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2017 Kozlova Int'l Ballet Competition Winners

Posted on: 6/26/2017 12:20PM

2017 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet CompetitionThe Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC) hosted just under 200 dancers from countries around the world for the June 6-10 event at Symphony Space in New York City. The display of international talent was rich as dancers in four categories, ages 11 to 26, performed for medals, scholarships to dance academies around the world, and company contracts.


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Jersey Tap Fest returns August 10-13

Posted on: 6/23/2017 7:15AM

Jersey Tap Fest from Hillary-MarieIt was announced on National Tap Dance Day on May 25 that the Jersey Tap Fest would be returning for its eighth year this August. This expanding festival will present a full menu of nearly 60 beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in tap, improvisation, stepping, lindy hop, music theory and more.


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Lincoln Center Festival celebrates ‘Jewels’

Posted on: 6/22/2017 7:30AM

Lincoln Center Festival 2017An unprecedented cultural event will hit Lincoln Center this summer! The renowned NYC venue will welcome the Bolshoi Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and New York City Ballet to its David H. Koch Theater stage in July to celebrate the 50th anniversary of George Balanchine’s masterpiece Jewels.


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New faces join Ballet West's 54th Season

Posted on: 6/21/2017 11:00AM

Principal Adrian Fry and Soloist Alexander MacFarlanBallet West will soon welcome new dancers joining its troupe for the 2017-18 Season. The Salt Lake City-based company will see new additions and three promotions as part of its 54th season roster. The most noteworthy promotion is of Adrian Fry to the position of Principal Artist, an upgrade from First Soloist.


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Deeply Rooted hosts South African artist

Posted on: 6/20/2017 11:00AM

Paige Frazier and Joshua Henry. Photo by Ken Carl.Chicago's Deeply Rooted Dance Theater celebrates its past and seeds its future with its Summer Dance Intensive and Emerging Choreographers Showcase in July and the 20th anniversary season finale performances in December, featuring a premiere by South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala.


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Lydia Johnson Dance in premieres at NYLA

Posted on: 6/19/2017 12:00PM

Crossings by River. Photo by Kokyat.Lydia Johnson Dance will premiere two new works this week: one to music by Philip Glass and Marc Mellits, and the second to Trio Sonatas of Handel. The program will also feature company works set to the compositions of Osvaldo Golijov.


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Jane Franklin Dance to present ‘Aflight’

Posted on: 6/16/2017 8:00AM

Aflight by Jane Franklin DanceJane Franklin Dance, a company based in Arlington, Virginia, will soon present its program Aflight in the Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Aflight ponders the stories of migration and nature through movement and sound.


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Miles Faber works on dance-heavy Disney film

Posted on: 6/15/2017 7:30AM

Canadian dancer Miles FaberThe Disney Channel recently began production on a new TV movie musical named Zombies. Featuring choreography by Christopher Scott, it will follow the story of teen zombies from “Zombietown.” So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 1 Runner-up Miles Faber joined the cast.


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Septime Webre to direct Hong Kong Ballet

Posted on: 6/14/2017 7:00AM

New Artistic Director of Hong Kong BalletThe Hong Kong Ballet recently announced the appointment of Septime Webre as its new Artistic Director. Well-known for his 17-year leadership of The Washington Ballet, Webre will keep his current position as the Artistic Director of Washington D.C.-based Halcyon as he moves to Hong Kong this summer. He’ll succeed Madeleine Onne, who has led Hong Kong Ballet since 2009.


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Stagestep releases two new products

Posted on: 6/13/2017 12:30PM

New hardwood dance flooring systemStagestep, the USA’s oldest dance floor specialist, recently introduced two new products – Dancestep Plus and Encore Home. Dancestep Plus is a new rollout dance floor for installation directly over a concrete or hard flooring surface while Encore Home is a real hard-wood dance flooring system with an integrated floating subfloor.


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2017 Tony Award Winners

Posted on: 6/12/2017 11:30AM

Broadway Tony Award 2017Broadway’s biggest awards night returned to Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 11 to reveal the 2017 Tony Award Winners. Actor Kevin Spacey hosted the 71st annual event organized by the American Theatre Wing, with musical theatre fans from across the country tuning in to watch on CBS.


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Choreographing Confidence Workshop

Posted on: 6/12/2017 8:45AM

Cincinnati Ballet offers dance and leadership workshopCincinnati Ballet will soon host Choreographing Confidence, a dance and leadership workshop presented through the generous support of feminine hygiene brand Always. Set for Saturday, June 17, more than 100 young women ages 10-17 will spend the afternoon learning, interacting with mentors, and engaging in activities with a focus on developing confidence and promoting self-esteem through dance.


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BDC hosts Dance Educator Workshop in July

Posted on: 6/9/2017 7:30AM

Broadway Dance Center’s dance teacher workshopBroadway Dance Center (BDC) in New York City will soon host its next Dance Educator Development Workshop, which offers three full days of training, seminars and classes designed to address the specific needs of dance teachers. Set for July 7-9, the summer workshop will feature a super stacked faculty covering all styles and topics.


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Carnival Cruise Line unveils Carnival Studios

Posted on: 6/8/2017 11:35AM

Carnival Cruise Line rehearsal space in Davie FLIn a move designed to further elevate its award-winning entertainment offerings across the fleet, Carnival Cruise Line recently unveiled “Carnival Studios,” a state-of-the-art 44,500-square-foot rehearsal venue in Davie, FL, near the company’s Miami headquarters.


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BodyVox to offer 2017 Summer Intensive

Posted on: 6/8/2017 8:30AM

Portland Summer Dance Intensive 2017Advanced student dancers are invited to “study with a company unlike any working today” at the 2017 BodyVox Summer Intensive on August 21-25. BodyVox, a nationally recognized modern dance company based in Portland, Oregon, was founded by Emmy Award-winning dancers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland.


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Marblehead School of Ballet preps for summer

Posted on: 6/7/2017 8:05AM

Julie Pappas-Smith teaches a floor-barre class at the Marblehead School of Ballet's Summer IntensiveThe Marblehead School of Ballet in Massachusetts is still accepting applications for its 2017 Summer Dance Intensives on a rolling basis. Student dancers aged 11 and over can study at the main intensive running July 17-August 5 and dancers aged 8-12 can study at the shorter intensive running August 7-11.


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Isadora Duncan Dance Residency in Greece

Posted on: 6/6/2017 8:00AM

2017 Isadora Duncan Dance Residency in GreeceModern dancers are invited to join Lori Belilove for an inspiring 10-day residency at The Isadora & Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center in Athens, Greece this July. As Greek art, mythology and philosophy greatly influenced and inspired modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan, Greece is the perfect place for dancers to study her technique with morning classes and evening choreographic workshops.


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Ballet Hispánico's 2017 Summer Programs

Posted on: 6/5/2017 7:00AM

Ballet classes at Ballet HispánicoBallet Hispánicothe nation's premier Latino dance organization, will soon launch its 2017 School of Dance Summer Programs. Celebrating 45 years of dance and culture, the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance is a leading center of excellence in dance education accessible to the community at large. Located at 167 W. 89th Street in New York City, the School offers something for students of all ages.


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Rhythm World set to rock Chicago

Posted on: 6/2/2017 8:15AM

Chicago Human Rhythm ProjectChicago Human Rhythm Project will present the 27th annual summer festival of American tap and percussive dance, Rhythm World, on July 17-23. Featuring three generations of hoofers, including tap giants Savion Glover and Maurice Hines, Rhythm World will take place at the American Rhythm Center, Studebaker Theater, Jazz Showcase and, new this year, the Polk Bros Performance Lawns at Navy Pier.


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ARTLAB J offers summer dance programs

Posted on: 6/1/2017 8:00AM

ARTLAB J Summer Intensive 2017ARTLAB J, a multi-faceted dance organization based in Detroit, will hold a Summer Intensive this July and a Summer Dance Lab this August. In addition, ARTLAB J will offer Saturday dance classes for youth and adults from July 17-August 12.


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DVP to present ‘Revival’ in Harlem & Brooklyn

Posted on: 5/31/2017 9:00AM

DVP presents Revival in June 2017Celebrating dance and the beauty of age, Dances For A Variable Population (DVP) will soon present three performances of Revival. The outdoor public dance project re-imagines the works and ideas of celebrated 20th century choreographers and features non-professional senior dancers.


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Lauren Lovette to teach in Washington D.C.

Posted on: 5/30/2017 8:00AM

Ballet in the City brings Lauren Lovette to Washington D.C.Ballet in the City, a presentation company that showcases the nation’s top professional ballet dancers for performances and masterclasses, brings New York City Ballet Principal Lauren Lovette to The Washington Ballet on June 10 and 11.


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NYC program unites 4 women-led companies

Posted on: 5/29/2017 12:00PM

A B M M LIVE at New York Live ArtsArmitage Gone! Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Elisa Monte Dance and Jennifer Muller/The Works will join forces Tuesday-Saturday, June 13-17 at New York Live Arts to present a series of five Shared Program Performances featuring six total pieces, of which three are premieres.


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Fire Island Dance Festival returns July 14-16

Posted on: 5/26/2017 7:45AM

2017 Fire Island Dance Festival NYThe charitable and cultural event Fire Island Dance Festival will return July 14-16 to Fire Island Pines, NY. This summer’s festival will feature the premieres of three works and the return of several companies that have become festival favorites.


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Florida Dance Festival hits Tampa in June

Posted on: 5/25/2017 8:00AM

Florida Dance Association From June 17–25, the Florida Dance Association returns to the University of South Florida with the 2017 Florida Dance Festival. From its inception, the festival has been one of the state’s leading summer dance intensive programs, bringing talented choreographers, dancers and instructors from across the country to the Tampa Bay area.


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Wendy Whelan film opening in theaters

Posted on: 5/24/2017 7:30AM

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan documentaryThe intimate documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan is opening in two New York City theaters this week. Soon the film will be screening in numerous locations across the U.S., including in Whelan’s home state of Kentucky. It follows the prima ballerina as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company.


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School at Peridance holds pre-pro auditions

Posted on: 5/23/2017 11:30AM

Peridance Youth EnsembleThe School At Peridance in New York City will soon hold auditions for its Pre-Professional Training Program’s 2017-18 Year. They will be held on Sunday, June 4 at the Peridance Capezio Center.


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‘Dirty Dancing’ remake to premiere on ABC

Posted on: 5/22/2017 12:00PM

ABC premieres Dirty Dancing remake in 2017ABC will soon broadcast its brand-new remake of the classic dance movie Dirty Dancing, starring Abigail Breslin, Colt Prattes, Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Tony Roberts, Katey Sagal, Billy Dee Williams and J. Quinton Johnson. It will feature choreography by Tony Award-winning Andy Blankenbuehler.


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5 Atlanta Ballet dancers form new troupe

Posted on: 5/21/2017 7:00AM

New Atlanta dance company emergesIn early April, it was revealed that Atlanta Ballet was set to experience some major changes as it moved into its 2017-18 Season. Nearly half of the troupe’s dancers were either leaving or being let go – including some of its longtime stars. Now another announcement has shook the Atlanta dance scene – a new dance company has been formed by five of the departed Atlanta Ballet stars.


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Auditions for new ‘Dirty Dancing’ U.S. Tour

Posted on: 5/20/2017 10:00AM

Auditions for Dirty Dancing National TourAnother Dirty Dancing National Tour is set for America for the 2017-18 Season! Casting directors are seeking non-union male and female dancers of all ethnicities to self-submit for a general audition for this production.


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