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What Wendy's Watching: Ballet and Modern Mingle at Works & Process

What Wendy's Watching: Ballet and Modern Mingle at Works & Process

What Wendy's Watching: Ballet and Modern Mingle at Works & Process The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series is where dance artists show what they are working on and talk about it. New York City Ballet star Sara Mearns and downtown luminary Jodi Melnick both have a larger-than-life stage presence in their separate dance genres. Mearns is used to filling the stage with grand movements, and Melnick gives style and verve to small, seemingly unconnected ... Read More »

What It's Like to Take Class From Judith Jamison

What It's Like to Take Class From Judith Jamison

{$inline_image} What It's Like to Take Class From Judith Jamison When you’re offered a chance to take a class with Judith Jamison, you don’t say no. The company’s beloved artistic director emerita rarely teaches open classes. But to celebrate the legacy of Alvin Ailey on what would have been his 87th birthday, she gave a special two-hour workshop at the Ailey Extension on Friday night. I had to try it, even though I was desperately ... Read More »

Remembering Karin von Aroldingen, Balanchine Muse and Legacy Keeper

Remembering Karin von Aroldingen, Balanchine Muse and Legacy Keeper

Remembering Karin von Aroldingen, Balanchine Muse and Legacy Keeper “My whole mission in life is to keep Balanchine’s work alive,” says former New York City Ballet dancer Karin von Aroldingen in Frances Mason’s I Remember Balanchine, a collection of interviews by George Balanchine’s friends and colleagues. Her words feel especially potent now—and never more true. On Friday, January 5, news came to light that the German-born dancer, teacher, NYCB ballet master and longtime stager for ... Read More »

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to New York City Ballet Dancers Supporting Peter Martins

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to New York City Ballet Dancers Supporting Peter Martins

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to New York City Ballet Dancers Supporting Peter Martins Dear dancers of the New York City Ballet, I realize that you are scared because the future of the New York City Ballet is uncertain ; you don’t know who will man the ship, and your career that you’ve worked your entire life for feels under attack. On social media some of you alluded to the idea that Peter Martins’ downfall is ... Read More »

This Iraq Veteran Turned Choreographer Is Making Provocative Dances About War

This Iraq Veteran Turned Choreographer Is Making Provocative Dances About War

{$inline_image} This Iraq Veteran Turned Choreographer Is Making Provocative Dances About War When Roman Baca returned home from active duty in Iraq in 2007, he found himself having a tough time transitioning to civilian life. “I remember a couple of instances where I was mean and angry and depressed,” says Baca. “My wife sat me down and said, ‘You are not the same guy I knew before.’ ” She suggested Baca return to his roots ... Read More »

Dancing Hones Your Body, But What Does It Do to Your Brain?

Dancing Hones Your Body, But What Does It Do to Your Brain?

Dancing Hones Your Body, But What Does It Do to Your Brain? Dancing can be exhausting—on your body and brain. Neuroscientist Agnieszka Burzynska, from Colorado State University, understands this. “I did some modern dancing myself back in high school. I remember how hard it was to remember a sequence, and then our teacher would say, ‘Now let’s flip it to the other leg!'” But does this mental work lead to long-term changes in the brain? ... Read More »

Intern at Dance Magazine This Summer

Intern at Dance Magazine This Summer

Intern at Dance Magazine This Summer If you’ve ever wondered how the pages of Dance Magazine come together, now’s your chance to find out. Dance Magazine is seeking an editorial intern who’s equally passionate about dance and journalism. Through February 12, we are accepting applications for a summer intern to assist our staff onsite in New York City from June to August. The internship includes an hourly stipend and requires a minimum two-day-a-week commitment. (We ... Read More »

Double jeopardy

Double jeopardy

Double jeopardy Headlining the Met’s current revival of both Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Roberto Alagna was operating on all cylinders Monday evening and—for better or worse—gave an old-fashioned star performance. What we got wasn’t so much Turiddu and Canio as a 54-year-old superstar whose bronzed, brawny tenor sounded in prime estate popping out (mostly) clarion high notes but not paying attention to much else.  But there isn’t much dramatic verismo truth in David McVicar’s cold, ... Read More »

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