Becoming The World’s Tallest Ballet Dancer Wasn’t Easy

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Fabrice Calmels (6’6″): “I knew I had the technique and could do a lot of things principal dancers could do and I wanted my chance. But everyone was like, ‘You know, I think you’re really tall. I don’t think you’ll ever have a career. I think you should be doing something else from ballet.’ And when you’re young, that really f***s with you.”

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How Dance Came To Be Used To Treat Parkinson’s Disease

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“Westheimer knew how valuable the dancers’ expertise in balance, rhythm, control and sequencing might be to sufferers of Parkinson’s. … Two members of the Mark Morris Dance Group, with a composer and pianist, began giving free monthly classes for the [Brooklyn Parkinson Group]. The sessions have since developed into an extensive programme.”

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ABT To Open A Second Ballet School In Southern California

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“Classes at the ABT William J. Gillespie School” – headquartered at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa – “will begin in September for students ages 3 to 14 years old and will follow the same curriculum as the children’s division of the nationally known dance company’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School [in Manhattan].”

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What Misty Copeland Thinks About “Black Swan”

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“I really enjoyed it, but I understood what it was. It was a horror film. I mean I’m a dancer and I knew that it wasn’t supposed to be portraying what we are. The great thing about the movie was that it provoked people to think about ballet, which is always a great thing. But once they open up that conversation, it’s educating them on what ballet is.”

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How Indian Classical Dance Healed A Down’s Syndrome Patient

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Hema Ramaswamy, after 13 years of study, recently gave a 2½-hour solo recital. “She was able to achieve this despite her diagnosis and despite two major surgeries for a dangerous leak of cerebrospinal fluid. Her father said dance has strengthened Ramaswamy’s muscles and given her fine motor skills she simply didn’t have before.” (includes audio)

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National Dance Company Wales Finally Stabilizes With New Leaders

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“Ann Sholem, who co-founded the company formerly known as Diversions, with her husband Roy Campbell-Moore, quit as artistic director last year – months after Campbell-Moore left his post as artistic associate.” Gustavo Ramírez Sansano has been named the new artistic director, with Paul Kaynes as CEO.

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“It’s About A Community”: Bill T. Jones On His Dance Company And “Story/Time”

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“There are others who are actually my arms and legs. When I’m fantasizing about a new work, it’s not about me doing it, it’s about individuals in a community. […] The company is the world as we want to live in it, not as the world may be. But a social vision exists in a larger context. And we have to be aware of that.”

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Can Dancing Teach You Quantum Physics?

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“After experiencing sound artist Ryoji Ikeda’s newest composition, Superposition, commentator Adam Frank says yes – but that it won’t just be science you’ll be learning.”

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Watching Ballerinas Prepare Their Pointe Shoes

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Some dancers rip them apart and glue them back together, some shellac them, some cut out the material around the toes, some yank out the sole lining. Everyone does it differently, and many spend hours at it. (includes videos)

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Some People Are Biologically Incapable of Dancing

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“Most bad dancers have nothing but their own awkwardness and self-consciousness to blame, but for a few, a complete lack of rhythm could have a biological explanation, suggests some new research published this week … It’s called beat-deafness, and it’s a sensory deficit analogous to being tone-deaf, or color-blind.”

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New Audiences For Dance? Here’s How

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“Just like American sports fans today who may fall in love with soccer, and cheer for a club based 5,000 miles away while ignoring the one in their own backyard, American ballet fans tomorrow are primed to subscribe to a ballet company that they will rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to see live, but can still enjoy through one of many different distribution channels.”

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A Compelling Reality Series On NY City Ballet

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“Other reality-type ballet shows have strained to squeeze some drama out of the workaholic grind of a dancer’s life (I’m thinking of the short-lived “Breaking Pointe,” the Ballet West soap opera). But “citi.ballet.” doesn’t make its dancers look like needy geeks, freaks or goofballs; rather, they’re hard-working, self-possessed people with interesting stories to tell.”

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St. Petersburg’s Upstart Ballet Company Makes Its U.S. Debut

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“When we think about Russian ballet, our minds inevitably drift to two companies, the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky. They represent a kind of yin and yang of Russian aesthetics. … [But] the Mikhailovsky Ballet of St. Petersburg, has lately seen its fortunes rise, propelled by the ambitions of Vladimir Kekhman, a Donald Trump-like tycoon who built his fortune on fruit imports.”

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Sylvie Guillem To Retire After Four-Decade Dance Career

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“Guillem will bow out with a world tour called Life in Progress beginning in Modena, Italy, on 31 March … and ending in Tokyo in December. It will include two new works by Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant as well as a solo piece written for her by Mats Ek, called Bye.”

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New York City Ballet’s Web Documentary Is Back (And All Too Brief)

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Margaret Lyons: “I generally prefer longer-form, more in-depth pieces. But city.ballet captured me completely, and the series’ second season, which premiered yesterday, is much of the same: a fascinating, moving, sometimes transcendent behind-the-scenes look at the New York City Ballet. I just wish there were more of it. The longest episodes of the new 12-episode season are still only clocking in around eight minutes.”

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Elisa Monte Retires From Her Dance Company

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“Ms. Monte made her professional debut dancing with Agnes DeMille in the 1957 revival of “Carousel” and has been a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, among others. Her company has more than 40 repertory works and is known for its physical vigor and a style that defies categorization.”

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Peter Sellars To Stage His First Dance Work

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“[He] has directed operas and theater, collaborated with Toni Morrison and staged St. Matthew’s [sic] Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic. Now, he will turn his attention to Flex, a Brooklyn-born form of street dance, in a commission from the Park Avenue Armory [in New York].”

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