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12 hours agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

A few years ago, I dreamed up a social media initiative called Why Dance Matters. It wasn’t the first time the question had been asked or answered in one way or another but, with the help of a handy hashtag (#whydancematters), I hosted a “virtual event” and the concept caught on. Show More Summary

Your Stylist This Evening Will be Sisyphus

17 hours agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“Arena” Walter Dundervill JACK Brooklyn, NY July 31, 2015 by Leigh Witchel © 2015 by Leigh Witchel For Walter Dundervill, getting there is all the fun. A Bessie winner, Dundervill has been a fixture in contem-porary New York dance for more than a decade. Show More Summary

Sunday Brunch, inspired by Dr. Seuss

23 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

What’s in your plate of eggs, I asked, besides delightful fluffy lumps? What secrets wait to be unmasked amid the yummy, cheesy clumps? Read me the eggs, oh dotterel! What ballets might the next spring bear? He said, The Golden...

Embodying a Magic Spell: Pilates Cross-Training For Dancers

Creator of the Drexel Pilates training program, Jennifer Morley, describes how Pilates practice became a "magic spell" in her dance training, correcting inefficiency and imbalance for a more highly-functioning body.

observations 8-1

It takes a village... Of course, ABT couldn't manage to update the bio to include the title roles of Giselle and Cinderella or her principal guest gigs - although they seemed to be able to update other...

7 reasons to see Filigree and Shadow

5 days agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Tim Harbour, one of The Australian Ballet’s three resident choreographers, is bringing the 21st century to our 20:21 triple bill with his brand-new work Filigree and Shadow. So what’s it all about, and why do you need to see it? … Continue reading ?

Expect pre-order mania

when Sascha Radetsky’s new novel, which he is penning while a Fellow at the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts and which reportedly is set in the ballet world, gets a publication date. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy....

Joffrey Ballet School to open huge center in LIC

The Joffrey Ballet School has inked a 10-year lease for the entire fourth floor, a total of 15,500 sq. ft., at 47-16 Austell Place between Skillman Avenue and 27th Place in Long Island City. The location is very close to...

Naked in Illyria

“Jason,” “Ruins,” “Janet,” “Spirits of the Air,” “Dardanus Suite” Christopher Williams (Douglas Dunn, guest) 92Y Buttenwieser Hall New York, NY June 28, 2015 by Leigh Witchel © 2015 by Leigh Witchel If he wasn’t presenting an excerpt...Show More Summary

observations 7-25

According to this article, Sascha Radetsky will be a member of the Fall 2015 class of Fellows at the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts. John Selya and Basil Twist will also receive the fellowships. Can't wait to see...

Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour

is just around the corner. Her FB page is loaded with info and teasers. Click on the picture to the right to enlarge the dates & cities. What a lineup of performers: John Selya Kaitlyn Gilliland Rika Okamoto Savannah Lowery...

"Mad Men" Nutcracker

Well, of course. And why not? One of the Twin Cities' most avant-garde and beloved home-cut & polished artistic gems, Myron Johnson, will mount his popular off-the-wall version of the holiday classic, Nutcracker (Not So) Suite, on James Sewell Ballet...

Jennie Somogyi Farewell Performance

Sad, but true. Sunday, October 11th @ 3:00 PM Love this dancer. I hope Jennie sticks around in some capacity. She's NYCB through and through. So much institutional knowledge.

You Can’t Get a Mao with a Gun

“The Red Detachment of Women” National Ballet of China David H. Koch Theater New York, NY July 11, 2015 by Leigh Witchel © 2015 by Leigh Witchel “The Red Detachment of Women” may be the least subtle ballet ever, but it’s also the least boring. Show More Summary

Antigona Flamenca

In the ideal, eternal world where Greek tragedy takes place, Antigone is the heroine, larger than life, greater than death. And this is where Soledad Barrio comes in.

NDI update on PBS

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Thanks to Barbara for alerting us to this great PBS Newshour feature that ran tonight on Jacques d'Amboise and the National Dance Institute. There are some great, great film clips of his early dancing.

Face paint and reputation repair

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

We were all as excited as could be to see that the two new ABT principals were going to appear jointly on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show to talk about their new positions and answer the question, "How should a dancer...

10 Signs You’re a Stagestruck Dancer

2 weeks agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Suspect you've fallen in love with performing? Here are the signs you have. Never fear, the next show is right around the corner.

observations 7-18

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

New York City Ballet single tickets for the fall, winter, and spring seasons go on sale August 2nd. Lots of performances of Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, Ballo della Regina, Jewels, Symphony in Three Movements, La Sylphide, Concerto DSCH,...

Raising the Bar

2 weeks agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“Cinderella” American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY July 4, 2015 by Leigh Witchel © 2015 by Leigh Witchel This is how it’s done, ladies. Marianela Nuñez stayed on after The Royal Ballet’s New York engagement to guest star with American Ballet Theatre in Ashton’s “Cinderella” and give a demon- stration in ballerina style. Show More Summary

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