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How Can Blind and Partially Sighted Audiences Get a Complete Dance Experience?

How Can Blind and Partially Sighted Audiences Get a Complete Dance Experience?

How Can Blind and Partially Sighted Audiences Get a Complete Dance Experience? While you might think of dance as a primarily visual art form, performances engage us on multiple levels. Our ears take in the score, the artists’ breathing patterns, fellow audience members’ reactions, and the physical percussion made by the dancers’ footfalls and partnering. All of this information is available to audience members with limited to no vision, and when it comes to providing ... Read More »

Post-Performance Trauma Is Real. Here's How To Protect Yourself

Post-Performance Trauma Is Real. Here's How To Protect Yourself

Post-Performance Trauma Is Real. Here's How To Protect Yourself Even though it’s been a year since he took his last bow in the piece, Kidd Pivot dancer Jermaine Maurice Spivey still feels the aftermath of touring in Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s Betroffenheit. The harrowing piece chronicles Young’s own journey through tragedy, with dancers embodying his grief, trauma, guilt, addiction, euphoria and glee. “We endured an emotional negotiation each night because of how much the ... Read More »

Go "Behind the Curtain" with Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Derek Dunn

Go "Behind the Curtain" with Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Derek Dunn

Go "Behind the Curtain" with Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Derek Dunn Most people may know Derek Dunn for his impeccable turns and alluring onstage charisma. But the Boston Ballet principal dancer is just as charming offstage, whether he’s playing with his 3-year-old miniature labradoodle or working in the studio. Dance Magazine recently spent the day with Dunn as he prepared for his debut as Albrecht in the company’s upcoming run of Giselle. Source: Dance – ... Read More »

The Dos and Don'ts of Becoming a More Musical Dancer

The Dos and Don'ts of Becoming a More Musical Dancer

The Dos and Don'ts of Becoming a More Musical Dancer You know compelling musicality when you see it. But how do you cultivate it? It’s not as elusive as it might seem. Musicality, like any facet of dance, can be developed and honed over time—with dedicated, detailed practice. At its most fundamental, it’s “respect for the music, that this is your partner,” says Kate Linsley, academy principal of the School of Nashville Ballet. “Musicality is ... Read More »

Ross Parkes (1940-2019) Brought Graham Technique to China

Ross Parkes (1940-2019) Brought Graham Technique to China

Ross Parkes (1940-2019) Brought Graham Technique to China Notable dancer and beloved teacher, Ross Parkes, 79, passed away on August 5, 2019 in New York City. He was a founding faculty member at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, where he taught from 1984 to 2006. Lin Hwai-min, artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theater, said: “He nurtured two generations of dancers in Taiwan, and his legacy will continue.” About his dancing, Tonia ... Read More »

Why Adult Ballet Students Should Be Taken Seriously

Why Adult Ballet Students Should Be Taken Seriously

Why Adult Ballet Students Should Be Taken Seriously More than once, when I’m sporting my faded, well-loved ballet hoodie, some slight variation of this conversation ensues: “Is your daughter the dancer?” “Actually,” I say, “I am.” “Wow!” they enthuse. “Who do you dance with? Or have you retired…?” “I don’t dance with a company. I’m not a professional. I just take classes.” Insert mic drop/record scratch/quizzical looks. None Adult ballet dancers are a big question ... Read More »

Season Preview: The Most Intriguing Shows of the 2019–20 Season

Season Preview: The Most Intriguing Shows of the 2019–20 Season

Season Preview: The Most Intriguing Shows of the 2019–20 Season The 2019–20 season is here, and with it more performances than any one person could reasonably catch. But fear not: We polled our writers and editors and selected the 31 most promising tickets, adding up to one endlessly intriguing year of dance. Right Men, Wrong Man Hamilton cohorts Thomas Kail and Alex Lacamoire are at it again. This time, the director and orchestrator are collaborating ... Read More »

The School of American Ballet Docuseries “On Pointe” Is Coming to Disney+

The School of American Ballet Docuseries “On Pointe” Is Coming to Disney+

The School of American Ballet Docuseries “On Pointe” Is Coming to Disney+ We’ve been dying to hear more about “On Pointe,” a docuseries following students at the School of American Ballet, since we first got wind of the project this spring. Now—finally!—we know where this can’t-miss show is going to live: It was just announced that Disney+, the new streaming service set to launch November 12, has ordered the series. None Otherwise, “On Pointe” remains ... Read More »

BalletX is Taking All the Right Risks

BalletX is Taking All the Right Risks

BalletX is Taking All the Right Risks In a sensual, troubled duet to the music of Amy Winehouse, dancers Chloe Perkes and Zachary Kapeluck channel the late singer’s fraught relationship with fame, performance and love. They embody the haunting gravity of her story—while wearing enormous pairs of bunny ears. On paper, Trey McInytre’s Big Ones sounds like it shouldn’t work. But risky choices are par for the course at BalletX, and this risk pays off. ... Read More »

The Case for Bringing Your Own Snacks to the Studio

The Case for Bringing Your Own Snacks to the Studio

The Case for Bringing Your Own Snacks to the Studio For busy dancers on the go, it’s easy to grab a premade salad on the way to class or scroll through delivery options as rehearsal comes to a close. But bringing homemade meals and snacks to the studio or theater has real payoffs. And making it happen doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. Why Do It? Reason 1: It’s ready when ... Read More »

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