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What Wendy's Watching: Jamar Roberts' New Piece for Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jamar Roberts, one of the most riveting of dancers anywhere, is making a new piece for the season that is now in full swing at New York City Center.


Roberts' own movement quality is sinuous and sculptural. In our Dec. 2013 cover story, artistic director Robert Battle called him a "gentle giant." His new piece, Members Don't Get Weary, to music by John Coltrane, is inspired by the blues. In this footage, you'll see that Roberts takes his dancers through a range of moods from exuberance to sorrow, infused with his inimitable (sometimes extreme) movement style.

Members Don't Get Weary premieres Dec. 8, and the AAADT season, which includes over 20 works, runs through Dec. 31.

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How Turning Boards and Practice Mats Can Revolutionize Your Dance Training

When it comes to equipment, dancers don't need much—just shoes and whatever can fit in their dance bag. But between rehearsals in the studio and performances on stage, one major piece of equipment often goes overlooked—the floor.

Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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