Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Miami City Ballet

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Lourdes Lopez

At Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez has shown how to turn around a financially struggling company without losing that for which it's beloved. While building upon founder Edward Villella's Balanchine legacy, she's also embraced Miami's unique cultural identity, commissioning works like Justin Peck's Wynwood-inspired Heatscape and Miami-born artist Michele Oka Doner's underwater reimagining of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Lopez's vision has excited local audiences—increasing both donations and ticket sales—and the company's dancers.

Read the rest of Dance Magazine's list of the most influential people in dance today.

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Lisabi Fridell, courtesy Music Box Films

Rejected by Its Home Country, This Georgian Dance Film Has Become a Surprise Hit

Director Levan Akin's new movie may have been rejected by the country where it was filmed, but elsewhere in the world, moviegoers are embracing the film a like traditional Georgian dancer, arms raised and elbows bent in an enthusiastic display of bravado.

And Then We Danced opens in nine more North American markets this weekend, on the heels of successful openings in New York, Chicago and other cities, and a slew of festival screenings around the globe.

Just not in Georgia, the native country of Akin's grandparents, where he filmed his low-budget surprise-hit dance film.

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