Dance

Ballet Dancers Leap Into Instagram

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“The photo-sharing app has become the go-to social-media platform for dancers of all ages, who post photos of bloody toes, mistakes in class, physical therapy and, of course, deliriously beautiful performances shot from the wings. As a virtual portal to the dance world, Instagram has also attracted an enthusiastic audience – and around that, a newly dance-centric marketing landscape has emerged.”

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How I Re-Choreographed A Classic Of British Modern Dance

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James Cousins: “It’s not every day that you get approached to reimagine a piece of choreography that will then be performed at the 90th birthday celebrations of the original choreographer. But this is the position I found myself in a few months ago. The work was Cell by Robert Cohan, which was created back in 1969 for London Contemporary Dance Theatre when Cohan was artistic director at the then newly formed dance organisation The Place.” (includes video)

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Here’s What Angel Corella’s First Season Running Pennsylvania Ballet Will Look Like

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“Justin Peck, Liam Scarlett, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon: They’re among the hottest young choreographers in ballet today. And Pennsylvania Ballet will dance their works and more next year in a blockbuster-packed season, artistic director Angel Corella announced Monday. This is the sort of world-class programming that dance fans anticipated when Corella was hired in the fall.”

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People Won’t Listen To Scientists ABout Climate Change? Fine, Then Let’s Dance Them To Undertsanding

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“Scientists today believe that such critical information must be disseminated and quickly acted upon to avoid catastrophe. But that is not happening, as indicated by the ‘much talk, little action’ status of climate change. The central need is clearly not for more natural science research (although in many areas it would be very helpful). Rather, the social sciences and humanities need to be reorganized and refocused — ‘rebooted’ — to provide better understanding of human behaviors and how they can be altered.”

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How Irish Step Dancing Left Irish Ethnicity Behind

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“When it was whites who made up the majority of U.S. immigrants, it really mattered if you were Irish, Italian, or some other white ethnicity. … Once the distinctions no longer mattered and the stigma of being Irish had faded, then Irish dance could be something anyone did and others would want to do. And, so, now anyone does. The three-time winner of the All-Ireland Dancing Championship in Dublin is a biracial, black, Jewish kid from Ohio.”

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The Hot New Dance In New York? A Dance From Jane Austen’s Time

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“Derived from English country dancing—think of the long paired lines of couples crisscrossing and partner-swapping in all those Jane Austen country-manor balls, now press fast forward—contra offers young urbanites an inclusive atmosphere where they can work up a little sweat away from the gym and touch human beings instead of screens.”

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Whatever Happened To Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, It Doesn’t Mean Dance Is In Danger

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“But even with no conclusive sign that Cedar Lake’s issue is one of funding, the dance community is positioned to jump on the ‘arts is dying’ bandwagon immediately. … Why do we chalk this up to just another financial failure? Perhaps because as a dance venture, we are used to being on a respirator, scraping by season to season.”

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Nederlands Dans Theater’s Do-It-Themselves Fundraiser For NGOs

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Switch is an evening conceived, choreographed and produced fully by the NDT performers … all profits from [which] go entirely to a community need the dancers hunt down themselves. … When they’ve targeted an organization, they look for ways to get involved beyond financial contribution. They volunteer their hours, they show up to teach free workshops, they raise awareness.”

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The Last of India’s Jagannath Temple Dancers Is Gone

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“Like most devadasis, or maharis, as the dancers in Odisha are known, Sashimani came from a poor family and was initiated into service at the temple when she was a small girl – in her case, at the age of 7 or 8, she said. After she reached puberty, she was considered a ‘living wife’ of Lord Jagannath, the god whose timber image is worshiped at the temple, and was not expected to marry.”

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A Shadow Ballet Between Human Dancers And Dancing Drones

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“It’s more than a cool gimmick. Instead of having drones on stage just for the sake of having them, the clip shows how the machines can be used in subtler, more expressive ways. Being able to choreograph the three independently-moving light sources around a performer presumably lets you create all sorts of visual effects you simply couldn’t achieve otherwise.”

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The Oldest Ballerina Dies At 101

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“Galina Petrova was born in the city of Kerch in Crimea in 1913. She was educated as a ballet dancer at the Moscow Choreography School. During her student years the young, promising ballet dancer already danced ballet parts at Bolshoi. Upon graduation from the ballet school Petrova joined the Bolshoi ballet.”

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Karole Armitage Makes Eco-Dances

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“In 2013, she created Fables on Global Warming, a performance-art ballet inspired by animal stories and, last year, presented an ecology-minded piece for families, Four Seasons – A Spinning Planet. Now with the premiere of On the Nature of Things, performed by Armitage Gone! Dance, March 25-27 at the American Museum of Natural History, Ms. Armitage’s activist side has grown even more brazen as she tackles climate change.”

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Sylvie Guillem To Receive Special Olivier Award

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“The classical and contemporary dancer will be presented with a special award at the London ceremony on 12 April. In her 33 year career, Guillem has danced all the leading roles of the classical repertoire with companies including The Royal Ballet and Kirov.”

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Why “Dancing With the Stars” Endures

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DWTS is easy to dismiss – all those sequins! … [But] the show really does do something unique – not just for reality TV, but for TV in general: It celebrates the merits of good, old-fashioned hard work. The people on the show aren’t just working it; they’re also just plain working.”

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How The iPhone’s Slo-Mo Video Is Changing Dance

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“For dancers, it’s become an incredibly useful tool for honing their craft. The newfound affordability of slow motion has enabled them to improve their technique, spruce up their audition reel, and isolate aspects of their performance that were once intangible.”

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The African War Orphan Who’s Not Just A Skilled Ballerina: In Holland, She’s A Genuine Celebrity

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Michaela DePrince, adopted from a Sierra Leone orphanage at age 4, is now, at 20, a member of the Dutch National Ballet. Since the publication last year of her memoir and a subsequent TEDx talk in Amsterdam, she has become a box office draw for the company and has been fending off requests for everything from media interviews to modeling gigs to stints as spokeswoman for international charitable organizations.

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Why Do White People Dance Alone?

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“If partner dancing was wobbling in the 1940s, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the couple form began to collapse altogether, when the early rumblings of the rock ‘n’ roll revolution introduced solo dances like the Twist into American youth culture. And while there exists a long documented history of solo social dances going back to rural black communities (like tap-dancing and clogging) in the United States, this was a watershed moment for white teens.”

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Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley Will Survive

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The dance troupe announced it had raised more than the $550,000 it needed in order to go on. “With many in the arts community still mourning the loss of San Jose Rep, the fact that the ballet was able to stay alive is the source of much relief throughout the South Bay.”

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What A Reality TV Series Did For Ballet West

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“Despite the worries and righteous indignation at the company’s supposed lowbrow treatment of ballet, Ballet West seems to have emerged from the experience in fine shape and with an undeniably more prominent profile. Though there is no definitive correlation, ticket sales in the last two years have risen by more than 20 percent, and Ballet West’s touring schedule is busier than ever.”

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Cuban Dance Is About To Change – A Lot

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“With the reduction in foreign subsidies and the increase in actual trade, … Cuban dance is going to become something different. It is likely that things will start stirring not at the most privileged level, ballet, or at the humblest, such as Rumba Saturdays, but in the middle, in modern dance.”

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