Last week, Argentine newspaper La Nación announced that former American Ballet Theatre Principal Paloma Herrera will be embarking on a new and exciting endeavor – leading Teatro Colón’s ballet company in Buenos Aires.
Has your dance studio thought about expanding and offering ballet-inspired barre fitness classes? It’s one of the hottest trends of the last five years in the fitness industry and more dance studios are catching on. One business that is here to help studio owners get started is En Pointe Enterprises.
Chicago dancers and dance fans can put some “spring in their step” when Audience Architects, the leading service organization for building and engaging dance audiences in Chicago, presents the fifth annual Chicago Dance Month on April 1–30.
The first-ever Regional High School Dance Festival to be held in Madison, Wisconsin is set for March 23-26, 2017. It will present workshops, lectures, social events, master classes, a college fair, and auditions. Giordano Dance Chicago will headline the event.
Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company seeks original, finished pieces of 5-8 minutes in length by emerging and mid-career choreographers to present at its 4th Annual PUSHfest Dance Festival. This year’s festival will take place at ODC Theater, a premier arts venue in San Francisco, on September 22-24.
Dance Informa, in partnership with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, is delighted to announce the new 2017 Summer Scholarship Contest! Starting this month, Dance Informa will be awarding a total of 50 Summer Scholarships to dancers! Students just need to fill out a form online and submit a 1-3 minute video.
Lauren Hunter, a 15-year-old from California, was named one of the eight prizewinners of the 2017 Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition over the weekend. Along with seven other competitors, she was awarded a scholarship that will allow her to choose among the 68 prestigious partner schools and companies of the competition.
After four days of intensive classes, 20 candidates of the 2017 Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland have qualified for the Finals. Of them, one represents the USA – 15-year-old Lauren Hunter.
Universal Ballet Competition (UBC) is set to be presented in Miramar, FL on February 17-19 and then Atlanta, GA on May 20 and 21. Dancers compete for scholarships to some of the industry’s top organizations, like Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Alonzo King Lines, Complexions and Sarasota Ballet.
Spoleto Festival USA has announced the program for its 41st annual event, taking place May 26-June 11, 2017, in Charleston, South Carolina. Dance highlights include a range of innovative contemporary dance companies from around the globe, including France’s ballet-meets-hip-hop duo Wang Ramirez, Israel’s L-E-V, and the New York-based Gallim Dance.
Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2016-17 “Season of Giants” continues this month with Artistic Director Kevin Irving’s adaptation of perhaps the most legendary ballet of all time, Swan Lake. The production will be presented February 18-25 at Keller Auditorium in Portland.
Fox has renewed its Emmy Award-winning So You Think You Can Dance for a 14th season. From 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, SYTYCD will return this summer, back to its original system of featuring adult dancers between the ages of 18-30. Auditions are set for New York (March 4-6) and Los Angeles (March 17-19). All potential contestants must register online.
The Vail Dance Festival kicks off its 29th year with a season of new collaborations, artist debuts, and world premieres on July 29, 2017. Directed by former New York City Ballet star Damian Woetzel, the season will run through August 12 and will feature the tap dance innovator Michelle Dorrance as Artist-In-Residence.
The Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT) recently announced that its Scholarship Application Site is open for 2017. Student dancers aged 13 - 21 are welcome to apply. The submission deadline is February 9. Notification is set for March 15.
Elite Performance Challenge (EPC) is heading into its 7th year of hosting enjoyable and efficient dance competition experiences. Its 2017 Season launches in Nashville, TN on February 24-26.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2016, performing abroad as well as locally in its pair of home cities – Aspen and Santa Fe. Now the contemporary ballet company’s pioneering spirit and bold repertoire will be experienced in 10 U.S. cities before May 7.
The French Academie of Ballet in New York City will hold an Open Audition for entry to its 2017 Summer Intensive Programs on Saturday, March 4 at 3 pm at St. Veronica Creative Cultural Center.
Nashville Ballet’s smash-hit Johnny Cash ballet returns by popular demand this Valentine’s Day with Sugar + The Hi-Lows to pay tribute to The Man in Black’s iconic life and legacy. The Johnny Cash piece joins the lineup for Nashville Ballet’s annual contemporary Attitude series on February 9-12 at TPAC’s Polk Theater.
January 22 has been named “Island Moving Company (IMC) Day” by the city of Newport, Rhode Island. This Sunday afternoon, dancers and supporters of IMC, led by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, will gather at the company’s studios on Washington Square in Newport to hear the city’s mayor, Harry Winthrop, make the official proclamation.
After its teaser in November, Joffrey Elite, a new docuseries following the lives of dancers at the Joffrey Ballet School, was given the greenlight by the YouTube channel AwesomenessTV to continue creating episodes for release. The series premieres today – Friday, January 20! It’s booked for a total of 12 episodes.
New York City's famed Doug Varone and Dancers has had a lot to celebrate recently. In addition to kicking off its 30th Anniversary Season, which will include numerous home performances and intensives, the company was recently named as a recipient of a National Dance Project (NDP) Touring Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).
The New York City Dance Alliance Foundation (NYCDAF), a forward-thinking charity committed to shaping the future lives and training of young dancers, returns to The Joyce Theater in NYC on January 30 with Destiny Rising. A yearly fundraising performance benefiting NYCDAF’s college scholarship program, the evening will present 2016’s scholarship beneficiaries, a commission by NYCDA’s Rachel Kreiling, and guests from prominent professional dance companies.
Directed by President and Founder Steve Wappel, StarQuest Performing Arts Competition will soon launch its 24th year of dance events with its first Regionals on January 26-29 in Long Island, NY and Lancaster, PA. In total, StarQuest will host more than 60 dance competitions in 2017, including the open World Finals set for Texas, Ohio and Virginia this summer.
Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen recently announced two promotions from within the company: Lauren Herfindahl (Kingston, MA) and Addie Tapp (Glenwood Springs, CO) have been promoted from company artists to second soloists.
“Run The Night” is back on Monday, January 30! As one of New York City's most explosive dance competitions, you won’t want to miss it! Choreographers will present movement in various dance styles, including hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, tap and more.
The 29th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance is honoring dance industry trailblazer Robert Battle, the artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, when it meets in Dallas, Texas on January 25-29, 2017. Robert Battle is the conference luncheon keynote speaker and will participate in a panel discussion.
Fly on a Wall is an Atlanta-based multidisciplinary group of artists that produces work that includes elements of dance, acting, music, design and visual art. The collective will soon present Prism 2, an intimate evening of open research and development centered around a floating floor suspended by harp string and monofilament.
For the 2017-18 Season, Ballet BC is looking for full-time artists and apprentices, as well as young dancers to participate in the company’s Summer Dance Intensive. To fill these spots, the 30-year-old ballet company based in Vancouver, Canada, will hold auditions in New York City and Montréal, QC.
NUVO Dance Convention has entered its 10th year of touring, firmly establishing its influence on the dance industry. Directed by Ray Leeper and produced by Break the Floor Productions, it officially launched its 2016-17 Season back in September. After a holiday break, NUVO resumed its season last weekend in Orlando.
The Chen Dance Center, located in the heart of New York City's Chinatown, continues its mission of offering arts education, artistic creation, and presentations to educate and engage people in Asian American culture, history and social issues. In 2017, the Chen Dance Center company, H.T. Chen and Dancers, will go on another tour.