The Bolshoi’s Spartacus: Fortunately, Unfortunately

posted Monday, Jul 28

Fortunately, the Bolshoi’s Don Q was fun and wonderful. Unfortunately its Swan Lake was dreary (though it livened up when our June cover girl, Olga Smirnova, took the … Read More >


Swept Away: Fire Island Dance Festival

posted Monday, Jul 21

The glories of nature blended with the glories of dance in DRA’s Fire Island Dance Festival, now celebrating its 20th year. It’s hard to resist letting your eyes rest on the waves of the bay behind the stage. And when th… Read More >


Dorrance Dance Unlocks Tap for Everybody

posted Monday, Jul 14

Michelle Dorrance

Michelle Dorrance performing at Jacob's Pillow in 2013. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

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The Bolshoi on Tour: Still Soviet After All These Years?

posted Monday, Jul 07

We will be excited to see the Bolshoi no matter what rep they are doing. The dancers deliver on a big scale (the word "bolshoi" means big), the tradition of handing down the classics is unbroken, and for this tour they are traveling with the Bolshoi orchestra. Plus, our sympathy is at an all-time … Read More >


Tap City Celebrates America

posted Tuesday, Jul 01

Singin in the Rain

Gene Kelly in Singin' In t… Read More >


Full Circle for Trey McIntyre Project

posted Monday, Jun 23

At Jacob’s Pillow this week, the Trey McIntyre Project will go out with a bang. They’ve visited the Pillow often since 2005, including the summer of 2008 when they announced the launch of a full-time company. The group is a hit with the Pillow audience, as it is with spectators all ove… Read More >


L. A.—A Mecca for Dance Students?

posted Monday, Jun 16

Although Los Angeles is a clear destination for commercial dance, it’s famously a place where ballet companies founder. And it’s not a big city for modern dance either. But during my visit there l… Read More >


What Difference Does a Curator Make?

posted Monday, Jun 09

Craig PetersonThe new Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway is shaping … Read More >


Neverwhere and Everywhere

posted Monday, May 26

This week, embedded in the usual mix of mostly Balanchine and a sprinkle of Robbins at New York City Ballet, are two new works that are very NOW. They are Benjamin Millepied’s Neverwhere and Justin Peck’s Everywhere We Go. If you go to Read More >


Company Premiere and Revivals at ABT

posted Sunday, May 18

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The Tonys Aren’t Everything

posted Monday, May 12

We’re seeing the excitement mount for the Tonys, but for dancers, the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards are just as major. These awards have honored dancers and choreographers in Broadway musicals since 1982, but get very little media attention. As … Read More >


NYC Students Are So Darn Lucky

posted Sunday, May 04

CanvasTwyla Tharp, Eiko and Larry Keigwin are some of the guest artists that st… Read More >


New York City Ballet Takes a Risk

posted Monday, Apr 28

Breaking from its tradition of starting each season with tried-and-true Balanchine ballets, NYCB opens its spring season tomorrow with 21st-century choreographers. It might be risky, but I say, All hail to living dance makers!

There will be no shortage of choreographic grandeur. Among t… Read More >


A Burst of Support for NYC Dance

posted 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, … Read More >


Highlights of YAGP Galas

posted 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 turn… Read More >


Bring Your Questions for Sergei Filin

posted 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 Bolsh… Read More >


A Dense Sliver of March Madness

posted 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 cr… Read More >


Martha Graham and the Asian Connection

posted 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.Read More >


Good Work Comes from All Types of Colleges

posted 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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