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Dance/USA Conference bound for Los Angeles

Posted on: 4/19/2018 3:20PM

National Dance Conference USA 2018Dance/USA, the national service organization for the professional dance field, will host its 10th Annual Conference in sunny Los Angeles, CA from June 6-9, 2018. Those in the dance industry are invited to join their colleagues for four days to network and learn from nearly 500 dance professionals including executive directors, artistic directors, emerging arts leaders, artists, agents, company managers, presenters, development and marketing staff, and more.


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Charleston Ballet premieres a documentary

Posted on: 4/18/2018 1:20PM

Premiere of "Andre Van Damme and The Story of the Charleston Ballet"The Charleston Ballet, the official West Virginia State Ballet, recently premiered a new documentary detailing the company’s history. Entitled "Andre Van Damme and The Story of the Charleston Ballet", the film was presented at the West Virginia Culture Center on Saturday, March 24 by Education and the Arts Secretary Gayle C. Manchin and three-time Emmy Award-winning director Deborah Novak.


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World Dance for Parkinson's Day coming up

Posted on: 4/17/2018 8:00AM

Dance for PD Founding Member David LeventhalWorld Dance for Parkinson's Day is set for April 28-29, 2018! A global collaboration organized by a diverse group of partners in 16 countries, this event will celebrate the range of programming, research collaborations and community initiatives and engagements that dance organizations and individual teaching artists are delivering worldwide for people with Parkinson's.


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Dance photographer publishes new book

Posted on: 4/16/2018 11:30AM

Dance photography bookAtlanta-based dance photographer Richard Calmes has produced his fourth book of select dance images that he shot over the past four years. The book, titled Moving Moments, joins three previous collections depicting the beauty and athleticism of dancers in the studio, in nature and in urban settings.


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Houston Ballet collaborates on new Oklahoma!

Posted on: 4/14/2018 8:05AM

Theatre Under The Stars's 50th Anniversary SeasonTheatre Under The Stars (TUTS) recently announced that its upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, which kicks off the theatre company’s 50th Anniversary Season in September, will be an artistic collaboration with Houston Ballet.


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Dance Against Cancer set for Lincoln Center

Posted on: 4/13/2018 7:05AM

Transfigured Night choreographed by Edwaard LiangDance Against Cancer Producers Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht have partnered with the American Cancer Society to present the eighth annual fundraising event on Monday, May 7, 2018. Once again, the gala benefit will bring together artists from leading dance companies from New York City and beyond for a night of performances and world premieres.


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Stagestep flooring the star at Starwest

Posted on: 4/12/2018 12:00PM

Stagestep Flooring SolutionsLeading dance flooring company Stagestep celebrates its partnership with Starwest Studios in Burbank, California. Stagestep, which has provided an expansive selection of wood and Marley flooring surfaces, subfloors and maintenance products for more than 45 years, previously installed a gorgeous 3,800-square-foot sprung wood dance floor at Starwest.


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'To the Sea' returns to Santa Monica Pier

Posted on: 4/11/2018 11:35AM

Dance Concert at Santa Monica PierJacob Jonas The Company—the 21st Century dance company that quickly gained attention for its blend of contemporary ballet, breakdance and acrobatic movement—will bring back its new event To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier this month. As part of the 17th Annual Dance Camera West Festival, To the Sea will be presented free to the public on the West End of the Santa Monica Pier. It will show individual choreographers and dance companies from all genres performing beside the Pacific Ocean.


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Donald McKayle passes away

Posted on: 4/9/2018 5:35PM

San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts remembers Donald McKayleThe dance community lost another icon as pioneering African-American dancer, choreographer and teacher Donald McKayle passed away at age 87 on April 7, 2018. Named by the Dance Heritage Coalition as “one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: the First 100”, McKayle danced in and directed modern dance companies, productions on Broadway, and worked on a multitude of films and television shows.


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Eye on Dance airs 'The Rite of Spring'

Posted on: 4/6/2018 8:00AM

Interview on The Rite of SpringThe television series Eye on Dance, a production of the nonprofit organization Arts Resources in Collaboration, Inc., was recently designated “an irreplaceable national dance treasure.” It has announced that it will soon host a video screening and discussion on The Rite of Spring on April 12 in NYC.


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Dance Sundays are back at The Wallis

Posted on: 4/5/2018 8:00AM

Salsa Sunday with Debbie Allen at Wallis Annenberg CenterThree-time Emmy Award-winning choreographer Debbie Allen is back for the third season with her popular Dance Sundays at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA. On April 8 from 12 to 2 p.m., Salsa Sunday returns with Allen and Lyrik Cruz teaching.


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Rockettes plan Christmas Spectacular Tryouts

Posted on: 4/4/2018 7:35AM

Christmas Spectacular AuditionsThe Radio City Rockettes will soon be holding Spring Auditions for the 2018 Christmas Spectacular production. The auditions will run from Monday, April 16 to Wednesday, April 25 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.


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Title I students to dance with Charlotte Ballet

Posted on: 4/3/2018 8:00AM

Peter Chu with Reach program studentsNearly 60 students from Title I schools in the area of Charlotte, North Carolina will bring to life a fresh interpretation of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring accompanied by Charlotte Ballet dancers and the Charlotte Symphony on April 6-7 at Belk Theater.


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OKC Ballet brings triple bill to stage

Posted on: 4/2/2018 7:00AM

Oklahoma City Ballet Principal Dancers Alvin Tovstogray and Miki KawamuraFor its final performances of the 2017-18 Season, Oklahoma City Ballet will bring a triple bill to the stage on April 13-15. It will headline with Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, then present Helen Pickett’s lively Petal and a premiere by Artistic Director Robert Mills.


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YPAD now offering Online Certification Course

Posted on: 3/30/2018 8:00AM

YPAD now offering Online Certification Course Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) recently announced that its pioneering Certification Program is now available as an online, self-driven training course! Dance studios, choreographers, dance educators, judges, costume companies, competitions, conventions, dance-related organizations and dance parents can all take part in this amazing education.


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Children's book shares Raven Wilkinson story

Posted on: 3/29/2018 7:05AM

The Story of Ballerina Raven WilkinsonChildren's book writer and illustrator Leda Schubert has published a beautiful picture book telling the little-known story of Raven Wilkinson, the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and an inspiration to Misty Copeland.


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TBT premieres 'Martinu Pieces'

Posted on: 3/28/2018 7:10AM

Martinů Pieces by Ben StevensonTexas Ballet Theater (TBT) will present a mixed repertoire by TBT Artistic Director Ben Stevenson. Stevenson will re-stage his moving Mozart Requiem together with his new ballet, Martinů Pieces, on March 29-31 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.


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Dance Fest explores Process vs. Product

Posted on: 3/27/2018 8:00AM

Process vs. Product at Dance Center of Columbia College ChicagoTo conclude the 2017–18 Season of its Dance Presenting Series, the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago conducts a two-week festival focusing on ways in which concert dance presentation can be a document of process rather than dance as a consumable product: Process v. Product. The festival takes place March 29–April 7 in the Windy City.


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Maks, Val & Peta tour 'Confidential'

Posted on: 3/26/2018 8:00AM

Maks, Val & Peta TourDancing with the Stars professionals Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are currently touring their all-new dance show, Confidential. The 50-city tour follows Maks and Val’s successful Our Way tour in 2016. Confidential examines family bonds, lives and love stories. It’s being branded as the brothers’ “most honest show yet” and promises to reveal the “secrets, hopes and dreams” of these three widely known ballroom experts.


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American dance given platform in Bulgaria

Posted on: 3/24/2018 12:00PM

Platform of American dance in BulgariaSPOTLIGHT: USA, a platform of American dance in Bulgaria, will soon feature U.S. dance companies in performances in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. From March 26-28, SPOTLIGHT will introduce Dance Heginbotham, Jonah Bokaer Choreography, CONTRA-TIEMPO and other artists to international audiences.


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ADC|IBC hosts 13th annual event

Posted on: 3/23/2018 7:15AM

Jolie Rose Lombardo competed in ADC|IBC 2017. Photo by SMaCK Arts.The American Dance Competition | International Ballet Competition (ADC|IBC) is a ballet scholarship competition for pre-professionals aged 7-21. It will soon welcome dancers of various nationalities to Saint Petersburg, FL for its 2018 event.


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Want to win tights for a year?

Posted on: 3/22/2018 2:40PM

Ballet Tights USA GiveawayIn case you haven’t heard, Dance Informa and Só Dança have partnered up to offer you the Ultimate Tights Giveaway! American readers can now enter to win tights for a year! Simply head to this Entry Page to enter!


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SBRI's new 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'

Posted on: 3/22/2018 7:45AM

State Ballet of Rhode Island 2018The State Ballet of Rhode Island (SBRI) has announced a company premiere, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. SBRI’s five resident choreographers take on this large-scale collaboration along with Herci Marsden, the company’s artistic director and founding prima ballerina. Performances will take place on March 23 and 24 at The Park Theatre in Cranston.


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Atlanta's Dance Canvas to celebrate 10 years

Posted on: 3/21/2018 7:25AM

Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia TechDance Canvas’ 10th Anniversary Season continues with its well-known performance series on March 23 and 24 at the Ferst Center for the Arts. This season’s program will be showcasing new choreography by a returning choreographer from each of the past seasons.


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Clairobscur Dance at the Nate Holden in L.A.

Posted on: 3/20/2018 12:04PM

Dance show at Nate Holden in L.A.Los Angeles-based Clairobscur Dance will present the mixed bill Supremacy Ride this Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. This performance features Artistic Director Laurie Sefton’s choreography, with two world premieres and her sensual 2017 work Girl, Get Off.


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Hubbard Street celebrates Alejandro Cerrudo

Posted on: 3/19/2018 10:25AM

Ana Lopez and Andrew Murdock in Cerrudo choreographyHubbard Street Dance Chicago will return to the Auditorium Theatre’s historic stage for the first performance in 20 years on March 23 and 24. This special two-night engagement, co-presented with the Auditorium Theatre, is devoted entirely to work by Hubbard Street’s beloved and critically acclaimed Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo.


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UDMA announces 2018 show dates

Posted on: 3/17/2018 7:00AM

big costume and dance teacher expo 2018United Dance Merchants of America (UDMA) has announced the show schedule for 2018. It will present its big costume and dance teacher expo in New Jersey, Illinois and Georgia in September and October. 


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Madonna to direct film on Michaela DePrince

Posted on: 3/16/2018 8:10AM

Ballerina Michaela DePrince with MadonnaMGM has revealed that none other than global icon Madonna will be directing the new movie Taking Flight, based on ballerina Michaela DePrince’s memoir. DePrince is a Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer who is currently performing as a soloist at Dutch National Ballet.


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BDC hosts Spring Break Dance Camps

Posted on: 3/15/2018 7:35AM

Spring Break Dance Camps NYC 2018Broadway Dance Center Children & Teens is thrilled to offer Spring Break Dance Camps for ages 3-14! These one-week dance camps are the perfect way for girls and boys to keep moving over their school break. Designed for movers of all levels, the camps give students the opportunity to try a wide variety of dance styles, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, tumbling/acro, contemporary and more.


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PNB Soloist creates new work on company

Posted on: 3/14/2018 12:05PM

Pacific Northwest BalletFor the fourth offering of its 45th season, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Artistic Director Peter Boal has selected four contemporary works – a riveting duet, a favorite work, a little controversy, and a world premiere by company dancer Ezra Thomson – for PNB’s perennially popular Director's Choice.


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