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A Poem By Gaga Movement Practitioner and Choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith: "I Dance to Feel Alive"

A Poem By Gaga Movement Practitioner and Choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith: "I Dance to Feel Alive"

A Poem By Gaga Movement Practitioner and Choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith: "I Dance to Feel Alive" I dance to remember. I dance to forget. I dance to contain. I dance for my mom and dad. I dance to show my love. I dance when I cannot speak. I dance when words won’t do any justice. I dance to connect with strangers. I dance to understand. I dance to feel differences. I dance to feel similarities. ... Read More »

Watch: These Differently-Abled Dancers Are Pushing the Limits of Breaking

Watch: These Differently-Abled Dancers Are Pushing the Limits of Breaking

Watch: These Differently-Abled Dancers Are Pushing the Limits of Breaking There’s a tradition in hip-hop culture of reclaiming negative words as positive ones. That’s why you might hear things like “nasty” or “bad” as compliments. The same goes for ILL-Abilities, a breaking crew comprised of differently-abled dancers: “The ‘ill’ does not refer to ‘sick’ or ‘unwell’ but rather to incredible, amazing, intricate, talent,” they write on their website . “Rather than seeing the negative limitations ... Read More »

This Impressive Pennsylvania Ballet Corps Dancer Is Racking Up Lead Roles

This Impressive Pennsylvania Ballet Corps Dancer Is Racking Up Lead Roles

This Impressive Pennsylvania Ballet Corps Dancer Is Racking Up Lead Roles During Kathryn Manger’s very first Nutcracker season with Pennsylvania Ballet in 2015, an injury and a hunch prompted artistic director Angel Corella to cast her in the role of Sugarplum Fairy. She learned it overnight. “That’s all quite rare for an apprentice,” says assistant artistic director Samantha Dunster, who has known the dancer since her student days in Connecticut. Now a fastidious member of ... Read More »

The priestess with the mostest

The priestess with the mostest

The priestess with the mostest You may find this difficult to believe, but Bellini’s Norma didn’t initially make a significant impression on me back in the early 1980s when I first started listening to, and collecting complete operas on LP and later, video.  The published listening guides I consulted, plus seasoned operagoers recommended Joan Sutherland and Maria Callas’s first complete recordings of the opera. Neither of them created any great reverence overall for the piece, ... Read More »

Dada Masilo's Alternative Giselle Joins The #TimesUp Movement

Dada Masilo's Alternative Giselle Joins The #TimesUp Movement

{$inline_image} Dada Masilo's Alternative Giselle Joins The #TimesUp Movement After seeing Dada Masilo’s rendition of Giselle , I couldn’t help thinking, “If ballet did a version like this, it would transform not just the genre of the ‘story ballet,’ but, even more powerfully, the narrative of the “ballerina” itself.” I was especially interested in Masilo’s Giselle after writing A Radical Reimagining of Ballet for 2018 , which pondered how classical ballets could be modernized, and ... Read More »

Momentary impoliteness row in tots’ opera shock

Momentary impoliteness row in tots’ opera shock

Momentary impoliteness row in tots’ opera shock Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, target of mixed reviews that remind one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. The unheard-of horror of a lack of unanimous approbation for a British composer’s work led to an appalling lack of civility on Twitter over the weekend. Source: Music-2 Momentary impoliteness row in tots’ opera shock Read More »

Donald McKayle Dies At Age 87

Donald McKayle Dies At Age 87

Donald McKayle Dies At Age 87 Over the weekend, Twitter and Facebook filled with tributes to dance icon Donald McKayle, who passed away at age 87 on Saturday. Revered for his passion and humanism, McKayle powerfully showcased the depth of the human condition through dance. He not only broke barriers as the first black man to direct and choreograph a Broadway show, he brought the black experience to the stage, highlighting social injustices as well ... Read More »

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