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#TBT to Sir Anthony Dowell's Fabulous Photo Shoot With His Cat

In the June 1967 issue of Dance Magazine, a young Anthony Dowell told us why he relished the challenges of The Royal Ballet's then-regular U.S. tours: "Dancing as frequently as we do here gives met he opportunity to build my stamina and to continue work on my roles." At 24, Dowell was already a premier danseur and had originated the roles of Oberon in Frederick Ashton's The Dream and Benvolio in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. His work ethic, elegant lines and chameleonic ability to adapt to vastly different choreographic styles led to a storied career with The Royal Ballet, which he would direct from 1986–2001.


Photo by Zoran Velijkovic, Courtesy DM Archives.

An unexplained mystery from the DM Archives: We have a lot of shots of Dowell with his cat. A lot. We can't explain it. But we love them, so we thought we'd share.

Photo by Zoran Velijkovic, Courtesy DM Archives.

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How This Tap-Dancer-Turned-Composer Stays True to His Jazz Roots

From Riverdance to HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," tap dancer DeWitt Fleming Jr. has proved to be a triple threat on the stage and screen. He's also an entrepreneur, selling his own line of wireless microphones, DeW It Right Tap Mics. Last year, he added "composer" to his resumé with the release of Sax and Taps INTERSPLOSION!, the first tap dance and jazz album recorded at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club. One of the songs, co-written with jazz saxophonist Erica von Kleist, was a finalist for last year's Unsigned Only music competition.

"When you're invited to dance with a jazz band, it's always assumed that, as a tap dancer, you're going to be a feature. If you go all the way back to New Orleans' Congo Square, and even before then, dance was a part of the music. I wanted to stick to those roots and create an album where everything was intertwined."

He recently spoke with Dance Magazine about his collaboration with von Kleist and the creation of their album.

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