Much of the dance world is at—or headed to—a summer festival right now. It’s impossible to catch it all, but if we could be in multiple places at once, here’s what we’d be hoping to see.
As we head into August, here are seven outdoor festivals, series and shows bringing summer to a close with a bang. American Ballet Theatre’s Calvin Royal III Erin Baiano, Courtesy Vail Dance Festival VIPs in the Valley VAIL, CO Vail Dance Festival returns, headlined by a comfortingly familiar cast of characters. As the festival’s artist […]
Much of the dance world is migrating from the stage to the screen right now. But many artists have been making dance films since long before COVID-19 hit. Last week, I spoke with Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and filmmaker Patrick Fraser for an exclusive Zoom Q&A and screening hosted by Dance Media. We chatted about […]
By going all-digital this year, the Vail Dance Festival will finally be able to share with audiences around the world the unique debuts and revivals that have previously only been seen in Vail. But the online festival will include more than pre-recorded footage. On August 4, audiences will be able to view two world premieres, […]
Roman Mejia is only 19, and he has the energy to prove it; in the studio and onstage at New York City Ballet, this standout corps member bursts with a kind of uncontainable ebullience. Like his idol, Edward Villella, he specializes in extroverted, allegro roles: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Candy Cane in The […]
NYCB's Choreographic Institute Rejected Pam Tanowitz Five Times. Now She's Readying Her Second Commission for the Company.
In the annals of dance history, 2019 may go down as the year Pam Tanowitz got the attention she deserved. In the past six months the New York City–based artist, 49, has brought her imaginative formalism to the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Kennedy Center’s […]
Erica Lall, a member of American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet, accomplished an impressive feat this spring: she danced in every single one of ABT’s spring Metropolitan Opera House season performances. That’s 64 shows—actually, as Lall notes, “it would technically be 69 shows at the Met,” since she performed in all of the ABTKids performances […]
Meet Dario Natarelli, the 21-Year-Old Tap Dancer Who's Already Served as Michelle Dorrance's Assistant Choreographer
While tapping to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Dario Natarelli finds a way to make something we have all heard before sound new. His choreography alternately matches the rhythmic cadence of King’s words and honors the meaningful pauses between them. Watching the masterful control he has over his footwork and dynamics, […]