DANCE NEWS


20 years in, Lauren Grant still Marie in 'Hard Nut'

Posted on: 12/11/2018 9:04AM

Mark Morris Dance GroupMark Morris Dance Group’s colorful classic The Hard Nut returns to BAM in Brooklyn on December 14 - 23. Company member Lauren Grant is back for her 20th year performing as Marie. Grant, who was honored with a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for her career with the company, has danced with MMDG since 1996.


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New 'Nutcracker' documentary tracks 4 Claras

Posted on: 12/10/2018 11:55AM

Justice Studios Nutcracker filmJust in time for the holidays, Justice, marketed as “the #1 destination for all things girls”, has unveiled its newest piece of content, Finding Clara. Finding Clara is a full-length documentary that was adapted from the super popular web series featured on the Justice YouTube channel. In partnership with Elevate Pictures, Justice was given exclusive access to go behind-the-scenes of BalletMet’s production of The Nutcracker to see it through the eyes of four hard-working young dancers.


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Beyond The Stars gears up for 2019 Season

Posted on: 12/7/2018 3:12PM

Beyond The Stars National Dance CompetitionA family owned company, Beyond The Stars National Dance Competition is now in its 14th year. It’s 2019 season will present over 60 dance events and three National Finals. It begins and ends in Somerset, NJ, before offering three Nationals. 


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USC Kaufman accepting applications for 2019 New Movement Residency

Posted on: 12/6/2018 11:39AM

Ana Maria Alvarez works with dancers and USC Kaufman studentsUSC Kaufman in Los Angeles is now accepting applications for its 2019 New Movement Residency program. The deadline to apply is January 11, 2019 and the residency will take place at the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center in L.A. from June 3 - 21, 2019. This is the second year that USC Kaufman will be hosting this program, which aims to support the creative process by providing access to space, mentorship and other resources.


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Tapestry produces a jazzy 'Nutcracker'

Posted on: 12/5/2018 10:00PM

Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Tap NutcrackerTapestry Dance Company in Austin, TX will celebrate the holidays with its rhythm tap and jazz spin on the beloved yuletide story, The Nutcracker. This show premiered to rave reviews and standing ovations last season. Entitled Of Mice & Music, it'll unite the company's professional dancers with the rising stars of its pre-apprentice youth company, Visions in Rhythm.


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Open call for 'America’s Got Talent' Season 14

Posted on: 12/4/2018 3:45PM

Talent Search for AGT by NBC NetworkAuditions began last month for America’s Got Talent Season 14, with judges visiting New York, Detroit, Knoxville and Morongo Casino in California to audition performers. Soon auditions will recommence, with stops including Tampa, Charlotte, San Antonio and Los Angeles.


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Hugh Jackman coming to an arena near you

Posted on: 12/3/2018 3:12PM

The Man. The Music. The Show.Hugh Jackman recently announced his first world tour! The Man. The Music. The Show. will present Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra. The tour is produced by AEG Presents, TEG-Dainty and Robert Fox, and follows up on his tour across Australia in November and December 2015.


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Rambert School to hold L.A. auditions

Posted on: 11/30/2018 11:30AM

International Dance Audition TourThe Rambert School, one of the world’s leading and most historic conservatoires, will be returning to Los Angeles on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Officials will hold a day of auditions and workshops at the USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.


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Disney Channel star releases dance video

Posted on: 11/29/2018 2:18PM

Ruby Rose TurnerRuby Rose Turner, a 13-year-old dancer, singer and star of Disney Channel’s newest family sitcom "Coop & Cami Ask the World," introduced “Ruby Rock” earlier this month. The upbeat and vibrant dance video features the triple threat showing off her moves and singing chops. Now the dance-tutorial is available.


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Atlanta Ballet to unveil all-new 'Nutcracker'

Posted on: 11/28/2018 5:00PM

Atlanta Ballet dancers at The Fox TheatreFor the first time in more than two decades, Atlanta Ballet will premiere a new version of The Nutcracker that will mark a milestone in company history. Two years in the making, this innovative production is designed to surprise and delight all audiences, from the young to the young-at-heart. The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra will perform live at each of the 19 performances held at the Fox Theatre from December 8-24, 2018.


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Three L.A. artists of color unite in one show

Posted on: 11/27/2018 7:40AM

Photo by Prin RodriguezThree Los Angeles-based female choreographers of color unite to present a collaborative performance project entitled It’s Not About Pretty at Bootleg Theater on November 30 and December 1. All Blaktina Festival alumni, Mallory Fabian, Brigette Dunn-Korpela and Vannia Ibarguen will each present a 20-minute piece.


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BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance to premiere 'reeling -> healing'

Posted on: 11/26/2018 3:20PM

reeling -> healing at Triskelion ArtsThis week, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance will present the world premiere of reeling -> healing at Triskelion Arts' Muriel Schulman Theater in Brooklyn. The new work is an exploration of feelings of frustration and helplessness that can occur as a result of a constant barrage of bad news and hatred.


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Eurotard loves Small Business Saturday

Posted on: 11/19/2018 3:00PM

Small Business SaturdaySmall Business Saturday sits right in between the craziness of Black Friday and the comfort of Cyber Monday, making it a difficult decision to get up and brave the crowds. But Eurotard Dancewear has good news for you: you can combine shopping online with the importance of supporting small businesses as every single order placed on www.Eurotard.com is routed through a local dance store.


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Explore techniques at Peridance this winter

Posted on: 11/16/2018 12:08PM

NYC Winter Dance Intensive 2018Peridance Capezio Center in New York City will soon offer its 2018 Winter Intensive. Designed to offer supplemental training during the winter season, the intensive invites students aged 17-24 to explore the teaching, choreographic and improvisational techniques employed by some of New York City's most prominent dance artists in the contemporary field.


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Photography family looks to add new members

Posted on: 11/15/2018 3:50PM

Owner John LovaskoMemory Makers Inc. is looking to expand its “family”! The ever growing company is looking to add new photographers to help with the ever increasing clientele base. It will be transversing the U.S. in the coming months and needs photographers with a professional demeanor and an ability to travel. Qualified candidates are welcome to apply.


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L.A. Youth Ballet reprises 'The Nutcracker'

Posted on: 11/14/2018 3:00PM

The Nutcracker by Andrea Paris-GutierrezInternationally renowned ballet stars and prominent role models Ashley Murphy and Brooklyn Mack will guest star with Los Angeles Youth Ballet this holiday season. The Nutcracker by Andrea Paris-Gutierrez will feature Murphy and Mack in the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. The two-act ballet production is set to Tchaikovsky’s quintessential score and includes more than 80 dancers.


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'Little Match Girl' is modernized in Dallas

Posted on: 11/13/2018 2:00PM

Avant Chamber BalletIn less than a month, the dancers of Avant Chamber Ballet and the singers of Verdigris Ensemble will present a modern retelling of The Little Match Girl, a short story by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen first published in 1845. Set for the Moody Performance Hall, it will be the first time that ballet and contemporary choral have collaborated in Dallas. 


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Matt Bodett explores mental health in 'Hamlet'

Posted on: 11/12/2018 12:50PM

Matt BodettHigh Concept Laboratories NFP (HCL), a Chicago-based arts service organization, will soon host the final of three performance events by 2018 HCL Sponsored Artist Matt Bodett. Titled lost, lost, the one-night-only performance will address Bodett’s lived experiences with schizoaffective disorder through the lens of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


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BalletFest Atlanta and Jazz on Tap return

Posted on: 11/12/2018 12:08PM

BalletFest Atlanta and Jazz On Tap 2019DanceFest Productions, Inc. brings dancers invigorating events to fuel their passion and love for dance. After a successful inaugural DanceFest Contemporary Winter Workshop on November 3, the Atlanta-based organization is now gearing up for its two annual festivals in 2019. The 16th Annual BalletFest Atlanta will be held March 2-3, just before the 32nd Annual Jazz On Tap on March 8-10.


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ChoreograpHER Initiative launched in Boston

Posted on: 11/9/2018 1:52PM

Boston Ballet Initiative for Female ChoreographersBoston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen recently announced the ChoreograpHER Initiative, a multi-year commitment in support of emerging female choreographers from within the company and beyond. The initiative establishes a model for female dance students and professional dancers to develop choreographic skills and invests in new, innovative works by female artists.


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SADM hosts Fall Convention in Mississippi

Posted on: 11/8/2018 3:38PM

SADM Fall Convention 2018 MississippiThe Southern Association of Dance Masters (SADM) will soon host its Fall Convention at the Whispering Woods Hotel & Convention Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Dance teachers will come together to be inspired, taking classes from industry leaders in proper dance technique and instruction.


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'Footloose' coming to Norwegian Cruise Line!

Posted on: 11/7/2018 12:20PM

Norwegian Creative StudiosNorwegian Creative Studios, the in-house entertainment division of Norwegian Cruise Line, has announced auditions for its reimagined and revamped production of Broadway's Footloose. Dancers and dancers who can sing are sought to perform in this brand-new show at sea with fresh and exciting choreography!


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Fly on a Wall and staibdance in joint program

Posted on: 11/6/2018 4:16PM

Uncaged Community Dance FestivalTwo small Atlanta-based contemporary dance troupes, Fly on a Wall and staibdance, will soon unite within the Uncaged Community Dance Festival to revisit and re-examine pivotal works in their repertories. Presented by Bluebird Uncaged, the festival will bring together some of Atlanta’s most talented artists from November 26 - December 2 at 7 Stages Theatre.


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MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet to present first home season at Dance Loft on 14

Posted on: 11/5/2018 7:00AM

Rite of Spring, Crash of FallMOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet, seeking to push the boundaries of ballet to tackle policy issues affecting society, recently premiered Rite of Spring, Crash of Fall for its commission at The Kennedy Center. Now the company prepares to present a full-length performance of this and Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet in winter of 2019 for its first home season at Dance Loft on 14, the company’s 8,000 square foot facility in Ward 4.


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Pentacle presents 7th year of 'Fall Further'

Posted on: 11/2/2018 10:51AM

Pentacle NYCPentacle's seventh year of Fall Further will present the distinct work of choreographers using dance as a vehicle to comment on, represent, question and deny the realities of our current times. From classical to modern to theatrical, these select artists in Pentacle's Administrative Support Program create a diverse evening of dance with a provocative flair. Set for Sunday evening, November 4, the program will be staged at Dixon Place in NYC.


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Steps launches Thursday Spotlight Series

Posted on: 11/1/2018 8:00AM

Thursday Spotlight SeriesSteps on Broadway has announced a new Thursday Spotlight Series, your chance to dance with a different special guest artist every Thursday from 8-10 p.m. at the famed NYC dance institution. The instructors include artistic directors, choreographers and teachers from Broadway, the concert stage, television and film. Advanced and advanced intermediate dancers are welcome.


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Prix de Lausanne names 2019 candidates

Posted on: 10/31/2018 11:19AM

47th International Ballet CompetitionAfter much deliberation, Prix de Lausanne has selected 71 dancers from its 363 video applicants. Along with nine pre-selected candidates, a total of 80 dancers will take part in the 47th edition of the world-renowned competition in Switzerland from February 3-10. Of these, 10 are from the U.S.


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Modern dancer celebrates her 20-year career

Posted on: 10/30/2018 1:25PM

AWAKENING RHYTHMSFrancesca Todesco, a longtime member of the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble and Dances by Isadora, celebrates her 20-year journey in the American Modern Dance Scene with two performances on November 3 and 4 at University Settlement in downtown Manhattan.


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Young dancers to celebrate 19th Amendment

Posted on: 10/29/2018 2:37PM

NB2 to present Gina Patterson’s Inspired by Tennessee’s vital role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Nashville Ballet’s second company NB2 will premiere Gina Patterson’s 72 Steps at Harpeth Hall School’s Frances Bond Davis Theatre on Saturday, November 10. The performance is free and open to the public. The work is commissioned by the League of Women Voters of Nashville and their Perfect 36 Supporters.


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Practice at home with Dancestep Plus Mats

Posted on: 10/26/2018 2:05PM

Dance flooring and practice matsStagestep Flooring Solutions, the oldest and largest dance floor provider in the USA, is proudly offering dancers and teachers another way to practice in comfort at home. It’s Dancestep Plus Mats are perfect for practicing your turns and other favorite moves.


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