After its teaser in November, Joffrey Elite, a new docuseries following the lives of dancers at the Joffrey Ballet School, was given the greenlight by the YouTube channel AwesomenessTV to continue creating episodes for release. The series premieres today – Friday, January 20! It’s booked for a total of 12 episodes.
New York City's famed Doug Varone and Dancers has had a lot to celebrate recently. In addition to kicking off its 30th Anniversary Season, which will include numerous home performances and intensives, the company was recently named as a recipient of a National Dance Project (NDP) Touring Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).
The New York City Dance Alliance Foundation (NYCDAF), a forward-thinking charity committed to shaping the future lives and training of young dancers, returns to The Joyce Theater in NYC on January 30 with Destiny Rising. A yearly fundraising performance benefiting NYCDAF’s college scholarship program, the evening will present 2016’s scholarship beneficiaries, a commission by NYCDA’s Rachel Kreiling, and guests from prominent professional dance companies.
Directed by President and Founder Steve Wappel, StarQuest Performing Arts Competition will soon launch its 24th year of dance events with its first Regionals on January 26-29 in Long Island, NY and Lancaster, PA. In total, StarQuest will host more than 60 dance competitions in 2017, including the open World Finals set for Texas, Ohio and Virginia this summer.
Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen recently announced two promotions from within the company: Lauren Herfindahl (Kingston, MA) and Addie Tapp (Glenwood Springs, CO) have been promoted from company artists to second soloists.
“Run The Night” is back on Monday, January 30! As one of New York City's most explosive dance competitions, you won’t want to miss it! Choreographers will present movement in various dance styles, including hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, tap and more.
The 29th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance is honoring dance industry trailblazer Robert Battle, the artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, when it meets in Dallas, Texas on January 25-29, 2017. Robert Battle is the conference luncheon keynote speaker and will participate in a panel discussion.
Fly on a Wall is an Atlanta-based multidisciplinary group of artists that produces work that includes elements of dance, acting, music, design and visual art. The collective will soon present Prism 2, an intimate evening of open research and development centered around a floating floor suspended by harp string and monofilament.
For the 2017-18 Season, Ballet BC is looking for full-time artists and apprentices, as well as young dancers to participate in the company’s Summer Dance Intensive. To fill these spots, the 30-year-old ballet company based in Vancouver, Canada, will hold auditions in New York City and Montréal, QC.
NUVO Dance Convention has entered its 10th year of touring, firmly establishing its influence on the dance industry. Directed by Ray Leeper and produced by Break the Floor Productions, it officially launched its 2016-17 Season back in September. After a holiday break, NUVO resumed its season last weekend in Orlando.
The Chen Dance Center, located in the heart of New York City's Chinatown, continues its mission of offering arts education, artistic creation, and presentations to educate and engage people in Asian American culture, history and social issues. In 2017, the Chen Dance Center company, H.T. Chen and Dancers, will go on another tour.
Directors Paula Dell-Beasley and Jill S. Reeves are excited to launch their 5th Anniversary Season of Fusion National Dance Competition this month! Kicking off January 28 in Birmingham, AL, the competition will be touring to 16 cities total in 2017, culminating with the Stars of Fusion Dance Challenge in Daytona Beach, FL on June 22-25.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet celebrates the kickoff of its 23rd Season at The Joyce Theater in New York City from January 24 – February 5. It will present two distinctive new programs over a two-week span.
Shake the Ground: The Ultimate Dance Competition is preparing to kick off its 2017 Regionals this month. STG will launch its new tour in West Palm Beach, FL on January 20 and 21.
The new Los Angeles Dance Film Festival has announced the lineup and event details for its inaugural screening. The festival will feature a diverse range of fictional and non-fictional short dance films from filmmakers from around the world.
Peridance Capezio Center, one of New York City’s leading dance organizations, has carefully selected a dynamic roster of 21 innovative dance companies and choreographers for its presentation at APAP 2017, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference. Performances are set for January 7 and 8.
Project Dance has announced it will host its New York City signature event in nine major cities in 2017. The event, which occurs over a three-day weekend, includes dance classes, motivational forums, networking and a free all-day dance concert held in a prominent downtown location. This year’s cities include Houston, Orlando, Paris, San Francisco, Oklahoma City, New York City, Bogota (Colombia), Lima (Peru) and Greenville.
The Bolshoi Ballet in Russia has returned to screens across the world with its 2016-17 Season Performances of The Golden Age, The Bright Stream and The Nutcracker. Another four performances will be screened between January and April 2017. More than 500 cinemas in North America are participating.
Applications now close on Monday, January 2 for dancers wishing to audition for the 2017 Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell Summer Intensive. This three-week intensive for young dancers will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017. It will be held at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
If you are enjoying a holiday break and would like to enhance it with some old-school musical magic, Damien Chazelle’s newly released film La La Land is sure to delight! The romantic comedy-drama stars actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and features choreography by Mandy Moore, of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars fame.
Steps on Broadway in New York City is kicking off its 2017 Master Class Series with industry pros like Joshua Bergasse, Shea Sullivan and Kerry Nicholls.
NRG danceProject—directed by Rustin Matthew, Nick Gonzalez and Amanda Pierce—is revving up to launch its 2017 Tour, which will visit 17 cities across America, head to Sydney, Australia on May 27-28, and host its U.S. National Finals in Washington D.C. on July 1-5.
On the heels of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s New York City Center holiday season, Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison will teach an exclusive Ailey Classics Workshop on Thursday, January 5 to celebrate what would’ve been Alvin Ailey’s 86th birthday.
Colorado Ballet has won the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only award that honors live performances of the seasonal classic. As winner of the audience-favorite competition, Colorado Ballet takes home "The Nutty" statuette, a cash prize for its education programs, and is named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. The company beat out over 80 other Nutcracker-themed productions.
Tom Gold Dance, a New York City-based classical dance ensemble, presents its sixth annual NYC season on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. The company will give the local premieres of Director Tom Gold's Oasis and Served. Details about a third work, a world premiere, will be announced at a later date.
Dance activist and educator Leslie Scott founded her non-profit organization Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) to help end the exploitation of children in dance. YPAD, which is now made up of a highly-educated and esteemed Advisory Panel and a global community of members, seeks to address three forms of exploitation: sexual abuse, hyper-sexualization, and all inappropriate physical exertions that lead to unnecessary injuries.
Jack Barlow, a precious 7-year-old dancer in Cincinnati Ballet’s “Ballet Moves” program, had his official Nutcracker debut this week. He is the first child with Down Syndrome to perform in the company’s professional production. Cincinnati Ballet’s Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker runs through this Sunday, December 18.
For its 2016-17 Season, RADIX is touring to a total of 22 major cities across the United States and Canada. Directed by Eddie Strachan, this dance convention and competition recently finished the 2016 leg of its current tour. On January 6-8, it will begin regional events again.
Dance Canvas’ 2016-17 Season began this fall with the event “pARTy for ART” on the Atlanta Beltline. Now the organization is gearing up for its annual performance series “Introducing the Next Generation”, which moves to Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts for its premiere on March 24 and 25, 2017.
Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet will soon wave goodbye to longtime principal dancers Carrie Imler and Batkhurel Bold. The company announced last week that they will both retire at the end of the 2016-17 season. Their acclaimed careers will be celebrated at PNB’s Season Encore Performance on Sunday, June 11, 2017.