The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Christy Bolingbroke
Neil Sapienza, Courtesy NCC
It isn't every day—or year, or even decade—that a dedicated choreography incubator opens its doors. As founding executive/artistic director at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron, Christy Bolingbroke says, "I have an opportunity to locate dance in a research and development environment, and reinforce the fact that what a choreographer does is not all that different from a scientist in a laboratory."
Among the artists breaking in the center's boards are pilot residents Camille A. Brown, Carrie Hanson and John Jasperse; Netta Yerushalmy, collaborating with philosopher David Kishik; Guggenheim Fellow and Ohio native Dianne McIntyre; Stephen Petronio Company alumnus Gerald Casel; and Tere O'Connor, NCCAkron's inaugural artist in residence.
Bolingbroke's startup provides a peer, at long last, to Florida State University's Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), directed by Carla Peterson. "Carla and I try to stay in close touch," says Bolingbroke, "and I think between the two of us, we can fill in some blanks, in terms of what dance artists need, in order to strengthen the field nationally. I don't take that responsibility lightly.Read the rest of Dance Magazine's list of the most influential people in dance today.
Frederic Franklin in Valerie Bettis' A Streetcar Named Desire (1952). Photo courtesy DM Archives
In the June 1974 issue of Dance Magazine, our cover subject was the endlessly charming Frederic Franklin, then 60 years old. After declaring at the age of 4 that he was "going to be in the theater," the Liverpool-born dancer spent a lifetime doing exactly that.