Dance

Dancer Turned Soldier Turned Actor

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“His intention had always been to return to Broadway after the Army to try acting as an adult. For now, he’s dancing and will perform in “On the Town” through mid-June, after having successfully filled in as a last-minute replacement in February.”

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What On Earth Has Happened To Those Beloved Old Ballroom Dances? Competition, That’s What

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Alastair Macaulay: “How should we react to a waltz in which the man’s opening move is to lift the woman and hold her horizontally along his chest as he turns? Had you thought of ‘Send in the Clowns’ as a Viennese waltz? Me neither. … It’s a tribute to the three-part PBS series America’s Ballroom Challenge … that the show broke down some of my prejudices.”

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The First Black Ballerina At The Metropolitan Opera House

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“‘It is opening night at the Metropolitan Opera – the gala performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda. It is the first time in the history of the venerable opera house that it has a black artist on its roster. Let me tell you, my friend, I am just as surprised as anyone else.’ It was 1951, and Janet Collins, the author of these words, was that black artist.”

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The American-Born Ballerina Dancing For $8 A Day At The Kremlin

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“When she left the Bolshoi in 2013, [Joy] Womack joined the Kremlin Ballet Theatre where she still works, aged 20, as a principal ballerina; dancing close to the Russian president’s office, next to the cathedrals inside the red walls of the Kremlin.”

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The Dance World Is Suffering From A Shortage Of Tutu Makers (For Real)

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“Many opera and ballet companies employ stitchers on a freelance basis, making it an unattractive career choice for fashion graduates. And unlike general tailoring, which leading fashion houses now outsource to China, tutu-making is so specialised that it can’t be done on the cheap on the other side of the world.”

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The Ballerina Who Might One Day Run The Bolshoi?

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“As purely Russian as Diana Vishneva appears, she is one of the most cosmopolitan ballerinas of her generation. For over a decade she’s been a principal with both the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg and American Ballet Theatre in New York, as well as jetting between numerous other companies worldwide.”

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Choreographer Akram Khan Defends His Criticism Of British Dance Training

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“It wasn’t about dropping a bombshell – if I didn’t give a shit about young dancers, then I’d just keep quiet. I don’t need to work with British-trained dancers as we have a bunch of dancers from Asia and get half of those in our company from PARTS [in Brussels]. The only reason why I am saying this is because I care for these young people.”

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Misty Copeland Makes Cover Of Time Magazine

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“For the first time in a generation a dancer has made the cover of Time magazine: Misty Copeland, the American Ballet Theater soloist, was chosen as one of the magazine’s ‘100 most influential people,’ and is featured on one of the five different covers for its upcoming issue.”

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Resignation Exposes Debate About Quality Of UK Dance Training

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“A quick glance at Dance UK’s website would suggest an art form that was in very good shape. It reports a dramatic increase in the number of professional dance companies over the past two decades, as well as pointing out that audiences have risen significantly, and students studying the subject at school have grown by more than 200%. But behind the scenes the situation appears less rosy.”

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Dance Theatre Of Harlem’s Reinvention Is On A Rocky Road

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“The pre-2004 company associated with these particular works, which call on a variety of leading, solo and ensemble dance forces, eventually numbered as many as 44 dancers. The one now under Ms. Johnson’s guidance has 18. She has stressed that in the years since it was reformed in 2012, Dance Theater of Harlem has evolved into a touring company.”

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Christopher Wheeldon In Wonderland: “An American in Paris” Is Ballet Choreographer’s Dream Come True

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His staging (direction as well as dance) of the Gershwin show, just opened on Broadway after knockout success in Paris, “perfectly encapsulates the artistic character of the boyish-looking, 42-year-old Wheeldon: a sophisticated balletmaker who is a hopeless fan of razzle-dazzle.” Sarah Kaufman tells how he came to the project.

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When A Famous Choreographer Takes Himself To Broadway

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“The show opens with a big dance number, closes with a 14-minute ballet and, with ballet dancers in the leading roles, it relies on dancing all the way through to propel the plot. It perfectly encapsulates the artistic character of the boyish-looking, 42-year-old Wheeldon: a sophisticated balletmaker who is a hopeless fan of razzle-dazzle.”

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Misty Copeland Talks About Succeeding As A Dancer

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“The pain that dancers experience—I don’t know if it can be compared to any athlete, or anything. There’s something that is engrained in us as ballet dancers where we constantly have a poker face on. Even on stage, we experience some of the most extreme physical pain. You go through a ballet that’s three hours long and have to still put on a face that you’re enjoying yourself and performing. It takes a lot of mental strength to not let all those negative thoughts come into your mind, to just push them out and stay focused in the moment for a very long period of time. I think we’re some of the strongest people.”

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Recreating Pina Bausch Dances After 30 Years

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It’s not just a matter of the movement. There are the thick layer of earth covering the stage, 20 Christmas trees, the stage fog, the brass band; the huge wading pool; the giant cactuses, the glass coffin on wheels, and the toilet chain hanging from a dancer’s mouth …

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Ballet May Be The Next Corporate Superwoman’s Power Workout

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“Classical ballet is coming to your workplace. The past couple of years has seen an influx of traditional ballet and ballet-based classes, squarely aimed at the busy office worker. It might not seem an obvious combination, but pure classical ballet technique is the ultimate antidote to a high pressured, stressful working environment.”

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Damn Kids Today Don’t Have The Discipline To Succeed In Ballet, Suggests Tamara Rojo

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“We live in a society that rewards fast success based on little talent or commitment, which is transient and a dangerous place to be. Do we want to promote instant success and instant failure, or do we want to promote self-esteem and hard work? … I had a strong technique and was hard-working – I trained for six hours, six days a week from the age of 11.”

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Watching Matthew Bourne Rehearse ‘The Car Man’

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“There is never a sense that Bourne is berating his dancers or psychologically buffeting them into shape, and he certainly is not a shouter. … But although he is a self-effacing presence for much of the time, the dancers are keenly attuned to his gaze; when he does speak to the entire cast, the studio falls silent on the spot.”

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