Catch 42nd Street, Kinky Boots and 3 Other Shows on PBS This Month

PBS’ third annual “Broadway’s Best” series starts tonight, and this year’s edition is a treat for dance lovers. The 2019 lineup features five shows: three are Broadway musicals, one’s a West End play and the fifth is a taping from The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, with movement by a big-name choreographer. Each […]

News of Note: What You May Have Missed in August 2019

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and transfers, plus notable awards and accomplishments from the last month. Comings & Goings At The Royal Ballet, Anna Rose O’Sullivan and Luca Acri have been promoted to first soloist, Romany Pajdak, Isabella Gasparini, Tomas Mock and David Yudes to soloist. Gary Avis and Samantha Raine have been appointed […]

Beyond Talkbacks: What Audience Engagement Looks Like in 2019

What happens during a performance is the product of the painstaking process of realizing an artistic vision. Whether held beforehand, afterward, offsite or online, audience discussions tend not to be so preordained, easily thrown off track without a skilled moderator at the helm. “I’m someone who dreaded talkbacks and Q&As,” admits Bill Bragin, former director […]

Need Some Inspo? Watch These 8 Great TED Talks Given by Dancers

It’s no surprise that dancers make some of the best TED Talk presenters. Not only are they great performers, but they’ve got unique knowledge to share. And they can dance! If you’re in need of a midweek boost, look no further than these eight presentations from some incredibly inspiring dance artists. Prumsodun Ok: Artists are […]

Hadestown Sweeps the Tonys, Plus Our Fave Moments from the Awards Show

Last night’s Tony Awards, (aka James Corden’s three-hour attempt to persuade TV-streaming-binge-watchers to put down the remote and see some live theater, for gosh sake) had a bit of everything: wisdom from celebrated actors, cheeky laughs, political quips, historical victories and, our favorite, incredible performances. Unsurprisingly, Tony frontrunner Hadestown took home eight awards, including Best […]

DanceMedia Editors Debate the 2019 Tony Awards Nominations

The Tony Award nominations were announced yesterday morning, and, as always, they gave us a lot to talk about. Could Hadestown sweep the awards? Why didn’t John Heginbotham’s work on Oklahoma! garner him a Best Choreography nomination? What musical numbers will the nominated shows bring to the ceremony on June 9? To discuss, we gathered […]

Why Don't Concert Dance Productions Have Preview Periods?

Compare the gestation of new works across the performing arts and you’ll find an ingredient mostly missing in concert dance that’s occasionally used in opera and relatively common with plays and musical theater: the preview period. Ranging from a few days to, in the case of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, a record-breaking 182 performances, […]

Google Arts & Culture Is Spotlighting Dance for Black History Month

Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten sucked down an informational rabbit hole on the internet. (Come on, we know it’s not just us.) Now, allow us to direct you to this new project from Google Arts & Culture. To celebrate Black History Month, they’ve put together a newly curated collection of images, videos and […]

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