The International Ballet Festival of Miami Honors Dance Magazine
This month, Dance Magazine will receive the Criticism & Culture of Ballet award from the International Ballet Festival of Miami, in honor of the magazine's dedication to promoting dance around the world. It will be presented during the festival's closing night gala on August 19.
This award for dance journalism honors those who have diligently recorded ballet history. The festival's late founder, Pedro Pablo Peña, created it because he felt that without the writing of dance journalists, the history of dance would be lost, as would the future of dance.
Past recipients include such dance criticism luminaries as Clive Barnes, Clement Crisp and Anna Kisselgoff.
For the past 22 years, the International Ballet Festival of Miami has brought national and international stars to perform in South Florida each summer. This year's edition features five separate programs spanning classical and contemporary repertoire, with several guest artists making their U.S. debuts.
In addition to the Criticism & Culture of Ballet award, the festival is also presenting A Life For Dance, a lifetime achievement award, to Peña, who passed away this year.
Back in 2011 when Joe Lanteri first approached Katie Langan, chair of Marymount Manhattan College's dance department, about getting involved with New York City Dance Alliance, she was skeptical about the convention/competition world.
"But I was pleasantly surprised by the enormity of talent that was there," she says. "His goal was to start scholarship opportunities, and I said okay, I'm in."
Today, it's fair to say that Lanteri has far surpassed his goal of creating scholarship opportunities. But NYCDA has done so much more, bridging the gap between the convention world and the professional world by forging a wealth of partnerships with dance institutions from Marymount to The Ailey School to Complexions Contemporary Ballet and many more. There's a reason these companies and schools—some of whom otherwise may not see themselves as aligned with the convention/competition world—keep deepening their relationships with NYCDA.
Now, college scholarships are just one of many ways NYCDA has gone beyond the typical weekend-long convention experience and created life-changing opportunities for students. We rounded up some of the most notable ones:
We knew that Ivo van Hove and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's production of West Side Story would challenge our preconceived notions about the show.
But a recent Vogue story gives us a taste of just how nontraditional the Broadway revival will be. Most notably, van Hove is cutting "I Feel Pretty" and the "Somewhere" ballet, condensing the show into one act to better reflect the urgency of the 48-hour plot. (The choice has been approved by the West Side Story estate, including Sondheim, who has "long been uncomfortable" with some of the "I Feel Pretty" lyrics.)
"The show must go on" may be a platitude we use to get through everything from costume malfunctions to stormy moods. But when it came to overcoming a literal hurricane, Houston Ballet was buoyed by this mantra to go from devastated to dancing in a matter of weeks—with the help of Harlequin Floors, Houston Ballet's longstanding partner who sprang into action to build new floors in record time.