Performers Announced for Dancin’ Downtown

Posted on: 5/9/2011 2:00AM

Dancin’ Downtown at the Joyce has announced it’s 2011 entry selections, including 17 dance companies and studios from across the nation. A performance and choreography competition produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS, Dancin’ Downtown provides dance students the opportunity to be seen by a diverse and distinguished group of dance luminaries on one of the most prestigious dance stages in New York City, The Joyce Theater. Returning for its third year, the competition has an impressive list of acclaimed judges and awards. The Finale performance will take place on May 16 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, New York City.

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Gilbert & Sullivan, The Ballet!

Posted on: 5/8/2011 2:00AM

This month Dances Patrelle presents the World Premiere of Francis Patrelle's Gilbert & Sullivan, The Ballet!, an evening-length work featuring live music and singers, as well as characters from Gilbert and Sullivan favorites, from May 12-15 at Dicapo Opera Theatre, NYC.  Gilbert & Sullivan, The Ballet! is a fun-filled look at the staging of three favorite comic operas, as Patrelle's choreography highlights the joys, trials and rewards of a life in the theater. 

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Boston Ballet Bring Kylian Work to USA

Posted on: 5/3/2011 2:00AM

The Boston Opera House is currently host to Boston Ballet presenting Bella Figura, a program headlined by much celebrated Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura, until May 8. Boston Ballet is the first American company to present this work. The program also includes a Company premiere of William Forsythe’s The Second Detail and three works by Helen Pickett.

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A Feast of Dance at San Fran Fest

Posted on: 5/2/2011 2:00AM

The Eighth Annual San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) will kick off on May 18, with more than 40 performances being presented by 23 arts organizations and ensembles at multiple venues throughout the city. SFIAF 2011 will include World Premieres, US Debuts and International Collaborations featuring leading artists from the Bay Area performing alongside their peers from around the world. This year’s festival includes dance, music, theatre and visual arts, with 10 dance companies performing including Hope Mohr Dance, Khambatta Dance Company, Scott Wells & Dancers and Iraqi Bodies.

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International Modern Dance Competition

Posted on: 5/1/2011 2:00AM

The 2nd Korea International Modern Dance Competition, organized by the Korea dance Association and approved by the UNESCO International Dance Council (UNESCO-CID), will take place from June 22- 28 in Seoul, Korea.  Registration is now open worldwide for male and female soloists aged 17-28. Dancers will compete for a grand prize of $7000 USD. Registrations close May 20.

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Posted on: 4/28/2011 2:00AM

Friday April 29
Make sure you get dancing today!

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National Dance Week Auction

Posted on: 4/27/2011 2:00AM

Let's all celebrate dance and National Dance Week by giving back to the dance community. The National Dance Week Online Auction is currently open for bids until May 1, with all proceeds benefiting the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation - a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Foundation is dedicated to empowering the next generation of professional dancers by advocating education and offering scholarships for secondary and college training. Auction items range from everything to a week of free dance classes at Steps on Broadway to vacations in Mexico!

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Ballet Royalty returns to NYC

Posted on: 4/26/2011 2:00AM

For the first time since 1988, the 252 year old Royal Danish Ballet will perform in New York this summer as part of its 2011 US tour. From June 14-19 the Royal Danish Ballet will present six evenings of its work at the David H. Koch Theater with artistic director Nikolaj Hübbe, who’s more or less returning home, since he was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for almost 20 years. The company will show a mixed repertory of performances featuring works by Bournonville, Flindt, Elo and Hübbe.

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World Largest Ballet Class

Posted on: 4/25/2011 2:00AM

Australia’s Queensland Ballet are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ballet class. On Sunday, May 22 around 2000 dancers from across Australia will gather with Queensland Ballet dancers on the Kurilpa Bridge in South Brisbane for a 30 minute basic, but fun classical barre class starting promptly at 9:00am. Dancers of all ages and levels are registering to join in and help beat the current record of 1,055 participants set by Staatsoper Hannover in Germany last year. The World's Largest Ballet Class is a challenge organised by Queensland Ballet as part of its commitment to putting Brisbane on the international dance map. After the devastating floods that ravished the city in recent months, we hope that the event is a triumph for the city of Brisbane and the state of Queensland.

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Scholarships for Tap City 2011

Posted on: 4/24/2011 2:00AM

Scholarships are available to dancers ages 6 - 19 to attend Tap City! The annual New York City Tap Festival is the preeminent tap dance festival of the world. Each July, the American Tap Dance Foundation offers expansive adult, pre-professional, teen and youth training programs, awards and numerous premiere performances and events that feature internationally renowned dancers, teachers, musicians and choreographers. Scholarship applications are due by May 1.

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Hubbard Street Concludes Season With Unique Collaboration

Posted on: 4/22/2011 2:00AM

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic and innovative repertoire, will conclude one of the most successful seasons in its history with a distinctive beginning – the Company Premiere of Following the Subtle Current Upstream choreographed by LINES Ballet Artistic Director Alonzo King; as well as the return of master choreographer Jirí Kylián’s powerful and striking 27’52” and a revival of Untouched, a spellbinding work created for the company by Aszure Barton.  This highly anticipated Summer Series will take place at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, in four performances only, May 19-22.

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Seattle Tappers win Run the Night on Broadway

Posted on: 4/19/2011 2:00AM

New York's most explosive dance competition hit Broadway tonight at BB Kings Blues Club on 42nd Street. Run The Night, produced by Jared Grimes and Cheryl Cutlip brought up-and-coming talent to the stage in front of industry judges. There was not an empty seat in the house as the audience enjoyed dynamic, cheeky and inspiring tap, hip hop and contemporary numbers by competing troupes and special guest performances. Tappers Josh Scribner and Vikas Arun from Seattle took the top prize as the entire cast of performers took the stage for a fun free style show down.

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Baby on Broadway

Posted on: 4/18/2011 2:00AM

New musical BABY IT'S YOU! is in previews on Broadway and Dance Informa will be there to review it. BABY IT'S YOU! is the original Broadway musical inspired by the true story of Florence Greenberg, a suburban housewife from New Jersey, who discovered one of the greatest girl groups of all time, The Shirelles, and created Scepter Records, becoming the music industry's first female powerhouse. Created by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, the dynamite team behind Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet, and starring Tony Award-winning actress Beth Leavel, BABY IT'S YOU! features non-stop pop and rock 'n' roll classics and choreography by Birgitte Mutrux. Opening April 27.

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European Youth Dance Project – Register Now

Posted on: 4/14/2011 2:00AM

Les Ballets Persans presents the 8th season of the European Youth Dance Project (EYDP) this year. For the upcoming season, the project engages professional and semiprofessional male and female dancers, offering a complete program of performance production, repertory work and technical enhancement with focus on classical and neo-classical training, master classes and more. For the first time ever the project is going to stage performances outside Europe in Toronto, Canada during the 3rd Biennial Summer Festival of Tirgan in July. 
Are you a dancer between the age of 18 and 28 trained in classical and contemporary techniques who has completed your dance education? Deadline for spring (summer) season 2011 application is Friday May 8.

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Posted on: 4/13/2011 12:00PM

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Dancing Under the Stars at Lincoln Center

Posted on: 4/13/2011 2:00AM

Lincoln Center, New York, has just announced the lineup for this year's Midsummer Night Swing - Lincoln Center's annual salsa, swing, disco, tango, Gypsy jazz and folk dancing festival. This year a new dance floor has been installed at the band shell in Damrosch Park on West 62nd Street so patrons can dance under the stars. A new dance floor, tested by professional dance instructors and Midsummer Night Swing regulars, has been installed this season, providing a greatly improved surface for all types of dancing. A lottery will be used to allocate tickets for opening night, Monday June 27. Enter at So get ready to join the dance floor for electrifying sounds of swing, salsa, disco, Afrobeat, and much more!

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Win Scholarships to Dance in Italy!

Posted on: 4/12/2011 2:00AM

The Dance Off has partnered with World Dance Movement to bring you the World Dance Movement International Dance Off Competition! Dancers around the world can compete with each other through this innovative online portal for the chance to win scholarships to World Dance Movement Italy 2011 - a value of over $4,000! Simply upload a 1.5-2.5 minute performance before April 30, and you could win the chance to dance in Italy this summer with WDM's esteemed faculty.

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Tickets On Sale for the First Boston International Ballet Competition

Posted on: 4/11/2011 2:00AM

Countdown to BIBC's first event has entered its final month. Tickets go on sale today online and by phone. With dancers from 23 different countries selected to participate, some of them medal winners from other competitions, all indicators point to a thrilling event. On May 12, 13 and 15, rounds 1, 2 and 3 will start followed by a Gala evening and prize ceremony on May 16. There will be performances by BIBC's medal winners along with artists from Boston Ballet, New York City Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble.

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ABDC Back with HOT Season 6

Posted on: 4/8/2011 2:00AM

America’s Best Dance Crew returned last night, with the first episode of Season 6 aired on MTV. The ‘season of the superstars’, where each episode will be devoted to a music star, kicked off with a night of Lil Wayne and five crews hungry to move on in the competition. This is the first season with a crew from outside the US as ABDC welcomed all girl crew ReQuest from New Zealand, and there is a familiar but new face on the judging panel – Dominic ‘D-Trix' Sandoval.

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Free All-Day Dance Concert in Times Square

Posted on: 4/6/2011 2:00AM

Project Dance has announced that its New York City signature event will return on April 16.  The event, which occurs over a three-day weekend, includes dance classes, motivational forums, networking and a free all-day dance concert held in Times Square on the corner of 44th Street and Broadway on Saturday, April 16, from 9:00am-5:00pm. About 400 dancers gather in New York City to take part in the festivities and similar events are held in Houston, London, Orlando, Penang, Brisbane, and Washington DC.

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Official message for World Dance Day

Posted on: 4/5/2011 2:00AM

April 29 2011
For the greater part of the history of mankind, dance took place outdoors. People would gather in forest glades, village squares, churchyards, or on threshing floors, to enjoy dancing for hours on end. Nowadays, dance mostly takes place in ballrooms, clubs, theatres, school halls, studios and discos. This year we propose making a step back towards nature by celebrating World Dance Day in open spaces: streets, squares, parks, stadiums, beaches, parking lots, clearings - anywhere under the sky. On this special day dedicated to dance, let us mark the difference by practising, teaching or performing for everyone to see.
Prof. Alkis Raftis, President of the International Dance Council CID, UNESCO, Paris

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Laurieann Gibson – The Dance Scene on E!

Posted on: 4/5/2011 2:00AM

Celebrity choreographer Laurieann Gibson has a new show – The Dance Scene, with Executive Producer Ryan Seacrest. It premieres on E! this Sunday April 10 at 10:30/9:30C.  The show will follow Gibson for eight weeks as she trains and leads a team of ambitious assistant choreographers and dancers as they prepare to work with high-profile stars in the commercial dance world.

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Posted on: 4/4/2011 2:00AM

The April/May Edition of Dance Informa magazine has been released. Hear from SYTYCD's Cat Deeley, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe as they get ready for Season 8. Dance Informa speaks with US Prix de Laussane prize winner Harper Watters, Usher dancer Saidah Nairobi and High School Musical choreographer Bonnie Story. Feature articles for teachers, health advice and more!
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New Choreographer for Spider-Man

Posted on: 4/1/2011 2:00AM

The producers of the troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have made yet another change, brining in a new choreographer Chase Brock. The ill-fated musical has had a string of disasters attracting news coverage from around the world. Director Julie Taymor was even fired after nine years of work on the show! Chase Brock has Broadway credits as an assistant to choreographers and as a dancer, but this new gig could be his highest profile job to date, after choreographing a best-selling Wii game, Dance on Broadway.

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Dance DVDs On-Demand!

Posted on: 3/30/2011 2:00AM

Tezoro Productions LIVE are now offering their entire portfolio of instructional dance DVDs, including the popular Live at Broadway Dance Center line, to their customers online through streaming and download options. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced instruction is available from top US choreographers Tyce Diorio, Desmond Richardson, Stacey Tookey, Joey Dowling and Mandy Moore.

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Dancing With The Stars First Elimination

Posted on: 3/30/2011 2:00AM

Season 12 of Dancing With The Stars held its first elimination show live last night on ABC. We were treated to a glittery dance by the Dancing With The Stars Troupe choreographed by Jason Gilkison and two performances by music’s bad boy Chris Brown. Chris showed his tumbling and dance skills and was extremely entertaining with a large team of dancers by his side, even donning light-up suits! Mike Catherwood and dance partner Lacey Schwimmer were announced to have the lowest combined score from audience and judges votes and were eliminated. 'Psycho Mike' took the news with great grace as he paid tribute to his partner Lacey's beauty both inside and out.

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Seeking Dancers for ‘Run The Night’

Posted on: 3/29/2011 2:00AM

”New York's most explosive dance competition on Broadway”
RUN THE NIGHT is a NEW energetic competition designed for aspiring dancers and choreographers and offers an opportunity to show industry judges their work.  The night is especially fun as the crowd has partial say in who wins the $500 Grand Prize money. 
Submissions Due April 11.
Event April 20, BB Kings Blues Club, NYC

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Jacob’s Pillow Launches Online Dance Interactive

Posted on: 3/28/2011 2:00AM

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, National Historic Landmark and recent recipient of a 2010 National Medal of Arts, has launched Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, an online video collection of dance highlights from 1937 through 2010. Aimed at expanding global audiences for dance, this new resource offers a curated selection of videos by artists who have performed at Jacob’s Pillow over the past seven decades. Dance Interactive features brief video clips ranging from 1930s footage of Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers to HD videos of 2010 performances by Australian contemporary company Lucy Guerin Inc. The resource merges educational and entertaining features. 

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Desmond Richardson to Receive The 60th Annual Capezio Dance Award

Posted on: 3/16/2011 2:00AM

The Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Desmond Richardson as the recipient of the 60th annual Capezio Dance Award. The Foundation is a philanthropic organization funded by the world’s premier dance and apparel manufacturer, Capezio Ballet Makers, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2012. Awarded annually since 1952, the Capezio Dance Award celebrates significant contributions to American dance by an individual, company or institution. It recognizes those who bring respect, stature and distinction to dance and who exhibit qualities such as innovation, creativity and imagination.

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Twyla Tharp to create new work with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Atlanta Ballet

Posted on: 3/15/2011 2:00AM

Later this year, choreographic giant Twyla Tharp will partner with RWB and Atlanta Ballet to create a new full-length ballet. A co-production between the two companies, the new work will have its North American Premiere in Atlanta in February 2012 followed by RWB’s Canadian premiere in Fall 2012. One of the most influential figures of 20th century dance, Tharp has choreographed more than 135 ballets, five Hollywood movies, four Broadway shows and written three books.

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