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NYCity Ballet Cancels Performances After Orchestra Members Insist On Wearing Contract Shirts

The musicians’ contract with the ballet has expired. Sticking points include management’s failure to agree to a wage adjustment that would compensate for the musicians working without pay for 15 months, taking a 15% pay cut in 2021, and currently working for 9% below their 2019 compensation. - Broadway World

Having Just Lost Its Artistic Director, Cincinnati Ballet Loses Its Executive Director

Scott Altman, president and CEO of Cincinnati Ballet, announced Thursday that he is leaving the company to take on those same positions with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The news comes just six days after artistic director Jodie Gates stepped down from her position following just 14 months on the job. - Cincinnati Enquirer

Life As A Dancer At The Moulin Rouge

"There aren’t many jobs in which a cartwheel can make or break your dreams." - The Independent (UK)

Now That Breakdancing Is A Competitive Sport, Team USA Has Fallen Behind

"As ambassadors of the country where breakdancing originated 50 years ago, members of Team USA have something to prove — and potentially to lose — when the hip-hop dance form makes its official debut at the Paris Games in 2024." - AP

At 88, Yvonne Rainer Is Touring Her Final Choreographic Work

"'I just don’t have any more choreographic ideas,' she said. She went on to describe dancing Trio A in her 80s, when getting up off the ground had become more difficult, and wondering to herself, 'Why isn’t this way of getting up just as good as the original?'" - Art in America

Pole Dancing Is Catching On Even in Egypt

"In many Western countries, pole dance classes achieved mainstream popularity years ago. Egypt's pole-dancing culture has been slower to grow — partly due to the country's conservative society. … Though social media has helped Egyptian pole dancers tackle taboos, misunderstandings persist." - Dance Magazine

In Los Angeles, Where The Dancing Is Alcohol-Free

And not just free of alcohol, but fully sober. "This is Natural High, a renegade alcohol- and substance-free dance party that pops up in outdoor spaces around the city." - Los Angeles Times

A Pair Of New Artistic Directors At Louisville Ballet

"Lexington-native Mikelle Bruzina and Harald Uwe Kern were named Louisville Ballet's new artistic directors after former artistic director Robert Curran's abrupt resignation earlier this year after nearly 10 years with the ballet." - Yahoo! (Louisville Courier Journal)

Melissa Barak Puts Her Stamp On Los Angeles Ballet

"I want people to see that LAB is on the road to … becoming one of the country's leading dance companies," she said. "Over the next few seasons people (will) really see that strong sense of a more established company, a company that Angelenos can call their own." - Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)

A NY City Ballet Dancer Grapples With Retirement

On Sunday, I will retire from New York City Ballet after 16 years with the company. I have spent over a year preparing myself, and I am ready. But I know that I am about to give up one of my primary ways of being me. - The New York Times

Dance Critic Laura Bleiberg, 65

A native of Los Angeles, Bleiberg earned an undergraduate degree in history at Scripps College and a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, L.A. Weekly, Zocalo Public Square, GQ Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, CalArts magazine The Pool and other publications. - CultureOC

The Highly Unusual Dance Career Of Choreographer Trajal Harrell

"This late starter — he turned to dance after graduating from Yale in the 1990s — has never taken formal classes in the techniques that have most influenced him, which include vogueing and Japanese Butoh. Instead, he observed them from the outside, and took from their 'theoretical underpinnings,' he said." - The New York Times

Minnesota Dance Theatre Director Steps Down After 30 Years

After nearly 30 years as artistic director of Minnesota Dance Theatre, Lise Houlton is passing the reins. And it will be kept in the family. - The Star-Tribune (Mpls)

Founding Artistic Director Of Richmond Ballet Retires After 44 Years

"'It's the right time when you find the right person,' Stoner Winslett said. 'It's about what's best for the Richmond Ballet and the community.' Associate artistic director Ma Cong, who joined Richmond Ballet in 2020, will become its new artistic director." - Richmond Times-Dispatch

In These Times: Three Books Chronicle The Dance Life In New York

“Manhattan’s filled with struggling dancers/instructors running a marathon merry-go-round of rehearsals, gyms, private homes. Our Unlimited Metrocards are swiped up to twenty times a day." - Village Voice

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