(Video) EPIC Elvis Presley Impersonator Championships: You’ve Come A Long Way Baby!

19 June 2014
(Video) EPIC Elvis Presley Impersonator Championships: You’ve Come A Long Way Baby!

That provocative phrase, long associated with the old Virginia Slims cigarette ads, is just as fitting for today’s world of Elvis tribute artist contests. Check out this video to see what we mean. Video produced by TK Productions of Monroe, Michigan. So, get out your jumpsuit!! EPIC: Elvis Presley Impersonator World Championships Date: August 12 – 16, 2014 Memphis, Tennessee (See link below for details) The competition is open to professional, non-professional, and youth competitors from around…

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Just Like Cinderella – Sort of…

5 June 2014
Just Like Cinderella – Sort of…

At the San Francisco Ballet, our shoes were always carefully organized in the storeroom by alphabetical order. At one point, however, the “L’s” must have intermingled with the “J’s” because THIS is what just turned up during spring cleaning. Somehow, I got ballerina Tina LeBlanc’s pointe shoe!   Of course I had to try it on. Fishnets and all! Looks fine to me! Don’t need those toes anyway. Below is a photo of both of our shoes. Can…

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Nobody Does Vegas Like Dancer David Bier

20 May 2014
Nobody Does Vegas Like Dancer David Bier

According to the original caption of this photo: “In the Fall of 1978, a little 14-year-old gay ballet boy in the suburbs tried on his very first “little black skirt”…and he liked it!  Well, 34 years later, not much has changed other than he’s no longer LITTLE. He’s still hangin’ onto the barre for dear life…and he’s STILL wearin’ a little black skirt! And he STILL likes it!”  Since that inspired moment a few decades ago, David…

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Dancers Making a Bold Statement on the Web

16 April 2014
Dancers Making a Bold Statement on the Web

When it comes to creating the look of your own website, the possibilities are infinite. Here are two incredible dancers whose personal websites we particularly love. Isabelle Ciaravola: Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet 

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Featured Interview with Rachid Alexander: An International Phenomenon in Male Belly Dancing

20 March 2014
Featured Interview with Rachid Alexander: An International Phenomenon in Male Belly Dancing

There are many wonderful performers, but very few true artists. We were fortunate to interview one of them.   Rachid Alexander Raised on the Caribbean island of Curaçao and now based in the Netherlands, Rachid Alexander has become one of the most sought after performers of a style we commonly call belly dancing.  That term, by the way, is a product of the Victorian era.  The preferred name for this sacred art form (which originated as far back…

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Jeffrey Levine: A Musician, Composer’s Insight into the World of Dance

17 March 2014
Jeffrey Levine: A Musician, Composer’s Insight into the World of Dance

From time to time, we feature other artists who have worked in close collaboration with dancers. Today, we were fortunate to interview double bassist, composer Jeffrey Levine, who has performed and written music for some of the most influential artists and orchestras in the world.    Recognized for his artistic skill, versatility and humor, Mr. Levine has enjoyed an extensive career that has encompassed many styles of music ranging from classical and contemporary music to jazz and…

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René & Estela: A Look Back at Rumba Royalty

19 February 2014
René & Estela: A Look Back at Rumba Royalty

Take a look at the dance clip below.  Unless you are already familiar with the film, we bet you’ve never seen anything quite like it before!!! About the Dancers René Rivero Guillén and Ramona Ajón (stage names René and Estela) were a brilliant Afro-Cuban dance team who rose to fame back in the 1930s. Originally from Matanzas, Cuba, the couple later moved to New York City where they appeared regularly at the Havana Madrid Nightclub on Broadway and…

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Société Auguste Vestris – Master Classes Avec Lauren Anderson

15 January 2014
Société Auguste Vestris – Master Classes Avec Lauren Anderson

(The following announcement is in French. Details in English, as well as an interview with Lauren Anderson, can be found: HERE.) Master Classes Avec Lauren Anderson Etoile Du Houston Ballet A l’invitation de la Société Auguste Vestris, la grande ballerine Lauren ANDERSON, première étoile afro-américaine du HOUSTON BALLET, sera en France du 15 au 22 mars 2014.  Responsable des programmes de sensibilisation artistique pour HOUSTON BALLET auprès d’enfants défavorisés, Lauren expliquera sa mission aux professeurs et…

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Lauren Anderson: Raising the ‘Barre’ for Every Ballerina

15 January 2014
Lauren Anderson: Raising the ‘Barre’ for Every Ballerina

At least once or twice over the years I’ve crossed paths with the phenomenal dancer and former principal dancer of Houston Ballet, Lauren Anderson.   Although I can’t recall where we met,… (was it in a rehearsal studio? or somewhere backstage?) —Here’s what I do remember. Besides her amazing gifts as a performer, what really set Lauren apart was her personality.  In fact, from the very first moment we met, Lauren Anderson was disarmingly kind, welcoming,…

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From Sci-Fi Ballet to Elvis–What A Year!!

30 December 2013
From Sci-Fi Ballet to Elvis–What A Year!!

As we near the countdown to 2014, here’s our chance to look back at some of the most memorable moments of 2013. 10.  Appalachian Mountain Dancers & the Notorious Dancing Outlaw  This past year we explored dance styles rooted in the Appalachian Region of the United States. The unforgettable cast of characters included boot-stompin’ Hillbilly Dave (shown in the photo on the left), Jesco White (aka the Dancing Outlaw) and his father, the late D. Ray…

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SID the Sci-Fi Ballet Film

10 November 2013
SID the Sci-Fi Ballet Film

There is something utterly captivating about a robot that possesses humanlike qualities. This is the subject of the latest project by producer, Ben Pierce, in collaboration with director, Ben Estabrook. About the Film SID is a cutting edge science fiction ballet film about an android whose newfound ability to dance leads to both love and destruction. As described by its producer, Ben Pierce, this film is a “fifteen-minute short that melds traditional Hollywood-style filmmaking techniques, science…

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