Friday Film Break: "SY-FER" by Killian Lassablière

This mini-doc directed by Killian Lassablière offers an intimate look at the afrodance scene in Paris. Curiosity about afrodance—a style made from the blending of several African dances—has recently sprouted on social media, but the project creator says the afrodance community remains small and tightly knit. "SY-FER" not only showcases the dance style, but celebrates the close ties of a community brought together by its love for African culture and dance.

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Inside one of Interlochen's brand-new dance studios. Courtesy Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen’s New Breathtaking Dance Center Is Ready for Class

After months of practicing in a cramped space at home, young dancers have dreamed of training in a spacious, airy studio. And when the facilities are as resplendent as the brand-new dance center at Michigan's Interlochen Center for the Arts, everyday technique class is to be savored.

The recently renovated and vastly expanded 26,000-square-foot Dance Center at Interlochen is now a world-class facility on par with those of premier conservatories and professional companies. Joseph Morrissey, Interlochen's director of dance, says a lot of careful thought went into the architecture: "This could not just be a building that dance is going to go into. This is a building that is made for dance." To build the best facilities for his students, Morrissey sought out Flansburgh Architects, the group behind the beautiful Perles Family Studio at Jacob's Pillow.

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