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Jane Comfort and Company Takes Audiences From Maniacal to Melancholy

Jane Comfort and Company Takes Audiences From Maniacal to Melancholy

Jane Comfort and Company Takes Audiences From Maniacal to Melancholy What do choreographers Mark Dendy , David Neumann and Edisa Weeks have in common? They all cut their dancing-and-talking teeth with Jane Comfort and Company. This month, they, along with 20 other former Comfort dancers, return for the company’s 40th Anniversary Retrospective. In excerpts from 12 works that draw on Comfort’s political and gender satire and her signature rhythmic complexity, the tone ranges from haunting ... Read More »

The 4 Most Common Acting Mistakes Dancers Make

The 4 Most Common Acting Mistakes Dancers Make

The 4 Most Common Acting Mistakes Dancers Make When conveying a story onstage, portraying a character convincingly is just as important as nailing the steps. But that’s often easier said than done. We talked to Anita Paciotti, ballet master at San Francisco Ballet, about the biggest acting mistakes she sees dancers making: 1. Being shy about eye contact. These National Ballet of Canada dancers have no problem with eye contact. PC Cylla von Tiedemann “You ... Read More »

8 Beginner Painting Mistakes and How to Conquer Them

8 Beginner Painting Mistakes and How to Conquer Them A list of common beginner painting mistakes, and what you should do instead so you can paint more, enjoy the process and worry less. The post 8 Beginner Painting Mistakes and How to Conquer Them appeared first on Artists Network. Source: Fine #art 8 Beginner Painting Mistakes and How to Conquer Them Read More »

Bold faces and broadcasts

Bold faces and broadcasts

Bold faces and broadcasts As is only right, Yannick Nézet-Séguin‘s triumphant Elektra at the Met was the subject of parterre box’s most-read article in March 2018.  The top ten for the month follow the jump. The mania event: Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the galvanized Met orchestra in a sumptuous, sometimes surprising reading that began slowly but built steadily in intensity to a shattering conclusion. Endgame: The Metropolitan Opera fired James Levine this evening. Suit yourself: La Cieca just received ... Read More »

The Depression–Allergy Connection

The Depression–Allergy Connection

The Depression–Allergy Connection I’m typically an upbeat person until my allergies kick in during the spring. Then I feel really down. What can I do to keep this from happening? An allergic reaction shouldn’t affect my ability to enjoy dancing, should it? —Katie, Princeton, NJ Surprisingly, allergies can affect your mood. Research by neuropsychologist Dr. Paul Marshall shows that allergy sufferers are twice as likely to be depressed as those who are allergy-free. While the ... Read More »

Beginner’s luck

Beginner’s luck

Beginner’s luck On this day in 1975 soprano Magda Olivero made her historical, belated Metropolitan Opera debut as Tosca.  Harold C. Schonberg in The New York Times: One would have thought that a combination of Tebaldi and Callas was making her debut. Instead there was a dignified artist of uncertain age who knew how to husband what little voice she had left, and who gave a moving demonstration of how great singers of the past ... Read More »

Hey, Perez Hilton? The Reason You Won't Sign Your Son Up for Dance Class Makes No Sense

Hey, Perez Hilton? The Reason You Won't Sign Your Son Up for Dance Class Makes No Sense

Hey, Perez Hilton? The Reason You Won't Sign Your Son Up for Dance Class Makes No Sense “I don’t want to enroll my son in dance class because I’m scared/worried/convinced it will make him gay.” We’ve all heard some variation on this one, right? Someone we’d never expect to hear it from: television personality and Hollywood gossip columnist Perez Hilton. Wait, you might be saying. Isn’t he gay? Yes. Which makes this whole thing even ... Read More »

Are You Cross-Training Too Much? Watch Out for These 7 Telltale Signs

Are You Cross-Training Too Much? Watch Out for These 7 Telltale Signs

Are You Cross-Training Too Much? Watch Out for These 7 Telltale Signs Every dancer is told to cross-train. But, the million-dollar question you should be asking is: Is it helping my dance career…or hurting it? Why It Matters: Cross-training can be a powerful tool to give you the physicality you need to compete in today’s dance world. However, if done wrong, it can also undo all of your hard work in the studio. When you ... Read More »

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