In Memoriam
Linda Tarnay. Photo by Chuck Delaney, Courtesy Dance Magazine Archives

Former chair of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts dance department Linda Tarnay died on Tuesday, November 6. Her wish was to have her ashes interred in the columbarium at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery—the site of Danspace Project and just a few blocks away from the Tisch dance building.

Before her 35 years of teaching at NYU, Tarnay was a founding member of Dance Theater Workshop. She performed with choreographers like Anna Sokolow, Phyllis Lamhut and Jamie Cunningham. She also started her own company, Linda Tarnay and Dancers, and was an artist-in-residence at The Yard.

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What Wendy's Watching

10000 Gestures, PC Tristram Kenton

Boris Charmatz, a favorite choreographer in France for his dancing in museums, has come up with an idea for non-stop dance. In his new piece, 10000 Gestures, each action is different—no repeats. This week, a horde of more than 20 dancers invades New York City's NYU Skirball Center, each of them cramming a thousand gestures into one hour. They seem to be exorcising them—shaking, scratching, jabbing, huddling—as though they can't get rid of them fast enough.

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What Wendy's Watching

Sahar Damoni, PC Tamar Lamm

Do you ever imagine collaborating with a dancer or musician from a faraway place? Composer Andy Teirstein, professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, has made this wish come true for performing artists with his Translucent Borders project. Over the last three years he has brought dancers and musicians from Cuba, Israel, Greece and Ghana to experience other cultures. On June 29, this project culminates in a rich border-crossing event at the Jack Crystal Theater at Tisch.

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Breaking Stereotypes
Accompanying ChristinaNoel & The Creature's Self Love Kinda Thing. Photo by Susan Kelly-Johnson, courtesy Matthews

My name is Jonathan Matthews, and I wear a lot of hats. One is being a dancer; another is being a musician. A third is attempting to call myself a professional at both in New York City.

Accompanying dance classes is one of those attempts.

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In The Studio
Danielle Agami in residency at The Center for Ballet and the Arts.

Los Angeles-based choreographer Danielle Agami is taking on a new role in New York City: performer. While her company Ate9 is on a "vacation," she is in residency at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.

We sat down with Agami to discuss creating her first solo titled framed, which she will perform May 6 at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and why she is excited to get back to her company.

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Dancers Trending
Travis Magee

When I was in high school, I visited the college counselor's office with other students to talk about what we wanted to major in. One by one, she asked us about our plans. "Teaching? Great, here's a list of top programs nearby." "Engineering? Fantastic, check out these resources." "Dance?" Cue, the chirping crickets. (Thankfully, my dance teacher lent me her copy of the Dance Magazine College Guide, which I decorated with dog-ears and Post-Its.)

If you've ever wondered how performing arts programs stack up, I'm happy to direct you to the first professionally-ranked listing of performing arts colleges worldwide. This year, QS World University Rankings, which analyzes troves of data to rank colleges around the globe, included a category for performing arts. QS' top 100 list includes schools that offer concentrated study in music, drama and/or dance. To see if your school made the list, click here.

Unsurprisingly, The Juilliard School took first place. While American institutions make up 26 of the 100 spots, the list features schools from 27 countries.

While a list like this is a great resource, it isn't dance-specific. Here's a deeper look into some of the top dance options we've covered in DM:

Juilliard (#1), Indiana University (#10) and Harvard (#17): Click here to spend a day in the life of a dance student at each of these schools.

University of California, Los Angeles (#17): One of several programs that offers a pre-college summer workshop to give you a taste of undergrad life before you apply

Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (#22): If you're looking for a fast track into the professional world, read about Tisch and other schools with three-year degrees.

Harvard (#17), Yale (#25), Columbia University (#39) Princeton (#42): Dance does exist in the Ivy League! These schools (except Columbia) don't have an official dance major, but they do boast notable faculty.

SUNY Purchase (#31): If you live for the stage, schools like Purchase have their own touring companies to give you more performance opportunities.

Florida State University and University of Iowa (both ranked in the second half of QS' list): Dance-specific study abroad programs are rare, but these schools have immersive dance experiences in France and Brazil.

If you're just starting your college search, check out the Dance Magazine College Guide, which has info on more than 600 dance programs in one place, and advice on auditioning, choosing a program, paying for school and more.

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