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What does Mikhail Baryshnikov have to say to dancers starting their careers today? On Friday, he gave the keynote speech during the graduation ceremony for the inaugural class of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

The heart of his message: Be generous.

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The set for last year's ceremony. Photo by Stephanie Berger, Courtesy The Tony Awards

The biggest weekend in Broadway is finally upon us: The Tony Awards are this Sunday (airing at 8 pm EST on CBS). While other media outlets might be busy forecasting winners, we're speculating about the dancing we might get to see during the broadcast.

Needless to say, we have a few ideas.

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Mikhail Baryshnikov has yet another honor to add to his impressive trophy case: The renowned Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award given by the Japan Art Association.

The lifetime achievement award, given every year since 1989, celebrates artistic fields not covered by the Nobel Prize. And it comes with quite a notable financial gift: 15 million yen, or approximately $136,000.

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This July marks Dance Magazine's 90th anniversary, and the milestone gave us the perfect excuse to do one of our favorite things: dive into our extensive archives of more than 1,000 covers.

We couldn't resist sharing just a few of the iconic and quirky images through the decades.

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To celebrate our 90th anniversary, we excavated some of our favorite hidden gems from the DM Archives—images that capture a few of the moments in time we've documented over the decades.

Yes, that's Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. And yes, Hines appears to be biting into a ballet shoe. The occasion? The superstar dancers traded their "signature shoes" at a 1984 event announcing the film White Nights, in which Baryshnikov's character, a Russian ballet dancer who defected to the West, finds himself stranded in Soviet Russia under the watchful eye of an American expat played by Hines. The film featured loads of dancing for both the ballet and tap star, but most importantly, it gave us this iconic scene:

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In honor of the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show which wrapped up last night, we dug into the Dance Magazine Archives to prove that dogs and dance—though a seemingly unlikely pairing—have always been in style. Even today, it's not uncommon to see a pooch or two curled up in the corner of a New York City Ballet studio during rehearsal. Who better to help you navigate the ruff life of a dancer than a canine companion (pun fully intended)? Whether you have your best performance ever or it's a total flop, they'll always be waiting for you with a furry grin, wagging tail and, er, possibly, a slobbery kiss. Here are some of our favorite dancer-dog moments:

Behold, a very rare breed: the Baryshni-pup.

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And also, the larger Baryshni-dog, who is very curious about Misha's possibly stinky, post-workout shoe.

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This one is a gem. Renowned director Vincente Minnelli (he worked on landmark movie-musicals like Gigi and An American in Paris) and Judy Garland pose with their daughter, a pint-sized Liza Minnelli, and a puppy in a party hat.

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Even superstars need a break from the studio. Here, Liza Minnelli spends a tender moment outside with her wiry-haired pooch.

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I think it's safe to say this dog is seated in the lap of luxury. Liza's, that is.

Photos by Van Williams, Courtesy DM Archives


These horses technically aren't the dancers' pets, but I couldn't throw away an opportunity to highlight a stunning young Violette Verdy (center) and members of the New York City Ballet corps posing with Lipizzaner stallions at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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And just in case you're not a dog or horse fan, please enjoy this precious kitten with none other than the illustrious Natalia Makarova.

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Capturing dance’s—and Dance Magazine’s—greatest moments for over four decades. All photos © Jack Mitchell, used with permission of the estate.



Clockwise from top left: Merce Cunningham, 1962; Agnes de Mille, 1980; Ruth St. Denis in White Jade, 1950.



In November, the dance world lost one of its most prolific photographers, Jack Mitchell (1925–2013), whose work helped chronicle an epoch in dance history. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Mitchell captured almost every major figure in the field, from ballet legends to downtown dancemakers, as well as tap dancers, b-boys and composers.

A longtime contributor to Dance Magazine, Mitchell’s work has filled our pages since the early 1950s. He photographed more than 160 covers; subjects included José Limón, George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham and Bob Fosse. And though he announced his retirement in 1996, he received a Dance Magazine Award in 2002 and remained on the magazine’s masthead until his death.

Mitchell also found great success outside of dance: His portraits for publications like The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair included John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Alfred Hitchcock and Meryl Streep. Today, the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts in Florida is home to some of Mitchell’s most iconic work, including the images on these pages.




Clockwise from top left: Martha Graham in Alcestis, 1962; Paul Taylor in Aureole, 1979; Mikhail Baryshnikov rehearsing Taylor’s Aureole, 1993.


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