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How Could I Get Injured While Recovering from an Injury?

How Could I Get Injured While Recovering from an Injury?

How Could I Get Injured While Recovering from an Injury? How could I get a bone bruise from wearing a boot for a stress fracture in my fifth metatarsal? It’s taking forever to go away, and I can’t dance full-out. Help! —Anonymous, New York, NY A metatarsal injury like yours (aka the “dancer’s fracture”) typically needs six to eight weeks to heal in a short boot that’s removable at night. Unfortunately, a bone bruise can ... Read More »

SF Ballet’s “Boundless” Symposium Explores How Ballet is Evolving

SF Ballet’s “Boundless” Symposium Explores How Ballet is Evolving

SF Ballet’s “Boundless” Symposium Explores How Ballet is Evolving The first week of San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound: A Festival of New Works was all about new ballets, with 12 world premieres by the likes of Justin Peck, Dwight Rhoden and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The second weekend provided time to reflect, as artists and influencers gathered for “Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet’s Future.” Dance Magazine sat in on two sessions. Virginia Johnson, Helgi Tomasson and Marina ... Read More »

SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls Tie for Most Tony Nominations

SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls Tie for Most Tony Nominations

SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls Tie for Most Tony Nominations It’s Broadway awards season (hello Tony, Chita Rivera and Drama Desk Awards!), and this year, there’s a lot for fans to sing and dance about. If you’re a millennial, your heart is certainly happy with this morning’s Tony announcement: SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls scored the most nominations for a musical at 12 each. (The two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child got 10.) ... Read More »

Camille A. Brown Choreographs Once On This Island, Her First Broadway Musical

Camille A. Brown Choreographs Once On This Island, Her First Broadway Musical

Camille A. Brown Choreographs Once On This Island, Her First Broadway Musical “Should I watch it to get a sense of what happened, or should I go with my own vision and understanding of the culture?” That’s what choreographer Camille A. Brown was wondering in June, when she started work on the Broadway revival of the Antilles-themed musical Once on This Island . Image via Once on This Island Facebook Page The 1990 show, directed ... Read More »

Mia Michaels Has a New Book for All The “Donkeys” Out There

Mia Michaels Has a New Book for All The “Donkeys” Out There

Mia Michaels Has a New Book for All The “Donkeys” Out There Mia Michaels was 90% done writing her autobiography when something changed. She had plenty of material to fill the pages, from racking up three Emmy Awards on So You Think You Can Dance , to choreographing her first Broadway musical Finding Neverland , to collaborating with Prince, to revamping New York’s famous Radio City Rockettes . But then she stopped. “There was so ... Read More »

Even Crystal Pite Gets Nervous Before a First Rehearsal

Even Crystal Pite Gets Nervous Before a First Rehearsal

Even Crystal Pite Gets Nervous Before a First Rehearsal Crystal Pite is a busy woman. While her company, Kidd Pivot, toured the globe recently performing Betroffenheit —its acclaimed collaboration with Jonathon Young and fellow Canadians Electric Company Theatre—Pite herself launched three productions at three of the world’s foremost dance companies: Nederlands Dans Theater ( The Statemen t , February 2016), the Paris Opéra Ballet ( The Seasons’ Canon , fall 2016), and London’s Royal Ballet ... Read More »

Dancers Are Choreographers, Too. It's Time for Dance Criticism to Reflect That.

Dancers Are Choreographers, Too. It's Time for Dance Criticism to Reflect That.

Dancers Are Choreographers, Too. It's Time for Dance Criticism to Reflect That. Dancers are more than just vessels performing set material. We make contributions to creative processes all the time. Some of these are obvious: We often improvise material or generate entire phrases to be incorporated into a work. Others are more innocuous: Dancers are sometimes asked to give feedback that ends up shaping the composition of a work. This is choreography. As working relationships ... Read More »

When It's Time To Speak Up For Your Safety Onstage

When It's Time To Speak Up For Your Safety Onstage

When It's Time To Speak Up For Your Safety Onstage Last month, Yann Arnaud, an aerialist with Cirque de Soleil, died after plummeting to the stage in VOLTA . He was performing an aerial straps routine in Tampa, Florida, when one of his hands slipped and he fell 20 feet. Professional dancers are often asked to perform stunts, some of them extremely dangerous. Even when the risks aren’t life-threatening, it’s important to listen to your ... Read More »

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