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Ballet Hispanico Offers Contemporary Dance with a Latin Flavor for a Two-Week Run at the Joyce

Opening night of Ballet Hispanico’s 2014 spring season at the Joyce on April 15th once again featured the fascinating fusion of Latin themes with contemporary movement that has become Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro’s trademark during his four years at the helm.…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on April 18, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Youth America Grand Prix Comes of Age With Grace, Artistry, and Professionalism

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Youth America Grand Prix, known to all as YAGP, the international competition founded by former Bolshoi principals Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev offered a three-evening celebration at the Koch from April 9th to 11th 2014 that completely converted this former naysayer into a diehard fan. All of my complaints from…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on April 14, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments

The School at Steps Draws a Crowd for an Injury Prevention Workshop

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…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on April 8, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Paul Taylor’s 1982 “Mercuric Tidings” Trumps His 2014 Premiere

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,…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 27, 2014 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo Brings Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Darkly Compelling Adaptation of “Swan Lake” to NYC

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…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 27, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève Returns to the Joyce With a New York Premiere

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…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 27, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

I Say Flamenco, You Say Flamingo!

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…

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Added by Linda Machado on March 24, 2014 at 11:54pm — 2 Comments

"The Red Dress" Brings the Dance Artistry of China to the Koch

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,…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 7, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

New York City Ballet Offers a Music Lesson Along With Four Ballets Set to Scores by French Composers

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…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 3, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Fans of New York City Ballet “See the Music” of Three 20th Century Violin Concertos

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…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 24, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments

New York City Ballet Treats NYC to “Coppelia” After a 5-Year Hiatus

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’…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 17, 2014 at 8:18am — No Comments

Ethan Stiefel Brings Royal New Zealand Ballet to NYC

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…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New York City Ballet Delivers Two Hits and a Miss in a Triple Bill

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…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Pony’s Debut and Two Little Prodigies Steal the Show at New York City Ballet

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…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on February 9, 2014 at 10:42am — No Comments

New York City Ballet’s 4th Annual “Saturday at the Ballet with George” Celebration of Mr. B’s Birthday

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…

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Added by Sondra Forsyth on January 29, 2014 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Convert Your Leotard - Handy Upcycle Project

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…

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Added by abc for dance on January 7, 2014 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Shoe Deodorizers - Craft Project

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…

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Added by abc for dance on January 5, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

Hip Helpers - A Quick Conditioning Series



The ability to move your thigh freely in your hip socket is crucial for all style of dance.   To be able to do this without pain,…

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Added by abc for dance on December 26, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Wall Barre Alignment Strengthener

Use your break between classes to improve your alignment and strength with this short workout -

 

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…

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Added by abc for dance on December 22, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Snowflake Ballet - Craft Project

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…

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Added by abc for dance on December 20, 2013 at 10:19pm — No Comments

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