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Footloose In Theaters Friday

Posted on: 10/10/2011 2:00AM

Australian audiences are already being treated to the new Footloose, but US theater goers have to wait until this Friday October 14. The new Footloose is almost here…by Writer/Director Craig Brewer starring Kenny Wormald, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell and Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough.


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UDMA Chicago this Weekend

Posted on: 10/10/2011 2:00AM

The Annual UDMA Chicago Dance Resource & Costume Show will be held this weekend at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center,  and Dance Informa will be there to join in the fun. UDMA holds four shows each year in Long Beach California, Atlanta, New Jersey and Chicago. The show is America’s largest trade show for dance, exhibiting the latest goods and services for the dance industry to assist studio owners and dance teachers.


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Former National Ballet director Alexander Grant dies

Posted on: 10/3/2011 2:00AM

Alexander Grant, former artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, died on Friday in London at age 86. It’s reported that Grant had been sick for several months with infections and pneumonia. Born in New Zealand, Grant was renowned as a character dancer with the Royal Ballet, London.


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Tulsa Ballet Guest Artists for Fountain Dance Ministry’s Nutcracker

Posted on: 9/27/2011 2:00AM

Sofia Menteguiaga, soloist of the Tulsa Ballet, and Alfonso Martin, principal dancer of the Tulsa Ballet, will appear as guest artists in the Fountain Dance Ministry’s production of The Nutcracker on December 3 and 4, 2011 at the Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theatre in Pinckney, Michigan.


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Hubbard Street Tharp Collaboration

Posted on: 9/25/2011 2:00AM

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will launch its 34th season with the most anticipated dance event of the year featuring a world premiere by dance legend Twyla Tharp; the return of the reflective Arcangelo by Nacho Duato based on the marvelous Concerti Grossi by Arcangelo Corelli; and the hilariously bizarre Walking Mad by Johan Inger.  This eclectic engagement will take place at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, October 13-16.


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So You Think You Can Dance takes 3 Emmys

Posted on: 9/18/2011 2:00AM

So You Think You Can Dance took home 3 Emmys at Sunday night’s awards. Mia Michaels and Tabitha and Napoleon were awarded for choreography and Robert Barnhart, Peter Radice, Patrick Boozer and Matt Firestone took top honors for lighting design.


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Peridance Showcases for the NYC APAP Conference

Posted on: 9/14/2011 2:00AM

New York’s Peridance Capezio Center will present four performances in two different programs during the 2012 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference (APAP) on January 7 and 8. Peridance will be presenting 22 exciting choreographers/dance companies to the APAP conference attendees. APAP provides a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their work in a platform that puts them in contact with arts presenters from around the globe. Interested choreographers can apply before Oct 15.


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ADD YOUR LISTINGS!

Posted on: 9/5/2011 2:00AM

Dance Informa has launched a new service where you can now Add Your Own Audition, Event, Business, Teacher, Choreographer or Company Listings!
Basic listings are totally free!
Just login above and select ‘Add Listings’ in the grey tool bar. Don’t know your password? When logging in just select Forgot/Need Password?


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Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts Awards Dancers

Posted on: 8/31/2011 2:00AM

Dance has taken the spotlight in Atlanta’s arts community. Next week, the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts will give the 2011 Community Impact Awards to two dance leaders: Dance Truck artistic director Malina Rodriguez and Beacon Dance artistic director D. Patton White.


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Creative Places for Creative People

Posted on: 8/30/2011 2:00AM

SpaceFinderLA is a new website that can help you find the space you need or help others find your space. Whether you are looking for rehearsal space or that 'wow' location for your fundraiser or performance SpaceFinderLA offers the ability to search by dozens of criteria and an inventory of over 300 venues in LA County. The service is free for both renters and seekers and lists a large variety of dance studios, rehearsal spaces, theatres and performance facilities.


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Take on Taylor

Posted on: 8/29/2011 2:00AM

The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation today introduced Take On Taylor, a series of free events at the Taylor studios on Manhattan’s Lower East Side designed to delight and engage new and existing audiences with Mr. Taylor’s work. The first event in the series will be held on Sunday, September 18, with movement workshops and performances by Taylor 2.


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Dance Gallery Festival

Posted on: 8/28/2011 2:00AM

VON USSAR danceworks is set to present the 5th Annual Dance Gallery Festival, featuring original works from emerging and renowned choreographers from around the country this October.


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Chicago’s Dancing!

Posted on: 8/17/2011 2:00AM

From August 22-27 the Chicago Dancing Festival will celebrate its 5th anniversary season with five dance showcases over 6 days. The free, privately sponsored festival will highlight the work of 15 companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet and River North Dance Chicago.


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Rhythm & Roots Benefits Children

Posted on: 8/16/2011 2:00AM

Celebrating the connection and diversity of the world's cultures, Israeli-American Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, African American Lula Washington Dance Theatre, and multi-ethnic, interfaith Agape International Choir join together for a cross-cultural evening under the stars on Sunday August 28. Performed at Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood, CA, the benefit concert supports Children Uniting Nations and Keshet Chaim's youth education programs.


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Jazz in Happening this Weekend

Posted on: 8/15/2011 2:00AM

The fifth annual A Jazz Happening will take place this weekend in the Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival on August 21. This one-night-only benefit event celebrates the enduring style of jazz and musical theatre dance as participants from The School’s Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program perform alongside an exciting lineup of guest Broadway stars.


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So You Think You Can Dance winner tells all

Posted on: 8/15/2011 2:00AM

Dance Informa spoke with 19 year old Melanie Moore about her achievements on So You Think You Can Dance. Crowned America’s favorite dancer, Melanie won $250,000 on last Thursday’s results show. When asked what she’d like to spend the money on Melanie said she’d like to save the money and splurge on just one thing. “I’d like some nice carry-on luggage” she said excitedly. And luggage she will need as the Top 10 dancers get ready for their 32 city tour starting in September.


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Jacob’s Pillow Honors Anniversary of Trisha Brown Dance Company

Posted on: 8/3/2011 2:00AM

Trisha Brown’s pioneering dance style is a celebrated cornerstone of modern dance. August 10-14, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival salutes the 40th anniversary of the Trisha Brown Dance Company with a commemorative program of works highlighting Brown’s inventive choreographic range.


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Traces Ignites NYC’s Union Square Theatre

Posted on: 7/25/2011 2:00AM

Acclaimed show by Montreal-based troupe 7 Fingers has come to New York City for 10 weeks only. Traces began previews on Friday, July 29 with an official opening of Monday, August 8. In Traces, the human body is pushed to its limits through acrobatics, music, and dance.


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Second Annual National Dance Day

Posted on: 7/24/2011 2:00AM

The second annual National Dance Day took place on Saturday July 30. Where did you dance to celebrate National Dance Day? “It’s a wonderful way to stay healthy and have fun whilst doing it,” National Dance Day creator and SYTYCD Executive Producer/Judge Nigel Lythgoe said on the show.


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2011 Australian Dance Award Winners

Posted on: 7/23/2011 2:00AM

The winners of this year’s Australian Dance Awards were announced last night (Sunday 24 July) in a ceremony at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. The annual Australian Dance Awards recognise and reward professional Australian dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to dance in the previous year. Ten Awards were given, as well as the special induction of Keith Bain OAM into the Hall of Fame.


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Will Lopez Anthony Split End Q'Viva?

Posted on: 7/18/2011 2:00AM

With the news of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's split there’s been some doubt over whether they'll continue with plans to launch the new Latin dance and music talent show "Q'Viva: The Chosen."


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Nvitational Dance Festival

Posted on: 7/12/2011 2:00AM

El Portal Theatre and Artistic Director Dee Caspary present the first annual Nvitational Dance Festival from July 29 through August 14 in Los Angeles.  The Nvitational will be a series of collaborative events featuring dance from America’s best, boldest, edgiest, and fiercest choreographers including the festival’s Artistic Director, Dee Caspary and notables Marty Kudelka, Mandy Moore, Kitty McNamee, Ryan Heffington, Bubba Carr, Peter Chu, Tabitha and Napoleon, Tovaris Wilson, Kevin Maher,  Dana Wilson, Adam Parson, and many more!


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Dance 4 Kids at The Taylor School

Posted on: 7/6/2011 2:00AM

For the first time ever, The Taylor School, part of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, will offer dance classes for kids and young adults at its new studios on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, beginning in September 2011.


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Chunky Move Announces New Artistic Director

Posted on: 6/28/2011 2:00AM

Cutting-edge contemporary dance company Chunky Move has announced that Ms. Anouk van Dijk will take over as Artistic Director following Gideon Obarzanek’s departure at the end of 2011. Anouk van Dijk is an internationally acclaimed choreographer, whose work has toured extensively throughout her home country of The Netherlands, and far beyond throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Anouk’s work attracts broad audiences through an approach, which is daring, innovative and unpredictable in both its form and context.


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Rent Revival

Posted on: 6/28/2011 2:00AM

Returning to NYC after its groundbreaking 12-year Broadway run, RENT, set in NYC's East Village, is a modern take on the classic Puccini opera, La Boheme. It tells the unforgettable story of a group of young artists learning to survive, falling in love,  finding their voices and living for today.  The Off-Broadway revival will begin previews July 14 at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, with opening night set for August 11.


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Global Water Dances

Posted on: 6/23/2011 2:00AM

Dancing for Safe Water Everywhere - Global Water Dances is a world event planned for this Saturday, June 25. A 24 hour series of dances around the globe will be danced, centered around water issues. Beginning in the Western Pacific Rim, and encircling the globe, rolling westward through the time zones, the series of dances will also be broadcast online.  These dances will use dance and music to blend local water issues with the global struggle to ensure safe water for all human beings.


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Top 20 Treat Tonight

Posted on: 6/21/2011 2:00AM

Tonight the competition continues for America’s Top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance. After last week’s surprising non-elimination, two couples will leave the show this week. Tonight they will churn up the dance floor to try and win our votes. The two-hour live performance show starts at 8pm ET on FOX, followed by the elimination special tomorrow, featuring performances by electro-hip-hop recording duo LMFAO and hip-hop dance crew Quest Crew.


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11,500 Save Nederlands Dans Theater

Posted on: 6/19/2011 2:00AM

At the beginning of May, Nederlands Dans Theater contacted dance professionals across the world with the petition ‘Keep Nederlands Dans Theater Alive’ after the company was threatened to have its government subsidy reduced by 40 to 50% and to be demoted to the status of a ‘regional’ company. More than 11,500 people in the Netherlands and abroad signed the petition and last Friday, June 10, it was announced that NDT will remain in the long-term national subsidy structure, as it is now, and will only receive a generic reduction in subsidy of approximately 5%. NDT is extremely pleased with the overwhelming support it received. The company now retains its international status and can continue to fulfill its important role in the dance industry.


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Judges Keep All Top 20 Finalists on So You Think You Can Dance

Posted on: 6/16/2011 2:00AM

In an unprecedented move, judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy and guest judge Megan Mullally kept all Top 20 finalists on So You Think You Can Dance safe from elimination last night. After America’s vote was revealed, Jordan Casanova and Tadd Gadduang; Clarice Ordaz and Jess LeProtto; and Miranda Maleski and Robert Taylor Jr. were the three couples who received the fewest votes. Unable to compete in Wednesday night’s performance show, Mitchell Kelly was also placed in the bottom. The judges asked the finalists to perform solo routines, and after deliberating, chose not to eliminate anyone. As a result, two couples – four dancers – will be sent home next week.


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New Staff for Manhattan Youth Ballet

Posted on: 6/15/2011 2:00AM

Manhattan Youth Ballet (MYB) has announced additions to its staff beginning in the fall:  New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Daniel Ulbricht as Artistic Advisor, working in collaboration with the school's Founder and Executive Artistic Director Rose Caiola; Brian Reeder as Choreographer-in-Residence; and Karen Lacy as a member of the faculty.  Natalia Boesch, Erin Fogarty, Marina Stavitskaya, and Deborah Wingert remain as faculty members, among others.


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