DANCE NEWS


Bates Dance Festival announces 2019 lineup

Posted on: 3/18/2019 7:05PM

Bates Dance Festival 2019Based in Lewiston, Maine, the Bates Dance Festival returns in 2019 with an exciting new performance schedule and an artist roster comprising faces new to Bates and familiar friends, including longtime festival favorites Doug Varone and Dancers. It kicks off July 12 and concludes August 3.


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'World of Dance' offers chance for redemption

Posted on: 3/16/2019 9:00AM

NBC's World of Dance competitionNBC’s World of Dance moves to the next round of the competition – with a MAJOR twist – in the first episode of “The Duels” airing this Sunday, March 17 at 8/7c. Tune in to see the new exhilarating chance for “Redemption”.


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Atlanta Ballet announces exciting tours

Posted on: 3/15/2019 1:02PM

Olivia Yoch_Photo by Gene SchiavoneFor the first time in more than five years, Atlanta Ballet will venture beyond its stomping grounds to perform on national and international stages, including The Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington D.C. and the State Opera theatre in Prague, Czech Republic.


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Dancers perform to help grant a special wish

Posted on: 3/14/2019 1:55PM

Dance Connection in Islip, New YorkAs a studio with more than 600 students, Dance Connection in Islip, New York wields the power to help give back in significant ways to its community. In recognition of this, the studio’s Competition and Performance Teams often seek ways to better the lives of those around them. Recently, they did just that through their partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


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Eisenhower Dance Detroit presents F|E|E|L

Posted on: 3/13/2019 3:22PM

Michigan contemporary dance companyIn its final performance of the 2018-19 Metro Series, Eisenhower Dance Detroit – Southeast Michigan's acclaimed and internationally-touring contemporary dance company – will present F|E|E|L, an exhilarating evening of dance reflecting on our ever-present need for human connection.


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Disney conservatory accepting applications

Posted on: 3/12/2019 11:45AM

Youth Summer Program at DisneylandThe Disney Performing Arts Conservatory youth summer program offers an "Instrumental Conservatory" and a "Musical Theatre Conservatory" giving young performers ages 14 through 22 the opportunity to improve their performance skills through immersive classes, professional panels and behind-the-scenes experiences.


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Cuba’s Malpaso presents rare SoCal shows

Posted on: 3/11/2019 4:00PM

The Wallis welcomes Cuban dance troupeMalpaso Dance Company, one of Cuba’s hottest contemporary dance ensembles, brings a slice of Havana to Southern California on Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, March 30. The scintillating program of movement and music includes Ocaso by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado and Ser by company member Beatriz Garcia.


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Paramount School of the Arts plans Opening

Posted on: 3/8/2019 12:23PM

Aurora, Illinois arts schoolThe new Paramount School of the Arts will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 1, a date that will launch a new era for the live performing arts in downtown Aurora, Illinois. The state-of-the-art school is taking over the former Waubonsee Community College facility and is nearly done with its $35 million renovation.


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Carlos Acosta's biopic to have NYC premiere

Posted on: 3/7/2019 10:23AM

Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta stars in and directs own biopicIn April, The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY), a project of The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, is set to energize the city with a special closing-night premiere honoring Cuban ballet legend Carlos Acosta. Wrapping up HFFNY’s 12-day celebration of Latin American cinema, the evening will feature the New York premiere of Yuli at the DGA Theater. This poignant film inspired by Acosta’s life chronicles his rise from poverty and prejudice to become an icon of the dance world.


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Ballet shoe emoji slated to come out

Posted on: 3/6/2019 9:30AM

Dancer emojiJust about all our non-dance friends’ hobbies have one — an emoji that is. There are emojis for swimming, soccer, surfing, rock climbing, canoeing, fencing and the list goes on and on. But ballet? Nope. At least not till this year, when it was announced a ballet shoe emoji is on the way.


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Lionel Popkin presents 'Oedipus' project

Posted on: 3/5/2019 7:00AM

Choreography by Lionel PopkinThe Theater Lab Series at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles begins this month with the workshop showing of The Oedipus/Antigone Project, an evening-length multimedia performance by UCLA professor Lionel Popkin.


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AIM Invitational submissions due Friday

Posted on: 3/4/2019 9:00AM

Broadway Dance Center Arts in Motion ShowcaseDo your dancers dream of performing in NYC? Does your studio want a chance to win scholarships? Dance educators and coaches are invited to bring their dancers to AIM Invitational, a prestigious performance and scholarship opportunity held at Broadway Dance Center (BDC) in New York. This year’s weekend-long event will be Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24. Submissions are due this Friday, March 8.


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New 'Grosh Cares' Grants taking entries

Posted on: 3/1/2019 8:00AM

Grosh Backdrops & ProjectionsGrosh Backdrops & Projections steps up its commitment to help the performing arts in schools, theater and dance to overcome budgetary challenges through the launch of its new “Grosh Cares” grants program. Hollywood-based Grosh, well known for its large stage and theater backdrops, drapery and projections, will award three grants this year. Entries are being accepted through midnight on May 1. 


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NYCB announces new Artistic Leadership

Posted on: 2/28/2019 12:58PM

Jonathan Stafford to co-lead New York City BalletThe Boards of Directors of New York City Ballet (NYCB) and its affiliate training academy, the School of American Ballet (SAB), have announced the appointment of Jonathan Stafford as Artistic Director of NYCB and SAB, and Wendy Whelan as Associate Artistic Director of NYCB, establishing the esteemed former NYCB dancers, SAB alumni and prominent industry notables as the next generation of artistic leadership at two of the world’s most acclaimed dance institutions.


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CUNY Dance Initiative plans 5th Year Fest

Posted on: 2/27/2019 11:12AM

CUNY Dance Initiative 5th Year FestThe CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), an innovative residency program for New York City choreographers, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a series of performances this spring. Co-presented with Baruch Performing Arts Center, the 5th Year Fest will feature works by 11 artists/companies in two separate programs that exemplify the diversity of dance styles, perspectives and cultural expressions that has come through CDI’s doors.


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Clairobscur Dance set for Nate Holden

Posted on: 2/26/2019 4:26PM

Supremacy RideLos Angeles-based Clairobscur Dance will soon present a full evening of works choreographed by Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer Laurie Sefton at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. The evening will feature the world premiere of Imminent Drift, along with Supremacy Ride and Triptych: Experience in Defiance.


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Dance Teacher Event bound for Vegas strip

Posted on: 2/25/2019 7:00AM

Dance Teacher Summer ExpoDance Teachers, are you feeling the effects of burnout? Perhaps it’s time to re-fresh, re-think and re-new with Dance Teacher Web this summer! DTW will present its annual dance teacher conference and expo on July 29 - August 1 at the four-diamond Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. And good news! The early bird registration deadline has been extended!


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14th ADC|IBC Jury & Panel Announced

Posted on: 2/21/2019 10:15AM

Jolie Rose LombardoThe 14th ADC|IBC is approaching, with the international ballet competition set for March 22-27 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The 2019 Jury and Selection Panel has now been announced. Among the Jury and Panelists are esteemed professionals like Kelly Boal with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Robert Hill and Yan Chen with Orlando Ballet, Mark Diamond with Charlotte Ballet II, Edward Ellison with Ellison Ballet and Marjorie Grundvig with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.


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Dance history gifted to Keshet dance center

Posted on: 2/20/2019 1:22PM

Warsaw Ghetto set piecesThe original set pieces from Lester Horton and Bella Lewitzky’s 1949 co-creation Warsaw Ghetto now hang in the studio named for Lewitzky at Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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SF Ballet's 'Kaleidoscope' program onstage

Posted on: 2/19/2019 3:10PM

Kaleidoscope Program 2019San Francisco Ballet opened Program 02, Kaleidoscope, on February 12, with performances running through February 23 at SF War Memorial Opera House. Kaleidoscope features the SF Ballet premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s Appassionata, and the returns of Justin Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, created for Unbound: A Festival of New Works in 2018, and George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15.


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NEA announced $27 Million+ in Grants

Posted on: 2/18/2019 12:50PM

Peacock DanceWith its announcement of more than $27 million in grants, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is continuing its efforts to provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts. These fiscal year 2019 grants will reach all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.


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Tappers set to perform at Chicago winery

Posted on: 2/15/2019 8:00AM

Chicago Tap Theatre 2019Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) will present Sweet Tap Chicago on Sunday, March 10 at 3 and 7 p.m. at Chicago City Winery. With this show, CTT brings tap dance back to one of its historical roots, the jazz club.


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Love on your feet this Valentine’s Day!

Posted on: 2/14/2019 11:01AM

Eurotard Dancewear offers multiple shoesEurotard Dancewear is expanding its amazing shoe collection! Introducing the new Tilt Canvas Half Sole Shoe, Hinge Leather Half Sole Shoe, Coupé Split Sole Leather Ballet Shoe and Passé Full Sole Leather Ballet Shoe!


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Heidi Duckler Dance ebbing and flowing

Posted on: 2/13/2019 2:15PM

Heidi Duckler DanceLos Angeles-based company Heidi Duckler Dance (HDD) will soon present its 2019 rendition of Ebb & Flow: Culver City. After a successful one-day event in 2018, HDD was asked to bring the festival back to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook for two days. The festival will take place there on February 23 and 24.


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NYC choreographers give back to charities

Posted on: 2/12/2019 2:45PM

Dance Benefit Concert on February 16 2019Named after the popular children's picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree is a series of dance benefit concerts produced each year in NYC by Shelly Hutchinson. This year, there are three shows in the series and more than 30 choreographers participating.


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American dancer wins big at Prix de Lausanne

Posted on: 2/11/2019 3:00PM

47th Prix de Lausanne FinalsOver the weekend, thousands of spectators followed the 47th Prix de Lausanne Finals at the Beaulieu Theater in Switzerland — both in person and online through the live streaming. From the 21 Finalists, eight were awarded a scholarship allowing them to enter one of the partner schools or companies of the Prix de Lausanne. At the top of the prize winners’ list is 16-year-old American dancer Mackenzie Brown.


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Project Dance still open to 2019 registrations

Posted on: 2/8/2019 8:30AM

Dance with artistic integrityProject Dance, an organization that has been hosting events since 2002 to positively impact dancers and the culture at large, is open to registrations for its 2019 events. This season will see events held in Houston, New York City, Orlando, Costa Rica, Paris, Taipei and Pittsburgh.


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Misty Lown takes leadership of YPAD

Posted on: 2/7/2019 3:00PM

Youth Protection Advocates in Dance's new DirectorIn a recent announcement, Leslie Scott and Joseph Zanovitch, the founders of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) and Youth Protection Advocates in Gymnastics (YPAG), revealed that YPAD and YPAG will now be under the leadership and direction of Misty Lown and her team at More Than Just Great Dancing. YPAD and YPAG are organizations seeking to help end the exploitation of children in dance and gymnastics.


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Beijing Dance Theater tours U.S.

Posted on: 2/6/2019 2:40PM

Wild Grass_Photo by Li HuiminBeginning late January, Beijing Dance Theater, one of China’s newest and most distinguished dance companies, returned to North America with its stunning dancers. The troupe, led by Artistic Director Wang Yuanyuan, is presenting mixed repertoire and its new full-length show Hamlet in eight cities across six states and in Canada.


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Peridance launches 2019 Audition Tour

Posted on: 2/5/2019 10:32AM

Auditions for New York Dance Programs 2019New York's Peridance Capezio Center is currently touring to various cities to audition dancers interested in applying for its educational programs, specifically the Certificate Program and Summer Intensives. The two-year Certificate Program starts in September and is meant for advanced dancers aged 17-25. The Teen Summer Intensive runs for three weeks between June and July for dancers aged 13-17 while the BluePrint Summer Intensive runs August 5-17 for pre-pro students aged 17-25.


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