On the evening of Sunday, April 6th 2014, an Injury Prevention Workshop wrapped up The Complete Dancer Series for the 2013-2014 academic year at The School at Steps. At $10 per ticket with student discounts, the event attracted an impressively large audience of parents, dance teachers, and dance students. Many of the children looked to be as young as eight or nine. They were by and large interested and attentive, with hands waving eagerly in hopes of getting a…Continue
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On the evening of March 20th 2014, as part of the Diamond Anniversary celebration of the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Koch Theater, the troupe offered a triple bill that included a recent world premiere and an enduring favorite from 1982. The first two,…Continue
Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 27, 2014 at 2:22pm — No Comments
I’m not a fan of the fact that standing ovations, once reserved for truly superb performances, have become almost routine in NYC. Often, in spite of not being able to see the curtain calls while everyone in front of me is up and blocking my view, I remain stubbornly in my seat if I feel that plain old clapping is sufficient. Yet on the evening of Friday, March 15th 2014 at City Center, I was on my feet with the rest of…Continue
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The evening of March 25th 2014 was opening night for a six-day run at the Joyce Theater of “Glory”, a mostly glorious offering choreographed by Greek-born Andonis Foniadakis for the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. A press release referred to the piece as “an evening-length work” but that depends on your definition of an evening at the theater. “Glory” is…Continue
Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 27, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Like the lyrics of a popular song, "you say tomato, I say tomahto," I say Flamenco, they say flamingo. Well, a tomato, even when pronounced tomahto, stays a tomato. Flamenco, when pronounced flamingo, no longer stays Flamenco ---it becomes a pink bird.
One of the greatest challenges I have encountered in the art of Flamenco is explaining what I do. When I explain that I am a Flamenco ("fluh"-MEN-co") dancer more often than not the response is "Oh, I was in Spain and saw…Continue
For the third year, China Arts and Entertainment Group is treating NYC dancegoers to an all-too-limited engagement of a lavish and exquisitely performed dance theater piece at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. Opening night of "The Red Dress" on Thursday March 6th 2014 will be followed by performances on the evenings of March 7th and 8th and a matinée on March 9th. Don't miss this chance to see superbly trained dancers, gorgeous costumes, immaculate ensemble work,…
Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 7, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments
As a welcome surprise during the New York City Ballet matinée on Saturday, March 1st 2014 at the Koch Theater, the recently renovated orchestra pit rose so that Interim Music Director Andrews Sills could give us an interesting history lesson with the musicians in full view. Under the direction of Guest Conductor Henrik Vagn Christensen, they played passages from Debussy’s “Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun” and from works by Saint-Saëns, Wagner, and Chopin while Sills explained that Debussy…Continue
Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 3, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Balanchine once said, “See the music, hear the dance”. The audience at the Koch Theater on the afternoon of February 22nd 2014 had the opportunity to do exactly that when the works of three very different choreographers brought treasured violin concertos to life. Kudos to Concertmasters Arturo Delmoni…Continue
Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 24, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments
During February 2014, the third snowiest on record in NYC, winter weary dancegoers are welcoming the mood-boosting comedy and charm of the New York City Ballet’s version of “Coppelia”. Staged by Balanchine with the legendary Alexandra Danilova in 1974, the production has musical passages for added male variations from “La Source” and “Sylvia” interpolated into Delibes’…Continue
Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 17, 2014 at 8:18am — No Comments
On February 12th 2014 at the Joyce Theater, Royal New Zealand Ballet under the artistic direction of iconic ballet star Ethan Stiefel opened a five-day run that marks the conclusion of the troupe’s first U.S. tour in 21 years. Dancegoers in four cities -- Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis, and New York –- have had the chance to see the admirable results of Stiefel’s vision and hard work with 61-year-old company since he took the helm in September of 2011 at…Continue
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With Fashion Week 2014 under way in the tents at Lincoln Center from February 6th to 13th, New York City Ballet dusted off Peter Martins’ 2012 tribute to iconic designer Valentino for the evening performance at Koch Theater on Saturday, February 8th. A description of “Bal de Couture” on the company’s web site enthused that we would feel…Continue
Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I promise I’m going to give you a complete and serious review of the New York City Ballet’s performance at the Koch Theatre on Saturday, February 1st 2014. However, I can’t resist starting with the two most endearing and unforgettable moments of the evening. First, a pair of prodigiously talented little girls danced with astonishing precision and panache as the Pearly Princesses in Balanchine’s “Union Jack”. Kudos to Natalie Glassie and Phoebe Golfinos who are…Continue
Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 9, 2014 at 10:42am — No Comments
Nearly 31 years have passed since George Balanchine, the prolific and pioneering 20th century choreographer, died on April 30th 1983. Yet the New York City Ballet, the company he co-founded with Lincoln Kirstein 80 years ago, continues to revere and remember him with equal parts fondness and awe. That legacy of love and respect for Mr. B was especially evident on January 25th 2014, the 4th annual celebration of “Saturday at the…Continue
Added by Sondra Forsyth on January 29, 2014 at 12:42pm — No Comments
What to do when it's 4 degrees out and you have only a pile of camisole leotards? Convert a camisole leotard into a long sleeve leo by upcycling a sweater that has a pull or run in it.
1. FInd a sweater you are no longer using as a sweater due to a pull or run in the body (or other reason, like lots of holiday designs on the front).
2. Carfully remove the sleeve along the seam line at the shoulder. This works best with a sweater that has normal inset sleeves (the sleeve…Continue
Added by abc for dance on January 7, 2014 at 10:20pm — No Comments
A simple craft that will help absorb odors and moisture from your shoes while helping the shoes to retain their shape. Please note that a mesh fabric was used for demonstration purposes only. To avoid dust in your shoes, use a slightly tighter weave fabric - muslin would be a good choice.
1. Cut a rectangle of fabric that is as wide as the inside of your shoe and twice as long as the area you want to cover. To be effective you want to cover at least the front half of the…Continue
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Lay on your side with your bottom and shoulders against a wall. Most people will not have their back all of the way against the wall. Bend your bottom elbow and allow your head to rest on your arm to help…Continue
Added by abc for dance on December 22, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments
A fun and easy craft for any dancer old enough to use scissors.
You will need 1 paper ballerina for each project. Here is a link to the drawing that I used for my ballerina base arabesque.docx
An additional sheet of paper and a pair of scissors is also needed to complete the project.
1. If using the…Continue
Added by abc for dance on December 20, 2013 at 10:19pm — No Comments
You will need an 8 inch piece of fabric - sheer works well, a fabric marker or pen, scissors, a 2.25 inch metal barrette, hair elastic, needle and thread, a 7 - 7.5 inch circle to use as a pattern and optional items to decorate the finished bun cover.
1. Trace around your circular object to draw the shape on the wrong…Continue
Added by abc for dance on December 20, 2013 at 12:12am — No Comments
With "Sleeping Beauty", the third ballet in Matthew Bourne's Tchaikovsky trilogy that includes "Nutcracker!" and "Swan Lake", the award-winning British choreographer has once again proved himself to be not only a gifted dancemaker but a masterful storyteller. The production, correctly billed as "A Gothic Romance", is playing at New York's…Continue
Added by Sondra Forsyth on October 30, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments