DANCE NEWS


‘The Color Purple’ launches National Tour

Posted on: 10/16/2017 12:05PM

The Color Purple launches National Tour This week, The Color Purple launches a National Tour that will run through August 2018. Opening Tuesday, October 17 at The Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore, MD, the musical will soon tour to cities like Atlanta, Des Moines, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Boston.


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Center Dance Ensemble channels spooky side

Posted on: 10/16/2017 10:15AM

Ghosts & Goblins & Witches, Oh My! Just in time for Halloween, Center Dance Ensemble performs a spooky, haunting program, Ghosts & Goblins & Witches, Oh My!, on October 19-22 at Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, AZ, where it’s the resident modern dance company.


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Train with tap dance sensations in L.A.

Posted on: 10/13/2017 9:00AM

Sole Sisters Tap Workshop in Los AngelesThe SILLAR Company in Los Angeles will soon present the Sole Sisters Workshop, a two-day training event featuring tap dance sensations Melinda Sullivan and Sarah Reich. Set for October 28 and 29, participants will study tap technique, improv, musical theater, choreography and music theory.


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Mia Michaels & Bobby Newberry at BellaMoxi

Posted on: 10/13/2017 7:00AM

BellaMoxi Dance Convention, Competition and Choreographic Festival welcome new faculty members Mia Michaels and Bobby NewberryFrom the beginning, BellaMoxi Dance Convention, Competition and Choreographic Festival has sought to create an extraordinary experience for its participants, one built around true artistry and education. This year, BellaMoxi not only has one new amazing faculty member to add to its family, but two! With great pleasure, BellaMoxi recently welcomed the legendary Mia Michaels and the ever-popular Bobby Newberry to its family.


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The Bessies announce 2017 recipients

Posted on: 10/12/2017 12:20PM

2017 NY Dance and Performance AwardsThe NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announced the complete list of the 2017 award recipients at the 33rd Annual Bessie Awards Ceremony on Monday.


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Citywide festival elevates Chicago dance

Posted on: 10/11/2017 12:30PM

Hedwig Dances performs Jan Bartoszek's Four Strong Winds. Photo by Jaime Marin.From October 19-21, the once-only Elevate Chicago Dance Festival will bring together 40 Chicago dancemakers for performances, studio showings and dialogues around the city. Elevate Chicago Dance marks the culmination of a multi-year Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) produced by Chicago Dancemakers Forum and New England Foundation for the Arts.


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Notable dancer Joseph Gifford passes away

Posted on: 10/10/2017 12:10PM

Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman Dance Company memberDancer, teacher, world traveler, author and spiritualist Joseph Gornbein Gifford recently passed away at age 97 of natural causes. Born May 14, 1920 in Niagara Falls, NY, Gifford was raised in Michigan before he moved to New York City to launch his professional career in dance. He was a member of the Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman Dance Company. He later formed his own company, the Joseph Gifford Dance Theater.


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Sonya Tayeh to choreograph ‘Moulin Rouge’

Posted on: 10/9/2017 9:30AM

Moulin Rouge musical choreographerDid you love Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 award-winning Moulin Rouge! film? Then get excited because a new musical adaptation of it is aimed at Broadway! Directed by Alex Timbers, the new production has now assembled a creative team abounding with celebrated artists and designers. Perhaps most excitedly, Sonya Tayeh is set to choreograph the show.


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L.A. Dance Workout launches online

Posted on: 10/8/2017 6:00PM

Online fitness platform from L.A. Dance ProjectL.A. Dance Project’s fans, dance lovers and fitness buffs throughout the U.S. now have access to a revolutionary online fitness platform from L.A. Dance Project in collaboration with BETC LA: The L.A. Dance Workout. Promised to be “no ordinary online exercise videos”, L.A. Dance Workout gives you a choice of 31 different workouts.


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Cincinnati Ballet brings 'Romeo & Juliet' back

Posted on: 10/5/2017 7:45AM

Cervilio Miguel Amador with Janessa TouchetCincinnati Ballet returns to the newly renovated Cincinnati Music Hall with six performances of Victoria Morgan’s passionate Romeo & Juliet on October 26-29. Morgan brings the most well-known love story of all time, Romeo & Juliet, to life with a dazzling blend of dance and drama. The ballet was last performed in 2013.


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Akram Khan’s 'Until the Lions' comes to L.A.

Posted on: 10/4/2017 12:30PM

The Music Center in Los Angeles presents U.S. premiere of 'Until the Lions'The Music Center in Los Angeles recently announced that it will present the U.S. premiere of Akram Khan’s Until the Lions this month. This work is the retelling of an excerpt from the epic Sanskrit poem Mahabarata through a synthesis of kathak (the Indian classical dance form) and contemporary dance.


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UDMA Tour underway for 2017

Posted on: 10/4/2017 11:15AM

2017 UDMA Dance Resource and Costume Show TourUnited Dance Merchants of America (UDMA) launched its 2017 Tour last weekend in Worcester, Massachusetts. This weekend UDMA will be connecting more dance teachers and studio owners with its dance vendors in Duluth, Georgia! Next up is Schaumberg, Illinois and then Edison, New Jersey. Besides the business seminar offered at each location, the entire Dance Resource and Costume Show is FREE to access!


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The Georgia Ballet takes on a classic comedy

Posted on: 10/3/2017 2:00PM

La Fille Mal GardeeThe Georgia Ballet’s resident company will soon present La Fille Mal Gardee, regarded as one of ballet's most beloved comedies. Alternatively known as “The Girl Who Needed Watching”, La Fille Mal Gardee will come to Marietta Performing Arts Center on October 7 and 8.


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Boston Ballet presents 'BB@home' this Friday

Posted on: 10/2/2017 12:05PM

Roddy Doble and Lia Cirio in William Forsythe's Artifact 2017Six Boston Ballet dancers will present premieres of their own choreography, featuring fellow company members, at Dancer/Dance-makers, this Friday, October 6 at Boston Ballet’s South End headquarters. As part of the BB@home series, Dancer/Dance-makers is an opportunity for audiences to see Boston Ballet perform in a black box theater setting.


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Ballet West welcomes new Executive Director

Posted on: 9/29/2017 7:00AM

New Ballet West Executive DirectorBallet West recently announced the appointment of Michael Scolamiero as Executive Director. The selection comes after an extensive six-month international search, led by Michael Kaiser, President Emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Scolamiero will collaborate with Artistic Director Adam Sklute, who recently renewed his contract with Ballet West.


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Dancewave hosts major dance college expo

Posted on: 9/28/2017 12:30PM

Dancewave hosts 2017 Dancing Through College & BeyondDancewave, a Brooklyn-based dance education nonprofit organization championing accessibility to all, returns to the 92nd Street Y on October 7 and 8 with its annual Dancing Through College & Beyond (DTCB) event. The two-day event will connect high school dance students with more than 50 college and university dance programs throughout the country.


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Throw Down Dance Challenge looks to 2018

Posted on: 9/27/2017 2:00PM

2018 Throw Down Dance Challenge SeasonDirector Adrienne Kellett said her entire team couldn’t wait for 2018 to begin so they can officially kick off the 7th Season of Throw Down Dance Challenge. This dance competition includes styles like ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, hip-hop, musical theatre and acro dance. There’s even a photogenic category!


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SYTYCD Season 14 Winner Revealed

Posted on: 9/26/2017 5:20PM

FOX Broadcasting Co. reveals SYTYCD Season 14 winnerSo You Think You Can Dance Season 14 has officially concluded! The finale revealed that America's new favorite dancer is… Lex Ishimoto! In case you haven’t been watching, he was one of the Top 4 contestants, along with competitors Taylor Sieve, Kiki Nyemchek and Koine Iwasaki.


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NYC dancers perform to aid hurricane victims

Posted on: 9/26/2017 12:00PM

New York Moves Benefit Concerts at Peridance More than 20 New York City dancers and choreographers are coming together this Sunday, October 1 to raise funds for the victims of recent natural disasters. Produced by Shelly Hutchinson, the New York Moves Benefit Concerts will be in the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance.


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ClassJuggler launches mobile-compatible customer portal

Posted on: 9/25/2017 7:30AM

Mobile class-based business management softwareClassJuggler – a leader in class-based business management software – recently launched its 100 percent mobile-responsive, mobile-friendly, user-friendly Customer Portal. It made the tool available to its clients who want to save money and reduce the burden on staff members by allowing their customers to register online and manage their own accounts.


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Solar Brand Backpacks help dancers sparkle

Posted on: 9/23/2017 7:30AM

Dancer backpacks and dufflesFresh into the new school year, student dancers are already preparing for this season’s upcoming performances and activities – from conventions and competitions, to recitals and auditions. One crucial aspect of preparation many dancers overlook is getting their dance bag ready. Solar Brand Backpacks provide three large compartments with spill-proof interior liners wrapped in stylish non-transferable sparkle fabric.


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Step Up 2 Dance Tour launches conventions

Posted on: 9/22/2017 5:40PM

Dance convention in New EnglandStep Up 2 Dance Tour is excited to launch its 2017-2018 Season on October 8! Offering professional, quality events since 1988, Step Up 2 Dance will bring its conventions to eight cities this season and will host 25 regional competitions before its 2018 Nationals next summer.


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Apply for APAP 2018 today!

Posted on: 9/21/2017 12:30PM

Peridance Capezio Center presents 2018 APAP ShowcasesPeridance Capezio Center in New York City will be presenting choreographers and dance companies at the Salvatore Capezio Theater during the 2018 Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference week. Performances will take place the weekend of January 12-14, 2018. Dance companies and choreographers are encouraged to apply by October 1!


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Ailey II begins 2017-2018 World Tour

Posted on: 9/20/2017 12:00PM

Ray Mercer's Something Tangible. Photo by Eduardo PatinoAiley II kicked off a 32-city world tour this past Saturday, September 16, and will continue through March 11, 2018. The acclaimed 12-member ensemble will inspire audiences in more than two dozen cities across the U.S. Ailey II will also reach international audiences in France and Spain, and will return home for its annual New York season, taking place at the Ailey Citigroup Theater from March 14– 25, 2018.


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SELMADANSE to present ‘Emerge Dancing’

Posted on: 9/16/2017 8:00AM

Joanie Block and Massachusetts DancersMassachusetts-based modern dance company SELMADANSE, Joanie Block and Dancers will present its latest production, Emerge Dancing, this October 14-15 at the Green Street Studio Theatre in Cambridge, MA. Emerge Dancing is a cross-cultural collaboration of dance and music showcasing the richness of Jewish and Muslim cultures.


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Ferri & Bocca to coach at ABT JKO

Posted on: 9/15/2017 4:00PM

Ballet Foundation co-founded by Cynthia HarveyThe En Avant Foundation and American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School (ABT JKO) will soon present an extraordinary week of coaching, reuniting dance luminaries Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca. ABT JKO students will be coached by Bocca and Ferri in solos and pas de deux from September 25-30. The week will culminate with a master class for a limited number of advanced students from outside the school.


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Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre hits the library

Posted on: 9/14/2017 11:15AM

Back in Circulation dance work at the libraryCalifornia’s Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has re-envisioned its original work Back in Circulation from 1993 and it will soon present the latest version at the West Hollywood Library on Saturday, October 7.


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Jane Franklin Dance presents 'Bits & Pieces'

Posted on: 9/13/2017 7:15AM

Jane Franklin Dance in Aflight. Photo by Andrew Bossi.Jane Franklin Dance, a movement-based company and organization in Arlington, VA, will present Bits & Pieces, a fall collection of different programs, across three weekends in October and November. In addition, a Family Fun Day is scheduled for October 28.


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Visceral to premiere Danielle Agami work

Posted on: 9/12/2017 8:05AM

2017 Fall Engagement by Visceral Dance ChicagoVisceral Dance Chicago is celebrating five years this fall. The company is presenting two chances to see its Fall Engagement Season, which will include new and returning works by Mark Godden, Danielle Agami, Marguerite Donlon and Nick Pupillo.


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Auditions announced for Teens@Graham

Posted on: 9/11/2017 8:00AM

Audition for the Martha Graham Young Artists ProgramOn Saturday, September 16, the Martha Graham School in New York City will hold auditions for its 2017-18 Young Artists Program. Young Artists study Graham Technique and Repertory, Contemporary and Ballet, attend special events including museum visits, guest lectures and film screenings. Plus they are invited to attend Martha Graham Dance Company rehearsals.


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