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.
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
Rebecca Bunch is taking a yoga class from her crush's flawless girlfriend, and things are going horribly wrong. The students and the instructor taunt her, launching into "I'm So Good at Yoga," a snarky song that mashes up moves from yoga and Bollywood. Though it sounds like a strange dream, it's just another hilarious scene choreographed by Kathryn Burns for the sitcom "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."
Each episode of the CW comedy plays out zany scenarios with two or more lavish musical numbers. Every song is a different genre, ranging from ballet to Broadway to hip hop, all with a comic flair. It's the perfect fit for Burns, who's become Hollywood's resident comedy dancemaker.
A STREB Extreme Action show is nothing like a typical dance performance. Instead, it's a full-on battle between gravity and humans. There will be risk-taking, you will probably gasp (multiple times) and you might even clench your jaw. That's because artistic director Elizabeth Streb likes to push her
dancers action heros to the max. What exactly are we capable of? How much further can we go? She's out to answer those questions.
A recent episode of "Articulate," a nationally syndicated show on PBS, peeked inside the troupe's rehearsals and sat down with Streb for an honest conversation. While she was speaking specifically about her own work, her words apply to any dancer who wants to push themselves and grow as an artist. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the episode:
Here at Dance Magazine, we're celebrating Star Wars Day—May the 4th—the only way we know how: with some of the quirkiest dance tributes in the galaxy. From tap to ballet to hip hop, no one can resist the force.
Here are a few of our favorites: