Currently in the midst of its fall conventions, Groove Dance Competition is also revving up for its 2017 Regional Competition Season and later its summertime National Finals in Myrtle Beach, SC and Ocean City, MD!
High Concept Labs recently announced a call for artists and collectives to take part in its Sponsored Artist Program during its Spring 2017 Season, set for March 1-June 30, 2017. Applications are due by Sunday, December 4.
On Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m., Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA will celebrate Mexico’s revered Día de los Muertos with performances by singer-songwriter Perla Batalla, Grammy Award-winning group La Santa Cecilia, the Quetzal musicians and Pacifíco Dance Company.
Glam’r Gear Bags are revolutionizing the standard of luggage for dancers and other entertainers. Their rolling duffel bags come with both an adjustable hanging rack and privacy systems for performers who are always on-the-go.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 2016–17 Season kicks off with its Fall Series on November 17–20 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park. The Season 39 Fall Series will present two world premieres, one by the company’s resident choreographer, Alejandro Cerrudo, and another by 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Brian Brooks, founding artistic director of Brian Brooks Moving Company.
The Colorado Dance Education Organization (CoDEO) will soon host its third student and teacher conference at Denver School of the Arts on October 22 and 23. The weekend of dance will include classes in jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, ballet and choreography. There will be separate teacher workshops for continuing education as well.
Ballet Hispánico will soon make its annual return to the Apollo Theater stage, led by Cuban-American Eduardo Vilaro in his seventh season as artistic director. A trio of works will draw upon the innovation and versatility of one of the world's premier dance companies to capture contemporary Latino culture through movement.
Nashville Ballet will unearth the sinister side of human nature with Something Wicked, an experimental adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, just in time for Halloween on October 20-22 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. While the ballet explores the story’s classic themes of power and fate, Nashville Ballet’s version delves deeper into the role of the three witches.
On November 3–5, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will present the Chicago debut of Bessie Award-winning choreographer Tere O’Connor’s company, Tere O’Connor Dance. Based in New York City, the company includes 11 dancers. It will perform the duet Undersweet and the trio Transcendental Daughter.
Sky, one of Europe’s leading entertainment companies, recently partnered with the English National Ballet to offer audiences a ground-breaking virtual reality piece inspired by Akram Khan’s Giselle. By combining a mixture of cutting-edge technology, new choreography and the world-class talents of Tamara Rojo, Giselle VR will give audiences the opportunity to experience ballet in an entirely different way.
The Brooklyn-based dance education non-profit Dancewave is preparing to present its annual Dancing Through College & Beyond event, which it describes as the largest nationwide college informational session for students interested in dance. This year, more than 15 of the nation's top college dance programs will be offering scholarships ranging from $1,000 to full rides.
The Metropolitan Ballet Company’s Founder and Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic recently announced that alumna Amber Permsap has rejoined the company as its new Executive Director. Metropolitan Ballet Company is a pre-professional, nonprofit organization based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.
The Music Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are presenting Fall for Forsythe this month, a celebration of the work of American-born and internationally recognized choreographer William Forsythe, whose multiplatform dances transcend tradition. The public is invited to attend a number of free and ticketed events.
Arch Contemporary Ballet, in its mission to launch ballet and music to an inclusive 21st century audience, will soon present three world premieres by Artistic Director Sheena Annalise at The Sheen Center in Manhattan. Performances are set for November 18 and 19 at 8 pm, with the addition of a modified Autism Friendly matinee performance on November 19 at 2 pm.
Longtime street dancer on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Vincent “Mr. Animation” Foster passed away on September 23 at the age of 49 in Las Vegas. He was considered by many to be a legend in the world of West Coast street dancing and hip-hop culture, and also served as a mentor to well-known dancers and choreographers, including Wade Robson, Lil Buck, Jacob Jonas, Eric Nash and John Boogs.
California’s AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed ensembles for featuring performers with and without disabilities, will soon present Dance Access Day at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center Auditorium.
Kinesis Project dance theatre’s Secrets and Seawalls, a collaborative project led by choreographer Melissa Riker and architect Lee Skolnick, returns to the beach of Fort Tilden in New York's Gateway National Park on October 16.
The 2016 Big Apple Tap Festival promises another intensive weekend of exciting tap-related activities. This year’s festival, set for November 11-13 in New York City, honors tap master Brenda Bufalino.
San Diego Musical Theatre and California Ballet will co-produce the musical production of Billy Elliot in September and October 2017. Auditions will soon be held for the lead roles of Billy Elliot and his best friend Michael.
Produced by Shelly Hutchinson, the dance benefit concert The Giving Tree returns on November 12 and 13 to the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance in New York City. It presents an evening of beautiful movement by a collective group of NYC-based choreographers who seek to raise awareness for a cause – this year’s being to find cures for Pediatric and Breast Cancers.
Every Single Step, the new choreography competition series produced by So You Think You Can Dance creator Nigel Lythgoe, returns for eight new episodes on September 26, exclusively on go90. Ten choreographers will compete against each other in a series of themed challenges – and only one will walk away with the $25,000 cash prize.
In an unprecedented partnership, CORE, the contemporary dance organization dually based in metro Atlanta and Houston, is collaborating with 7 Stages Theatre, Emory University Dance Program, Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University to present EXPOSED, a six-week festival of richly-layered, boundary-blurring contemporary dance and physical theatre from Israel.
Beginning Friday, September 30, DanceWorks Chicago’s monthly program DanceChance returns to the Lou Conte Dance Studio in the Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago’s West Loop. Since its inception in March 2008, DanceChance has encouraged dialogues between artists and audiences, across 85 events to date, featuring the work of more than 200 Chicago-based choreographers.
Boston Ballet’s 53rd season begins with the North American premiere of Ivan Liška’s adventure and romance-filled Le Corsaire, with music by Adolphe Adam, Léo Delibes, Cesare Pugni, Riccardo Drigo and Prinz von Oldenburg, performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra. Running October 27-November 6 at the Boston Opera House, Le Corsaire showcases the corps de ballet.
The NY Dance and Performance Awards, known as “The Bessies”, recently announced legendary tap innovator and choreographer Brenda Bufalino is the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Dance. It also revealed this year’s recipients of Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance – The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library and Alex Smith, executive chairman of Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center.
A new kids-only production of Over The Rainbow is set to premiere at Franklin High School in Somerset, NJ this Saturday, September 24. Directed by choreographer Marlowe Scott, the full-length, one-of-a-kind rock ballet presents kids from diverse backgrounds dancing to timeless pop songs in modernly-branded costumes.
Visceral Dance Chicago will begin its fourth season with a fall engagement at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 pm. This program will include world premieres by Artistic Director Nick Pupillo and Los Angeles-based choreographer Erica Sobol.
The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet will collaborate for the third time to broadcast 20 hours of behind-the-scenes footage on Tuesday, October 4. For the first time, World Ballet Day LIVE will be streamed via Facebook LIVE—the longest broadcast ever to be shown on the platform.
Are you a talented 15- to 18-year-old ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern, tap or world dancer? Or do you know someone who is? If so, it’s time to check out The National YoungArts Foundation, better known as “YoungArts” for short. This organization identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts in the U.S. Young dancers should apply by October 14!
Celebrity Dance is as busy as ever preparing for its new season of conventions and competitions, with its Fall 2016 Convention Tour kicking off this month and running through mid-November. The stellar Celebrity team is also diligently sorting through the incoming entries for its annual choreography competition, dubbed “Celebrity CREATE.”