Just How Do You Dance To Jazz? (Once It was Common)


“Yes, the musicians have to keep an underlying dance pulse going if they want listeners to get out of their chairs and shake their hips. But the venue also has to provide an open space where that can happen without blocking the view of others. And the audience has to be able to identify the beat within a jazz number that has a lot of different moving parts. In New Orleans, audiences are trained by family and friends to hear that dance pulse from an early age.”

Dancing ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ (Choreographer Wayne McGregor Is Not Afraid Of Virginia Woolf)

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“His new ballet, Woolf Works, which is derived from, or based on – the verbs being precisely the problem – three novels by Virginia Woolf, recently premiered at Covent Garden in London. It is a brilliant, uneven, tender piece – and it offers one way of thinking about [a] constant conundrum for the art of ballet:” that, as George Balanchine put it, “We can’t dance synonyms.”

Ratmansky Strips The Varnish Off “Sleeping Beauty”


In the twentieth century there was a strong anti-narrative trend in some quarters of the ballet world: storytelling was seen as corny. Consequently, a great deal of the mime, or hand-talk, in the nineteenth-century ballets was dropped. According to Alexei Ratmansky, this was definitely the case with “The Sleeping Beauty.” In the movement score he found much more mime than we see in today’s productions, and he says he restored every scrap of it.

Making Ballet (Explicitly) Queer


“Queerness specifically in ballet is a funny thing; ballet does have a history of having a lot of gay men perform it, and you can read into certain ballets’ narratives about gay men. There’s a lot of coding there. So it’s not like there hasn’t been any queerness in ballet, but related to the representation of women, I don’t think there has been.”

Sacramento Ballet ‘Parts Ways’ With Executive Director

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“[Caty] Solace has served in the top post since last year. She will remain as a consultant with the organization. The move comes after the ballet ended its 2014-15 season early this spring, canceled its popular Beer and Ballet event and laid off dancers with three weeks left in the season.”

What’s ‘Billy Elliott’ In Tagalog? Manila Street Kids Get Ballet Scholarships

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“Despised as pests and preyed on by thugs, rapists, pimps and murderers,for tens of thousands of abandoned orphans and abused runaways life on the streets in the Philippine capital region is unspeakable misery. … In recent years, [a few lucky street boys have] undergone a complete transformation, thanks to an opportunity to join ballet classes at the Academy One Music and Dance Centre.”

Laid-Off Sacramento Ballet Dancers Debut As New Troupe

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“The ballet recently announced that it would cut its season short as a cost-saving measure. … In response, more than 20 of the laid-off performers founded the Capital Dance Project, a new, dancer-driven company that held its first production Saturday. The dancers put the show together in 20 days.”

What Does The Person Who (Re-)Stages An Existing Ballet Actually Do?

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Former Australian Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet artistic director Marina Gielgud explains how much of the job is coaching and how much is teaching steps, the preparation she has to do for a job, the challenges of remounting another choreographer’s work, and how she handles a star dancer who wants to do the steps his way.

Dressing ‘Sleeping Beauty’ For The Ballet Theater At The Met


“Then there are the ornate headpieces and floppy, wide-brimmed hats. Everyone wears a wig. … There are 210 of them, three times as many as in any other Ballet Theater production, the head of the wig department, Rena Most, said. The Queen’s perruque towers above her like a sheaf of wheat, augmented further by a spray of giant feathers.”

Boris Eifman: What’s Missing In Today’s Ballet


Eifman is unwavering in his belief in dance as theater and spectacle and not shy about expressing his disdain of most prevailing contemporary approaches to choreography. “There is one problem in the modern arts scene, that many younger choreographers are really creating some movements just to the music. For me, ballet theater is not just about movement and music. It’s about something more; it’s about theater.”

Pittsburgh’s New Burst Of Dance Activity


Pittsburgh is helping to pen a new chapter to this “A Chorus Line”-esque experience that’s colored many dancers’ early careers. Rather than fleeing here after school for the likes of Manhattan or Los Angeles to find a gig, lots of aspiring artists are choosing to stay and start their own dance groups or collaborate with some of Pittsburgh’s already established ones.

English National Ballet Announces An Ambitious New Home


“English National Ballet (ENB) is to move to a new “state of the art” home in east London, its artistic director Tamara Rojo has announced. The company will share the building – on the new London City Island development, close to the Canning Town railway interchange – with the English National Ballet School.”

Iconic Dance Teacher Maggie Black, 85


“From the 1960s to the ’90s, Ms. Black’s classes were studded with star dancers and choreographers from American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, the Joffrey, Dance Theater of Harlem, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Among them were Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown, Eliot Feld, William Forsythe, Gelsey Kirkland, Tina LeBlanc, Lar Lubovitch, Natalia Makarova, Kevin McKenzie, Ohad Naharin, Lawrence Rhodes and Martine Van Hamel.”

Study Says Typical Kids’ Dance Classes Don’t Provide Enough Physical Activity

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“Only 8% of children and 6% of adolescents achieved the 30-minute recommendation for after-school moderate-to-vigorous exercise. In children, the type of dance really mattered. Hip-hop was the most active kind of dance, with 57% of class time being devoted to moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Jazz took second place, followed by partnered class, tap, salsa and finally ballet, where 30% of class is spent in moderate-to-vigorous activity.”

‘Turn To The Pigs For Inspiration': How I Became A Countryside Choreographer

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Ben Duke: “I am currently working on a solo version of Paradise Lost. I am playing God. I haven’t seen him around here any more than I did in London, but such a self-obsessed bit of casting is easier down here where there are far fewer people to tell me it is a stupid idea. If it doesn’t work out, I will turn to the pigs for inspiration.”

Benjamin Millepied Talks About Running The Paris Opera Ballet

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“The idea behind [L.A. Dance Propject] was to create a home for the American modern dance repertory, but Paris is bringing me back to my career as a dancer. It’s a ballet company, first and foremost. Of course there are all the issues that go with the size – the bureaucracy, the French laws, the unions. There is stuff in the system that’s 150 years old, and there is so much talk about tradition!”

Sylvie Guillem Has Been A Prima Ballerina For Decades, But Now She’s Stepping Away

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“What others found difficult, she found easy, coming top in every exam. She was, quite simply, built to dance, in perfect proportion, with strong, arched feet, long legs, flexible ligaments, and great strength. But she also began to see dance differently, to feel that she was capable of expressing steps in new ways by extending the technique she was being taught.”