Arts Manager Sheldon Soffer Dies at 93

Manager and mentor to generations of performers and arts professionals, Sheldon Soffer passed away peacefully on June 23, 2021, at age 93 in Fort Myers, Florida. By his side was his aide of three years, Ron Wendell, and his cherished puppy. Soffer was born August 20, 1927, to immigrants Bertha Weiss Soffer and Samuel Soffer. […]

Dancer, Teacher and Artistic Advisor Bella Malinka Dall Dies at 98

Bella Malinka Dall, October 5, 1922–May 12, 2021, is fondly remembered by a wealth of students who began their dedication to the discipline of dance in her ballet class at the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts from 1949 to 1981. Many went on to make their own […]

Remembering Longtime Towson University Dance Professor Helene Breazeale (1937–2021)

Helene Breazeale, of Baltimore, Maryland, passed away on May 18, 2021, at the age of 83. Performer/choreographer/teacher/historian/author/proud mother and grandmother, and Baltimorean, Dr. Helene Breazeale did it all! She was born in 1937 in Baltimore, where she lived most of her life. She is survived by her sister, Maxine Caplan, son Greg Breazeale, daughter-in-law Jamie […]

Luis Biasotto, Co-Founder of Argentina’s Grupo Krapp, Dies at 49

Luis Biasotto, renowned Argentinian dancer, choreographer, director, teacher and co-founder of Grupo Krapp, died of complications from COVID-19 on May 16 in his hometown of Córdoba, Argentina. He was 49. Of his untimely death, Luciana Acuña, his long-time artistic partner and friend shared this remembrance on Grupo Krapp’s Facebook page, “Who am I going to […]

Experimental Dance Visionary Anna Halprin Dies at Age 100

Anna Halprin, the source of many of the ideas in experimental dance of the last 60 years, passed away at age 100 on May 24. Her teachings strongly influenced Judson Dance Theater, site-specific dance, somatic dance practice and community rituals. For her, dance was something to bring out of the theater and into our daily […]

Debora Chase-Hicks, Philadanco and Alvin Ailey Pioneer, Dies at 63

A pioneer with both Philadanco and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Debora Chase-Hicks died on May 6 at age 63 following a brief but serious illness. Chase-Hicks was a kind, gentle soul who loved life and the people in it. The gift of her artistry touched the lives of all those with whom she came […]

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