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Charmaine Patricia Warren

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Digital access to dance June 2020

Since the pause in April due to COVID-19 which crippled the dance world, many dancers, choreographers and presenters have pledged to keep dance present.

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August 2019 Dance Calendar

The annual Battery Dance Festival returns for its 38th season, presented by Battery Dance in association with Battery Park City Authority, offering free performances from Aug. 11-16.

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Dance artists Camille A. Brown, Juel Lane, recipients of $40,000 award

Camille A. Brown, who hails from Queens, New York, and Juel Lane from Atlanta, Georgia, have spent a good deal of their ever-evolving dance careers working on the same stages.

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Kyle Abraham’s ‘The Runaway’ for New York City Ballet

Before the curtain rose for the New York City Ballet’s annual Choreography & Couture fall gala, the dancers were announced, and in warmup clothes, gala outfits and, curiously, a T-shirt that read “Libre” (“Free”), a full stage of dancers flanked Teresa Reichlen, who delivered a statement written by her and Adrian Danchig-Waring (both principals) concerning the continued spotlight on the company surrounding misconduct and sexual harassment.

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Okwui Okpokwasili receives a MacArthur ‘genius’ fellowship

New York choreographer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili is one of 25 fellows who received a MacArthur “genius” grant. This award, which often comes as a welcome surprise for artists, is unrestricted in that they are acknowledged for their originality and dedication to making work, with no strings attached.

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Celebrating dance in New York

The New York dance community has been busy this summer celebrating advocates, choreographers, performers and those who make dance happen across our rich landscape.

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August 2017 Dance Calendar

There are still many opportunities to see dance outdoors this summer. Now in its second year, INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival 2018 transforms the Western Queens waterfront Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 with 20 new commissioned works by regional, national and international choreographers in Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park.

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Dance Calendar June 2018

Under the direction of founder and executive/artistic director, the steadfast, Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO!, the Philadelphia Dance Company, returns to The Joyce Theater after a six-year absence, for a weeklong run.

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Dance Calendar May 2018

Heading up this month’s calendar is Paloma McGregor’s Angela’s Pulse/Dancing While Black at BAAD! (May 3-May 5) in celebration of their fifth anniversary.

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And then there were three...

For five years now, Camille A. Brown had been processing a dance trilogy that aims to engage audiences beyond their seats.

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Contemporary Noh Theater a success!

The recent production of the dance/drama at Japan Society, “Left-Right-Left” “…was developed based on the never-seen-before concept of combining noh music and contemporary dance.”

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November Dance Calendar

This month’s calendar begins with the world premiere of Preeti Vasudevan’s “Stories by Hand,” created and performed by Vasudevan, at New York Live Arts, Nov. 2 to Nov. 4.

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Faustin Linyekula’s ‘In Search of Dinozord’

Fabulously talented Broadway veteran Chuck Cooper is starring in “Prince of Broadway” at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Cooper, who has one of the most distinctive voices on Broadway, is featured throughout the production singing songs that would be traditional and nontraditional for a Black actor.

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October 2017 Dance Calendar

Two women top this month’s calendar: Germaine Acogny with the U.S. premiere of “Mon élue noire (My Black Chosen One): Sacre #2” (Oct. 4-7) and Cynthia Oliver’s world-premiere “Virago-Man Dem” (Oct. 25-28), both at BAM Fisher.

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And the 2017 Bessies go to…

Two of the dance world’s most esteemed contributors will be recognized for their long-standing artistry, service and support of the field by The New York Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, Monday, Oct. 9.

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July 2017 Dance Calendar

The July calendar has a good deal of carry-over performances from last month and Kyle Abraham’s Abraham.In.Motion tops the list.

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A message from Okwui Okpokwasili

A close look into Okwui Okpokwasili’s eyes at the end of a performance confirms how completely she commits to the message in her work.

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BAAD! brings out the good

It seems that any visit to Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance is a not-to-be-forgotten experience.

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Dance Calendar June 2017

For nearly one year now, Kyle Marshall and dancers Oluwadamilare Ayorinde and Myssi Robinson have been in deep research, making his first full-evening work, “Colored.”

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Malpaso Dance Company: Cuban dance comes to Brooklyn

Together Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company and Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble’s “Dreaming of Lions” (March 1-4) were a hit! For this debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, co-founder, artistic director and dancer, Osnel Delgado of Malpaso, and director, pianist, composer O’Farrill, the Mexican-born, informal ambassador to Cuban musicians, melded dance and music seamlessly.

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Marguerite Hemmings’ freedom train

Toward the end of choreographer/performer Marguerite Hemmings’ “we free” at Gibney Dance

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Dance Calendar March 2017

Dance in March offers up an assortment of cultural forms and more.

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Complexions Contemporary Ballet pays tribute to David Bowie

Count on beautiful bodies moving through space as if there is nothing else to do but dance, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the brain-child of co-founders/artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, is a sure bet.

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February Dance Calendar

The young choreographer, social activist, Jamaican native living in Brooklyn, Marguerite Hemmings, tops this month’s calendar, and there are two chances to see her this month.

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Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group’s ‘Citizen’ at BAM/Harvey

It is not surprising that for Reggie Wilson’s latest work, “Citizen,” he begins by directing his audience to keep thinking about these unreasoned times in the Black man’s history.

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Three faces of Fana

The experience begins on the trip to the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, now all of 18 years old but still a hidden gem, run by Artur Aviles (artistic director) and Charles Rice-Gonzalez (executive director), that give emerging artists a platform to show their work. The experience continues once you enter the space: part church, part party place, part offices and sectioned off by shimmering strands that form a curtain—part performance space.

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January 2017 Dance Calendar

Finish 2016 and ring in 2017 with performances by the renowned flamenco company, Nocha Flamenca, where live music and principal dancer Soledad Barrio is a staple.

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December 2016 Dance Calendar

Include dance in your holiday plans.

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November 2016 Dance Calendar Pt. 2

The November calendar continues with traditional, worldly, contemporary and annual favorites.

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November 2016 Dance Calendar Pt. 1

The options are many for this month’s dance calendar: traditional, worldly, contemporary, annual favorites and so much more.

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The Bessies—Oh what a night!

This year’s 32nd annual NY Dance and Performance Awards, the Bessies, moved from a five-year run at the Apollo Theatre to the Brooklyn Academy of Music at the Howard Gilman Opera House.

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Fall for Dance 2016—A New York favorite

There is just one week left of New York City Center’s annual dance season opener program, Fall for Dance.

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October 2016 Dance Calendar

This month’s calendar is filled with events and performances that revisit the history of dance, offer a mix of dance from different cultures and look toward the future.

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Irie Jam’s 23rd anniversary celebration and Sizzler Kalonji’s return!

Once DJ Killer Boo, from Irie Jam Radio, stepped onstage and there was something to see other than the crew setting up, and amid intermittent jeering from the agitated crowd, there was much to forgive and possibly much to forget.

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August 2016 Dance Calendar

For August, dance can be seen indoors, and although there is more summer to be had, a good deal of outdoor performances are happening this month.

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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company scores yet again

The dancers who make up Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company—Brittany Ballentine, Arcell Cabuag, Shayla Caldwell, Annique Roberts, Keon Thoulouis and Clarice Young—are true vessels for Brown’s recognized vocabulary.

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Edisa Weeks’ Delirious Dances—Political dance?

There is beautiful movement, live music and a good deal of theater in Edisa Weeks’ “To Begin the World Over Again” (Gibney Dance, Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, June 30 to July 2).

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July 2016 Dance Calendar

Before the July calendar begins, there is still more dance left to see in June.

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Review: Ailey at Lincoln Center

Together, Kyle Abraham, Robert Battle, Ronald K. Brown and Rennie Harris have made a total of 13 works specifically for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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Dance calendar June 2016

Dance in June is full. Be sure to see the many festivals in and around the tristate area.

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Celebrating Gus Solomons Jr.

Countless colleagues, friends and patrons celebrate the chosen one on stage and in the audience. This year, it was Gus Solomons Jr.’s turn

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Dance Calendar May 2016

Upcoming events in May!

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Review: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Just two years ago, the choreographer Paul Taylor announced a plan to reinvent his company, Paul Taylor Dance Company...

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The dancers of Ailey II mean business

Season after season, with dancers coming and going (they are only contracted for two years), the dancers of Ailey II simply never disappoint.

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Coltrane and Urban Bush Women a ‘Supreme’ pair

In silhouette, accompanied by a soft hum, repeating, reaching and curving from one long limb to the other, Channon Judson’s arms, legs and torso wafts through the space for the opening of Urban Bush Woman’s “Walking With ’Trane” at BAM Harvey (Dec. 9-12)

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Souleymane ‘Solo’ Badolo’s ‘An African Man in America’

Specially commissioned for BAM Fisher (Dec. 2 to 5), Souleymane “Solo” Badolo’s “Yimbegre” is a dance for men and a journey about one—Badolo

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Urban Bush Women, inspired by Coltrane

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder and artistic director of Urban Bush Women, discusses the company.

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December 2015 dance calendar

Include dance in your holiday plans.

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Jose Limón: A legend lives on

The late choreographer and early modern dance pioneer Jose Limón will always be recognized for his tremendous contributions in bringing breath to dance...

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Camille A. Brown & Dancers playing for real

Camille A. Brown is a consummate soloist.

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