Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Photo by Matthew Karas, Courtesy The Kennedy Center.

Dancing the Resistance: 3 Shows Tackling #BlackLivesMatter and Beyond

If The Nutcracker just isn't doing it for you this season, stay #woke with these three shows.


Camille A. Brown Delivers a Double Whammy

WASHINGTON, DC Camille A. Brown isn't known for pulling punches. As part of her Kennedy Center debut, she'll premiere ink, an examination of African-American rituals and gestural language co-commissioned by The Kennedy Center. It's the third and final work in her trilogy examining race and identity. ink's Dec. 2 premiere will be preceded by her acclaimed second installment, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, on Dec. 1. (The first, Mr. Tol E. RAncE, won a 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production.) ink promises to be a powerful reclamation of black history and culture, one that can power a better future. kennedy-center.org.

A Dance Festival for First Nations Issues

Dancing Earth director Rulan Tangen. Photo by Elizbeth Opalenik, Courtesy Dancing Earth.

SAN FRANCISCO Dancing Earth Creations and Cuicacalli Dance Company have teamed up to create the 500 Years of Resistance Festival. The two-day event spotlights contemporary indigenous choreography, addressing issues faced by First Nations peoples in California ranging from the ecological to the sociopolitical. Dec. 1–2. dancingearth.org.

Helanius J. Wilkins is Singled Out

Helanius J. Wilkins. Photo by Charles H. Black, Courtesy Wilkins.

WASHINGTON, DC Dancer/choreographer Helanius J. Wilkins, known for his deeply personal solos, brings Triggered, a program of new and old solo and group works, to his former home. Now a professor at University of Colorado Boulder, he is joined by dancers from Boulder and special guests. A trio titled Media's Got Me All Figured Out: Reloaded is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the issues it confronts. Dec. 3, Millennium Stage, The Kennedy Center. kennedy-center.org.

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Studio Bleu students Jaxon Keller, Samantha Halker and Alia Wiggins. Photos by Chris Stark

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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