A native of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Madeline studied ballet at Southern Indiana School for the Arts and was later introduced to modern dance by Bill Evans. While completing her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography at Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College, she was cast in a historical reconstruction of Alwin Nikolais' Noumenon celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. As an avid dance videographer and editor, she has worked on video projects for Bates Dance Festival and the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company in Southern California. She later served as a marketing and education manager for Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and is a former assistant editor—research for DanceMedia's various publications. She is currently the managing editor of Dance Magazine and Pointe.
The 2017–18 Broadway season is just getting underway! But before we look ahead to new productions, let's recall what came before. Here are a few of the sparkliest shows that opened on the Great White Way in previous Augusts.
42nd Street (1980)
The cast of the 2001 revival of 42nd Street performing at the Tony Awards
If you need an example of traditional Broadway-style tap, this couldn't be any closer. The original production of 42nd Street ran for over eight years. That's a lot of time steps.
This July marks Dance Magazine's 90th anniversary, and the milestone gave us the perfect excuse to do one of our favorite things: dive into our extensive archives of more than 1,000 covers.
We couldn't resist sharing just a few of the iconic and quirky images through the decades.
Broadway's Bandstand is chock-full of 1940s glamour. The show—which recently snagged a Tony for best choreography for Andy Blankenbuehler's swing-infused moves and depictions of soldiers post-WWII—has no shortage of charming women's fashions from the era.
But how do you transport a cast back in time 70-plus years to create an accurate look? We went backstage with Jessica Lea Patty, who's in the ensemble and understudies Julia, to see how she transforms into one of her characters, Flora.
As the face of brands like Dr. Pepper and Under Armour, Misty Copeland has shown the world what dancers already knew: Ballet is supremely athletic. And if anyone can bring more awareness to the art form's diversity problem, it's her. She's the ballerina of our generation.
When a dance company is in trouble, Michael M. Kaiser is the man to call. He's helped wipe out deficits at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Opera House, and now consults for organizations worldwide as chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. At a time when arts funding is threatened, Kaiser isn't afraid to make tough calls to ensure future success.
Got a problem? The Actors Fund can likely help. Many of the services it provides online or through its offices in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles are completely free:
• health insurance counseling
• primary and specialty medical care and referrals through the new Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in Times Square
• guidance overcoming injuries through The Dancers' Resource
• career counseling and scholarships through Career Transition For Dancers
• financial education, plus assistance for artists in crisis
• affordable housing options, including residences operated by The Actors Fund
We're not ashamed to admit it: The Dance Magazine staff is a big bunch of dance history nerds. But we also know that, sometimes, learning about our art form's past via textbook can feel stale. That's why we completely lost it (in a good way) when Seet Dance, a contemporary school in Sydney, Australia, contacted us about their special take on dance history. As part of their curriculum, they recreate scenes from famous modern and contemporary works with Legos.
Yes. You read that right. With Legos! Who doesn't love Legos?
And the level of detail—from the figures' positions to their costumes and the accompanying sets—shows a keen understanding of these iconic moments.
Browse through some of Seet Dance's set-ups below, and put your own dance history knowledge to the test. How many do you recognize? Scroll to the bottom for the choreographer and name of each work, and links to clips of these memorable performances.
All photos Courtesy Seet Dance