens when you put a woman in charge of a ballet company? Well, that obviously depends on the woman. But when she's Tamara Rojo, you can expect some pretty great things.   Since she took over English National Ballet in 2012, Rojo's visionary leadership and star power have transformed London's underdog company into one …


Sneak Peek Video: Hofesh Shechter's New Work at The Royal

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Feb 18

The Royal Ballet is always willing to shake things up in the studio. That's just what they're doing wi…


Joffrey Ballet's Big News

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Feb 17

Today the Joffrey Ballet announced a new Nutcracker to be created by Christopher Wheeldon next year. This makes me happy because Wheeldon’s full-length story ballets have been pretty spectacular. He really knows how to collaborate with designers and composers and give story ballets a contemporary slant. After seeing Nat…


Win a Tutu From Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Video

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Feb 13

If you've been hibernating all winter and haven't seen Taylor Swift's kooky dance party of a video yet, please come out of your cave and catch up here. Some of the song's most awkward pa…


Why You'll Want to Watch the NBA All-Star Game

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Feb 12

Despite yesterday's bad news that MSG Entertainment is shutting down the Rockettes' touring troupes, we've got one consolation prize: This Sunday, the Rockettes will debut Mia Michaels' opening number for the New York Spr…


Rockettes' Touring Troupe Folds

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Feb 11

The past year has been rough for the Rockettes. First, they abruptly announced the postponement of their new show Heart and Lights last spring. After reworking the production and adding some major collaborators (hello, Derek Hough, Jared G…


Wheeldon's New Winter's Tale in Cinemas

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Feb 10

OK, so we have to wait a while to see Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris on Broadway—previews begin in March.    In the meantime, we can see his la…


Baryshnikov and Lil Buck Star In the New rag & bone Ad

posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Feb 06

Let's talk about some of my favorite things: dance, fashion, handsome men... Put them together and you have the full monty. That's the gist of rag & bone's latest menswear video, which features Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lil Buck busting out some smooth moves. In it, the pair twist, slither and jive with an energy between them …


Big News from Europe: Cherkaoui & Millepied

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Feb 05

Some major moves are being made over in Europe this week.    First, we've learned that Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui will be taking over Royal Ballet of Flanders. He's one of contemporary dance's "It" choreographers right now, collaborating with everyone from Akram Khan to Shaolin monks.  


Some Supplements Aren't What You Think

posted by Madeline Schrock on Wednesday, Feb 04

Last year, DM voiced its skepticism about dancers taking supplements. After all, how do you really know what's in a bottle? Can you trust that the label is telling the truth? It turns out, you can't. Earlier this week, The N…


New Media and "Old" Media

posted by Wendy Perron on Monday, Feb 02

When has a First Lady ever started something that was this much fun? Last year Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign asked MFA student Callie Lyons and her teacher, NYU’s Dance and New Media director Paul Galando, to make a film in support of the campaign. The wonderful short film he made in response was shown at t…


A Big Case Against E-Cigarettes

posted by Kristin Schwab on Monday, Feb 02

Electronic cigarettes have been taking over the smoking market, promoted as a healthier alternative to traditional smoking. Instead of burning tobacco, the battery-powered device heats up a fluid containing nicotine to create a vapor that can be inhaled.  


Dance on Camera 2015 Begins Today

posted by Meggie Hermanson on Friday, Jan 30

The 43rd annual Dance on Camera festival begins today and runs through February 3. Put on by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the festival examines dance of every sort through documentaries, feature films, experimental projects and Q&A sessions with dancers, choreograph…


On the Minds of Top Companies

posted by Jennifer Stahl on Thursday, Jan 29

What happens when the executive leaders of more than 20 major dance companies meet in the same room? You get a snapshot of the top business concerns of today's leading troupes. Dance/USA recently hosted just such a gathering in London, with representatives from major US institutions like American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater…