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Monthly Archives: August 2010

  • An Epic Collaboration: Baryshnikov and Cunningham

    mikhail-baryshnikovThis next piece of news just makes me want to book a flight to New York, ASAP! 

    According to the New York Times, "On Oct. 4, Mikhail Baryshnikov will perform as part of a special benefit program to introduce a new collaboration between the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Baryshnikov Arts Center. “BAC Flicks: Mondays With Merce,” a new monthly film series and programming collaboration, is intended to educate audiences about Cunningham’s legacy and creative process."

    This is sure to be a stellar event of epic proportions! To learn more about the kick-off event, the film series, or to purchase tickets, click here to read the rest of the article.

  • Alonzo King + Ballet = Serious Business

    AlonzoIMGFor Alonzo King, ballet is serious business indeed. The famed choreographer and artistic director of Alonzo King LINES Ballet recently interviewed with the Herald Scotland's own Phil Miller to discuss his intense dedication to the art of dance:  

    “As a young dancer, training with many leading schools and based in New York, he was reprimanded for his intensity and drive. He says that, like many dancers, he did not want to evolve in a steady, normal way – he wanted to be the best he could be immediately. “If you find young dancers, they know what they want from life. They know. You go into these schools and you see them: they are focused and have a mental design of what they want to become. It’s a remarkable thing to see and I was like that. I remember teachers would say: ‘Calm down, take it easy, relax,’ and I would think: ‘What are they talking about? They’re crazy! I have a lot to do here.’ I was intense. I still am.” ~ Quote Herald Scotland.  Read the rest of this fabulous article here. {FYI: He even discusses what it was like to teach Patrick Swayze during one of his last  films!}

    Alonzo King LINES Ballet performs in Edinburgh, Scotland August 26-29 at the Edinburgh International Festival.

  • The Joys and Travails of Dancing On Pointe In Bali

    Robin Gilbert Campos performs with Carlos Fittante in Bali.


    Even under the best conditions, dancing on pointe isn't exactly a cake walk.

    Now imagine how much harder it would be to glide across cement or worse--gritty, marble tiles? (Gasp!) Impossible, you say? Well, ballerina Robin Gilbert Campos of BALAM Dance Theatre begs to differ. In fact, this highly adaptable dancer is performing this month in Bali on some of the most challenging dance surfaces--from mud and moss to unsecured carpet! (Shudder)

    Robin recently sat down with BALAM's artistic director, Carlos Fittante to discuss the perils of pointe work in Bali: "Ballet and point dancing have a very specific training practice and environmental conditions, including being able to take ballet class and rehearse on a good floor on a regular basis. There is not an opportunity for any of that here in Bali. In this tour, we have had to rehearse on an outdoor cement courtyard, often wet with rain, mud and moss, while wearing our walking shoes. The temple stages we perform on are also cement with a thin carpet pieced together without being secured by tape, and sometimes the temple stage floors are bare marble tiles covered with grit. I have my point shoes rubberized as a precaution." ~ Quote Robin Gilbert Campos

    (I don't know about you, but I definitely wouldn't want to attempt such a feat!) To read the rest of Robin's amazing interview, click here.

  • Atlanta Ballet's Celebration Open to the Public

    You are cordially invited to attend this weekend's festivities in honor of Atlanta Ballet's Grand Opening of the new Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre! "The new Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, almost twice the size of its West Peachtree Street predecessor, will be the permanent home for the professional company and its nationally respected Centre for Dance Education. It will also serve as a unique resource for the not-for-profit performing arts community, offering special event, rehearsal and performance space." ~ Quote: Atlanta Ballet

    The celebration kicks off on Saturday at 10:30am with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event, followed by facility tours, mini performances and short open classes. You can read all about it here! {PS: If you happen to attend, send us an email or leave a comment telling us all about it!}

  • Spectrum's Donald Byrd To Choreograph Oklahoma!

    2157261ok1The official announcement has been made! The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of  "Oklahoma!" will be choreographed by Donald Byrd, the famed Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater. "This season at Spectrum Dance Theater I have been exploring the theme of relationships, love and obsession," says Byrd. "I was excited to be approached by The 5th Avenue Theatre to work on Oklahoma! The Rogers and Hammerstein classic offers a unique perspective on these themes and provides fertile ground for fresh interpretations." ~ Quote: Oklahoma! will run from July 8-August 6, 2011. To read more about exciting production, please click here.

  • Dancers Break World Record

    Over 200 dancers gather in Central Park to "Break the Ballet Record" of the most dancers en pointe at once.


    "American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Michele Wiles and Craig Salstein led the record attempt, which was also a fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club dance program. Dancers from the club's ballet school, which is part of the Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow program, performed before the attempt." ~ Quote

    Read more about this exciting event here. While you're there, be sure to check out their awesome photo slide show!

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