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Fully Trained Dancers Are Finding A New Home In Burlesque

“For the growing number of women who have found their way to nightlife performance from a concert-dance background, burlesque can feel pretty close to a feminist utopia — one where women’s bodies and choreographic voices are celebrated.” – Dance Magazine
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Major Social Media Influencer. Black And Queer Activist. Ballet Star. Meet Harper Watters

“The Houston social-media influencer is a gay Black man with a gift for the absurd and a passion for platform heels. He’s also a star dancer in one of the world’s most rigid, gendered, and segregated art forms.” – Texas Monthly
Tags: Art, Texas, Dance, Houston, Harper Watters, Major Social Media Influencer Black


Nine Years In Prison For Former Principal At English National Ballet

Yat-Sen Chang was convicted on twelve counts of sexual assault on female students in London between 2009 and 2016. Born and trained in Cuba, Chang, 49, danced with ENB from 1993 to 2011 and was, until his trial, ballet master at the theater in Kiel, Germany. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Dance, English National Ballet, Yat Sen Chang, Cuba Chang


A Lifeline For Boys Who Get Tormented For Studying Ballet

“Through town halls and one-on-one virtual mentorships, which are open to dancers around the world,” Boys Who Dance “aims to help students overcome bullying, negative stereotyping and other challenges they may face during their training.” – Pointe Magazine
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Camille A. Brown Brings Black Social Dance To The Met Opera Stage

“When was the last time a dance stopped an opera in its tracks?” That’s what happened after the fraternity scene (step choreography by Brown) in the Met’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Here’s a Q&A between Brown and Gia Kourlas. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Brown, GIA, Camille A Brown


This Choreographer Who Won A ‘Genius’ Grant At 70, And Has Some Big Plans

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s groundbreaking contributions have become both mainstream and topical. “An experimental dance company in Brooklyn? Nothing unusual about that now — yet Zollar was forging a new path when she founded Urban Bush Women in 1984.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Washington, Dance, Brooklyn, Urban Bush Women, Zollar, Willa Jo Zollar


The World Is So, So Ready To Dance Again

“Maybe it’s because of the advent of COVID-19 vaccines. Maybe it is because feet can be repressed for just so long. But it seems that everywhere, dancers are letting loose.” – St. Paul Pioneer Press (AP)
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Tango Is Back, Baby

During the pandemic, tango suffered more than most other dance forms. “There is no distance between bodies; partners lean into each other, faces and chests touching, an arm wrapped around the other’s back, communicating through fingertips and subtle shifts in weight.” – The New York Times
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K-Pop Isn’t Just Music, It’s Become A Dance Genre

“From the comical horseback-riding step in PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ to the carefree peace-sign–wielding grooves in BTS’s ‘Permission to Dance,’ K-pop choreography often goes viral. … Nearly every K-pop song has corresponding choreography that hits each accent in the track.” – Dance Magazine
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Boston Ballet Debuts Free Streaming Platform, Including Virtual Reality

ÜNI, as the site is called, wasn’t created to stream the company’s live performances: each work on the platform was choreographed especially for digital video, and a few of them includes VR versions that can be controlled by the viewer. – The Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Dance, Audience, Boston Ballet


You’re A Budding Choreographer. How Do You Land Commissions, And What Do You Do When You Get One?

A couple of working contemporary choreographers offer ideas about how to get a foot in the door — and then what to consider in order to actually create in the piece in the two or three weeks you’ll probably have. – Dance Magazine
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She Has MS. She’s Continuing Her Career As A Ballet Dancer

Abby Phillips Maginity of Ballet Arizona was diagnosed while she was rehearsing for her first principal role — and just as the pandemic was getting serious. The first months stuck at home were hard, but, in treatment and with support from the company, she’s back at work. – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Ballet Arizona, Abby Phillips Maginity


Conducting Isn’t Easy, And Then You Add In The Dancers

Australia Ballet conductor-in-training Alexander Rodrigues says conducting an orchestra for ballet is a true challenge, thinking about the music’s past, present, and future – “And you’re balancing the music with the dance, the tempos of that.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Tags: Art, Dance, Sydney, Australia Ballet, Alexander Rodrigues


Dance Alumni Sue UNC School Of The Arts, Alleging Pattern Of Sexual Abuse

Seven plaintiffs who attended UNCSA as undergraduates during the 1980s give detailed descriptions of predatory behavior, including long-term affairs, by instructors in the school’s dance department. – The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Tags: Art, Featured, Dance, UNCSA


The 50 Largest Contemporary Dance Companies In The U.S.: A Look At The Numbers

Among the key finds in this new study are that, in the aggregate, contemporary dance in the U.S. operates with less than a quarter of the money that American ballet has, and that gender parity in leadership is achieved. –
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How Three New York City Ballet Dancers Prepared Themselves For An Uncertain Return To The Stage

Gia Kourlas: “To get a better understanding of what this strange time has been like, I checked in with … a member of the corps de ballet, a soloist and a principal to track their experiences … as they made their way to opening night.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York City, Dance, Gia Kourlas


Get M.A.D.D. — This Chicago Company Is Transforming Tap Dance

“Short for ‘Making a Difference Dancing Rhythms,’ the tap dance company marks its 20th official season this year. … Today, M.A.D.D. Rhythms remains deeply committed to improvisation, circling up to jam every time the dancers step onto the wood.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Chicago Company


Why Some College Dance Classes That Went Online During The Pandemic May Stay Online For Good

Some dance departments have found that lecture courses such as dance history and anatomy work perfectly well virtually (and give students some scheduling flexibility as well). Others say that video conferencing opens new possibilities for artist residencies. – Dance Magazine
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The Moms Selling Creepy Pictures Of Teen Ballerinas

She tried to defend herself by saying that she was “creating art,” and insisting that her daughter was “simply taking beautiful sporty poses in the pictures.” But, critics charge, “the only goal the mother had was to sell the photographs to sexually obsessed people.” – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Dance


The Choreographers Who Ended Up On A Cruise Ship

Serious choreographers, pandemic, cruise ship? Yes: “The creative team has plunged into the challenges of making a work at sea as part of a large corporate enterprise.” – The New York Times
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How Choreographer Bill T. Jones Keeps His Creative Fires Burning

“If you see 45 gestures, made independently, strung together with various musicality and rhythms, against a beautiful song, and then the same gestures juxtaposed to a speech about civil rights, are they the same gestures? And I say they are and they are not.” – Time
Tags: Art, Dance, Bill T Jones


When Virgin Voyages Wanted A Dance Show For Its Cruises, It Did Not Go For Vegas-Style Showgirls

No, Richard Branson’s grownups-only cruise line chose three choreographers from The Dance Cartel. The trio couldn’t believe that a cruise ship wanted their avant-garde-dance-meets-house-party aesthetic, which they didn’t water down for auditions. Now they’re doing on the high seas what they’d do in Brooklyn. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Brooklyn, Richard Branson


Universities Are Screwing Over The Working Dancers Who Teach As Adjunct Professors

“Despite teaching seven classes a week, I was ineligible for health benefits. I had no job security and no time to look for other work. … If we lose our bodies to injury or exhaustion, we lose our ability to make money or artistic work.” – Dance Magazine
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Despite The Uncertain Times, One Ballet Company Has Increased Its Size By 21%

Western Australia has had only one new COVID case in 30 days, and, at least when resource prices are high, the state has money for the arts. So the West Australian Ballet in Perth has added seven full-time corps positions to its roster of 32 dancers. – Limelight (Australia)
Tags: Art, Dance, Perth, Western Australia, Uncertain Times One Ballet Company


The Case For The Greatness Of “Singin’ In The Rain”

In Singin’ in the Rain, the late Clive James felt he encountered “the absolute concentration of an entire popular culture at its most powerful.” As for Kelly, James said, “it took the whole of America, including all its modern history, to create one of him.” – The American Scholar
Tags: Art, America, Dance, Clive James, Kelly James


Another Dancer Accuses Former Boston Ballet Star And Her Husband Of Rape

“The dancer, identified only as Jane Doe 100, is one of five female dancers who say Mitchell Taylor Button and his wife, former Boston Ballet principal dancer Dusty Button, ‘exploited their position of power and influence in the dance world to sexually abuse young dancers.'” – The Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Dance, Boston Ballet, Jane Doe, Mitchell Taylor Button, Boston Ballet Star, Dusty Button


Alums Of University Of Utah School Of Dance Recount Mistreatment, Seek Changes

“(Two recent almunae) gathered 13 written testimonials from students and faculty members about what they see as the harmful culture at the U’s ballet program. They detailed their experiences being forced to work through injuries, being body-shamed, verbally abused and facing microaggressions.” – KUER (Salt Lake City)
Tags: Art, Dance, Alums Of University Of Utah School


The Only Degree Program In Dance In The State Of Arkansas Has Been Axed

The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock formally voted last week to eliminate the school’s BA in dance. A formerly tenured professor in the department is reaching out to other campuses. – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Tags: Art, Dance, Arkansas


Choreographer Jan Fabre Will Stand Trial For Sexual Harassment And Assault

The case, to be tried next spring in Antwerp, “stems from complaints by 20 dancers from his company who in 2018 alleged … a toxic work environment where sexual acts became an exchange for performance time and where ‘humiliation was our daily bread’.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Dance, Antwerp


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet May Be Gone, But Its Successor Is Now Taking The Stage

The former company shut down in March after 25 years, but five of its dancers, with one colleague and choreographer Ben Needham-Wood, have formed Dance Aspen, just now giving its first performance. Here the executive director and a company member discuss what they’ve learned so far. – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ben Needham Wood, Dance Aspen



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