In the Theater, Workers Are Demanding Better Conditions

The requirements of the theater, and the constant physical and emotional risks facing performers, have many demanding their basic needs as humans.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #benanti-laura, #child-care, #culture-arts, #dancing, #elevator-repair-service, #gray-amber, #mcdonald-audra, #nwandu-antoinette, #oregon-shakespeare-festival, #oregon-shakespeare-festival-theater-co, #organized-labor, #playwrights-realm, #shindle-kate, #theater, #warden-claire, #working-hours

It’s Never Too Late to Learn the Tango and Fall in Love

Nancy Cardwell was a successful newspaper editor in New York. Then she took up tango, started spending time in Buenos Aires — and met Luis.

#buenos-aires-argentina, #dancing, #dating-and-relationships, #marriages, #nevertoolate2021, #tango

A Walk in Their Heels: Meet the Hustle Evangelist

Abdiel Jacobsen, a former Martha Graham dancer, found freedom in hustle, which offers a progressive, gender-neutral vision of partnered social dance.

#central-park-manhattan-ny, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #gender, #graham-martha-dance-co, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #jacobsen-abdiel, #parties-social, #teicher-caleb

Meet the Man Bringing Drama and Joy to Brooklyn’s Nightlife Spaces

Through carefully designed D.J. booths, bars and doorways, Safwat Riad has been setting the tone for New York City nightlife venues for more than a decade.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #brooklyn-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #design, #new-york-city, #riad-safwat

On NBC’s ‘Dancing With Myself,’ TikTok-Like Dances Meet Network TV

“Dancing With Myself,” on NBC, shows the deep influence of the dance challenge on popular culture, even as its hold on TikTok has loosened.

#dancing, #dancing-with-myself-tv-program, #national-broadcasting-co, #shakira, #social-media, #television, #tiktok-bytedance

Velcro or Snaps? The ABC’s of Stripping for a Cause

Broadway Bares began as a response to the AIDS crisis. Thirty years later, the one-night-only burlesque spectacle remains a potent, frisky fund-raiser.

#broadway-cares-equity-fights-aids, #dancing, #mitchell-jerry-1960, #theater

‘MJ’: Dancing the Pain, and Dancing the Pain Away

What is the role of choreography on Broadway? Two musicals, “MJ” and “A Strange Loop,” shed light on the dancing body.

#a-strange-loop-play, #dancing, #jackson-michael, #jackson-michael-r, #kelly-raja-feather, #mj-play, #tony-awards-theater-awards, #wheeldon-christopher

Adams, Nightlife-Loving Mayor, Offers Plan to ‘Let the People Dance’

Mayor Eric Adams proposed a series of zoning changes designed to eliminate bureaucratic rules that interfered with New York City’s recovery.

#adams-eric-l, #bars-and-nightclubs, #dancing, #new-york-city, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #zoning

‘Baseball Players Don’t Dance’? The Savannah Bananas Beg to Differ.

TikTok choreography, dancing umpires, a ballet-trained first-base coach: This collegiate summer league team has amassed a following by leaning into entertainment.

#baseball, #dancing, #jesse-cole, #savannah-ga, #savannah-bananas

These Dancers Escaped the War. Their Journeys Are Just Beginning.

Hundreds of ballet dancers and students fled Ukraine after Russia’s invasion. With opportunities scarce, many will have to keep moving if they want to keep dancing.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #dancing, #dutch-national-ballet, #kate-myklukha, #lopez-lourdes, #miami-fla, #miami-city-ballet, #netherlands, #polina-loshchylina, #russia, #ukraine, #victoria-glazunova, #war-and-armed-conflicts

A Dancer’s Farewell, Not as Choreographed

Abi Stafford Lillo left City Ballet amid a family feud and a dispute over whether a choreographer had body-shamed her or she lacked the strength to dance her final role.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #families-and-family-life, #new-york-city-ballet, #stafford-abi, #stafford-jonathan, #whelan-wendy

To Diversify, the National Portrait Gallery is Adding Performances

The National Portrait Gallery is embracing live performance to highlight American stories missing from its halls.

#black-people, #dancing, #museums, #museumsaspecialreport, #national-portrait-gallery-washington-dc, #race-and-ethnicity, #smithsonian-institution

A Nonbinary Swan, on Pointe

Ashton Edwards, an apprentice at Pacific Northwest Ballet, is part of a rising generation of gender nonconforming dancers questioning ballet’s rigid gender roles.

#boal-peter, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #edwards-ashton, #johnsey-chase, #les-ballets-trockadero-de-monte-carlo, #pacific-northwest-ballet, #swan-lake-ballet, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Russia’s Storied Ballet Is Among the Casualties of War

Ballet has long been a symbol of Russian culture. Now it is becoming a symbol of Russian isolation.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #bolshoi-theater, #dancing, #dutch-national-ballet, #maillot-jean-christophe, #mariinsky-ballet, #moscow-russia, #netherlands, #ratmansky-alexei, #raymonda-ballet, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #smirnova-olga, #spartacus-ballet, #st-petersburg-russia, #ukraine, #urin-vladimir

The Story of Cinco de Mayo in Dance

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is using the holiday to share the culture of the Puebla region with New York audiences this weekend.

#calpulli-mexican-dance-co, #castano-juan-choreographer, #chelsea-factory-manhattan-ny-arts-venue, #cinco-de-mayo, #dancing, #lopez-herrera-alberto-choreographer, #mexican-americans, #puebla-mexico, #puebla-the-story-of-cinco-de-mayo-dance

Bringing Consent to Ballet, One Intimacy Workshop at a Time

Touch is a requirement of a dancer’s job. Now when choreography involves simulated sex or violence, some companies are bringing in intimacy directors.

#a-streetcar-named-desire-ballet, #american-ballet-theater, #dancing, #national-ballet-of-canada, #rambert-dance-co, #scottish-ballet, #the-scandal-at-mayerling-ballet, #touch-sense

Nebula, a Big New Club, Wants Manhattan to Dance Again

Yang Gao, a newcomer to the nightlife business, took a gamble when he spent $12 million in the middle of a pandemic to carve out a 10,000-square-foot space in the heart of Midtown.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #nebula-manhattan-ny-nightclub

Ayodele Casel Is on Tap for ‘Funny Girl’

The barrier-breaking master tap dancer is now taking the art form to Broadway, in a highly anticipated revival.

#black-people, #casel-ayodele, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #funny-girl-play, #theater, #women-and-girls

Misty Copeland on ‘Serenade,’ Democracy and the Art of Movement

The ballet dancer reviews Toni Bentley’s sixth book: part memoir, part ode to George Balanchine and the art form he immortalized.

#balanchine-george, #bentley-toni, #books-and-literature, #dancing, #new-york-city-ballet, #serenade-ballet, #serenade-a-balanchine-story-book

New Rites of Spring

While we engage in the usual rituals of the changing season, we’re growing accustomed to spring cleaning our minds as well.

#dancing, #gardens-and-gardening, #internal-storyline-no, #roach-margaret, #seasons-and-months

Bill T. Jones and Eiko Otake: Opposites Guided by ‘Too-Much-Ness’

These two canonical dance artists, both now 70, share a willingness to take on weighty issues.

#a-body-in-fukushima-dance, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #deep-blue-sea-dance, #jones-bill-t, #jones-bill-t-arnie-zane-dance-co, #new-york-live-arts, #otake-eiko

Review: The Balletic Rise and Fall of Eva Perón

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Ballet Hispánico takes on a new challenge: its first full-length ballet, with choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

#ballet-hispanico, #dancing, #dona-peron-ballet, #lopez-ochoa-annabelle, #new-york-city-center-theater, #veiga-dandara, #vilaro-eduardo

Spice Could Make History at the Grammys. But She’s Already Won.

The Jamaican singer Spice is the first female hard-core dancehall artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category.

#dancing, #elephant-man-musician, #grammy-awards, #music, #reality-television, #reggae-music, #shaggy

Native Hawaiian Hula Teacher Among Five Women Who Will Appear on Quarters

Edith Kanaka‘ole, who died in 1979, will appear on the coin next year along with four other notable women.

#coleman-bessie-1892-1926, #currency, #dancing, #hawaii, #hula, #idar-jovita-1885-1946, #kanakaole-edith, #native-americans, #native-hawaiians, #numismatics, #roosevelt-eleanor, #tallchief-maria, #united-states-mint, #womens-rights

Storyboard P: Where Is the Place for a Genius of Street Dance?

The gap between his category-defying artistry and his career options seems to expose a missing lane in American culture.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #performance-space-new-york-manhattan-ny, #storyboard-p

New Musical ‘Bhangin’ It’ Explores Identity Through Bhangra

“Bhangin’ It” explores complex identity issues through an intensely competitive North American dance scene.

#afsar-ari, #arima-stafford, #bhanginit-play, #dancing, #india, #lew-mike, #mirza-rehana-lew, #theater, #willmott-sam

Olga Smirnova, Opposed to the Ukraine War, Quits the Bolshoi

Olga Smirnova said she was against the war in Ukraine “with all the fibers of my soul.” Now, she has joined the Dutch National Ballet.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #bolshoi-ballet, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #dutch-national-ballet, #mariinsky-ballet, #moscow-russia, #raymonda-ballet, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #smirnova-olga

Lauren Lovette Named Choreographer for Paul Taylor Dance Company

Lauren Lovette, a former principal with New York City Ballet, has been named the resident choreographer of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

#content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #lovette-lauren, #new-york-city-ballet, #novak-michael-dancer, #pentimento-dance, #taylor-paul, #taylor-paul-dance-co

Entertainment Industry Choreographers Are Starting to Unionize

“Why are we not working together to fix our problems?” Entertainment-industry choreographers are uniting to address long-simmering issues.

#choreographers-guild, #dancing, #knight-jaquel, #organized-labor

Ukrainian Dancers Find Shelter Abroad as War Rages at Home

Opera houses and theaters in European cities are offering to help fleeing or stranded ballet dancers, even as many are still stuck in Ukraine.

#bondur-serge, #budapest-hungary, #dancing, #dupont-aurelie-1973, #hidalgo-anne-1959, #hungarian-state-opera, #kozlov-ivan, #kyiv-city-ballet, #paris-france, #polish-national-ballet, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #theatre-du-chatelet, #ukraine

In Glitter and Leotards, They Took a Stand: Brazil’s Carnival Must Go On

After Brazil’s biggest party was effectively canceled for the second straight year, a group of artists rallied to play on despite police orders.

#brazil, #carnival-pre-lenten, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #rio-de-janeiro-brazil

Ronald K. Brown Has a Mantra: ‘Absolute Victory Every Day’

The choreographer and dancer suffered a stroke in April. But he’s still moving, and that’s what matters.

#brown-ronald-k, #cabuag-arcell, #dancing, #evidence-dance-co, #grace-dance, #joyce-theater, #shelton-linda, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Winter Season at City Ballet: ‘Now Is the Time for a New Generation’

The season saw more farewells, from principals Teresa Reichlen and Gonzalo Garcia, along with a rush of talent from the recently promoted.

#dancing, #fairchild-megan, #furlan-jovani, #garcia-gonzalo, #gerrity-emilie, #kikta-emily, #laracey-ashley, #mearns-sara, #mejia-roman, #mozartiana-ballet, #nadon-mira, #new-york-city-ballet, #opus-19-the-dreamer-ballet, #summerspace-dance

Alexei Ratmansky, With Family in Kyiv, Leaves His Ballet in Moscow

The New York-based choreographer, who was working on a new ballet for the Bolshoi, said he doubted he would return to Russia to work “if Putin is still president.”

#art-of-the-fugue-musical-work, #bach-johann-sebastian, #bolshoi-ballet, #bolshoi-theater, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #ratmansky-alexei, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

What to See and Experience Live in New York This Spring

‘Funny Girl’ and ‘A Strange Loop’ on Broadway, Ashwini Ramaswamy’s dances, Olivia Rodrigo’s pop takeover: what our critics and writers are looking forward to this season.

#a-strange-loop-play, #classical-music, #confederates-play, #culture-arts, #cyrano-play, #dancing, #davis-anthony-1951, #for-colored-girls-who-have-considered-suicide-when-the-rainbow-is-enuf-play, #funny-girl-play, #gandelsman-johnny, #hangmen-play, #lucia-di-lammermoor-opera, #macbeth-play, #mearns-sara, #music, #opulence-dance, #ramaswamy-ashwini, #rigoletto-opera, #sour-album, #the-bedwetter-play, #theater

Rashaad Newsome Pulls Out All the Stops

His protean “Assembly,” at the Park Avenue Armory, bridges art, technology, performance, workshops — and offers an A.I. Being who will teach you how to vogue.

#art, #artificial-intelligence, #assembly-exhibit, #black-people, #dancing, #newsome-rashaad, #park-avenue-armory-manhattan-ny, #race-and-ethnicity, #transgender-and-transsexuals

‘A Black Love Sitcom Dance’: Kyle Abraham’s D’Angelo Moves

In his evening-length work coming to BAM, Abraham wanted to focus on celebration and joy in Black culture, “the way we love and love on each other.”

#abraham-kyle-1977, #an-untitled-love-dance, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #dangelo-singer, #dancing

Dance Class Is in Session: Flail, Get Weird, Unlock Yourself

With collaborators like Miranda July and Evan Rachel Wood, Angela Trimbur stands out among social-media-savvy choreographers whose accessible movement found audiences during the pandemic.

#bell-house-brooklyn-ny-bar, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #heffington-ryan-1973, #instagram-inc, #july-miranda, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #search-party-tv-program, #tiktok-bytedance, #trimbur-angela, #wood-evan-rachel

A City Ballet Star Bids Farewell to the ‘Crazy Ballerina Life’

After 22 years, Teresa Reichlen, a “low-key” Hitchcock blonde, steps into her next chapter: motherhood and running a gallery.

#dancing, #new-york-city-ballet, #reichlen-teresa, #school-of-american-ballet, #swan-lake-ballet, #the-firebird-ballet

Review: In Miami, a ‘Swan Lake’ That Blasts Off the Cobwebs

Miami City Ballet’s production of Alexei Ratmansky’s enthralling “Swan Lake” brings a beloved work into crisp, clean and musical focus.

#dancing, #lopez-lourdes, #miami-city-ballet, #ratmansky-alexei, #swan-lake-ballet

Stephanie Selby, Ballerina Who Inspired Many, Dies at 57

A 1976 book of photographs and text traced her year at the School of American Ballet and made her famous. But a darker story lay underneath.

#a-very-young-dancer-book, #balanchine-george, #books-and-literature, #dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #krementz-jill, #new-york-city-ballet, #photography, #school-of-american-ballet, #selby-stephanie-1965-2022

When Ski Ballet Pushed at the Porous Boundary Between Art and Sport

“We brought music to the mountains”: The rebel freestyle form born in the ’70s had a brief Olympic moment. Now it’s experiencing a renaissance online.

#chaffee-suzy, #dancing, #freestyle-skiing, #fuller-genia, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-1988, #olympic-games-1992

‘Sleep No More’ Awakens After a Long Hibernation

The pandemic has reshaped aspects of the show, which reopens Feb. 14, but its once and future influence on the theatrical life of the city remains undeniable.

#barrett-felix, #dancing, #doyle-maxine, #hochwald-jonathan, #mckittrick-hotel-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #punchdrunk-theatricals, #sleep-no-more-play, #theater, #weiner-randy

The Kirov Academy, a Leading Ballet School, to Close in May

The school, founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon more than three decades ago, told parents that the closing was related to financial issues.

#dancing, #kirov-academy-of-ballet, #mariinsky-ballet, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #shutdowns-institutional, #unification-church, #universal-ballet

Review: City Ballet Gets a Modern Dance Fix

A new work by the Ailey veteran Jamar Roberts shared a program with revivals by Pam Tanowitz and Kyle Abraham.

#abraham-kyle-1977, #baker-brandon-stirling, #bartok-ballet-ballet, #dancing, #emanon-in-two-movements-ballet, #furlan-jovani, #huxley-anthony-1988, #mejia-roman, #new-york-city-ballet, #phelan-unity, #roberts-jamar, #shorter-wayne, #stanley-taylor-1991, #tanowitz-pam, #the-runaway-ballet, #von-enck-emma, #walker-peter-dancer, #woodward-indiana

In Miami, Climbing Ballet’s Everest: ‘Swan Lake’

It has taken Miami City Ballet six years to get the Alexei Ratmansky production — the biggest and most expensive in the company’s history — off the ground.

#dancing, #lopez-lourdes, #miami-city-ballet, #ratmansky-alexei, #ratmansky-tatiana, #swan-lake-ballet

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Music for Dance

Reggae, house, step, ballet, tap, jazz: Listen to the sounds that have inspired great choreographers.

#classical-music, #dancing, #music

Calling All Tap Dance Kids (It’s Not the Acting Kid or the Singing Kid)

The challenge of casting the Encores! revival of “The Tap Dance Kid” exposes some of the complications of tap, show business and Black history.

#bello-alexander, #black-people, #dancing, #glover-savion, #grimes-jared, #leon-kenny, #new-york-city-center-theater, #the-tap-dance-kid-play, #theater

Review: At City Ballet, Giving Voice to the Body, With Sneakers

Justin Peck’s “Partita,” set to Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer-Prize winning composition, opened New York City Ballet’s winter season at Lincoln Center.

#bradley-india, #danchig-waring-adrian, #dancing, #dgv-danse-a-grande-vitesse-ballet, #gerrity-emilie, #new-york-city-ballet, #partita-ballet, #peck-justin, #riccardo-davide-dancer, #roomful-of-teeth-music-group, #shaw-caroline, #summerspace-dance

What Do Dancers Bring to a Halftime Show? They Complete the Picture.

Some dancers recoiled at the prospect of volunteering their services at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show: “You can’t make a living off of exposure.”

#dancing, #organized-labor, #sag-aftra, #super-bowl, #volunteers-and-community-service, #wages-and-salaries