Digital access to dance July 2020

CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN | 7/23/2020, midnight
Performers, some companies and now lots of venues continue to be creative in presenting dance through virtual platforms. Featured this ...

Performers, some companies and now lots of venues continue to be creative in presenting dance through virtual platforms. Featured this month is the new series, Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us, conceived and curated by tap dancer Ayodele Casel and frequent collaborator Torya Beard. Every Tuesday at noon, artists will present seven different video performances—solos and duos performed by a multigenerational and multicultural group. Beginning back on July 14, the series, co-directed by Casel and Beard, runs through Tuesday, August 25, and is a continuation of Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer project. There will be featured performances by Casel, Amanda Castro, Starinah Dixon, Andre Imanishi, Ryan Johnson, Lisa La Touche, Ted Levy, Michela Marino Lerman, Anthony Morigerato, Makenna Watts, and more. “We all have something to say. We have something to give, something to communicate about who we are and where we’ve been,” said Casel. “Diary of a Tap Dancer is predicated on the belief that by revealing our stories, we expose our shared humanity and provide a deeper understanding of how our life experience moves the dance.” The series is free as part of City Center Live @ Home programs. Get access here:

July 14 through August 4—Pentacle and Brooklyn Botanic Garden team up to present four dance events on Tuesday evenings titled “Art in the Garden,” with Raphael Xavier & Gary Dourdan (7/14), Stefanie Batten Bland’s Company SBB (7/21), Dance Heginbotham (7/28), and Urban Bush Women (8/4). Get access here:

July 25—Edisa Weeks’ and Delirious Dance’s ROOTS PARTIES go virtual. Attendees can join in-person or over Zoom. “Edisa is making one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five roots in recognition of the year 1865, when legalized chattel slavery ended in America. The roots are for the performance installation, 3 RITES: Liberty, and will dangle from the ceiling to the floor to create a maze that the audience separates and moves through to eventually meet the Liberty character,” according to the release. This event is presented in partnership with Bailey’s Café. Get more information and access here:

Continuing livestreams:

Abrons Arts Center is streaming full-length performances from past seasons. Get access here:

All ARTS, a streaming site through WNET, the partner company of New York’s PBS, offers a mix of dance and other events. Get access here:

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is offering “Ailey All Access” featuring a weekly series that broadcasts full-length works from their expansive repertory, Ailey Extension dance and fitness classes, original short films created by the Ailey dancers and more. Get access here:

Black Dance Stories airs on Tuesday evenings and highlights and celebrates Black creatives in the dance world. It is inspired by the tradition of Black artists finding a way for their voices to be heard during turbulent times. The series launched last week with Ayodele Casel, Stefanie Batten Bland, Jamar Roberts (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre) and Tiffany Rea-Fisher (Elisa Monte Dance). The rest of the July lineup includes Cynthia Oliver (Cynthia Oliver Co. Dance Theatre), Marjani Forté-Saunders (formerly Urban Bush Women), Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris (Rennie Harris Puremovement), J. Bouey (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company), Kyle Marshall (Kyle Marshall Choreography), and Okwui Okpokwasili (Past Hodder Fellow). Get access here: