When A Famous Choreographer Takes Himself To Broadway

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“The show opens with a big dance number, closes with a 14-minute ballet and, with ballet dancers in the leading roles, it relies on dancing all the way through to propel the plot. It perfectly encapsulates the artistic character of the boyish-looking, 42-year-old Wheeldon: a sophisticated balletmaker who is a hopeless fan of razzle-dazzle.”

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Misty Copeland Talks About Succeeding As A Dancer

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“The pain that dancers experience—I don’t know if it can be compared to any athlete, or anything. There’s something that is engrained in us as ballet dancers where we constantly have a poker face on. Even on stage, we experience some of the most extreme physical pain. You go through a ballet that’s three hours long and have to still put on a face that you’re enjoying yourself and performing. It takes a lot of mental strength to not let all those negative thoughts come into your mind, to just push them out and stay focused in the moment for a very long period of time. I think we’re some of the strongest people.”

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Recreating Pina Bausch Dances After 30 Years

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It’s not just a matter of the movement. There are the thick layer of earth covering the stage, 20 Christmas trees, the stage fog, the brass band; the huge wading pool; the giant cactuses, the glass coffin on wheels, and the toilet chain hanging from a dancer’s mouth …

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Ballet May Be The Next Corporate Superwoman’s Power Workout

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“Classical ballet is coming to your workplace. The past couple of years has seen an influx of traditional ballet and ballet-based classes, squarely aimed at the busy office worker. It might not seem an obvious combination, but pure classical ballet technique is the ultimate antidote to a high pressured, stressful working environment.”

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Damn Kids Today Don’t Have The Discipline To Succeed In Ballet, Suggests Tamara Rojo

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“We live in a society that rewards fast success based on little talent or commitment, which is transient and a dangerous place to be. Do we want to promote instant success and instant failure, or do we want to promote self-esteem and hard work? … I had a strong technique and was hard-working – I trained for six hours, six days a week from the age of 11.”

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Watching Matthew Bourne Rehearse ‘The Car Man’

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“There is never a sense that Bourne is berating his dancers or psychologically buffeting them into shape, and he certainly is not a shouter. … But although he is a self-effacing presence for much of the time, the dancers are keenly attuned to his gaze; when he does speak to the entire cast, the studio falls silent on the spot.”

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American Dance institute To Close School, Refocus

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“The institute plans to close its ballet school, which has around 300 students, at the end of the summer, and to begin offering scholarships to help young dancers study at schools of their choice. At the same time it plans to expand its Incubator program, which was established in 2011 to develop new works.”

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Two Star Ailey Dancers Leave Company For St. Louis

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“The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is losing two of its most treasured members this summer. Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd — who were married in 2013 — have been named the co-artistic directors of the Center of Creative Arts, the St. Louis organization where Antonio Douthit-Boyd trained.”

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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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