Oscar winner Natalie Portman gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday. The acclaimed actress and her fiancé, dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied of New York City Ballet, are thrilled. Portman and Millepied met on the set of ballet thriller “Black Swan”. Portman has not yet revealed the name of the child, but all we want to know is will he be a dancer or an actor, or both? Either way baby Millepied is sure to be a star.
The loveable Glee kids of McKinley High are approaching senior year, so the show’s producers have been forced to look for a new cast. To aid their search, the show’s creator Ryan Murphy has created a new reality television show about the hunt for new song and dance talent, which premiered on Oxygen on Sunday. Chosen from 40,000 applicants, 12 aspiring stars sing, dance and do everything they can to earn the right to be written into the script of Glee.
Last night the 65th annual Tony Awards were held at the Beacon Theatre, New York City. The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards celebrate excellence in the theatre. “The Book of Mormon” took top honors winning the Tony Award for best musical as well as eight others. British import “War Horse” won best new play of the 2010-11 season. Norbert Leo Butz was named best actor in a musical for his performance in “Catch Me if You Can” and Sutton Foster received her second Tony for best actress in a musical, for her portrayal of Reno Sweeney in the revival of “Anything Goes.”
For the first time ever, So You Think You Can Dance will allow viewers to vote for their favorite contestants online at www.fox.com/dance. Online voting begins immediately after the first performance show airing Wednesday, June 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. In addition to online voting, fans will continue to be able to vote via toll-free phone lines and text-messaging during the voting window (standard text-messaging rates may apply).
Modern dance now has a new performance space, the iPhone, with a free app called Dances created by choreographer and videographer Richard Daniels, an artist in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York. The app features six short dance films with biographical information about each performer. This is the first installment in a planned series meant to bring the world of dance to a digital audience, with an update for the app, featuring seven new performances, currently in production.
Don’t miss America’s most up and coming choreographers at New York’s Young Choreographer's Festival next month - June 11th, 8:00pm at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Symphony Space. The mission of The Young Choreographer’s Festival is to present the work of the hottest new talent in all genres of dance. The unique event will give emerging choreographers the experience and resources needed to progress their careers. Proudly sponsored by Dance Informa.
Alonzo King has created a piece entitled Figures of Thought for the Ballet Béjart. The piece utilizes the incredible athleticism and artistry of twenty Ballet Béjart dancers, with costumes by LINES Ballet's Creative Director Robert Rosenwasser and lighting design by Axel Morgenthaler. Figures of Thought will premiere in eight performances, opening June 11 at Theatre Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland. The commission was agreed upon two years ago, after Maurice Béjart fell in love with Alonzo's Following the Subtle Current Upstream, which at the time was being performed by Alvin Ailey ADT
Birmingham Ballet will be hosting a benefit on Saturday June 11 at Pale Eddie’s Pour House, from 7-9 pm. This event will be held to celebrate the premiere of the new Repertory Company as well as the partnership developed with the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Admission is a $5 dollar donation to the Foundation. It will be a night to say thanks to sponsors, donors and the Birmingham Ballet family.
Last night Season 6 of America's Best Dance Crew came to a close with the announcement of the winning Crew. After 10 amazing episodes the two teams left to battle it out were the young all male 'Iconic Boys' and the unique and creative 'iaMmE'. After 50 million votes were counted iaMmE was crowned America's Best Dance Crew, taking home the $100,000 prize.
Season 6 of ABDC comes to an end this Sunday on MTV, with the nail-biting finale at 7:30/6:30 C. Will the talented youngsters ‘Iconic Boys’ be the youngest group ever to win ABDC, or will 'iaMmE' take the prize with their creativity and sharp moves? You’ll have to watch to find out! Dance Informa wishes both crews the best of luck!
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On Tuesday, May 31 after the curtain came down at New York City Ballet’s evening performance, a crew of dancers took to the streets, dancing down city sidewalks and distributing hundreds of red pointe shoes across the city in a grass roots effort to rally and raise awareness for this year’s Dancers’ Choice performance on Sunday, June 12, a one-time-only program produced entirely by NYCB’s dancers. Tuesday night's activities also marked the release of the video "Make Your Move," produced by and starring NYCB dancers.
America's favorite dance show is back on TV tonight as Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance begins! Make sure you tune in to check out the country's young dance talent as the audition shows begin. Fox, 8/7C
For a sneak preview at the Atlanta auditions visit http://www.danceinforma.com/USA_magazine/2011/02/25/sytycd-season-8-auditions/
Season 12 is a wrap and what a season it was! Before the dazzling finale, we were treated to many weeks of shoes flying, stars crying, pros stumbling and an ever-changing leaderboard. The hits kept coming (as did the misses) as the stars rehearsed hard and danced harder in pursuit of the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Chelsea Kane, Hines Ward and Kirstie Alley were the final three celebrity dancers. Hines seemed to do well each and every week as the audience fell in love with his infectious smile, and he was able to beat Kirstie Allie despite her amazing transformation in body and dance technique. Footballer Hines Ward and Kym Johnson danced away with the Mirror Ball Trophy as the champs of Season 12.
Today is International Tap Dance Day so get your tap shoes on and make some noise! May 25 was chosen for the date as it is the birthday of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the Grandfather of Tap.
Belluscious Productions and Genevieve Cleary are transforming the dancer’s role in Las Vegas. While Las Vegas is known for show girls, Broadway performers and even go-go dancers, Belluscious is giving professional, technically trained dancers an opportunity to showcase their talents in a whole new light. The all-female troupe has taken the idea of nightclub go-go girls and replaced them with a chorus of dancers donned in elaborate costuming while executing choreographed routines. Belluscious’ hand-picked dancers are trained in everything from ballet to pop and lock, modern and burlesque. This unique blend produces an energizing performance to enhance the sounds of some of the most noted DJs in the world.
Are you ready for the So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 Premiere? Turn your screens on for Thursday May 26, 8/7c for the two hour season opening. Nigel Lythgoe says, ‘In season eight we’ve even seen stronger dancers than we saw in season seven, and you know how good that was!” Mary Murphy who returns as a judge this season says, “It’s very special because these dancers have grown up watching SYTYCD and have been dreaming of this for eight seasons.” So get ready America! SYTYCD is back!
The Vilcek Foundation has selected dance as the award category for its 2012 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in the Arts. For the first time, a dance artist will receive the $25,000 annual award. Since 2009, the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in the Arts has been calling attention to the key role young immigrants play in the continued vibrancy of culture in the United States. Dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, and former dancers who now teach are invited to apply. The winner and finalists will be notified in November 2011 and honored at an awards ceremony in New York City in April 2012.
Atlanta Ballet presents Ignition
Keeping with Atlanta Ballet’s tradition of premiering edgy new works, an extraordinary crew of young, up-and-coming choreographers will bring a new dance voice to Atlanta in the company’s season finale, Ignition: New Choreographic Voices, this weekend May 13 through 15. Ignition will feature three world premiere works created exclusively for Atlanta Ballet. Dance Informa will be there to review the opening performance.
JaQuel Knight, Award-Winning Celebrity Choreographer, Artistic Director and mastermind behind Beyoncéʼs “Single Ladies” phenomenon, has just choreographed the music video to Nicole Scherzingerʼs first US single “Right There” featuring 50 Cent, and is currently working on her upcoming American Idol performance airing May 19. Nicoleʼs performance on Idol will be her first live performance in the US for the new single. While many know JaQuel as a master hip hop choreographer, his incorporation of Hula and Tahitian dancing in the video and for the upcoming performance perfectly matches the upbeat summer hit.
Search engine Google likes to get creative with its logo from time to time, and today, May 11th , is no exception. To honour the birthday of American modern dance legend Martha Graham, Google has re-created its logo as a dancing Martha Graham! What a tribute from one of the world’s most visited websites! To see it visit Google today www.google.com
Dancin’ Downtown at the Joyce has announced it’s 2011 entry selections, including 17 dance companies and studios from across the nation. A performance and choreography competition produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS, Dancin’ Downtown provides dance students the opportunity to be seen by a diverse and distinguished group of dance luminaries on one of the most prestigious dance stages in New York City, The Joyce Theater. Returning for its third year, the competition has an impressive list of acclaimed judges and awards. The Finale performance will take place on May 16 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, New York City.
This month Dances Patrelle presents the World Premiere of Francis Patrelle's Gilbert & Sullivan, The Ballet!, an evening-length work featuring live music and singers, as well as characters from Gilbert and Sullivan favorites, from May 12-15 at Dicapo Opera Theatre, NYC. Gilbert & Sullivan, The Ballet! is a fun-filled look at the staging of three favorite comic operas, as Patrelle's choreography highlights the joys, trials and rewards of a life in the theater.
The Boston Opera House is currently host to Boston Ballet presenting Bella Figura, a program headlined by much celebrated Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura, until May 8. Boston Ballet is the first American company to present this work. The program also includes a Company premiere of William Forsythe’s The Second Detail and three works by Helen Pickett.
The Eighth Annual San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) will kick off on May 18, with more than 40 performances being presented by 23 arts organizations and ensembles at multiple venues throughout the city. SFIAF 2011 will include World Premieres, US Debuts and International Collaborations featuring leading artists from the Bay Area performing alongside their peers from around the world. This year’s festival includes dance, music, theatre and visual arts, with 10 dance companies performing including Hope Mohr Dance, Khambatta Dance Company, Scott Wells & Dancers and Iraqi Bodies.
The 2nd Korea International Modern Dance Competition, organized by the Korea dance Association and approved by the UNESCO International Dance Council (UNESCO-CID), will take place from June 22- 28 in Seoul, Korea. Registration is now open worldwide for male and female soloists aged 17-28. Dancers will compete for a grand prize of $7000 USD. Registrations close May 20.
Let's all celebrate dance and National Dance Week by giving back to the dance community. The National Dance Week Online Auction is currently open for bids until May 1, with all proceeds benefiting the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation - a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Foundation is dedicated to empowering the next generation of professional dancers by advocating education and offering scholarships for secondary and college training. Auction items range from everything to a week of free dance classes at Steps on Broadway to vacations in Mexico!
For the first time since 1988, the 252 year old Royal Danish Ballet will perform in New York this summer as part of its 2011 US tour. From June 14-19 the Royal Danish Ballet will present six evenings of its work at the David H. Koch Theater with artistic director Nikolaj Hübbe, who’s more or less returning home, since he was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for almost 20 years. The company will show a mixed repertory of performances featuring works by Bournonville, Flindt, Elo and Hübbe.
Australia’s Queensland Ballet are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ballet class. On Sunday, May 22 around 2000 dancers from across Australia will gather with Queensland Ballet dancers on the Kurilpa Bridge in South Brisbane for a 30 minute basic, but fun classical barre class starting promptly at 9:00am. Dancers of all ages and levels are registering to join in and help beat the current record of 1,055 participants set by Staatsoper Hannover in Germany last year. The World's Largest Ballet Class is a challenge organised by Queensland Ballet as part of its commitment to putting Brisbane on the international dance map. After the devastating floods that ravished the city in recent months, we hope that the event is a triumph for the city of Brisbane and the state of Queensland.