Seven Things for College Dancemakers to Avoid

posted 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 audie… Read More >


Helen Pickett: Rebel on Pointe

posted 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… Read More >


An Ode To Comedic Dances

posted 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… Read More >


Ron K. Brown: Where Struggle Meets Spirituality

posted 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 t… Read More >


Joffrey Ballet's Big News

posted 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 … Read More >


Wheeldon's New Winter's Tale in Cinemas

posted 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. 

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New Media and "Old" Media

posted 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 wonde… Read More >


Clive Barnes Awards

posted Tuesday, Jan 27

Clive Barnes loved dance and theater. And Dance Magazine readers loved following him in our pages for 20 some years.

When he died in 2008, his widow, former Royal Ballet soloist Valerie Taylor-Barnes, decided to establish an annual award in his name. She stipulated that one awa… Read More >


The Divine Diana

posted Monday, Jan 19

No matter how many twists and turnabouts Alexei Ratmansky sends her way, Diana Vishneva makes them flow. This is her gift. She’s a warm, charismatic dancer with the texture of plush velvet. And Cinderella is Ratmansky’s gift to her.

The Mariinsky Ballet, now residen… Read More >


Old Flames and New Names at APAP

posted Monday, Jan 12

In some ways, APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) makes the dance world go round. Without this annual meeting ground of presenters and small performing arts groups from all over the country, very few dance companies would… Read More >


Start the New Year with Serenade

posted Monday, Jan 05

If you’re in New York or San Francisco this month, you can see the much loved ballet Serenade. This one-act ballet, made by Balanchine in 1934, treads the line between abstract and narrative with sublime choreography.

When New York City Ballet opens its Read More >


Wendy's Best and Worst of 2014

posted Monday, Dec 29

I guess my list is pretty long. Sorry, I couldn't help myself; there were so many performances and artists that ranked high in my personal accounting.


Best new choreography
• Faye Driscoll’s Thank Y… Read More >


Make Your Own Dance Sampler

posted Monday, Dec 22

Downtown New York City will be teeming with dance festivals in January. It’s a good way to ease back into viewing dance after the holiday funk.

New York Live Arts’ Live Artery confirms NYLA posit… Read More >


Countdown for ABT’s Nutcracker

posted 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-… Read More >


Diana Vishneva’s Generous Vision

posted 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-cl… Read More >


ABT Partners with Segerstrom

posted 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 Read More >


New Acclaim for Batsheva

posted 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 m… Read More >


The American at the Mikhailovsky

posted 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.

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Dancers Curating Dancers

posted 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 c… Read More >


Dancing in Hollywood Via MoMA

posted 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

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