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'Nashville's Nutcracker' adds shows to run

Posted on: 12/15/2014 8:00AM

Nashville Ballet presents Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2014Nashville Ballet opened the holiday season on December 6 with one of Nashville’s favorite annual traditions, Nashville’s Nutcracker. For the seventh year in a row, Tennessee’s leading dance company is presenting the quintessential production, with this year’s run adding two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on December 22 and 23.


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All-stars join team for Radio City's spring show

Posted on: 12/12/2014 11:00AM

New York Spring Spectacular at Radio CityMSG Entertainment has announced that Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels have joined the team of the new production New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. The limited seven-week engagement, which features the leggy and gorgeous Rockettes, begins previews on March 12, 2015.


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Nexstar entering 14th touring season in 2015

Posted on: 12/12/2014 10:45AM

Nexstar National Talent Competition enters 2015 seasonNexstar National Talent Competition is entering its 14th touring season in 2015 as one of the largest and most successful dance competitions in the world. Beginning on January 30-February 1 in Fresno, California, Nexstar will travel to 50 total cities across the country before it concludes its season with Nationals held in Sandusky, Ohio and Orlando, Florida.


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'Live From Lincoln Center' airs 'Curtain Up'

Posted on: 12/12/2014 10:35AM

Live From Lincoln Center airs Curtain Up ballet broadcast with School of American Ballet dancersThis weekend, the broadcast of “Live From Lincoln Center” will air “Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performance” on most PBS stations across the country. Dance fans can tune in to see some of ballet's most promising trainees perform George Balanchine's Serenade and parts of his CoppéliaSwan Lake and Western Symphony.


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24Seven Dance Convention preps for 2015

Posted on: 12/11/2014 12:00PM

24Seven Dance Convention tours 2014-2015One of Break the Floor Productions’ many exciting dance events, 24Seven Dance Convention is currently prepping for 2015. After eight events this fall, 24Seven will be kicking it into high gear in the new year with 19 more events before mid-May.


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Regionals underway for World-Class Talent

Posted on: 12/11/2014 8:00AM

Dance competition touring across America - World-Class Talent ExperienceWorld-Class Talent Experience started its 2014-15 competition season with regionals in Virginia in November. In 2015, regionals will get back underway, beginning in Tampa, Florida in January. Between then and May 2015, World-Class Talent will tour to 19 cities before concluding the season with Nationals in July.


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PNB farewells one-of-a-kind 'Nutcracker'

Posted on: 12/10/2014 9:00AM

Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers in Nutcracker. Photo by Angela Sterling.After more than 30 years of presenting the production, Pacific Northwest Ballet bids farewell to its annual world-famous Nutcracker, created by Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. In its final season, Nutcracker is being performed now through December 28 at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall.


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Shake the Ground to begin new season

Posted on: 12/9/2014 9:00AM

Shake the Ground The Ultimate Dance CompetitionOn January 17 in West Palm Beach, Florida, Shake the Ground: The Ultimate Dance Competition will open its 2015 season. Directed by Lissette Salgado-Lucas and David Lucas, the dance competition will tour for regionals to five more cities in Florida as well as Statesboro, Georgia and Providence, Rhode Island before May.


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APAP 2015 at Peridance Capezio Center

Posted on: 12/8/2014 8:00AM

Dancer Jaqlin Medlock for APAP Dance ShowcasesOn January 10 and 11, Peridance Capezio Center will present more than 20 dance companies in the Salvatore Capezio Theater for the 2015 Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference taking place in New York City. Program A and B will present companies like Urbanity Dance, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Ate9 Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, Patricia Kenny Dance Collection, Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Mystic Ballet, Suzanne Beahrs Dance, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.


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Syncopated Ladies to perform in D.C.

Posted on: 12/5/2014 1:30AM

Tap's Leading Ladies led by Chloe ArnoldStraight from a sold-out concert in New York City, winning Fox's So You Think You Can Dance crew battle, and producing viral videos (like “A Tap Salute to Beyoncé”), Syncopated Ladies is headed to the nation's capital for a one-night-only concert. Chloe and Maud Productions, also the producer of the D.C. Tap Festival, presents “Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies: Live in D.C.” on Friday, December 19 at The Howard Theatre.


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Auditions for admired London dance school

Posted on: 12/4/2014 9:00AM

London Contemporary Dance School 2015 North American AuditionsWorld-leading dance conservatory London Contemporary Dance School will be running auditions for its highly successful undergraduate and postgraduate contemporary dance programs in Toronto on Saturday, January 17, in New York on Monday, January 19, in San Francisco on Saturday, January 24, and in Vancouver on Monday, January 26.


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Diavolo to hold auditions in L.A.

Posted on: 12/3/2014 9:00AM

Diavolo Touring Company LA AuditionsDiavolo, a 22-year-old dance company that fuses many different movement vocabularies, is holding auditions on Saturday, December 13 for male and female touring company members for its 2015-16 season. Diavolo mixes styles such as ballet, contemporary dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts and hip-hop in its performances, so dancers with versatile dance training will be the best fit.


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ADF hosts Winter Intensives in CA and NY

Posted on: 12/2/2014 10:00AM

American Dance Festival hosts Winter IntensivesWhether you are on the East or West Coast, you won’t have to travel too far this year to participate in a Winter Intensive offered by the American Dance Festival (ADF.) While ADF has been offering its New York City Winter Intensive for a while, this year will be the first time its held one in Pasadena, California.


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Project Dance coming to new cities in 2015

Posted on: 12/2/2014 8:00AM

Project Dance announces new 2015 locationsProject Dance, a global movement of dancers, currently holds events in eight cities every year, hosting performances and festivities that involve hundreds of local dancers. Now the Project Dance Foundation has announced that in 2015 the organization will host events in three new cities: Detroit, San Francisco and Singapore.


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BodyVox premieres 'Firewall' in Portland

Posted on: 12/1/2014 9:30AM

BodyVox dance company presents Firewall in December 2014One of Oregon's most engaging contemporary dance companies will premiere a new production on Thursday, December 4. Portland-based BodyVox will present its groundbreaking Firewall in the company’s home theater through December 20. Utilizing sleight of hand and forced perspective in a collision of media and live dance, Firewall will capture the essence of optical deception as it transforms the stage into an impossible reality.


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Go on a 'Winter Journey' with Peridance

Posted on: 11/27/2014 8:00AM

Peridance Capezio Center Holiday Show 2014New York’s Peridance Capezio Center will present the seasonal production entitled Winter Journey on December 13 and 14. Conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director Igal Perry, Winter Journey will bring to the stage a unique mixture of favorite holiday stories, making it an entertaining experience for the entire family.


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JUMP in the midst of 2014-15 season

Posted on: 11/26/2014 8:45AM

JUMP Dance Convention JUMP, promoted as the largest dance convention in the world, just wrapped up its ninth event for the 2014-15 season in Minneapolis. After two more events in 2014, the New Year will ring in a slew of other locations and dates.


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The Georgia Ballet welcomes Sarah Lane

Posted on: 11/25/2014 10:00AM

American Ballet Theatre Soloist Sarah LaneThe Georgia Ballet has announced that American Ballet Theatre Soloist Sarah Lane will be performing the iconic role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the company’s upcoming production of The Nutcracker. Lane will be dancing with her husband and fellow ABT company member Luis Ribagorda during the Friday and Saturday evening performances on December 5 and 6. In addition, Lane will lead master classes for intermediate and advanced dance students on Thursday, December 4.


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Hubbard Street returns to the MCA Stage

Posted on: 11/25/2014 9:05AM

Hubbard Street dancers Alice Klock, left, and Emilie Leriche in FluenceHubbard Street Dance Chicago will perform in the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for a third consecutive year on December 4–14. The highly anticipated program of new works will feature choreography by Kyle Abraham, Victor Quijada and Robyn Mineko Williams, all Princess Grace Award winners.


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NUVO on the road for its 8th year

Posted on: 11/24/2014 9:45AM

NUVO Dance Convention 2014-15 SeasonIn the thick of its eighth touring season, NUVO Dance Convention is busy busing and flying its energetic and down-to-earth faculty members to cities across North America for its events that appeal to a wide variety of dancers, offering competitions with great scholarships up for grabs and classes in styles from contemporary to hip-hop to jazz to ballet.


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Steps hosts Broadway and tap events

Posted on: 11/24/2014 9:30AM

Steps on Broadway Master Class with Gregory GrahamThis week, New York’s premier dance studio Steps on Broadway will host two fun special events. On Wednesday, Steps will offer a Broadway Repertory Master Class with Gregory Graham, the associate choreographer on the 2014 Broadway revival of On the Town. On Friday, in association with Divine Rhythm Productions, Steps will present Tap Off The Turkey, led by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Jason Samuels Smith for intermediate and advanced tappers.


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Luminarium explores dreams in new work

Posted on: 11/20/2014 9:00AM

The SleeprunnerThis December, Luminarium Dance Company presents its newest feature-length production, The Sleeprunner. The premiere will transform the space at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts into a dynamic dream world while highlighting the company's signature imaginative choreography, lighting and scenic design.


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Mikhailovsky Ballet makes West Coast debut

Posted on: 11/19/2014 9:00AM

Mikhailovsky Ballet performs The Flames of ParisJoining the illustrious list of renowned ballet companies presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, the Mikhailovsky Ballet from St. Petersburg, Russia will make its West Coast debut on November 28, opening the Center’s 2014–15 International Dance Series. Mikhailovsky Ballet, which is currently performing through November 23 in New York, will present The Flames of Paris, a work rarely seen in a full production.


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Cynthia Gregory accepts Capezio Dance Award

Posted on: 11/18/2014 3:00PM

Cynthia Gregory receives the 63rd Annual Capezio Dance AwardOn Monday, November 17, the Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation honored American prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory with the 63rd Annual Capezio Dance Award in a special commemorative event at Las Vegas' Smith Center. The foundation has presented the award every year since 1952. It is awarded to those who bring respect, stature and distinction to dance and who exhibit qualities such as innovation, creativity and imagination.


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Leap! Dance Competition revs up for 2015

Posted on: 11/18/2014 9:00AM

Leap! National Dance Competition 2015 RegionalsLeap! National Dance Competition has announced its fourth season of fresh, fun and exciting dance experiences. Leap!, the first and only competition in the industry to offer a leaping contest at every event, begins its 2015 regional competitions on Valentine’s Day weekend in sunny California.


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SYTYCD renews & restructures for 12th year

Posted on: 11/18/2014 8:45AM

So You Think You Can Dance Season 12Fox has renewed its Emmy Award-winning So You Think You Can Dance for a 12th season. From 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions, it has been announced that SYTYCD will return in the summer of 2015 with a dramatic new twist.


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Russell Maliphant Co. touring 'Still Current'

Posted on: 11/17/2014 9:00AM

Russell Maliphant Company in Still CurrentBritish choreographer Russell Maliphant is currently touring his new program Still Current. On November 27 and 28, his company will perform at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. Following these performances, the company will tour the program to Théâtre de la ville de Luxembourg, The Joyce Theater in New York and Lincoln Hall in Portland.


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Ailey receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Posted on: 11/15/2014 8:30AM

Alvin Ailey. Photo by Jack Mitchell.The White House recently announced that President Obama has selected Alvin Ailey to be a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year. This honor – the nation’s highest civilian honor – is being given posthumously to acknowledge Ailey’s contributions and commitment to Civil Rights and dance in America. His pioneering legacy lives on through Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) with performances, training, educational and community programs for people of all backgrounds.


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Groove prepares for 2015 regionals

Posted on: 11/14/2014 7:00AM

Groove National Dance Competition 2015 SeasonAs the cold weather rolls in, Groove National Dance Competition begins to wrap up its fall convention series and prepare for its 2015 competition season. Regionals are just around the corner and Groove staff says they “cannot wait” to visit even more cities this upcoming year.


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New Master Class Series with SF Ballet School

Posted on: 11/13/2014 9:00AM

San Francisco Ballet School 2014-15 Master Class SeriesIn an effort to share the joy of dance with a wider audience, the San Francisco Ballet School is now offering a new Master Class Series for pre-professional and professional ballet dancers ages 15-25. Each uniquely themed class will be taught in the school’s studios by San Francisco Ballet dancers, ballet masters and teachers. Those who wish to observe a class can register for an observer ticket.


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