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27 June

Manon, like many beloved ballets (Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen and Swan Lake, for example), is laced with romance but ends in tragedy. The scandalous Manon ballet synopsis is based upon the book, Manon Lescaut by Antoine Francois Prevost, published in 1973. Manon falls in love with Des Grieux, before dabbling with the wealthier Monsieur GM. […]

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24 June

Artists have created site-specific works in a variety of unique spaces – away from traditional proscenium stages. The Californian company Bandaloop regularly performs on skyscrapers and mountains, Corey Baker brought ballerina Madeleine Graham to Antarctica for Antarctica: The First Dance, and on a much smaller scale, I created an improvisational screendance on a windowsill. Shobana […]

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22 June

With plenty of real-life doom and gloom surrounding the world, a ballet – particularly a comedic one – provides a very welcome escape. Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée story is based upon a French ballet from 1789 by Jean Dauberval and loosely translated as The Wayward Daughter. Ashton infused his love of the Suffolk […]

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21 June

With theaters shut for the foreseeable future, performance artists are in a bind. Many have migrated onto digital platforms, as evident by the abundance of dance shows and dance classes that have popped up as online dance resources in recent months. Some are offered once as a ‘livesteam’, while others live ‘on demand’ for a few days or […]

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13 June

Streaming dance shows from the comfort of home has been tiding us over, while the theaters remain shut. But while cameramen often skillfully capture choreography on film, there’s a distinct difference between dance that is preserved in a recording and that which is created specifically for a recording in a screendance format. Balletboyz Romeo and Juliet […]

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11 June

In this time of heightened anxiety, illness and quarantine, stories about dancing communities emerge daily – from all over the world. Why? Because dance raises our spirits and connects us with others. So patients, medical staff and self-isolating individuals continue to unite in music and movement. We’ve highlighted five funny and uplifting Covid-1dance stories each […]

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10 June

Dutch National Ballet & ISH Dance Collective’s GRIMM ballet, choreographed by Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris, displays a potpourri of dance styles in a fairy tale mash-up, much like Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods film. Members of the Het Nationale Ballet Junior Company perform alongside ISH Dance Collective professionals in a dynamic show that features beloved characters […]

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08 June

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Creole Giselle plucks the classic tale from rural Germany and places the plot in Louisiana.

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03 June

The Bangarra Dance Theatre is a celebrated Aboriginal dance group. Their evening-length work, Terrain, is inspired Lake Eyre in South Australia and the Arabunna (or Arabana) tribe. Split into nine distinct sections, the piece explores the relationship between Aboriginal people and the land they inhabit. Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Terrain premiered in 2012 and snagged two national Helpmann Awards in 2016: […]

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01 June

Royal Opera House The Cellist by British choreographer Cathy Marston inspects the life of famed musician,  Jacqueline du Pré. We meet her as a child and follow her journey from discovering the cello to a life in the spotlight and her personal struggle with multiple sclerosis. The Cellist brings Jacqueline du Pré’s biography to life – […]

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31 May

We describe our Klein Technique: Stretch and Placement Class with founder, Susan Klein, in NYC. Drop-in classes welcome dancers and non-dancers alike.

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30 May

Would you rather win a Grammy, an Emmy or a Nobel Peace Prize? I asked each of my summer campers in turn. And while I smiled and listened to each adolescent’s answer, urging them to elaborate upon his or her biggest dreams, I really thought: “Any other answer except for a Nobel Peace Prize is […]

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