These Are the Performances Our Readers Loved the Most This Year
We asked you for nominations, compiled your suggestions and had you vote on your favorites. Here's what you chose:
Best Viral Video
Winner: "Kids Meet a Ballerina," featuring Pacific Northwest Ballet's Elle Macy
• Syncopated Ladies' "Everybody Mad" Beychella cover
• Ballet Nacional de España's performance at Oteyza fashion show
• "Doomed," featuring RubberLegz and James Gregg
Most Moving Performance
DESCENT. Photo by Jay Newman, courtesy Kinetic Light
Winner: Alice Sheppard/Kinetic Light in DESCENT
• Dance Theatre of Harlem and artists from Collage Dance Collective in
Geoffrey Holder's Dougla
• National Ballet of Canada in John Neumeier's Nijinsky
• The Royal Ballet in Liam Scarlett's Swan Lake
Winner: TU Dance and Bon Iver's Come Through
• Menil Collection, Houston Ballet and the Merce Cunningham Trust's Merce Cunningham Dance and Concert, Arrivals and Departures: Cage, Cunningham, and Johns
• Sonya Tayeh and The Bengsons' you'll still call me by name
• The Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera of Chicago's Orphée et Eurydice
Best Dance Documentary
Winner: Ballet Now, directed by Steven Cantor
• Gravity Hero, directed by Trey McIntyre
• Bobbi Jene, directed by Elvira Lind
Most Inventive New Work
Winner: Odeon, by Ephrat Asherie Dance
• GAY GUERRILLA/for julius, by MADBOOTS DANCE
• Paramodernities, by Netta Yerushalmy
• Silent Scream, by Olivier Wevers; performed by Whim W'Him
• Keone and Mari Madrid's e-book, Ruth
More than once, when I'm sporting my faded, well-loved ballet hoodie, some slight variation of this conversation ensues:
"Is your daughter the dancer?"
"Actually," I say, "I am."
"Wow!" they enthuse. "Who do you dance with? Or have you retired...?"
"I don't dance with a company. I'm not a professional. I just take classes."
Insert mic drop/record scratch/quizzical looks.
You nominated your favorite dance moments so far in 2019, and we narrowed them down to this list. Now it's time to cast your vote to help decide who will be deemed our Readers' Choice picks for the year!
Voting is open until September 17th. Only one vote per person will be counted.
Just four years ago, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomed its first class of BFA students. The program—which boasts world-class faculty and a revolutionary approach to training focused on collaboration and hybridity—immediately established itself as one of the country's most prestigious and most innovative.
Now, the first graduating class is entering the dance field. Here, six of the 33 graduates share what they're doing post-grad, what made their experience at USC Kaufman so meaningful and how it prepared them for their next steps:
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