Video: Juney & Pam Visit the Indiana State Fair

2 September 2014

And, as always, there’s dancing involved. Here’s their video.  

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Start Up and Dance: A 21st Century Approach to Dance Management & Marketing

26 August 2014
Start Up and Dance: A 21st Century Approach to Dance Management & Marketing

From time to time, dance-related information is shared with us that may be very useful to many of you out there.  When that happens, we just pass it along. Here’s the latest. In dance, as for any field, success is not always guaranteed by hard work and talent alone.  Beyond the hours…

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Cirque du Soleil’s Incredible Michael Jackson ONE: An Interview with Dancers Kany Diabaté and Ahlamalik Williams

13 August 2014
Cirque du Soleil’s Incredible Michael Jackson ONE: An Interview with Dancers Kany Diabaté and Ahlamalik Williams

Audiences and critics agree that, from start to finish, Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE is a thrilling roller coaster ride of an experience. We recently had the opportunity to see this exciting show during its run exclusively at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than a standard tribute production featuring impersonators, Michael…

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Elvis Day at Northern California’s Sonoma County Fair

11 August 2014
Elvis Day at Northern California’s Sonoma County Fair

In the past year alone, we’ve gone from Elvis Week in Memphis all the way across the country to the Las Vegas Elvis Festival. Now, you’ll never guess where the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll turned up next. The Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, California where, on August 2nd,…

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How Does A San Francisco Opera Musician Warm Up for Madame Butterfly?

25 July 2014
How Does A San Francisco Opera Musician Warm Up for Madame Butterfly?

Principal Bassoonist, Rufus Olivier, dances with a San Francisco Opera patron before a performance of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.  Players from the low brass section were there to serenade opera-goers while both musicians and patrons shared their love for the SF Opera Orchestra! See video below: The video was recorded by musicians of the San Francisco Opera in…

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(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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Words On Dance: 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration

1 November 2013
Words On Dance: 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration

Join Words On Dance! …To celebrate 20 years of dedication to providing a valuable discussion forum for dancers!     Don’t Miss It! ASHLEY WHEATER, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet in conversation with JOANNA BERMAN With a rare screening of archival footage from San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and a film premier by Quinn B…

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Keeping Up With Roberta Wong and the Latest Trends in Contemporary Dance

17 October 2013
Keeping Up With Roberta Wong and the Latest Trends in Contemporary Dance

Whenever we want to know what’s happening in the world of modern or contemporary dance, (or practically anything for that matter), we just ask Roberta Wong! Besides being highly recognized as a performer, Roberta is a versatile choreographer, a Professor of Dance (at Indiana University and Butler University) and is always…

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Wondrous Birds of Dance & the Song of the Nightingale

3 October 2013
Wondrous Birds of Dance & the Song of the Nightingale

Because of their grace, beauty and symbolic presence, birds are often represented on stage.   See our list below for some of the many types of birds that dancers (both male and female) have portrayed. If you can think of anything to add to our list below, please let us…

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Remembering Photographer Weiferd Watts

26 September 2013
Remembering Photographer Weiferd Watts

September 26th marks the birthday of the incredibly gifted and humble artist, Weiferd Watts, who was widely recognized for his photography of dancers, body builders, fitness trainers and models. Here, we look back at some of those rare moments when Weiferd was actually in front of the camera and not…

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Elvis Week 2013: Take Us to Graceland

10 September 2013
Elvis Week 2013: Take Us to Graceland

Day 7 On the previous day (Day 6), we experienced what is considered the cornerstone of Elvis Week: the candlelight vigil. Each year, on August 15th, multitudes of fans gather for a peaceful remembrance of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. The next day, it was time for the final…

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