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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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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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posted 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 Read More >
posted 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.
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posted Monday, Feb 24
Two weeks ago, Jenifer Ringer danced her farewell to New York City Ballet. After saying good-bye to this sublime dancer on the stage, we can now say hello to her in two new realms: First, her book is being released today. And second—this just announced&mdas… Read More >
posted Saturday, Feb 15
posted Sunday, Feb 09
I fell in love with George Chakiris the moment I saw him in the movie West Side Story. With a dignified, controlled sexiness as the leader of the Sharks, he captured my heart—and that of millions of other Americans—in 1961. When he danced Bernardo, who fought for the rights of… Read More >
posted Friday, Jan 31
posted Monday, Jan 27
We’re all survivors in one way or another. Either we’ve survived being sick or injured, or we’ve survived a difficult period in our lives, or we’ve survived hard dance training. But the survival story of dancer/choreographer Helen Lewis is way beyond what most of us could i… Read More >
posted Monday, Jan 20
When Jerome Robbins showed George Balanchine his work-in-progress to Chopin music, Mr. B said, “More, make more—like popcorn.”
OK, so maybe you’ve heard that story—or maybe you’ve heard the version where Mr. B says peanuts, not popcorn. Bu… Read More >
posted Monday, Jan 13
posted Monday, Jan 06
We all like to talk about which choreographers we like and which one’s leave us cold. The great thing is that we can change our minds depending on the venue, the performers, and the music.
But I think that programming has a lot to do with how we respond to a piece&mdas… Read More >
posted Sunday, Dec 29
Warning: The following claims are entirely subjective and are limited by what I’ve seen or not seen.
BEST (and worst) NEW CHOREOGRAPHY (world premieres or New York premieres.)
• Bo… Read More >
posted Monday, Dec 23
You can see that onstage and you can see that in their awareness of others less fortunate.
After the recent typhoon’s destruction in the Philippines was all over the news, Ashley Bouder, New York City Ballet’s firecracker principal, decided to help in the way tha… Read More >
posted Monday, Dec 16
When I hear Philip Glass’ music, it swirls in my head and I get overwhelmed by the beauty of it. I have always felt this way about his music, and I know other dancers do too. So many in the audience were moved by his speech at the Dance Magazine Awards that I wanted to transcribe it and shar… Read More >
posted Monday, Dec 09