Tag: jodi melnick

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30 Over 30: Dance Pros Who Prove Success Can Happen at Any Age

Maybe even more than most industries, the dance field is obsessed with youth. We fawn over prodigies, we love to predict the next big thing. Yes, Dance Magazine itself is 100 percent guilty of this, with features like “25 to Watch” and On the Rise. But just because a performing career can be short doesn’t […]

Dance Magazine Award Honoree: Sara Mearns

Sara Mearns is a force. There is a monumentality to her dancing that was apparent even as a young corps member of 19, cast in her first Swan Lake with New York City Ballet. She threw herself into the role heart and soul, stretching each shape to the limit, trusting the music to carry her […]

Sara Mearns Has Officially Broken Out of the Ballerina Box

Sara Mearns is no longer just a ballerina. Since first stepping outside of New York City Ballet with downtown dancemaker Jodi Melnick in 2015, she’s expanded her rep in some surprising directions. She’s taken on classic modern techniques like Graham, Cunningham and Duncan. She’s created new work with hip-hop duo Wang Ramirez and contemporary choreographers […]

Can We Stop Calling Choreographers "Emerging" Already?

“Do away with it.” “Over it.” “How about just plain old ‘artist’ or ‘choreographer’?” These are a few of the comments that popped up when, on a recent morning, I posted a query on Facebook fielding thoughts about the term “emerging”—as in “emerging choreographer.” I can’t remember when I first sensed disgruntlement toward the E-word. […]

This Week You Can Watch a NYC Downtown Fave Rehearse in a Public Park

It’s easy to think of sculpture as a static form, but what happens when you place it in the midst of a public park and invite performing artists to inhabit it? Passerby have been finding that out since Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park arrived in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park this June. Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. […]

How to Stay Sane When You're Both a Dancer and Choreographer

Many people see dance and choreography as separate pursuits, or view choreography as a dance career’s second act. For some dancers, however, performing and choreographing inform one another. “That’s just the kind of choreographer I am. I feel things so deeply in my physicality. I have to do it to know it,” says Jodi Melnick, […]

How to Actually Make Your Movement Look Effortless

Efficient movement is easy to recognize—we all know when we see a dancer whose every action seems essential and unmannered. Understanding how to create this effect, however, is far more elusive. From a practical perspective, dancing with efficiency helps you to conserve your energy and minimize wear and tear on the body; from an artistic […]

Vital Signs

The Music Man Mark Morris Dance Group is plenty busy this month, headlining Luminato, Toronto’s annual arts festival, with Morris’ masterwork L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato in its Canadian premiere June 21–23. Morris directs this year’s Ojai Music Festival (the first choreographer to do so), where his dancers will perform; and at Ojai North!, […]