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Alastair Macaulay Says Goodbye: What It's Been Like as the Controversial Chief Dance Critic

Alastair Macaulay Says Goodbye: What It's Been Like as the Controversial Chief Dance Critic

Alastair Macaulay Says Goodbye: What It's Been Like as the Controversial Chief Dance Critic During his tenure at The New York Times, Alastair Macaulay has not been accused of being timid. Or boring. As the newspaper’s chief dance critic, he has probably been the most talked-about writer in the dance world. His raves and his pans have become their own news; his words have led to as much chatter backstage as on social media. At ... Read More »

The Best Online Dance Training Platforms You Can Try At Home

The Best Online Dance Training Platforms You Can Try At Home

The Best Online Dance Training Platforms You Can Try At Home Whether you’re learning a new style, warming up for a performance or just want to take class when you can’t make it to the studio, online dance training platforms are an ever-growing option for dancers of all genres and skill levels. And though they should never replace your live training, they can be a convenient—and hopefully valuable—supplement. Here are the best options available today: ... Read More »

James Whiteside Explores His Creepy Side As Arthur Pita's Haunted Tenant

James Whiteside Explores His Creepy Side As Arthur Pita's Haunted Tenant

James Whiteside Explores His Creepy Side As Arthur Pita's Haunted Tenant When Arthur Pita brought his Metamorphosis to the Joyce in 2013, The Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson played the man who becomes a cockroach in Franz Kafka’s famous story. He was slithery, spiky and sticky, and the creepiness factor loomed large. It was like the performers and audience were trapped in this brilliantly bizarre nightmare together. Known as “the David Lynch of dance,” Arthur Pita ... Read More »

What's Next? Tips for Finding Another Career You Love After Retiring from the Stage

What's Next? Tips for Finding Another Career You Love After Retiring from the Stage

What's Next? Tips for Finding Another Career You Love After Retiring from the Stage Why is it so hard to find another passion like dance for my next career? I’ve tried to prepare by taking vocational tests at Career Transition For Dancers and online college courses. But I keep hitting a dead end. —Life After Dance?, Los Angeles, CA For many performers, deciding to be a dancer occurred the moment they saw their first show. ... Read More »

Why Sonya Tayeh Leapt at the Chance to Choreograph Rent Live

Why Sonya Tayeh Leapt at the Chance to Choreograph Rent Live

Why Sonya Tayeh Leapt at the Chance to Choreograph Rent Live When the live broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar won NBC a ratings bonanza and a slew of Emmys last year, it was a good bet more rock operas would follow. Now Fox has lined up Broadway’s Michael Greif to direct Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Hudgens and Keala Settle (among others) in a live telecast of Rent on January 27 at 7pm (tape-delayed in the ... Read More »

I Took an Unpaid Job With a Major Company & I Have Regrets

I Took an Unpaid Job With a Major Company & I Have Regrets

I Took an Unpaid Job With a Major Company & I Have Regrets A couple weekends ago, a friend messaged me about an opportunity to be a part of a new holiday campaign for a major department store. They wanted to showcase various dancers dancing in their fall clothing collection. I asked if it was paid, and when I found that it was not, I immediately wanted to (respectfully) decline. I remembered reading and resonating ... Read More »

Sasha Waltz on What Went Wrong at Staatsballett—And How They're Moving Forward

Sasha Waltz on What Went Wrong at Staatsballett—And How They're Moving Forward

Sasha Waltz on What Went Wrong at Staatsballett—And How They're Moving Forward You could say that Sasha Waltz has had a rough few years. When she was appointed co-artistic director of Staatsballett Berlin in 2016, along with Johannes Öhman, former artistic director at Royal Swedish Ballet, it didn’t go so well. She was met with petitions and protests from the dancers, who argued that under the leadership of someone with minimal ballet experience the company ... Read More »

What to Do If You Think a Fellow Dancer Is Having a Mental Health Crisis

What to Do If You Think a Fellow Dancer Is Having a Mental Health Crisis

What to Do If You Think a Fellow Dancer Is Having a Mental Health Crisis When it comes to mental health, dancers are the ones on the frontlines trying to support each other. Many find themselves routinely confronted with concerns for their friends. Maybe it’s the dancer down the barre who you know is cutting, or the partner who only speaks about himself with disparagement and disgust. According to Dr. Sharon Chirban, a sports psychologist ... Read More »

6 Pastel Painting Tips — Feather Dusters Will Be Involved

6 Pastel Painting Tips — Feather Dusters Will Be Involved Whatever pastel problem is giving you grief, chances are, many other painters have been there, too. That means there are solutions already out there that can help. Here, you’ll discover proven pastel hacks and tips that can simplify some common painting problems. The post 6 Pastel Painting Tips &8212; Feather Dusters Will Be Involved appeared first on Artists Network. Source: Fine #art 6 Pastel Painting ... Read More »

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