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PCDC premieres works in NY Spring Season

Posted on: 2/12/2015 10:00AM

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Spring Season 2015Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC) is back with an exhilarating 2015 Spring Season at the Salvatore Capezio Theater in New York City. Performances will be presented two weekends only, March 7-8 and 14-15. The Spring Season will feature world premieres by Founder and Artistic Director Igal Perry, Italian freelance choreographer Macia Del Prete, and French teacher and choreographer Manuel Vignoulle.


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Former National Dance Week Director dies

Posted on: 2/11/2015 11:00AM

Former National Dance Week Director Patricia GouldingPatricia Goulding, the former executive director of National Dance Week, passed away on Monday, February 9. The dance community mourns her death as Goulding is recognized and respected for increasing national awareness and appreciation for the benefits of dance.


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Douglas Dunn & Dancers premieres 'Aidos'

Posted on: 2/11/2015 9:30AM

Douglas Dunn & Dancers in New YorkDouglas Dunn & Dancers presents the world premiere of Aidos at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York on February 11-15. Aidos is a new work by dance veteran Douglas Dunn, who has been performing and choreographing for 43 years. It features dancing by Dunn himself, plus eight other dancers, and is set to Bach Cello Suites as performed live by Ha-Yang Kim.


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Open Call hosts first Athens regionals

Posted on: 2/11/2015 8:00AM

Open Call Dance Competition in Athens GeorgiaAfter recently visiting Missouri and Ohio, Open Call will bring its regional dance competition tour to Athens, Georgia for the first time this weekend, on February 13-15. Athens, a city known for its young, hip vibe and great local eateries, will welcome dancers to its Classic Center Theater, where dancers of all ages can perform and compete for exclusive and cutting edge opportunities.


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Dance Center presents B-Rooted Festival

Posted on: 2/10/2015 11:00AM

B-Rooted dance festival in ChicagoThe Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is partnering with national and local dance artists to continue its B-Series with B-Rooted, a mini dance festival exploring underground hip-hop and street dance culture. Taking place April 3 and 4 in Chicago, B-Rooted will feature local, national and internationally recognized artists, including members of Venus Fly and NINJACHURCH. All festival events are free and open to the public.


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BalletNext opens at New York Live Arts

Posted on: 2/10/2015 10:00AM

BalletNext February 2015 Season at New York Live ArtsHere they come! A new royal partnership is being forged: Michele Wiles, one of ballet’s most celebrated Swan Queens, and Jay Donn, the reigning king of Punchlines, a form of Brooklyn-based flex dancing. The result is Something Sampled, one of three world premieres on the boards for BalletNext’s season, titled “Baroque’d,” which is opening at New York Live Arts tonight, on February 10.


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Prix de Lausanne names 2015 Prize Winners

Posted on: 2/7/2015 2:00PM

Prix de Lausanne 2015 Prize WinnersThe curtain has fallen on the 43rd edition of the Prix de Lausanne, an annual international ballet competition for young dancers taking place in Switzerland. Running February 2-7, this prestigious competition once again attracted young, promising dancers from all parts of the world. Twenty dancers were chosen to compete in the Finals on February 7. Amongst these finalists, six were awarded a scholarship with one of the 63 Prix de Lausanne partner schools or companies.


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2015 Prix de Lausanne finalists announced

Posted on: 2/6/2015 11:00AM

2015 Prix de Lausanne finalistsAmong the 67 candidates who took part in the 2015 Prix de Lausanne’s Selections on Friday, February 6 in Switzerland, the jury has selected 20 finalists, nine girls and 11 boys. These young dancers will take part in the Finals on Saturday, February 7 at 3 p.m. in front of a live audience and streamed live on the Internet. Six will be awarded a one-year, all-expenses-paid scholarship at one of the Prix’s partner schools or companies, among the most prestigious in the world.


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Celebrate Dance rings in 10th year

Posted on: 2/5/2015 9:00AM

BARE Dance Company at Celebrate Dance in CaliforniaExecutive Producer Jamie Nichols will present Celebrate Dance 2015 on Saturday, March 7 at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. Commemorating its 10th anniversary season, Celebrate Dance will offer audiences exceptional concert dance by Los Angeles-based companies like Pennington Dance Group, Backhausdance, Motion/Tribe, Viver Brasil, BARE Dance Company, Monat Dance and more.


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Ailey embarks on 18-city tour

Posted on: 2/4/2015 8:30AM

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Robert Moses' The Pleasure of the LessonAlvin Ailey American Dance Theater has embarked on a coast-to-coast tour to 18 cities. After beginning this week in Washington, D.C., the company will soon hit other major venues, like The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The tour culminates May 10 at the beautiful Prudential Hall of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.


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Soaking WET presents two different programs

Posted on: 2/3/2015 10:00AM

Soaking WET Dance Series choreographer Esme BoyceThis week, the popular Soaking WET dance series, produced by David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin, returns to New York’s intimate West End Theater with two different programs – four performances each – showcasing both emerging and established choreographers. Program A presents works by Racy Brand, Tina Croll, Jennifer Edwards, Garnet Henderson and Hanna Q Dance Company. Program B features works by Catherine Tharin and Esme Boyce.


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Louisville Ballet reveals season finale program

Posted on: 2/2/2015 8:00AM

Louisville Ballet announces 2014-15 Season Finale program: A New WorldKentucky’s Louisville Ballet has announced the works selected by its new Artistic Director Robert Curran for the company’s final production of the 2014-15 season: A New World. Performances, which are set for April 10 and 11, will present pieces choreographed by ballet luminaries Serge Lifar and George Balanchine, as well as a world premiere by Australian choreographer Lucas Jervies.


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Prix de Lausanne 2015 kicks off Feb. 2

Posted on: 1/30/2015 9:00AM

Prix de Lausanne 2015The 43rd edition of the Prix de Lausanne, an international competition for young dancers, will be held February 2-7 at the Théâtre de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland. For 2015, 67 candidates from 18 different countries have been selected and will attend competition week.


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Savage Dance Festival seeks 'the BEaST'

Posted on: 1/29/2015 12:30PM

Detroit’s 2015 Savage Dance FestivalDetroit’s Savage Dance Festival will showcase up-and-coming and well-known choreographers, crews and companies alike in its annual event this weekend. The festival includes presentations from colleges, performance evaluations for studios and high school companies, and, as the event’s climax, The Dance Tournament that features professional dancers and determines “Who's the BEaST.”


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Dance Iquail hosts Black History Month talk

Posted on: 1/29/2015 9:30AM

Dancer Penda Jahmil of Dance IquailDance Iquail, in partnership with Dance/NYC and the Harlem Arts Alliance, will present a free panel discussion titled Black Swan: Solidarity Beyond Colored Pointe Shoes on Monday, February 2 in NYC. A panel of distinguished women of color in the ballet world will gather for what promises to be a lively and stimulating discussion on the importance of resilience for black artists, communities and institutions.


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Pacific Northwest Ballet reprises Don Quixote

Posted on: 1/28/2015 9:15AM

Pacific Northwest Ballet presents the return of Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote in 2015Pacific Northwest Ballet presents the return of Alexei Ratmansky’s spectacular, rousing Don Quixote from January 30 to February 8 in Seattle. This extravagant production requires 2,200 square feet of dancing space on stage, utilizes 280 costumes and props, and uses more lumber and building materials than PNB’s Coppélia, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty combined.


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SYTYCD announces new judges for Season 12

Posted on: 1/27/2015 11:15AM

So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 judgesWorld-renowned choreographer, performer, singer and songwriter Paula Abdul and global superstar, singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo will join Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ table, alongside returning host Cat Deeley, for the 12th season of So You Think You Can Dance. The new season, which airs on Fox this summer, will feature a fresh twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers. The audition tour is currently underway.


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Canada's Alberta Ballet performs in Houston

Posted on: 1/27/2015 9:15AM

Canada's Alberta Ballet in Love Lies BleedingFrom January 30–February 1, Houston Ballet will present Alberta Ballet as part of the Cullen Series. Under the artistic direction of Jean Grand-Maître, Alberta Ballet will perform Love Lies Bleeding, a celebration of the music of rock legend Sir Elton John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin.


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Off Center Festival examines B-Boy culture

Posted on: 1/26/2015 8:00AM

Amy O’Neal: Opposing Forces at Segerstrom Center for the ArtsSegerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California is hosting its fourth annual Off Center Festival now through January 31. The festival presents eight exciting artists and companies performing at the Center for the first time. This weekend, from January 29-31, Amy O’Neal: Opposing Forces will be presented, examining the paradoxical nature of B-Boy culture.


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Dance on Camera moves beyond familiar

Posted on: 1/23/2015 12:23PM

Dance on Camera presents Fall to Rise dance filmNow in its 43rd year, the prestigious Dance on Camera Film Festival is set to return to New York on January 30–February 3. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dance on Camera will once again honor ballet and contemporary dance personalities through documentaries and narrative films. For this festival, Dance on Camera moves beyond familiar expectations too, presenting a cheerleading documentary as well as a girls’ hand-clapping film for the first time.


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Costume Gallery names scholarship recipients

Posted on: 1/23/2015 7:30AM

Costume Gallery's Beverly Miller Scholarship FundThe founders of Costume Gallery, Beverly Miller and her husband Norman, served the dance community for more than half a century. In their memory and as a dedication to young dancers in the community, Costume Gallery established the Beverly Miller Scholarship Fund to help young people pursue their dance education. Every year, a total of $10,000 in scholarships is awarded to dancers based on their application submissions – 18 $500 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship. Recently, at the end of 2014, this year’s scholarship recipients were announced.


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Sundance presents 'The Way of the Rain'

Posted on: 1/22/2015 10:00AM

Sundance presents The Way of the RainThe 2015 Sundance Film Festival is currently being presented in Utah by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. As part of this festival, a live multidisciplinary performance featuring choreography by Desmond Richardson will be presented on January 26 and 27.


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NYTB in midst of busy 2014-15 season

Posted on: 1/21/2015 10:00AM

Alice-In-Wonderland FolliesNew York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) is in the midst of its busy 2014-15 season, preparing for many performances and welcoming its new executive director, seasoned arts administrator Anna Kepe-Haas. In addition to NYTB continuing its long-running series Dance on a Shoestring this weekend, the company will revive Cinderella on February 7-8 at Florence Gould Hall and present a program of varied works at New York Live Arts on February 18-21.


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AIM Invitational invites submissions

Posted on: 1/21/2015 8:00AM

Sixth Annual AIM Invitational at Broadway Dance CenterBroadway Dance Center has announced its Sixth Annual AIM Invitational, set for March 28-29 at the prestigious New York dance destination. This esteemed event, hosted by BDC's youth performance company, Arts in Motion (AIM), offers prominent surrounding area studios the chance to showcase their recital, concert or competition pieces for an audience of some of today's most distinguished industry professionals. BDC invites submissions for consideration through February 22.


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Pentacle pioneers new way to stage LA dance

Posted on: 1/20/2015 9:00AM

Antics hip-hop dance theater in Los AngelesTo help meet the challenges of presenting and producing dance in Los Angeles, Pentacle steps up to the plate with Pentacle Presents Home Grown @ Bootleg, a new pilot program in two parts: February 19-22 and April 23-26. The innovative new program is open to all dance companies and independent choreographers in Los Angeles County, and will offer participants more opportunities to show their work, to build and expand their audiences, and to create audience identity with the Bootleg Theater.


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Hubbard Street 2 tours to Europe

Posted on: 1/19/2015 7:00AM

Hubbard Street 2 dancersHubbard Street 2 embarks on another European tour in February, traveling throughout Germany, Holland and Switzerland. Directed by Terence Marling, Hubbard Street 2 is the second company of world-renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.


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NYCB Art Series to feature Dustin Yellin

Posted on: 1/16/2015 9:25AM

New York City Ballet's 2015 Art Series collaboratorNew York City Ballet will present the third installation of its acclaimed Art Series initiative during the company’s 2015 Winter Season. Launched in 2013, the NYCB Art Series features annual collaborations between the company and contemporary visual artists. For 2015, NYCB has commissioned an installation from Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin.


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Studio owners gather to study business

Posted on: 1/15/2015 8:01AM

2015 Studio Owner University in OrlandoThis February, dance studio owners from around the country, some even coming from international locations, will congregate in Orlando, Florida for Studio Owner University™. This signature event allows studio owners to come together to share information, network and most of all, get fresh ideas about how to grow their businesses. Led by Misty Lown, owner of More Than Just Great Dancing in Onalaska, WI, the event is open to both members and non-members.


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Urban Bush Women tours for 30th anniversary

Posted on: 1/14/2015 8:00AM

Urban Bush Women on 2015 tourUrban Bush Women is hitting the road again, and this time to celebrate its 30th anniversary! UBW will tour to the University of Georgia on January 23 and 24, the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts in Clemson, SC, on 
January 27 and the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA on January 31 before heading to New York City, Seattle, Miami, Chicago, Portland and other locations this spring.


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New Zealand's Black Grace tours U.S.

Posted on: 1/13/2015 10:00AM

New Zealand dance company tours USABlack Grace is returning to the U.S. in February to present a striking program of four short works, MinoiPati PatiHuman Language and Mother Mother, as well as the acclaimed full-length work Gathering Clouds.


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