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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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'Fosse/Verdon' show coming to TV

Posted on: 2/4/2019 3:00PM

FX series 2019Save the date for FX’s new series Fosse/Verdon! Set to premiere Tuesday, April 9 at 10 p.m., the eight-episode project will recount the romantic and creative partnership between dance and entertainment heavyweights Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon!


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Dive into 'The Little Mermaid' in SoCal

Posted on: 2/1/2019 4:00PM

The Little Mermaid balletFrom April 6–28, Inland Pacific Ballet will present its spectacular landmark production The Little Mermaid at three different venues in Southern California. This show boasts magnificent sets, a cast of delightful sea creatures, ornate costumes, puppetry and beautiful dance to create a magical ocean world.


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Watch the new Nureyev film trailer!

Posted on: 1/31/2019 1:50PM

Rudolf Nureyev movieThe official trailer has been released for the new Rudolf Nureyev movie, The White Crow. Are you tilting your head and thinking, “Wait, wasn’t a film on Nureyev just released?” Yes, a fresh documentary entitled Nureyev premiered last year. But The White Crow is a completely separate project - one that zooms in on what is perhaps the most politically charged chapter in the artist’s life — his 1961 defection from the Soviet Union.


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'World of Dance' Season 3 reveals its 54 Acts

Posted on: 1/30/2019 12:01PM

J Lo TV Dance Competition 2019NBC’s hit dance competition series World of Dance has announced its 54 acts across multiple genres, ages and dance styles for Season 3. This season the competition is promised to be fiercer than ever with a new group of world-class competitors ready to showcase their talents to win a life-altering grand prize of $1 million.


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Ate9 to premiere 'a blind LAdy'

Posted on: 1/29/2019 8:15AM

Ate9 to premiere 'a blind LAdy' in Beverly Hills, CAAte9, one of Los Angeles’ most visceral and probing dance companies, will soon make its Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts debut with two gripping works by Artistic Director/Choreographer Danielle Agami, including the world premiere of a blind LAdy, featuring the live vocals of Spanish indie-pop singer/songwriter Lourdes Hernández.


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Atlanta welcomes new training center

Posted on: 1/28/2019 4:00PM

New Atlanta dance centerThe Anthony Burrell Center for Dance (ABCD), a non-profit organization committed to expanding the reach of dance and theater, recently hosted its grand opening celebration and fundraiser, Ascension, on January 20 in Atlanta, GA.


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2019 Women In Dance Leadership Conference

Posted on: 1/25/2019 3:25PM

Female Dance Directors and ChoreographersThe 2019 Women In Dance Leadership Conference will be October 17-19 in Philadelphia, PA. Submissions are still being accepted for Choreography, Scholarly Papers, Panel Discussions and Dance Films.


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'Oklahoma!' revival bound for Broadway

Posted on: 1/24/2019 2:21PM

2019 Broadway Revival of Oklahoma!Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is being revived and its official Broadway run begins March 19. Described as “intimately staged and darkly revisionist” by The New York Times, the new production is directed by the experimental Daniel Fish and will see John Heginbotham in charge of choreography.


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Get excited for BellaMoxi’s 4th Season!

Posted on: 1/23/2019 1:25PM

BellaMoxi Dance Convention, Competition and FestivalIt’s finally here! The start of BellaMoxi’s new Frame Your Focus Tour! This weekend, the Dance Convention, Competition and Choreographic Festival launches its fourth season in Bowling Green, KY before touring to Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Orlando, Phoenix and Los Angeles.


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Introducing the new 'West Side Story' cast!

Posted on: 1/22/2019 4:42PM

Maria in new West Side StoryAfter more than 30,000 hopefuls reportedly auditioned, legendary director Steven Spielberg has now cast the role of Maria and the other leads for his remake of West Side Story. Casting includes big names and fresh faces alike!


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Mick Jagger collaborates with ballerina bae

Posted on: 1/18/2019 7:28AM

Calvin Royal III, Skylar Brandt, Melanie Hamrick, Jose Sebastian, Joanna DeFeliceAccording to various reports, Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones, is collaborating with his girlfriend, American Ballet Theatre dancer Melanie Hamrick, on a new ballet. He’s curating the music (selections from Rolling Stones) and she’s choreographing.


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Philadanco founder pitches new dance-focused charter school in West Philly

Posted on: 1/17/2019 8:01AM

Philadanco founderJoan Myers Brown, who founded Philadanco nearly 50 years ago, is now seeking to launch a new Philadelphia dance program of sorts — a charter school with a special focus on dance. There will be a public hearing on January 22, and then the school board has until March 2 to approve or deny the school, which would be named The Joan Myers Brown Academy.


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Jessica Lang Dance nears final show

Posted on: 1/16/2019 3:15PM

Glow by Jessica LangJessica Lang Dance (JLD) and Selby Artists Management (SAM) announced in November that after the incredible success of the last seven years, JLD had decided to close on April 30, 2019, at the end of its 19-city, 2018-19 Season. Now dance enthusiasts across the country only have 10 chances left to see this company as its final performance edges closer.


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Texas Ballet Theater charges up for 'Electric'

Posted on: 1/16/2019 9:05AM

Texas Ballet TheaterTexas Ballet Theater will present mixed repertoire performances on March 1-3 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. The Electric program includes William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated together with Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances and TBT company dancer Andre Silva’s 11:11.


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Audition to dance with The Spice Girls!

Posted on: 1/15/2019 9:37PM

Choreographer Paul RobertsDancers, want to spice up your life? If so, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to apply to perform with The Spice Girls on their Spice World UK Stadium Tour, which kicks off in May!


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Abby Lee Miller to begin 'Dance Moms' again

Posted on: 1/14/2019 11:00PM

Dance Moms Season 8It’s official! Abby Lee Miller is making her comeback to the popular Lifetime reality series Dance Moms. And now she has unveiled the next crop of talented dancers that she’ll be coaching! She shared a video on Instagram with photos of the young dancers - naming Pressley, GiaNina, Hannah, Sarah, Savannah, Kamryn, Lillianna and Brady. 


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'Rent: Live' airing on FOX soon

Posted on: 1/10/2019 8:15AM

Live TV Musical RENTJonathan Larson’s Tony-, Grammy- and Pulitzer-winning musical Rent is set to hit the small screen on Sunday, January 27. The live production will air on FOX on the East Coast from 8 to 11 p.m. and with a tape-delay on the West Coast. It boasts a star-studded cast, including Vanessa Hudgens as Maureen Johnson. Sonya Tayeh is the mastermind behind the brand-new choreography.


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Miko Fogarty to give Ted Talk

Posted on: 1/9/2019 12:45PM

TEDXBerkeley 2019Perhaps you recall back in 2015 when ballerina Miko Fogarty, star of 2011 dance documentary First Position, announced that she’d been hired by the Birmingham Royal Ballet and it seemed she was unstoppable. Are you wondering where she is now? Fogarty, now a student at the University of California, Berkeley, is preparing to share her story as part of TEDXBerkeley 2019.


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Gregory Hines to get own postal stamp

Posted on: 1/8/2019 2:00PM

2019 Black Heritage US Postal StampThe late tap dancer Gregory Hines (1946–2003) will soon be honored in a new way — with his own stamp by the United States Postal Service. On January 28, his postal stamp will debut as the 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp, which features a 1988 photograph by Jack Mitchell.


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Complexions announces 25th Season

Posted on: 1/7/2019 3:15PM

25th Anniversary Season in NYCComplexions Contemporary Ballet celebrates its 25th anniversary season at The Joyce Theater in New York City from February 19-March 3, 2019. Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the company will celebrate this milestone anniversary with three dynamic programs over a two-week span.


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Harkness Dance Fest celebrates 2 milestones

Posted on: 1/4/2019 2:25PM

Harkness Dance Festival 201992Y’s Harkness Dance Festival celebrates its 25th season by celebrating Merce Cunningham’s centennial this spring. For five weekends from March 1-30, HDF presents performances of Cunningham’s own choreography danced by New York Theatre Ballet, Melissa Toogood, Calvin Royal III and New World School of the Arts. The Festival continues with four weekends of world premieres representing four generations of Cunningham dancers.


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Spoleto Festival USA announces 43rd Season

Posted on: 1/3/2019 10:30AM

Spoleto Festival USA 2019The Spoleto Festival has announced the program for its 43rd Season, taking place May 24 through June 9, 2019. For 17 days and nights, a variety of artists converge in Charleston, South Carolina, filling the city’s theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with wide-ranging performances and concerts. Among the dance highlights are Compagnie Hervé Koubi, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and Caracalla Dance Theatre. 


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National Ballet Theatre of Odessa touring U.S.

Posted on: 1/2/2019 8:00PM

National Ballet Theatre of OdessaBased in the Ukraine, the legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa is making its first visit to the United States this month, featuring 55 ballet stars in a full-scale production of Swan LakeThe talented dancers will bring to glorious life the tale of a young prince who falls in love with a princess who has been transformed into a swan.


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Colorado Ballet to premiere 'Wizard of Oz'

Posted on: 1/1/2019 1:30PM

Colorado Ballet's Dana BentonColorado Ballet continues to reach new heights as a nationally recognized professional ballet company with its premiere of a new full-length ballet, The Wizard of Oz. Over the past two years, Colorado Ballet joined forces with two other esteemed ballet companies, Kansas City Ballet and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, to create an all-new ballet on a scale far greater than any of the companies could produce individually.


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Last chance to see 'Swing Kids' in cinemas

Posted on: 12/31/2018 2:00AM

Jared Grimes in POW camp movieA new film spotlighting tap dance opened in North America just before the holidays. In case you missed it, Swing Kids by Korean hitmaker Hyeong-Cheol Kang is still being shown in select U.S. and Canadian theaters on January 4 and 11. It follows soldiers at a POW camp during the Korean War and how they plan a tap show.


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