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…

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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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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 Wharton featuring Ashley Wheater, and the Joffrey Ballet.   Monday, November 4, 2013, 7:00 pm ODC Theatre, 3153 17th Street, San Francisco Reservations: Event page ODC: www.odctheater.org…

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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 ready to try something new. We recently had a chance to catch up with this amazing artist. By the way, Roberta Wong grew up in…

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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 know! We have also included a video of that beautiful solo ”The Ostrich” choreographed by Asadata Dafora in 1932.  ___________________________________ Introducing a brand new production: The Song…

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World’s Biggest Flash Mob Event of its Kind

World’s Biggest Flash Mob Event of its Kind

Barbara Donahue Tells Us About Shimmy Mob!

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