Dance

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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When A Career Cunningham Dancer Gets His Own Company

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“After the Merce Cunningham Dance Company disbanded in 2011, Robert Swinston, who was with the troupe for more than 30 years, did just that. He began again” – in France,”where he now directs the National Contemporary Dance Center in Angers and is also the artistic director of Compagnie CNDC-Angers.”

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Is School Failing Dancers? (It Depends On What You Think School Is For)

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“In a world of slash careers, where we easily understand the lawyer/journalist or physician/entrepreneur, why are we dancers or something else? Why would someone be thought of as a failure if they are a dancer/college professor or a strategic planner/choreographer? If they are happy, who is anyone to judge? Our foremothers and forefathers in the field were teachers/dancers/choreographers. Why are we trying to make excuses for the very inner-workings of the field?”

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What’s The Purpose Of Dance School Again?

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“The purpose of the university dance program is to offer students the opportunity to participate in a deep and profound process of creating, performing, responding to, and connecting from the practice of an art form. Dance takes them into the life of arts-informed human beings; people who live not at the margins of the world, but lead the way, by example, to full, proactive, creative, disciplined, empathic, and imaginative lives.”

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Male Belly Dancers Make A Comeback In Istanbul

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“Dressed in skirts decorated with coins and shimmering tassels, male belly dancers are back in vogue, jerking their hips and trembling their abs to hypnotic Turkish rhythms. Known as zennes, the performers were once a mainstay at the courts of Ottoman sultans, but they have been largely out of sight for decades. Their renewed popularity comes amid a broader revival of Ottoman-era culture that has spread to television, fashion and politics.” (includes video)

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The Ballet Dancers Were Born After Balanchine Died, But They Try To Keep His Flame Alive

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“Balanchine knew how quickly his ballerinas could lose details he taught. He used to tell them, ‘If I go away for a weekend, and I come back, I see the difference. If I’m away for two weeks, other people start to see it. If I’m away for a month, everybody sees it.’
“‘And so – it’s been more than 30 years,” Ashley said.”

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