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Spotlight: Why Rock Climbing Is Ideal Cross-Training For Dancers, According to Caleb Teicher

Spotlight: Why Rock Climbing Is Ideal Cross-Training For Dancers, According to Caleb Teicher

Spotlight: Why Rock Climbing Is Ideal Cross-Training For Dancers, According to Caleb Teicher At age 24, dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher already has accolades beyond his years. But this week, the Bessie Award–winning performer adds another impressive feat to his resumé: His company’s Joyce Theater debut . Though tap is Teicher’s focus, he masterfully combines everything from jazz to Lindy Hop to hip hop in his fresh, clever choreography. We caught up with him for ... Read More »

How The Syncopated Ladies Found The Formula For Viral Success

How The Syncopated Ladies Found The Formula For Viral Success

How The Syncopated Ladies Found The Formula For Viral Success In an unassuming industrial neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles, five tap dancers are huddled in a bunker-turned-tap-studio. With concrete floors and a windowless, tunnel-like interior reminiscent of old London Tube stations, it feels like a place far below the earth. Ciara’s “Like a Boy” blasts through the speakers, and the dancers, dressed in camo and golden tap shoes, saunter into their positions facing the ... Read More »

Op-Ed: A Radical Reimagining of Ballet for 2018

Op-Ed: A Radical Reimagining of Ballet for 2018

Op-Ed: A Radical Reimagining of Ballet for 2018 2017 felt like we were living the Upside Down of the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things.” From Donald Trump becoming president, to the sexual harassment scandals that ricocheted into the ballet world, everything we thought we knew was turned on its head. Yet while the deconstruction of institutional paradigms is frightening, it also presents an unprecedented opportunity for redesign. Ballet, much like our political parties, seems to ... Read More »

“The most significant dramatic creation since Les Huguenots”

“The most significant dramatic creation since Les Huguenots”

“The most significant dramatic creation since Les Huguenots” Awaiting the return of Parsifal to the Met, “Trove Thursday” hops to the other end of Wagner’s oeuvre with a recent Rienzi der letzte der Tribunen from Madrid featuring Andreas Schager (rumored to be the Met’s next Siegfried), Anja Kampe, Claudia Mahnke, James Rutherford and Stephen Milling.  I was embarrassed to discover how little I knew about Rienzi’s place in the history of Wagner’s operas. I had ... Read More »

Seligstes Weib!

Seligstes Weib!

Seligstes Weib! On this day in 1934 soprano Lotte Lehmann made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Sieglinde.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=opbYohwrAn8 Hubbard Hutchinson in The New York Times wrote: Mme. Lehmann’s voice is not immense in volume as operatic voices go, yet she used it so beautifully that it seemed far larger than it is. Her pianissimo, of exquisite quality, carried to the farthest corner of the house; her fortissimi pierced without difficulty the climaxes of the orchestra. ... Read More »

Round Robbins: How the Dance World is Celebrating Jerome Robbins' 100th Birthday

Round Robbins: How the Dance World is Celebrating Jerome Robbins' 100th Birthday

Round Robbins: How the Dance World is Celebrating Jerome Robbins' 100th Birthday MCB’s Jerome Robbins Celebration features Circus Polka , The Cage , Other Dances , In the Night and West Side Story Suite , classics spanning over 40 years and illustrating the master’s stylistic range. In a delightful twist, Circus Polka will feature artistic director Lourdes Lopez in the role of Ringmaster, making her the first woman ever to perform the part originated by ... Read More »

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 »

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