Tonight’s “Dance Against Cancer” gala, organized by Daniel Ulbricht and Erin Fogarty, offers an incredible array of dance stars: NYCB’s Ashley Bouder, Maria Kowroski, Tiler Peck, Robert Fairchild, Wendy Whelan, and Daniel Ulbricht; ABT’s Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo; Ailey's Alicia Graf Mack and Matthew Rushing; and Lar Lubovitch's Clifton Brown.

 

Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada of San Francisco Ballet are flying to NYC on the red eye, interrupting their run of Wheeldon’s Cinderella, to dance the ballroom pas de deux from that new ballet. And Lil Buck, the sensational Memphis jooker who was a 2012 “25 to Watch,” makes an appearance too.

 

To find out more, and to see a touching video about why all these dancers want to give their time and talent to this cause, click here. —Wendy Perron

 

 

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How Turning Boards and Practice Mats Can Revolutionize Your Dance Training

When it comes to equipment, dancers don't need much—just shoes and whatever can fit in their dance bag. But between rehearsals in the studio and performances on stage, one major piece of equipment often goes overlooked—the floor.

Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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