Dance

Coming Back To Ballet After Beating Thyroid Trouble And Weight Gain

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Kathryn Morgan had been dancing with New York City Ballet for four years when she was diagnosed with an under-functioning thyroid – complete with exhaustion, hair loss, migraines, and, of course, weight gain – at age 21. After two years trying to dance through it and then two years off, she’s ready to relaunch her career. (includes video)

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Family Of Ballet Stars Make Their Move To Broadway

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Siblings Megan and Robert Fairchild and wife/sister-in-law Tiler Peck, all principal dancers at New York City Ballet, chat with Playbill.com about their upcoming leading roles in On the Town, An American in Paris, and Little Dancer.

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Brooklyn Bar Sues City For The Right Of Patrons to Dance

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“Andrew Muchmore​, owner of ​Muchmore’s Cafe ​in Williamsburg, filed suit in Brooklyn federal court to challenge New York’s ​cabaret laws ​– which prohibit danci​​ng ​by more than three people at one time unless the venue has a cabaret license. In the suit, he cites the first and 14th amendments and claims the tight restrictions against patrons shaking their money makers have forced him to play ​sedate if not ​dreary tunes at his nightspot​ and coffeehouse.”

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Can Ballet Depict The Abuse Of Native Children In Residential Schools?

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“In one scene, a young residential school student receives crippling blows from a clergyman. In another, he is brutally strapped. His classmate later has her long hair sheared off. This is part of what viewers will see when Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation debuts at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on Wednesday.”

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How A Troupe Of Deaf Dancers “Hears” The Music

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“The vibrations move through their arms and into their bodies. And when the students move away from direct contact with the sound, they maintain contact with the rhythm via the vibrations in the wooden floor. That’s why we always dance barefoot.”

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NYCity Ballet Star Heads To Broadway

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“It’s wonderful for Broadway to get a dancer of Megan’s caliber because this isn’t necessarily the same audience that goes to the ballet. They don’t know this powerhouse of a dancer and I think they’ll fall in love with a big dance musical. And, hopefully, they’ll then say, ‘Let’s go to the ballet.'”

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Pennsylvania Ballet Under The New Regime

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“Last year, PA Ballet asked art consultant Michael M. Kaiser to study their organization top to bottom and make some recommendations. As a result, they dropped an executive director, an artistic director, plus the ballet master and mistress – and hired the 38-year-old, Madrid-born [Ángel] Corella to take their company to bigger and better places. Now, the public gets to bear witness to the new leader’s new direction in about three weeks.”

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Paul Taylor Reveals First Plans For His Revamped Dance Company

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“The choreographer Paul Taylor startled the dance world earlier this year by reinventing his company as Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, which he said would perform his works along with those of other modern dance pioneers and contemporary choreographers. Now the new enterprise is coming into somewhat clearer focus” with the announcement of its first season.

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A Surge Of In-House Creativity At City Ballet

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“‘It’s a really exciting time,’ Andrew Veyette, one of six dancers who will perform in Mr. Schumacher’s first work for City Ballet — titled ‘Clearing Dawn’ — said in a telephone interview. ‘They bring out the best version of us. They see us as we really are.'”

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Iran Sentences Dancers To Being Lashed

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Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says.

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Why An Old(er) Lady Dances

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“I may not kick or jump as high as I used to, but I am a trained dancer with body movement memory, a sense of rhythm, an ability to get every routine and never miss a beat. Besides, I have a hell of a time doing it.”

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ABT Launches YouTube Channel

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“The current videos show interviews with dancers as well as discussions about preperformance rituals, competition in the ballet world and the need for perseverance in a dancer’s career. There are also behind-the-scenes glimpses of company classes and rehearsals.”

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Misty Copeland’s Long, Strange Journey

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“Copeland’s proceeding along a kind of inevitable music-box destiny, but her path to becoming a star ballerina has been as dramatic, unlikely, and hinged on coincidence as the plots of most ballets – the ones that have plots, anyway.”

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Frozen In Time? Is Dance Stunted By Attempts To Label It?

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“Just when the dance world has become so stimulating with its jumble of influences from all over the world, and when classical ballet and contemporary dance are criss-crossing in interesting ways, we have recently seen announcements for two major initiatives that stake out claims for a certain kind of dance—a limited kind of dance that is easy to name.”

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Miami City Ballet Cleans House, Gets Fired Up With A New Vision

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“The most obvious changes are in the company leadership and staff. There has been an almost complete turnover — from a new board president and new executive director to new teachers at the company school. The board has become better organized and more functional, with a more clearly defined and helpful relationship with the company.”

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Why Justin Peck Is The New It-Boy Ballet Choreographer

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“Peck stands apart for his ability to channel an almost conservative approach to ballet through an athletic idiom that’s easy for newcomers to appreciate.” Says New York City Ballet ballet master in chief Peter Martins, “He’s willing to break the rules but stay within the classical vocabulary.”

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Bringing Boston’s North Atlantic Ballet Back To Life

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The chamber-size company was launched in 1979 by former Boston Ballet dancers Skip Warren and Rachel Whitman and moved around the Massachusetts coast until sputtering out on Cape Cod in 2003. Now the founders’ daughter, Lucy Warren-Whitman, has revived the troupe.

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