7 Shows Hitting Screens, Stages or Scenic Settings This Month

Spring is in the air, and performance calendars are (dare we say it?) almost as busy as they ever have been, if still largely housed on the internet. This mix of online screenings, outdoor events and indoor performances for limited audiences caught our eye this month. Caged In Stefanie Batten Bland’s Kolonial Maria Baranova, Courtesy […]

Being a Great Dancer Doesn’t Automatically Mean You’re a Gifted Teacher

Recently, I asked fellow dancers on Facebook for a one-word self-assessment of the first class they ever taught. “Chaotic,” “humbling” and “copycat” were just some of their responses. I was not surprised. For my first-ever class, intermediate ballet for my fellow college students in 2011, I was armed with little more than my own experiences […]

Mark Morris Is About to Become His Own Landmark

There’s always been something larger than life about choreographer Mark Morris. Of course, there are the more than 150 works he’s made and that incisive musicality that makes dance critics drool. But there’s also his idiosyncratic, no-apologies-offered personality, and his biting, no-holds-barred wit. And, well, his plan to keep debuting new dances even after he’s […]

The Dos and Don'ts of Becoming a More Musical Dancer

You know compelling musicality when you see it. But how do you cultivate it? It’s not as elusive as it might seem. Musicality, like any facet of dance, can be developed and honed over time—with dedicated, detailed practice. At its most fundamental, it’s “respect for the music, that this is your partner,” says Kate Linsley, […]

Mark Morris Has the Most Idiosyncratic Legacy Plan We've Ever Heard Of

Choreographers are no more immortal than anyone else. So, wisely, single-choreographer modern dance companies have increasingly opted to address the issue of planning for the future—a future without their founders—before the crisis comes. The solutions have been many. The Merce Cunningham Dance Company decided to shut down but preserve a Trust, which licenses his dances […]

Fuel the Fire

What should you eat before a performance? It can be challenging to find foods that give you the right amount of energy without weighing you down. But what’s perfect for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Every dancer has to experiment to find their own ideal pre-performance menu. Lauren Grant Dancer, Mark Morris Dance […]

Working Out with Stacy Martorana

Martorana in Morris’ Crosswalk. Photo by Stephanie Berger, courtesy MMDG. Stacy Martorana began running as a way to escape the pressures of dance. As a freshman ballet major at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she went from being one of the strongest dancers in her studio to one of the least […]

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