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Spotlight: What Keeps Amar Ramasar From Slacking In the Studio

Spotlight: What Keeps Amar Ramasar From Slacking In the Studio

Spotlight: What Keeps Amar Ramasar From Slacking In the Studio Sure, lots of ballet dancers are doing stints in Broadway shows these days. But most of them aren’t tackling roles like Jigger Craigin, Carousel ‘s villainous whaler, who yes, dances, but is by no means a role traditionally played by a dancer, and who demands a careful blend of charm and danger, drunkenness and cunning. Yet this is the role that New York City Ballet ... Read More »

These 60-Second Dance Films Will Make Your Head Spin

These 60-Second Dance Films Will Make Your Head Spin

These 60-Second Dance Films Will Make Your Head Spin Denmark’s winner and Finland’s audience pick seems to stretch its 60 seconds beyond the horizon. We feel more on our legs just watching it. BANG , an awkward, tempestuous study of the collision of two bodies, won both the Finnish and Norwegian competitions. Norway honored this foray into a strange, surreal universe—one in which a single eye, a pair of lips and an ear are anthropomorphized ... Read More »

BASTA: Altro sangue scorrerà!

BASTA: Altro sangue scorrerà!

BASTA: Altro sangue scorrerà! Lights softened, and the swan-shaped chandeliers ascended quickly, from parterre-level to the heavens, as though trading in the proletariat for a more exalted perch. But what a proletariat!  For tonight’s distinguished premiere of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Algonquin Opera, there would in fact be far more blue hairs in the audience than blue collars; there would be diamonds, organza, cloche hats, Rykiel fedoras, antique ivory fibulas, Yamamoto watches; there would be ... Read More »

Madness on the moors!

Madness on the moors!

Madness on the moors! The new cast at the Met suggested an alliterative retitling of Lucia di Lammermoor was needed—perhaps Lost Loonies in Love or its Italian equivalent?  Pretty Yende’s uneven, recessive heroine wasn’t the only one to lose her marbles as Michael Fabiano’s brash, blunt Edgardo also demonstrated that psychopharmocologists would have had their hands full in mid-19th century Scotland. Thank the Donizetti deities for Roberto Abbado whose taut conducting kept the wild ride on ... Read More »

There’s a queen waiting there with a silvery crown

There’s a queen waiting there with a silvery crown

There’s a queen waiting there with a silvery crown On this day in 1996 the 25th Anniversary Gala for conductor James Levine (not pictured) took place at the Met. Ah the memories!  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQQY6GP5Pn0 Happy 75th birthday soprano Judith Blegen. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubgXJAwMh2g Happy 65th birthday soprano Ilona Tokody. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfGKTInE7OA Source: Music-2 There’s a queen waiting there with a silvery crown Read More »

How To Cope If You're Being Bullied

How To Cope If You're Being Bullied

How To Cope If You're Being Bullied Being bullied, unfortunately, is still a common experience among dance students, particularly male dance students. But there are a variety of strategies that you can use to help deal with difficult emotions and restore self-confidence. 1. Focus on your passion. Whether it’s dance or something else, we all have something that gets us fired up and makes us excited about life. “Focus on that as hard as you ... Read More »

Songs of disappointment

Songs of disappointment

Songs of disappointment He’s the kind of gallant, broad-smiling vocalist you can easily see complimenting your mom and meaning it. Lawrence Brownlee, star tenor of stage and NFL games, wholehearted salsa enthusiast, bringer of Autism Awareness, is a real “pillar of the community.”  He&8217;s the kind of gallant, broad-smiling vocalist you can easily see complimenting your mom and meaning it, gumming down her potato-leek stew, blithely answering your brother’s questions about that “weird oowa-oowa-oowa” thing ... Read More »

#TBT: *NSYNC's 5 Best Dance Moments in Honor of Their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

#TBT: *NSYNC's 5 Best Dance Moments in Honor of Their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

#TBT: *NSYNC's 5 Best Dance Moments in Honor of Their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star The revival of everything ’90s has been in full-swing for a while now—we saw Destiny’s Child reunite at Coachella, Britney Spears is headed back on tour , and the Spice Girls miiight be performing at the Royal wedding next month. But Hollywood saved the best ’90s moment for last, bringing *NSYNC back together to receive their official star on the ... Read More »

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