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A LinkedIn-Style Platform Built Specially For Casting Dancers

"Choreographer Amy Gardner used to consistently run into the same problem: When jobs popped up in different cities, whether for Nick Jonas or Neiman Marcus, finding dancers wasn't easy, and casting was slowing down her momentum." So she started Dance Hypha. - Dance Magazine

Not Your Grandfather’s Native American Dance Troupe

"When Indigenous Enterprise appeared on World of Dance, Kenneth Shirley described the group's style as 'Native American with a little bit of hip-hop.' And the influence of hip-hop is discernible in footwork and bounce, but most of all in attitude." - The New York Times

Writing About Dance Isn’t A Profession Anymore

The truth is that culture writing that doesn't involve celebrities or popular culture or scandal fills an increasingly small niche in the mainstream press. - Dance Magazine

The Problem With New York City Ballet’s Balanchine

Jennifer Homans: "Balanchine, it seems, has become orthodox: classical, beautiful, the radical edges zipped up and smoothed. This is not the dancers' fault, nor is it something anyone can undo." - The New Yorker

Dance Is Under Serious Threat In British Schools

The pandemic hurt a lot, but "nearly two-thirds of dance educators said teaching had become more difficult in recent years, while half of teachers said external pressure for students to take traditionally academic subjects was the key reason for dance’s decline." - The Stage (UK)

The Choreographers Making Utopian Films In Minneapolis

One choreographer - a former econ major at Macalester College - says, "If I walk out of here in downtown Minneapolis, I don’t know what will happen to me. Will I be stopped? With Atlantis, my power is beyond what I see. It’s the idea of conquering death." - Sahan Journal

The Dance That Didn’t Get Made During Lockdown (Sorta)

Choreographer Madeline Hollander has brought together New York City dancers, from big and small companies and from Broadway shows, and given them a task: to perform choreography that was canceled or postponed during the pandemic. - The New York Times

Elizabeth Zimmer: Noticing Dance Is Getting Harder And Harder

If dance artists turn on the critics who take the trouble to notice them, artists will have an even harder time trying to connect with audiences. They will wind up alone in the dark, surrounded by empty chairs, talking to themselves.   - Village Voice

How “A Housewife From Winnetka” Started Collecting Data About Dance

The data project shows that, despite recent improvement, works performed by major ballet companies are still overwhelmingly choreographed by men. - MSN (Chicago Tribune)

COVID Killed Quite A Few Dance Companies, And The Survivors Are Scared

As dance companies are returning to the stage, the ghosts of those that no longer exist haunt the field. … Dance advocates see the vanished organizations as troubling signs that the art form, routinely under financial stress, may be shrinking, its structures drastically changing. - MSN (The Washington Post)

For The First Time In Over A Decade, The Paris Opera Ballet Has A New Full-Length Story Ballet

Le Rouge et Le Noir, based on Stendhal's novel, has choreography, costumes and set design by Pierre Lacotte, 89, who's been with the company since starting as a student in 1942. He's known for his reconstructions of 19th-century classics such as Philippe Taglioni's original La Sylphide. - Pointe Magazine

Pina Bausch’s Former Company Has A New Artistic Director

Boris Charmatz, a 48-year-old French choreographer, has been appointed to lead Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch as of next September — with a mandate to expand the repertory of the company, which has continued to labor in Bausch's shadow since her sudden death in 2009. - Le Monde (in French)

The Transformation Of The Gibney Dance Company

When Gina Gibney founded her troupe in 1991, it was your basic single-choreographer ensemble, picking up per-project freelancers. Now The Gibney Company has 12 dancers as full-time employees with benefits, three directors, and a focus on activism, working particularly with domestic violence survivors. - Dance Magazine

Unlikely Path: From TickTok To Riverdance Dancer

Morgan Bullock: “Sometimes I’m like, ‘Am I being pranked? Is this real?’” she says. But her new journey with Riverdance is far from a joke. - Irish Times

As The Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson Retires, He Has Hope For Boys In Dance

Watson says, "We all grew up with this thing of saying ‘don’t look like a sissy’, ‘don’t dance like a woman, dance like a man’. Now you think, well, what does ‘dance like a man’ mean? ... What is it to be a human on stage?" - The Telegraph (UK)

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