DANCE NEWS


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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REVERBdance Festival returns for 9th season

Posted on: 3/13/2014 7:00AM

Bryn Cohn and Artists will perform at REVERBdance Festival 2014REVERBdance and Steps Beyond will present the ninth annual season of the REVERBdance Festival on Friday-Sunday, March 21-23 in New York City, introducing the works of 20 choreographers across four performances. The eclectic assembly features creative and daring dancemakers pooled from around the world, with choreographers from all over the U.S. and as far as Australia, Taiwan, Italy and the Philippines.


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Injury Prevention Workshop with Sara Mearns

Posted on: 3/12/2014 7:30AM

The School at Steps Complete Dancer Series Injury Prevention WorkshopOn Sunday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m., The School at Steps closes its 2013-2014 Complete Dancer Series with an Injury Prevention Workshop, covering ways to prevent and recover from dance injuries. The panel consists of Leigh Heflin, Robin Powell, Dr. Andrew Price, and special guest Sara Mearns, Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet.


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Atlanta Ballet in three company premieres

Posted on: 3/11/2014 8:00AM

Atlanta Ballet dancers John Welker and Christine Winkler in Tara Lee's PavoThree premieres illuminate Atlanta Ballet’s athletic and artistic range in its Modern Choreographic Voices program being presented March 21-23 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. The company will perform works by Ohad Naharin, Alexei Ratmansky and veteran company dancer Tara Lee.


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Birmingham Royal Ballet presents new show

Posted on: 3/10/2014 7:00AM

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents The Prince of the Pagodas Birmingham Royal Ballet will present its new production of The Prince of the Pagodas at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on March 19-22 and the London Coliseum on March 26-29. An imaginative reworking of a classic story that celebrates the power of family love, The Prince of the Pagodas had its world premiere in October of 2011 in Tokyo.


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'Radio Dances' at Colorado Public Radio

Posted on: 3/7/2014 9:03AM

Radio Dances at Colorado Public RadioColorado Public Radio (CPR) will launch a weekly arts show on CPR News beginning today, Friday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. UTC. The arts show is the latest development for CPR’s new multi-media arts bureau, which is designed to significantly increase arts coverage in Colorado. For the first edition, Arts Editor and host Chloe Veltman will introduce “Radio Dances,” a multi-faceted project exploring how the visually oriented medium of dance translates to the airwaves.


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ODC/Dance Downtown at YBCA

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

ODC/Dance Downtown March of 2014San Francisco-based contemporary dance company ODC/Dance will celebrate its 43rd season on March 20–30 with the world premiere of boulders and bones, an epic work inspired by the creations of visual artist Andy Goldsworthy. Performances will be presented at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and will also include: the 2013 smash hit Triangulating Euclid; Two if by Sea, new choreography by Kimi Okada; and a reprise of Unintended Consequences: A Meditation.


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Bolshoi Ballet returns to Kennedy Center

Posted on: 3/6/2014 11:10AM

The Bolshoi Ballet’s GiselleThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the Bolshoi Ballet in Giselle, with choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, and staging by Yuri Grigorovich. The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will accompany all performances May 20–25. Principal David Hallberg, who also dances with American Ballet Theatre, will dance the role of Albrecht on May 20 and 22.


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McCallum Theatre's 17th Choreography Fest

Posted on: 3/6/2014 8:30AM

Lauren Edson + DancersThe McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California will once again host its Choreography Festival this November 8 and 9. Now in its 17th year, the festival is a competition that awards select choreographers a free chance to present their work as well as the chance to win monetary prizes. Submissions to present work in the 2014 Choreography Festival are due April 15.


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Hubbard Street Auditions for 2014-15 Season

Posted on: 3/5/2014 9:30AM

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago AuditionsEarly-career and professional dancers, male and female, are invited to audition for 2014–15 contracts with Hubbard Street’s main company and HS2 this Saturday, March 8. Individuals interested in a position with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago should have at minimum two years of professional experience. Hubbard Street 2 invites dancers ages 18 to 24 with strong backgrounds in classical and contemporary techniques.


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Peridance's 2014 NY Spring Season

Posted on: 3/4/2014 9:30AM

Peridance Contemporary Dance CompanyThis month, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company will present three new creations at its annual New York Spring Season – one by Artistic Director Igal Perry, another by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago alumna Robyn Mineko Williams, and a third by Netherlands Dance Theater alumnus Bryan Arias. In addition, Peridance will perform Manuel de Falla's flamenco masterpiece El Amor Brujo as part of the NY Flamenco Festival. Performances are the weekends of March 15-16 and 22-23 at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance.


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