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Hot Town! Summer in the City: New York Dance Scene Update, June & July 2012

The perennially pulsating dance world of NYC has racked up a plethora of newsworthy items in June and July. Here's a sampling:


June 12th: Kevin McKenzie's 20th Anniversary Salute

At the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, the American Ballet Theatre presented a one-time-only mixed bill in honor of Kevin McKenzie's 20th anniversary as Artistic Director of "America's National Ballet Company." The celebration began…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on July 22, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Lviv State Choreographic School

Lviv State Choreographic School …


Added by Nikolay Sanzharevskiy on July 7, 2012 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Thanks to all who voted!

Ballet Ambassadors was 27 votes shy at the midnight deadline for Mission Small Business but heartfelt thanks to all who voted! On with the dance!

Added by Sondra Forsyth on July 1, 2012 at 8:26am — No Comments

Today is the deadline to vote for Ballet Ambassadors!

We have 12 hours and 7 minutes left to get our final 53 votes in order to qualify for the grant! There will be 12 winners selected from the pool of qualified businesses. To those of you who have helped us get 197 votes so far, my gratitude. I hope we can ratchet up to 250 by the midnight deadline. Visit, log in via Facebook, search for Ballet Ambassadors, and click…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on June 30, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments

Please vote for Ballet Ambassadors.

Ballet Ambassadors needs 250 votes in order to qualify for a $250k grant from Mission Small Business. Please visit, find us, and click "Support."

If you would like to see what you're voting for, visit

Thank you from all of us at Ballet Ambassadors and from the children and teens who would benefit greatly from the…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on June 23, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

Youth America Grand Prix 2012

For three evenings in a row – April 26th, 27th, and 28th 2012 – the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in NYC was the venue for performances that concluded this year's Youth America Grand Prix. Launched in 1999 by two former Bolshoi Ballet dancers, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, YAGP has mushroomed into the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition, awarding over $250,000 annually in tuition to the leading dance schools on the…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on April 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ballet Hispanico at the Joyce in NYC

Three years have elapsed since Ballet Hispanico founder Tina Ramirez retired and handed the director's mantle to Eduardo Vilaro.  During this spring's New York season at the Joyce, evidence of his personal stamp on the company's repertoire and overall mission was evident. A product of Alvin Ailey training, the former director of Chicago's Luna Negra Dance Theater has a decidedly contemporary bent to his artistic choices. The Hispanic music and ethos are still evident, but the works – at…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on April 24, 2012 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Looking to hire male modern dancers!!

Male Modern Dancers Needed



Looking to hire 1-2 Male dancers for upcoming shows. Band of Artists is a performing arts troupe that explores tolerance through art and disability. Our current performance is "Intersection" and you can check out our promo video on youtube if you type the name Sutie Madison. We have, so far, 4 upcoming shows to prepare for which are:





Added by Band of Artists on March 15, 2012 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Martha Graham Gala with Diana Vishneva

The A-list of New York City's dance community came out in full force, not to mention glam attire, for the 2012 Martha Graham Gala at City Center on the evening of March 14th.  Guest artist Diana Vishneva was the big name draw, but the rest of the dancers more than held their own during the brief but dazzling mixed bill that featured some of Graham's greatest works. What a joy to see this company, a true artistic treasure, looking so polished and exuberant after being saved not…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on March 15, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Peony Pavilion: A Treasure from China at Lincoln Center

Gia Kourlas, a dance critic for "The New York Times," wrote a decidedly tepid review of a recent performance of "The Peony Pavilion" by the China Jing Ling Dance Company at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. She did manage some faint praise for what she flippantly called the "trippy" lighting and the costumes that created a "psychedelic universe," which she described this way: "Even when it's tacky, it's incredible." Yet she was not impressed enough with the dancing to say much…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on January 9, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

"The Nutcracker" From the Other Side of the Footlights

Dear Dancers,

This post originally appeared on The readers at that site are largely uninitiated when it comes to the dance world, but I thought you insiders here at would enjoy my ballerina's eye view of the holiday ballet we all love and know so well. Feel free to add some "Nutcracker" memories of your own in the comment section!

Warmest holiday wishes,



"The Nutcracker" season is in full…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on December 19, 2011 at 9:57am — No Comments

The NYC Mayor's Awards for Arts & Culture 2011

Among the awardees at the 35th annual Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture at Lincoln Center's recently refurbished Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, November 2nd 2011 was dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov. He was cited for creating the Baryshnikov Arts Center in a once-decaying section of NYC's Hell's Kitchen. The evening's highest honor, the Handel Medallion, went to Broadway lion Steven Sondheim who looked and sounded far younger than his 81 years as he quipped that of all…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on November 2, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

"A Halloween Thriller," CTFD Gala at City Center in NYC

On Monday evening, I joined a bevy of NYC's dance elite and fans for "A Halloween Thriller," the 26th annual benefit for Career Transitions for Dancers at the newly refurbished City Center. The audience, following the suggested dress code on the invitations, showed up in gala attire and elegant costumes. I opted for retired ballerina glam with a black sequined jacket, a long black velvet skirt, lots of sparkly bling, my hair in a sleek bun, and stage make-up. My date donned a…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on November 1, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Bit of an update

Thank you so much to those that are still keeping tabs and have an interest in what I am going through. I have alot of news, and I thought I would share from my blog the biggest news there is in my life. Feel free to share around if you so choose and comments always welcome. (posted from )…


Added by Rhian Royce (Siomha) on October 28, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Expand Your Dance Library

When my mother passed away in June she left a house full of memories.  As a former dancer and teacher and librarian, one of her passions was collecting books on dance and dancers.  While I am fortunate to grow my collection with additions from her library, there are well over a hundred more books that are in need of a new home.  The majority of the books are out of print, some dating back to the early 1900's.  Additionally there are copies of Dance Magazine ranging from the 1960's to mid… Continue

Added by abc for dance on October 20, 2011 at 10:47am — No Comments

It is Nutcracker and competition season! Do all have what they need in regards to costuming? I would like to invite you to visit my site and take a gander at some of th…

It is Nutcracker and competition season! Do all have what they need in regards to costuming? I would like to invite you to visit my site and take a gander at some of the designs I have done in the past and currently working on. I am a professional Costume Designer and take pride in what I do; all the way from the design sketch to the final stitch. It saddens me to read blogs on those that have had a not… Continue

Added by The Tutu Emporium on September 10, 2011 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Music Moves Me: An Ode to NYC's Ballet Class Accompanists, Redux


Back in December of 2008 during my brief departure from to the now-defunct, I wrote about seven of the amazing ballet accompanists who play for some of the classes I take in New York City. The response to the post was so positive that I've decided to bring it back and add four artists to my original roster of those who know exactly how to inspire dancers. Many of the top-flight musicians on my list play from memory or improvise on the spot, feats that continue…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on July 13, 2011 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Why I Don't Do Recitals

(First published on June 2, 2011 at The Mindful Dancer)

I am a diehard, lifelong Pittsburg Steelers fan--and a dancer. It goes without saying that I was doubly proud when Steeler’s wide-receiver Hines Ward won the recent season of Dancing With The Stars. But being both a football fan and a dancer has its pitfalls.

Imagine the ensuing embarrassment from…

Added by James Robey on July 5, 2011 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Teaching As An Egoless Practice

(First published on May 24, 2011 at The Mindful Dancer)


“creating without possessing,

acting without expecting,

guiding without interfering.”

~Tao te Ching (from the Stephen Mitchell translation)

Creating, acting, guiding, and (I might add) teaching without possessing, expecting, and interfering. This has been a guiding principle of…


Added by James Robey on June 28, 2011 at 2:46pm — No Comments

The Royal Danish Ballet's Engagement at Lincoln Center

The evening of June 14th 2011 was unseasonably wet and chilly in New York City but the ebullient goings-on inside the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center chased away the gloom for the appreciative balletomanes in the audience. The occasion was the opening night of the Tuesday to Sunday run of mixed bills by the Royal Danish Ballet in its first New York appearance since 1998. Nikolaj Hübbe, a long-time and well-loved New York City Ballet principal dancer, has been Artistic…


Added by Sondra Forsyth on June 15, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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