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Sarasota Ballet – A Knight of the British Ballet – 8/8

New York City is a risky place for regional dance companies to visit. First, there is all that stuff (that we hoity-toity New Yorkers delightedly promote) about balletomanes being notoriously picky and some critics being persnickety and anal-retentive. A regional...

observations 7-25

4 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Beginning this November, José Manuel Carreño will become the Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey, a company that includes many Cubans within its roster of forty dancers. Here is merely one of them, Ernesto Mejica, rehearsing Acteon four years ago....

Lincoln Center Out of Doors FestivalLincoln Center and Darlene Love deliver!

There are some performers who shouldn’t retire from the stage – Baryshnikov, Jagger, and Darlene Love. Oh my goodness. Did Lincoln Center ever do itself proud last night with its sensational presentation of Darlene Love and her band under the...

observations 7-16

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival begins next week. On Saturday (7/23) Dance Theatre of Harlem company & school will perform on the Hearst Plaza (by the reflecting pool) at 2:00pm. Then at 7:30pm Darlene Love will take the stage....

NYCB – La Sylphide Saturday and Sunday evenings

6 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

When New York City Ballet announced in 2014 that it would import its first 19th Century story ballet, Bournonville’s La Sylphide, there were cries among some of the long-faithful that the company was meandering down the balletic path to some...

NYCB 1/21 and 2/6 Mat Ballo della Regina, Kammermusik No. 2, Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3

6 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

In case anyone is having trouble clearing his or her mind of the puppymonkeybaby that danced through the pet-door last evening during the Super Bowl, don’t worry, we won’t remind you of it. Puppymonkeybaby, puppymonkeybaby, puppymonkeybaby. Just let it be...

observations 2-5

7 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Thanks to our Haglund'eeler in far off places for alerting us that filmmaker Greg Vander Veer uploaded to Vimeo last week his 2010 film Keep Dancing which follows Donald Saddler and Marge Champion around town and through the years. It...

Tap Dance Legend: Eleanor Powell

7 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

With a style unlike any other female dancer of her time, Eleanor Powell left a legendary mark as an actress, a charity advocate, and of course, as the Queen of Tap Dancing. Learn about the life and legacy of one of the world's greatest tap dancers.

Jazz Dance Legend: Bob Fosse

9 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Legendary choreographer, Bob Fosse was a man who worked hard, danced hard, lived hard and who's signature dance style and choreography made an impact in film, music videos, and on Broadway that can be seen even today.

NYCB NutcrackerHigh Steps & Glide Steps on Opening Night

9 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

On Thanksgiving Day, a dozen precision marching bands from across the country proudly advanced their inspiring music through the streets of New York in the Macy’s Parade while millions watched. No one seems to have been inspired more than our...

Royal Ballet rehearsal livestream today at 2pm EST

9 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Even if your draconian boss won't let you leave the office early today to get your Thanksgiving weekend cooking – he will leave early, of course – you can get him back by whiling away this afternoon watching the Royal...

Jazz Dance Legend: Matt Mattox

11 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

From Ballet to Broadway, master classes to movie screens, Matt Mattox left his mark in every aspect of the dance world. In the process, he helped create vocabulary, customs and a style still found in many jazz classes and choreographic works today.

observations 8-29

12 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Anna Kisselgoff has written a nice tribute to Johan Renvall in an obituary that will appear in Sunday's NYT print edition. It's online now here. Yet as critics across the country noted, Mr. Renvall’s gifts went far beyond pyrotechnics. Antony...

Misty Copeland and Lauren Anderson Share The Stage In Houston

25 years before Misty Copeland became ABT's first African-American principal ballet dancer, Lauren Anderson was the first "brown girl" to be made principal at Houston Ballet. In a special Houston event, the pair came together to answer questions about their lives as dancers and the challenges of being black ballerinas in a still, traditionally white art form.

Jazz Dance Legend: Giordano

The man remembered as the “Godfather of American Jazz Dancing” could check numerous titles off his list of accomplishments, including dancer, choreographer, master teacher, company founder, author, and, ultimately, the person who led jazz to become a recognized and respected art form.

JR's favorite ballerina "plastered"

Yes, indeed, that would be NYCB's newest principal ballerina, Lauren Lovette, who is now bigger than life and plastered against the wall at 100 Franklin Street in TriBeCa. Thanks to the generous mega-developpers, DDG, who will soon build a smallish...

Monotones II and Space-Age chic

Made in 1965, inspired by space travel and featuring sleek white costumes topped by domed helmets, Frederick Ashton’s Monotones II belongs to an age infatuated with the interplanetary. As we gear up for our last performances of this poetic ballet, … Continue reading ?

When It Comes To Social Media, Houston Ballet Is #Instasavvy

Dancers Harper Watters and Natalie Varnum, and HB's Marketing Manager Elizabeth Cleveland reveal the power of Instagram and show their savvy use of this growing platform.

Contemporary Dance Technique: Spiral Roll

Spiral rolls are a smooth and safe way to get to the floor in contemporary dance technique. In our post, this roll to the floor is broken down with a list of fundamentals to practice and common mistakes to avoid.

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