Guides & Resources

Choreography Showcases and Festivals

MachineHDance director, Stephanie Deere, is accepting applications for the MachineHDance Winter Festival, scheduled to take place in 2 performances on Friday February 9th and Saturday February 10th at 7:00pm, 2018. Performances are taking place in the Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint Brooklyn.


The goal of the festival is to create a supportive and encouraging outlet for choreographers and dance artists. Consideration will be given to dance works of any genre between 5 - 20 minutes in length. Original work is strongly encouraged, however previously performed work will be reviewed. We aim to limit parameters and projected movement ideals as much as possible in order to enrich the process for participating choreographers and dancers.

The festival fee is $200, including 2 performances in the Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts, professional photos, professional video, a 45 minute technical rehearsal, and promotional materials. (MachineHDance has gone green so promotional materials will be distributed online for your use on social media, email newsletters, newssites, etc. )

There is a $10 Application Fee, which if accepted, will go towards your $200 festival fee.

In order to apply, please complete the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/f51mzfAaaLacuU2n2

Please send your $10 payment via PayPal to info@machinehdance.com. Applications will only be reviewed once the payment is recieved.

Deadline to apply is Friday December 1st, before midnight. Acceptance emails will be sent out by Friday December 8th. If accepted, your $190 festival payment will be due by Friday December 22nd, 2017.
If you have any questions, please email info@machinehdance.com


To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier

April 12-15, 2017

Santa Monica, CA

Jacob Jonas The Company and Dance Camera West will be presenting individual choreographers and dance companies ranging in all dance forms and genres to present live performance work at To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier as part of the 17th Annual Dance Camera West Festival.

Submission information at www.dancecamerawest.org/to-the-sea

Early Bird Deadline – December 1, 2017

Regular Deadline – January 13, 2017

Notification Date – February 15, 2018


Call for Artists - CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, A Contemporary Dance Festival


WHO: For individual artists and dance companies working in contemporary dance
WHAT: CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, a contemporary dance festival
WHEN: February 17 & 18, 2018
WHERE: The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 11:59 PM (PDT), Tuesday, July 11, 2017


CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work is seeking individual artists and dance companies with contemporary dance work to be presented at the 2018 Festival (February 17 & 18, 2018), alongside master classes and a free community outreach program. Approximately eight individual artists and/or dance companies will be selected and their work will be presented in both Festival performances (Saturday evening and Sunday matinee). In addition to the Festival performances, selected artists have the opportunity to offer a master class and participate in lecture/demonstration(s) on the art of choreography.


ELIGIBILITY & FEE
This call is open to all individual artists and dance companies residing in the U.S. and Canada. Works presented at CHOP SHOP will not exceed 10 minutes total in length. "Works in progress" are accepted and considered, but your video work sample should show at least 75% of the completed piece. Works still in conceptual form will not be considered.


A modest performance fee is paid to participating individual artists and dance companies. Artists offering master classes and/or community outreach classes receive an additional teaching stipend. While we encourage applications from beyond the Pacific Northwest, please be advised that the Festival is unable to assist with travel, transportation, and/or accommodation costs.

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/chopcall3.


PUSHfest 2017

Open Call for Choreographers

PUSH Dance Company seeks original, finished pieces of 5-8 minutes in length by emerging and mid-career choreographers to present at its 4th annual PUSHfest dance festival. This year's Festival will take place at ODC Theater (3153 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110), a premiere arts venue in San Francisco on September 22- 24, 2017.

PUSHfest is a mixed-genre dance festival that features works spanning a variety of performance genres and is open to choreographers working locally, nationally and internationally. From your submissions, our curatorial team selects fourteen compelling works to showcase on the big stage in one of two Festival programs.

PUSHfest's growing popularity yielded sold-out and near sold-out audiences for all four performances of the Festival in 2016. In addition to the opportunity to connect with large new audiences, the Festival provides a platform for choreographers to develop lasting relationships with Bay Area artists and art sector professionals. PUSHfest choreographers also benefit from increased visibility by way of PUSH Dance Company's widespread promotional campaign. For more information visit: www.pushdance.org/PUSHfest.

How to submit your choreography to PUSHfest 2017

Fill out our online application at www.pushdance.org/PUSHfest. Note that the application requires a link to a youtube or Vimeo video of your completed 5-8 minute work. Please direct all application inquiries to: info@pushdance.org, with the Subject Line: PUSHfest Application Inquiry.

Deadlines & Fees

February 28, 2017: Open application deadline

March 28, 2017: Festival participants are notified

April 11, 2017: Festival participants are publicly announced

Application Fee: $35

If accepted, balance due April 11, 2017:

5 minutes max- $35 (for a total of $70)

8 minutes max- $105 (for a total of $140)

Eligibility

Choreographers working in all styles and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Only completed works are eligible for submission to the Festival. No works-in-progress will be considered.

Performances - Dates & Venue

Selected works will be performed twice over the course of the Festival as part of one of two programs. All performances will take place September 22-24, 2017 at ODC Theater (3153 17th Street, SF) located in the heart of SF's Mission District.

Emerge

Emerge is a choreographer's showcase designed to provide emerging choreographers with the space and opportunity to present new and existing work. Choreographers will be invited to a feedback session at the close of the show where professional dancers and choreographers will provide constructive thoughts to help the choreographer grow in his/her process.

Show is Feb 11, 2017 at Michelle's Academy of Dance in Brighton, MI

Application Submission $25

Notification of acceptance or regret by Dec 1, 2016

4th annual Richmond Dance Festival. Submissions are welcome through Jan. 31, 2017.
Company Name Dogtown Dance Theatre
Audition Date Submissions accepted Oct. 3, 2016 - Jan. 31, 2017
Audition Time N/A
Audition Location Online Submission
Location Street Address 109 W. 15th Street
Location City, State Zip Richmond, VA 23224
Website www.dogtowndancetheatre.com

EXCHANGE 2016

The Bell House will present the 4th EXCHANGE Choreography Festival, to be held August 25-27th. EXCHANGE provides a meeting point for professional dancers to showcase their choreographic work and engage in dialogue about process. Performances, workshops, and networking events are also included in the festival weekend. Only 15 choreographers are selected by The Bell House to present original dance works up to 10 minutes in length.

Internationally renowned dance-maker and teacher of choreography, Susan Rethorst, is The Bell House's honored guest artist for 2016. She will be spending much time with festival participants at performances and roundtable discussions as well as an exclusive workshop on Rethorst's signature method of choreographic Wrecking (c).

The festival will be held at Tulsa Ballet Studio K, 1212 E. 45th Place, in Tulsa.

For more information on the festival in general or about our featured artist, Susan Rethorst, contact (918) 549-1231 or email:bellhouseart@gmail.com.

American Dance Festival

Durham, NC

ADF's programs are developed based on its mission to encourage and support the creation and presentation of new modern dance work by both established and emerging choreographers.

americandancefestival.org

American Swiss Ballet Company's Choreographers Showcase

New York, NY

646-580-7311

asballetny.com

Bailando Dance Festival

Corpus Christi, Texas

Bailando Dance Festival offers a platform for aspiring choreographers to showcase their works and also take master classes from experts in the dance world. This three day festival features master classes on Friday and Saturday, two evenings of adjudicated concerts followed by the Saturday evening Gala performance.

361-854-7969

www.ccbailando.com

Brighton Dance Festival

Brighton, MI

A week long summer dance celebration including performances, classes and networking for youth, teens, college students, professionals and dance educators.

Built on Stilts

Martha's Vineyard, MA

The Built on Stilts Dance Festival is comprised of work by members of the Vineyard Community and professional performing artists from the island and beyond.

builtonstilts.org

Charlotte Dance Festival

Charlotte, NC

In addition to inviting companies to submit work for our established repertory performance, Dance Charlotte, we are open to submissions for dance films and independent shows as well.

charlottedancefestival.org

the CURRENT SESSIONS
About the performance series:

The CURRENT SESSIONS has built a reputation as an organization that offers unique and memorable experiences for dancemakers, their collaborators, and spectators alike. Biannually, the CURRENT SESSIONS brings together passionate artists from NYC, the US and abroad to develop new relationships; a 3-day festival of curated performances, movement workshops and an open forum/discussion allow accepted artists to exchange in both conversation and craft.

Applications for the performance series can be found in April for the August series and November for the March series. The CURRENT SESSIONS is interested in working with emerging and midcareer choreographers, collaborative groups and film makers.

Full guidelines + application can be found at: www.thecurrentsessions.com/apply/

Chop Shop: Bodies of Work

Meydenbauer Theatre, Belleuve, WA

stonedancecollective@hotmail.com

chopshopdance.org

Dance Now NYC

New York, NY

Our DANCE NOW Joe's Pub programming, including our signature FESTIVAL series and Dance-mopolitan Commissioned Artist Series challenges artists to investigate new directions through the unique limitations of the pub's intimate cabaret setting. Our partnership with the Gibney Dance Center contributes to DANCE NOW's ability to identify and mentor new and young artists through our DANCE NOW Raw Studio Show.

dancenownyc.org

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival

The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival brings a diverse array of contemporary dance artists together from across the United States, inviting the greater Boston community to experience this art form at its finest. Participants and audience members are invited to meet and mingle with critics, producers, photographers, and leaders in the national dance community, all while exploring contemporary dance as a site of social change and progress.

Dance Up!—The Next Generation

92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center

New York, NY

212.415.5552

92Y.org/dance

JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL

INSIDE/OUT PERFORMANCE SERIES

Beckett, MA

The Inside/Out series is free and open to the public, featuring a variety of styles and genres, from contemporary dance theatre to ballet to hip-hop and culturally specific forms. It is a venue geared especially toward educating audiences about dance in a relatively informal way, and giving the opportunity to all people, regardless of their financial means, to experience dance. The Inside/Out performance series includes both emerging and established dance companies in a variety of genres from across the United States.

To apply and to find out more please visit: http://www.jacobspillow.org/about/insideout-participants-artist-submissions.php

Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival

Kalamazoo, MI

269.342.4354

midwestradfest.org

New American Talent/Dance

Ballet Austin

Austin, TX

512.476.9051

balletaustin.org

AMERICAN CHOREOGRAPHIC COMPETITION & FESTIVAL

The only dance competition dedicated to providing a platform for up and coming choreographers of all genres

  • Get your creative talents seen by leading industry professionals
  • Receive helpful feedback, tips, & advice
  • Make connections with dancers, choreographers, & industry professionals
  • Enter for your chance to have your choreography performed live at the American Choreographic Festival
  • Launch Your Choreographic Career!

http://www.americanchoreographicfestival.com/

ScreenDance Diaries @ Cultural Weekly is launching the first ever Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival.

Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival gives trained professional dancers, self trained and/or instinctive dancers, and people of all kinds an opportunity to go out and find or make dance films in public spaces. Raw or polished, professional or pedestrian, choreographed or improvised, shot on an HD cam or an iPhone, we dare you to get out of your houses, and out of your studios, offices, and cars, and go out into public spaces to find or create the dance in your city.

This is a new online film festival and open to people internationally. You can follow us on Instagram at @ScreenDanceDiaries or on FB at http://on.fb.me/1kDQ3Xw

http://www.culturalweekly.com/dare-to-dance-public-film-festival-launches-today/

Follow us on FACEBOOK at https://www.facebook.com/daretodanceinpublicfilmfestival/ and on Instagram at @ScreenDanceDiaries.

The Red Rock Dance Festival

The Red Rock Dance Festival, a three day dance festival held just outside St. George Utah at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts. Classes, workshops, choreography showcase and adjudication. Cash prizes are $500 judges choice and $500 audience choice.435-773-1221

http://redrockdancefestival.com/

New York Jazz Choreography Project

Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc.

New York, NY

212.369.9036

jazzchoreographyenterprises.org

newsteps

Chen Dance Center

New York, NY

212.349.0126

chendancecenter.org

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus, OH

columbusartsfestival.org/festival/

The Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation annual Choreography Showcase is a curated performance that provides emerging and/or established artists with the opportunity to show choreographic work, in a fully equipped theater, with the aim of enriching the greater Westchester community through dance. Selected choreographers are provided with a DVD, high resolution photos and a small stipend. The performance date is Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00pm at The Dance Theatre Lab at Purchase College (technical rehearsals will be earlier that same day). Group works must not exceed 6 minutes; solos are limited to 4 minutes. Artists must be available from 10:00am-5:00pm the day of the performance. Applications are due SEPTEMBER 15, 2015. For more information and application visit: http://www.steffinossen.org/2015-choreography-showcase/

Northeast Choreographers Festival Call to Artists

Fusionworks Dance Company invites choreographers from the Northeastern region of United States to submit their work to the 2016 Northeast Choreographers Festival to be presented in November of 2016 in Providence, RI. This year's festival will showcase the works of four emerging and established choreographers from the Northeastern U.S. Three finalists will be paid a $1,000 stipend to do a week-long residency in either May, June, or August, during which they will set their work on Fusionworks Dance Company. One runner-up choreographer, who must specifically be from Rhode Island or South Eastern Massachusetts, will be paid a $500 stipend to set his/her work on the youth company, Fusionworks II.

Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2016.

http://www.fusionworksdance.org/ne-choreographers-festival.html.

For questions, please e-mail artistic director Deb Meunier at fusionwk@cox.net or call her at (401)334-3091.

International Choreographers' Showcase

Dance-Forms Productions

Louisville, KY

502.222.2273

danceformproductions.com

Detroit Dance City Festival

Detroit, MI

Detroit Dance City Festival is three-day community building event celebrates dance in its various forms and disciplines with workshops, performances and networking opportunities. The Detroit Dance City Festival will showcase the work of over 30 local, national and international performing artists and companies.

detroitdancecityfestival.com

Dixon Place

New York, NY

We are looking for brand new work at all stages of development. All work at Dixon Place is curated. We have performances 6 nights a week. We do not accept submissions for full-scale productions, nor do we present work that has already been produced.

dixonplace.org/submit-work/

FAB! Festival

New York, NY

fabnyc.org

Choreographic Showcase

The Hong Kong Ballet

Hong Kong, China

2573 7398

hkballet.com

Hatch Presenting Series

Jennifer Muller/The Works

New York, NY

This is an informal, cost-free space in which to present the work of emerging and established choreographers. The intimate studio environment supports showcasing work in a "bare bones" state. Showings will also be followed by an audience/artist discussion.

jmtw.org

Dance Project, Youth Dance Project, Percussive Dance Project

Joy of Motion Dance Center

Washington, DC

202.399.6763

production@joyofmotion.org

joyofmotion.org

Jump on the DanceWagon

New York, NY

Jump on the DanceWagon provides four choreographers/dance companies with 20 minutes to show work in any arrangement of their choice. All participants invest a percentage in the production costs and, in turn, are returned that same percentage back from the box office sales.

ellen-inc.com/jump-on-the-dancewagon

Come Together Dance Festival

Koresh Dance Company

Philadelphia, PA

33 companies unite for 5 nights to display the diversity, creativity, and technical excellence of Philadelphia's dance community. Koresh Dance Company and the Knight Foundation present Come Together, an annual festival celebrating styles from hip hop and modern to contemporary ballet, tap and acrobatic physical theater.

koreshdance.org/cometogether.php

Mudson Works-in-Progress Series

loveDANCEmore

Salt Lake City, Utah

admin@lovedancemore.org

lovedancemore.org

National Choreographers Initiative

Corona del Mar, CA

949.675.4579

nchoreographers.org

Richmond Choreographers' Showcase

Richmond, VA

sfdproject.org/performances.htm

Emerging Choreographers Showcase

Pasadena Dance Festival

Pasadena, CA

626.844.7008

lineagedance.org

The Moving Beauty Series

Contact: Erienne Elisabeth Poitier info@beautymoving.com

beautymoving.com

New Prague Dance Festival

Prague, Czech Republic

praguedancefestival.cz

NYC10

New York, NY

NYC10 is a unique dance show. Each show provides opportunities to 10 emerging dance companies to showcase their work (up to 10 minutes each) and receive feedback and reviews. It is a free dance platform for development and expansion of unique repertoires.

nyc10dance.wordpress.com

REVERB Choreographic Project

Reverb Dance

Purchase, NY

reverbdance.org

ChoreoProject Award

sjDANCEco

San Jose, CA

408.924.5041

sjdanceco.org

Performances Lab Series

Steps on Broadway

New York, NY

212.874.2410

stepsnyc.com

Chop Shop: Bodies of Work

Stone Dance Productions

Seattle, WA

stonedancecollective@hotmail.com

chopshopdance.org

GO! Emerging Artist Commissioning Program

STREB

Brooklyn, NY

718.384.6491

streb.org/go

WAXworks

Triskelion Arts

Brooklyn, NY

718.599.7997

wax205.com

Dumbo Dance Festival

White Wave

Brooklyn, NY

Designed to showcase the work of emerging and established choreographers and dance companies, the Dumbo Dance Festival seeks cutting-edge dance works that seek to expand the boundaries of the art form.

whitewavedance.com

Modern Atlanta Dance Festival

Full Radius Dance

Atlanta, GA

fullradiusdance.org/experience/mad/apply

NYC Festival of Dance Schools

Kat Wildish Presents

New York, NY

kat@katwildish.com

nycfestivalofdanceschools.com

Performing in NY Showcase

Kat Wildish Presents

New York, NY

kat@katwildish.com

katwildishshowcase.com

PUSHfest

PUSH Dance Company

ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA

info@pushdance.org

pushdance.org/pushfest

National Choreography Intensive

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

The RDA National Choreography Intensive (NCI) is a multi-faceted program, providing dancers, emerging choreographers and seasoned choreographers the unparalleled opportunity to work, study and create under the guidance of nationally recognized professionals in the fields of music and dance.

nationalchoreographyintensive.com

Springboard Dance Montreal Emerging Choreographers Project

Montreal, Canada

The Emerging Choreographers Project provides selected artists with elite dancers, 26 hours of studio space, and the opportunity to present work alongside our Principal Companies. Candidates are selected based on experience and the quality of their previous work. In addition to this unique professional development, Springboard provides each Emerging Choreographer with the opportunity to engage with talented dancers who may become future collaborators as well as mentors who facilitate the creative process.

springboarddansemontreal.com/emerging-choreographers

The Young Choreographer's Festival

New York, NY

917.675.7311

youngchoreographersfestival.com

Philadelphia Screendance Festival

Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet

Philadelphia, PA

We are thrilled to present, in its first year, the Philadelphia Screendance Festival! This festival will take place over six days in the newly renovated Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater, a 110-seat black box theater in the Olde City section of Philadelphia. What we're looking for: Videos 3 - 12 minutes in length that feature movement in any genre that was created/captured specifically for the medium of film/video. (No documentaries or documentation of performances.) We want videos that are cinematically engaging, where the camera is used as a choreographic tool.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-philadelphia-screendance-festival-tickets-17712069276?ref=estw

Abraham.In.Motion performing "Drive." Photo by Ian Douglas.

The ever-so-busy Kyle Abraham is back in New York City for a brief visit with his company Abraham.In.Motion as they prepare for an exciting spring season of new endeavors with some surprising guests. The company will be debuting a new program at The Joyce Theater on May 1, that will include two new pieces from Abraham, restaged works by Doug Varone and Bebe Miller, and a world premiere from Andrea Miller. Talk about an exciting line-up!

We caught up with Abraham during a recent rehearsal where he revealed what he is tired of hearing in the dance community.

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Tero Saarinen's Morphed. Photo by Darya Popova, Courtesy Helene Davis Public Relations

Choreographer Tero Saarinen has a proclivity for the peculiar—and for epic orchestral music. That he should be commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to create a new dance work to accompany the U.S. premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Cello Concerto en forme de pas de trois only makes sense. Zimmermann's eerie, difficult-to-classify composition falls squarely in Saarinen's wheelhouse. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Jan. 19–21. laphil.com.


Breaking Stereotypes
Ash in Rochester, NY. PC Thaler Photography by Arleen and Daryl Thaler for the Swan Dreams Project

Growing up in inner city Rochester, NY, Aesha Ash was just one of the neighborhood kids. She'd imagine people driving by, judging her by her black skin.

"They'd never know that I was dreaming of becoming a professional ballet dancer. No one would think, Some day she's going to make it into New York City Ballet," says Ash.

After an inspiring career at NYCB, Béjart's Ballet Lausanne and LINES, the January 2006 Dance Magazine cover star—one of our 25 to Watch that year—is no longer performing. But she's determined to use her dance background to change the stereotypes and misconceptions that people—including black people—have about women of color. "I want to show it's okay to embrace our softer side, and let the world know we're multidimensional," says Ash.

Aesha Ash in Richmond, CA. PC Renee Scott via swandreamsproject.org

In 2011, she launched the Swan Dreams Project to inspire kids in the community she grew up in. The original idea was to post images of herself in a tutu all over Rochester. "I remember growing up and in the bodega you'd see images of girls in bikinis on motorbikes," says Ash. "I wanted to replace those with photos that show women of color in a different light."

She knew the power imagery can have: She still remembers what it felt like as a student at the School of American Ballet to see a photo of black ballet dancer Andrea Long. "That image was everything on days when I was feeling disenchanted. I'd see that picture of her, and know that the struggles I was going through, she went through them, too."

Ash soon realized she didn't have the budget to fund her original plan ("I never realized how expensive a bus stop advertisement is!"). But she's made the images available through an online store, and often simply gives away prints at her own expense to schools and students in need of some inspiration.

Any proceeds she makes from the sales go directly to other organizations that are working to expand ballet in diverse communities. One large donation even led to a pointe shoe fund at dancer Robyn Gardenhire's City Ballet of Los Angeles school—and it helped one dancer who had quit ballet because of the expense come back to class.

Now a mother of two in San Jose, CA, Ash will also start teaching a free after-school ballet class at her daughter's public school next month. "I recently taught at Girls Inc. in Oakland, and one of the little black girls said, 'Are you the ballet teacher?' She just stood there, staring at me with her mouth open, like a unicorn had just walked into the room," Ash says. "You never know the impact you can have just by being a presence."

If you're interested in supporting the project, check out the online shop, or donate directly at swandreamsproject.org.

Training
Sylvie Guillem, via 1843magazine.com

Ever find yourself lusting after that six o'clock penché, or a développé that will reach your nose? You're not alone. The eye is naturally drawn to the end points of a movement, and, in dance, that often translates to the highest extension.

But what if you're born without extreme, Instagram-worthy lines? It's a matter of developing a laser focus on alignment as well as strengthening and stretching with better body mechanics in mind.

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PC Break the Floor

Two competition routines are equal in technical proficiency, artistry and choreography. One consists of all girls, the other includes a boy. Guess which takes home first prize?

If you guessed the one with the boy, you may be privy to an unspoken and much-debated phenomenon in the competition dance world: The Boy Factor. According to The Boy Factor, a competitive piece is more likely to win if there's a boy in it.

"If it's all technically equal and one group is all girls and the other group has a boy, the one with the boy will win," says Rysa Childress, owner of All Star Studios in Forest Hills, New York. "Boy soloists are sometimes scored higher than more technically proficient girls because if a boy has good stage presence, we let him slide," says an anonymous competition judge. "And most of the feedback will be for the boy."

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Dance in Pop Culture
Roberto Bolle and Kenall Jenner on set. Photo via tods.com

I'll never forget something Roberto Bolle once told me when I was interviewing him about his workout regimen: Talking about how much he loved to swim, he said, "I would love to go in the Italian sea, but I am too well-known there to show up in my suit."

It always amused and kinda shocked me that a ballet dancer could reach that level of fame. But it's true: In his native Italy, Bolle is a bonafide celerity.

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Training
Anne Arundel Community College students, PC Kenneth Harriford

Everyone knows that community college is an affordable option if a four-year school isn't in the cards. But it can also be a solid foundation for a career in the dance field. Whether students want an associate in arts degree as a precursor to obtaining a bachelor's, or to go straight into the performing world, the right two-year dance program can be a uniquely supportive place to train. Don't let negative stereotypes prevent you from attending a program that could be right for you:

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Dancers & Companies
Joan Marcus

Conscientious theatergoers may be familiar with The School for Scandal, The School for Wives and School of Rock. But how many are also aware of the school of Fosse?

The 1999 musical, a posthumous exploration of the choreographic career of Bob Fosse, ran for 1,093 performances, winning four Tonys and 10 nominations; employing 32 dancers; and, completely unintentionally, nurturing a generation of Broadway choreographers. You may have heard of them: Andy Blankenbuehler and Sergio Trujillo danced in the original cast, Josh Rhodes was a swing, and Christopher Gattelli replaced Trujillo when he landed choreography jobs in Massachusetts and Canada. Blankenbuehler remembers that when Trujillo left, "It was as if he was graduating."

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Dancers & Companies
From left, Ethel Merman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Debbie Allen. All Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

January 16 might as well be a Broadway holiday. Three gigantic names were born on this day, in 1908, 1950 and 1980, and they represent three distinct eras of powerhouse musicals. Without them, there'd be no belting Reno Sweeney, no "Fame"-ous Lydia Grant and no rapping Alexander Hamilton. Happy birthday to these indelible superstars.

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News
When it comes to BodyVox, it's best to expect the unexpected. Photo by Lois Greenfield, Courtesy BodyVox

In the midst of its 20th-anniversary season, BodyVox is taking a moment to look back. The Portland, Oregon–based company presents Urban Meadow, an amalgamation of some of its most popular works, at Philadelphia's Prince Theater, Jan. 18–21. Expect whimsy, and the unexpected. bodyvox.com.

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