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Steps offers Summer Study NYC program

Posted on: 4/17/2014 8:29AM

Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Dance IntensiveComing up this summer, Steps on Broadway will offer “Summer Study NYC: A Contemporary Dance Intensive.” This program is open to domestic and international students and offers dancers the opportunity to study with some of New York’s leading artistic directors and contemporary choreographers. The program’s first session is June 16–July 11 and the second session is July 14–August 8.


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VIBE Dance Workshop registration ends soon

Posted on: 4/17/2014 5:49AM

VIBE Dance Workshop in AtlantaVIBE Dance Workshop is returning to Atlanta this summer after kicking off its inaugural season last year. VIBE, led by co-directors Tara Shepard Myers and Emily Yewell-Volin, provides daily classes in barre strengthening, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop taught by current industry professionals. Dancers have until Thursday, May 1 to register.


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YAGP releases 2014 results

Posted on: 4/16/2014 8:00AM

2014 Youth America Grand PrixThe results for the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) have been announced, boasting many American winners this year. As the world's largest student ballet scholarship competition, the final round of YAGP took place at Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday, April 9.


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CoreDance presents 'Thresholds of Being'

Posted on: 4/15/2014 8:30AM

CoreDance Contemporary in ConcertCoreDance Contemporary presents Thresholds of Being, a diverse program of modern dance, on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York. CoreDance, an Australian modern dance company residing in New York, will present the NYC premiere of Of Loss: Grief’s Transitions, a work exploring the seven stages of grief, in addition to A Woman’s Work.


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Dance meets ice-skating in Chicago

Posted on: 4/14/2014 7:00AM

American Ice Theatre presents spring concert Let's Dance!American Ice Theatre, a new contemporary ice dance company in Chicago, will present its spring concert Let's Dance! on Saturday, May 31. Along with the AIT ensemble, the show features work from finalists in the Young Artists Showcase, an online international figure skating choreography competition. Guest stars include 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown, 2011 U.S. Men's Champion Ryan Bradley and a cast of world-class skaters all coming together in the name of “dance” on ice.


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Mass. Dance Festival calls for artists

Posted on: 4/11/2014 7:00AM

2014 Massachusetts Dance FestivalNow through May 15, the Massachusetts Dance Festival (MDF) seeks performers and instructors for events to be held throughout Western Massachusetts this fall. Active dancers and teachers are invited to be a part of MDF Amherst in September or the Paper City Mini-Fest in Holyoke this October. These events will highlight the best in dance from throughout the region and beyond.


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25th Anniversary of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Co.

Posted on: 4/10/2014 7:00AM

Modern dance ensemble Nai-Ni Chen Dance CompanyThe Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season with performances featuring repertory works and a world premiere on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. in NYC. All choreographic works will be performed to live music by Artistic Director Nai-Ni Chen's frequent collaborators over the last 15 years.


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'Celebrate' is final show for OBT star

Posted on: 4/9/2014 7:00AM

Alison Roper of Oregon Ballet TheatreOregon Ballet Theatre’s offering of Celebrate at the Newmark Theatre this season marks the end of an era with the retirement of Principal Dancer Alison Roper, who will perform the company premiere of Nacho Duato’s Cor Perdut in every show. Also on the Celebrate program is the pulsating and colorful Petal, a company premiere by Helen Pickett, and Matjash Mrozewski’s The Lost Dance, created on OBT in 2012. Celebrate runs for eight performances on April 17-26.


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World Dance Movement set for Netherlands

Posted on: 4/8/2014 7:00AM

World Dance Movement classAfter offering programs in Spain, Switzerland and Italy, World Dance Movement will conclude 2014 with its 13-day program in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on August 2-14. World Dance Movement will give dancers the chance to not only train and study under international faculty for nearly two weeks, but to partake in various excursions in Amsterdam, a city well-known for its picturesque canals, world-famous museums and historical sights.


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Seven U.S. premieres in Dance Salad Festival

Posted on: 4/7/2014 8:00AM

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's m¡longa will be presented at the 2014 Dance Salad FestivalThe 2014 Dance Salad Festival performances are scheduled for April 17-19 at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater in Houston. Now celebrating the 19th anniversary season in Texas and the 22nd season since its inception in Brussels, Belgium, Dance Salad Festival has gathered another world-class lineup of performers for this year. Famous in their own countries, the dance companies/dancers have won praise from critics and audiences wherever they have toured.


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Visceral Dance Chicago in Spring Program

Posted on: 4/4/2014 8:00AM

Visceral Dance Chicago's First Spring SeasonVisceral Dance Chicago, launched in fall 2013 under the artistic direction of Nick Pupillo, returns to Chicago’s Harris Theater on April 12 and 13. The company presents new works and world premieres by Pupillo and three female contemporary choreographers: Sidra Bell (of Sidra Bell Dance New York), Mónica Cervantes (formerly of Luna Negra Dance Theater) and Chicago native Robyn Mineko Williams (formerly of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago).


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'Beyond the Tutu' by Royal Ballet of Flanders

Posted on: 4/3/2014 8:00AM

Royal Ballet of Flanders in Beyond the TutuThe Royal Ballet of Flanders, a dance company based in Antwerp, Belgium, will present the programme Beyond The Tutu on April 16-19 in Antwerp and May 9-11 in Gent. Beyond The Tutu is an evening that pays tribute to the purity of classical ballet, puts male dancers through their places and offers some challenging questions to the myths surrounding the art form. Three different choreographic works will be presented, including Cynthia Harvey’s La Bayadère, Nicolo Fonte’s Made Man and Alexander Ekman’s Tyll.


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Brooklyn Ballet's new resident choreographer

Posted on: 4/2/2014 7:00AM

The Brooklyn BalletThis season, Brooklyn Ballet has announced its first resident choreographer since 2007: the London-based New Yorker Julia K. Gleich. Gleich’s new work for Brooklyn Ballet will premiere this month at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn. The season runs April 3-6 and April 11-13.


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2014 National Dance Week Dance Mob

Posted on: 4/1/2014 8:15AM

National Dance Week 2014This year’s National Dance Week will be Friday, April 25 through Sunday, May 4. The week will host contests, performances and activities for the whole family in locations across the U.S., all to celebrate dance and promote fun fitness. For the third year, the National Dance Week Foundation (NDWF) will offer and promote a Dance Mob Contest, which encourages dance studios and independent dancers to stage an NDW-themed flash mob in their cities.


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Screening of Tanaquil Le Clercq documentary

Posted on: 3/31/2014 7:00AM

Afternoon of a Faun, Tanaquil Le ClercqThe new documentary following the story of Tanaquil Le Clercq, the legendary muse of choreographer George Balanchine, will be screened on Wednesday, April 9 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California. Director Nancy Buirski will be on hand following the screening of the documentary, entitled “Afternoon of a Faun, Tanaquil Le Clercq.”


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The Hamburg Ballet revives 'Messiah'

Posted on: 3/28/2014 8:00AM

The Hamburg Ballet in MessiahGermany's Hamburg Ballet, led by American choreographer John Neumeier since 1973, will present the full-length production Messiah at the Hamburg State Opera just in time for Good Friday and Easter Sunday on April 18, 20, 24, 26 and 29, as well as ‚Ä®July 5. Messiah, choreographed by Neumeier, had its world premiere in Hamburg in 1999. Set to poignant scores by Georg Friedrich Haendel and Arvo Pärt, the ballet follows the story of Jesus Christ, his birth, his life and ministry.


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Ron De Jesus Dance presents 'Hyper Human'

Posted on: 3/27/2014 8:25AM

Ron De Jesus Dance in ChicagoRon De Jesus Dance will present its first full evening of dance in Chicago on April 25 and 26 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Hyper Human is a mixed repertory program featuring six works by notable guest choreographers Arte Phillips and Benjamin Millepied, in addition to RDJD Artistic Director and Chicago native Ron De Jesus. Acclaimed Chicago jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro will perform live the score for a world premiere suite of dances by De Jesus, called Without a Song… Mic Check 1, 2.


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Stars align in 'Some Dance Company-Encore!'

Posted on: 3/26/2014 7:00AM

Some Dance Company – Encore! 2014David Fernandez, choreographer and artistic director of Some Dance Company, and Ask La Cour, principal dancer at New York City Ballet, are joining forces to make Encore!, a performance to benefit Career Transition for Dancers, come to life. The performance, scheduled for Monday, April 28, will present dancers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the NYC freelance community, schools such as the Joffrey Ballet School, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Hispanico, and more.


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Complexions Contemporary Ballet Audition

Posted on: 3/25/2014 2:59PM

Complexions Contemporary Ballet 2014 AuditionNew York-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet will hold auditions on Sunday, April 27 at the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy, located at 355 Broadway, NYC. Complexions is seeking male and female dancers for its 2014-15 season.


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Dance Planet 18 coming soon to Dallas

Posted on: 3/25/2014 9:30AM

Dance Planet festival in DallasPresented by the Dance Council of North Texas, Dance Planet is promoted as America’s oldest and largest free dance festival. The 18th Annual Dance Planet festival, set for April 12-13, will take place at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in the Dallas Arts District. Dance Planet 18 will offer 30 free dance and fitness classes, as well as two Performance Showcases. 


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Triple-bill closes Louisville Ballet's season

Posted on: 3/24/2014 8:00AM

The Louisville Ballet in Adam Hougland’s Fragile StasisThe Louisville Ballet closes its 2013-14 season on April 4 and 5 with Complementary Voices – a program designed by Artistic Director Bruce Simpson to challenge your perception of dance today. This triple-bill presents the company premiere of Ma Cong’s Tethered Pulse, a restaging of Adam Hougland’s Fragile Stasis and Val Caniparoli’s world premiere of Spaghetti Western. Bruce Simpson marks his retirement from the company with this production.


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Semperoper Ballett presents 'Giselle'

Posted on: 3/21/2014 8:00AM

Germany’s Semperoper Ballett in GiselleGermany’s Semperoper Ballett will present choreographer David Dawson’s Giselle on April 9, 11, 17, 20 and 22 at the magnificent Semperoper, which dominates the Theaterplatz on the river Elbe. Performances will feature live music presented by Staatskapelle Dresden. During Semperoper Ballett's run of Giselle, it will see two of its female principal dancers retire - Natalia Sologub and Yumiko Takeshima.


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2014 Miami Dance Festival starts in April

Posted on: 3/20/2014 8:00AM

Miami Dance FestivalMiami Dance Festival celebrates its 11th edition between April 3 and May 15 with eight events and one panel discussion. Established by the Founder and Artistic Director of Momentum Dance Company, Delma Iles, the festival is a combined effort of her dance company and other dance companies, such as The PGK Dance Project of San Diego, CA. The festival will present a mainstage performance, as well as poety projects, public presentations, a world premiere flamenco event, a film night and a water ballet.


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Northwest Dance Project calls for dancemakers

Posted on: 3/19/2014 8:36AM

Pretty Creatives International Choreographic CompetitionNorthwest Dance Project announces a call for entries for its 6th annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition to identify two emerging choreographers who will have the opportunity to create an original work during LAUNCH: 9. The company utilizes the competition to help develop new voices in dance. The submission deadline is March 28. Winners will be announced in April 2014.


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New Fundraising Tool for Dance Studios

Posted on: 3/18/2014 1:00PM

Fundraising for dance studiosCostumeManager.com has just launched Storefront Fundraising, giving dance studios a free online fundraising tool to sell dancewear, shoes, accessories and costumes to their students. Studio owners can have their Storefront online and selling within about 10 minutes!


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Spring events with World Dance Movement

Posted on: 3/18/2014 7:30AM

World Dance Movement Spain 2014How does this sound – spending your spring break dancing in the valley of the Swiss Alps or learning from world-renowned dancers in Spain? If this sounds enticing, then World Dance Movement is calling your name! World Dance Movement, an organization that presents dance workshops in exotic and beautiful locations all around the globe, has announced that they will be offering spring programs in Madrid, Spain on April 12-17 and in Lucerne, Switzerland on April 21-26. 


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Reggie Wilson's 'Moses(es)' in Chicago

Posted on: 3/17/2014 8:00AM

Reggie Wilson and Fist & Heel Performance GroupThe Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago concludes its 40th season by presenting choreographer Reggie Wilson and his company Fist & Heel Performance Group in a work co-commissioned by The Dance Center. In performances on April 3–5, the company will present Moses(es), an evening-length work that explores our relationship to leadership and the effects of migration on beliefs and customs.


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'Moving Target' presents new perspective

Posted on: 3/16/2014 7:00AM

Ballet National de Marseille in Moving TargetThe French ballet company Ballet National de Marseille will present Moving Target on March 28-29 in its hometown venue, the Opéra de Marseille. An iconic show highlighting the relationship between dance and architecture, it is the outcome of a fascinating first-time collaboration between choreographer Frédéric Flamand and New York-based architects Diller+Scofidio.


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BalletNext names new leaders

Posted on: 3/15/2014 6:00AM

BalletNext’s new Resident Choreographer Brian Reeder and new Executive Director Elizabeth JohanningmeierThis month, New York-based BalletNext announced Brian Reeder as the company’s new Resident Choreographer and Elizabeth Johanningmeier as its new Executive Director. Revealed on the heels of the company’s most critically acclaimed season to date, BalletNext is thriving under the artistic direction of Michele Wiles, a former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre.


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Wonderbound to premiere 'Gone West'

Posted on: 3/14/2014 7:00AM

Wonderbound Dance Company in Gone WestColorado-based Wonderbound will present a world premiere creation by Artistic Director Garrett Ammon on April 4-13 entitled Gone West. A work that will take you on a true Western journey, Gone West features new music by Denver musician Ian Cooke and original poetry by Michael J. Henry.


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