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Charmaine Patricia Warren

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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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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko’s anonymous bodies

A lot happened in Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and anonymous bodies’ “#negrophobia” at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center.

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Patricia Hoffbauer: finding different ways

Patricia Hoffbauer makes work that pushes audiences in unconventional ways.

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Dance calendar October 2015

This month’s calendar begins with a celebration of a New York dance treasure...

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September 2015 dance calendar

This month’s dance calendar is jam-packed!

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August 2015 dance calendar

Two landmark dance events happen this month, with Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrating the life of Geoffrey Holder (Saturday, Aug. 1) and as part of CityPark’s Foundation’s Summer Stage, a 40th anniversary celebration of Broadway’s “The Wiz,” headed by Tony Award winner George Faison (Aug. 12 to 14).

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DanceBrazil is raw, complex, vibrant

elon Vieira, artistic director of DanceBrazil, better known within the Brazilian dance community as “Maestre” (“Master”), is also the founder and artistic director of the Capoeira Foundation.

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Bill T. Jones tell the story of ‘Dora’

Bjorn Amelan is Bill T. Jones’ partner and the son of Dora Amelan, the 94-year-old French Jewish nurse and World War II social worker, for whom Jones’ newest work, “Analogy/Dora: Tramontane,” is built.

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Ailey dedicates evening to Dudley Williams

For their recent, annual two-week season at Lincoln Center, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater planned new productions of Talley Beatty’s “Toccata” (1960), Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison’s “A Case of You” duet from the larger work “Reminiscin’” (2005), the company premiere of Artistic Director Robert Battle’s “No Longer Silent” and the premiere of celebrated hip-hop choreographer, Rennie Harris’ “Exodus.”

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July 2015 dance calendar

Tap City, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s weeklong celebration of tap dance, returns for the 15th year July 6 to 11 with performances, award presentations, theater showcases, films and master classes.

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July 2015 dance calendar

Tap City, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s weeklong celebration of tap dance, returns for the 15th year July 6 to 11 with performances, award presentations, theater showcases, films and master classes.

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Misty Copeland: Two milestones in two weeks

Raven Wilkinson—who in 1955 joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as the first African-American woman—and Lauren Anderson—who in 1990 became the first female African-American principal dancer in the country at Houston Ballet and, at the time, the world’s only African-American prima ballerina in a major ballet company—brought flowers and warm hugs to Misty Copeland at the curtain call for her performance as Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” one of the most important roles in a ballerina’s repertoire.

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Yamazaki’s ‘OQ’ a quiet story

The New York dance world first knew of Japanese-born fashion designer and butoh choreographer Kota Yamazaki through his collaboration with Germaine Acogny and her Senegal-based company Jant-Bi.

King’s collaborations translated through beautiful dance

On making work, San Francisco-based choreographer-artistic director Alonzo King of LINES Ballet insists “my experience has been that working with collaborators in whatever field, you realize you are doing the same thing.”

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Dance/NYC celebrates Upper Manhattan, Harlem

Dance/NYC, under Executive Director Lane Harwell, has been making strides in and around New York City in a big way.

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June 2015 dance calendar

What's happening in dance for the month of June?

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Fearon is fearless in Stephen Petronio Company

To coincide with Stephen Petronio Company’s 30th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater (April 7 to 12), Petronio presented the second and final part of his two-part work “Locomotor/Non Locomotor.”

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Def Dance Jam Community celebrates spring

ziza, founder and artistic director of Def Dance Jam Workshop, an intergenerational dance company of artists with and without different abilities, celebrates 20 years of service in the Harlem community with the spring season premier, “Touch…to feel your words” Sunday, May 17. In 2014, they transitioned to the new branding title “Def Dance Jam Community” or DDJC

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Seven dance artists receive $1.9 million in Doris Duke Artist Awards

Last month, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation named the 2015 class of Doris Duke Artists. Individually, recipients will receive $275,000 in “flexible, multi-year funding as an investment in and celebration of their ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, theater and jazz,” notes the release.

Dance calendar: May 2015

Two events highlight this month’s dance calendar, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia and Gabriel “Kwickstep” Dionisio’s hip-hop dance group Full Circle (May 1) and Marjani Forte (May 6 to 9).

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Another beginning for Dance Theatre of Harlem

The Dance Theatre of Harlem's April 2015 season marked the return to its longtime home, New York City Center.

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What can’t the dancers of Ailey II do?

For their weeklong run at the Joyce Theater (March 17 to 22), Ailey II didn’t entice audiences to come see a premiere, nor did the promotions offer anything else that was new. What was expected, however, was a season of good dancing from really good dancers.

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Dance calendar April 2015

hree events headline this month’s calendar: Dance Theatre of Harlem at City Center (April 8 to April 11), EMoves at Harlem Stage (April 10 to April 18) and Ballet Hispanico at the Joyce (April 14 to April 26).

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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, a signature style

There is no mistaking the now well-tuned signature movement style and vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown. His mix of West African, house and modern dance should probably have its own brand. After all, the “gaga” technique, developed by Ohad Naharin, a contemporary of Brown, when performed by Brown’s dancers, distinguishes them from all others.

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Dance calendar: March 2015

For the first time since their 50th anniversary tour in 2012, the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica returns to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College as part of the venue’s 60th anniversary season March 21-22.

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Tradition meets the contemporary: Compagnie Jant-Bi

Full disclosure, choreographer Robyn Orlin is a white South African and her recent work, “At the same time we were pointing a finger at you, we realized we were pointing three at ourselves,” at Peak Performances (Jan. 24 through Feb. 1), was performed by eight Black Senegalese men from Compagnie Jant-Bi.

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February dance calendar 2015

Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company returns to the Joyce Theater for their annual season, celebrating 30 years.

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Reliving Ailey at City Center 2014

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater took over the New York City Center stage for their annual month-long season.

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Dean Moss—not just for entertainment

Dean Moss awakened tales surrounding the life of John Brown, a 19th century white abolitionist, for his multimedia, evening-length work “johnbrown,” which ran Oct. 16 to Oct. 25 at the Kitchen, a long-time home for Moss, who served as curator and advisor to artists there.

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November 2014 Dance Calendar

The 20th anniversary celebration of Complexions Contemporary Ballet is the highlight of this month’s calendar.

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Dance calendar for September 2014

Check out our September 2014 dance calendar.

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Dancing in the streets—and parks

Dancing in the Streets’ “Dancing Through the Bronx” (Aug. 13–16) was a free, site-specific festival that sought to integrate modern dance for new audiences with the Bronx’s green outdoor spaces.

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Joffrey Ballet’s ‘call for choreographers of color’

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the official school of the Joffrey Ballet, has announced their fifth annual call for the “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards” program. “The goal of the award is to recognize talented and emerging diverse choreographers of color whose diverse perspective will ignite creativity in the form of original works of dance,” according to the release. The deadline for application is Oct. 1.

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Dance Calendar July 2014

For their 14th season, Roberto Villanueva, executive artistic director and founder of BalaSole Dance Company, presents 10 dancer-choreographers in “Melange” at Ailey Citigroup Theater. This new program will feature “a broad range of dance styles, music choices and artistic voices,” according to the release. The artists featured this season are Sara Braun, Chloe Cappo, Misei Daimaru, Alvaro Gonzalez, Steven Jeudy, Katie Kilbourn, Roberto Lara, Courtney Liu, Kendra Ross and Villanueva. For more information, visit www.balasoledance.org.

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Cuba’s MalPaso Dance Company: A Promising Future

MalPaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba, made its mark on New York City in its first U.S. appearance.

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Copeland conquers ‘Coppelia’!

In American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) “Coppelia,” considered the last of the Romantic ballets, Misty Copeland made the fantasy real in her debut performance as Swanilda

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June 2014 dance calendar

Highlighting the June calendar with three weeks of dance are Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence June 3-8 at the Joyce Theater and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and June 11-22 at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Def Dance brings it this spring

Def Dance Jam Workshop will present their spring season (May 16-18) at MIST Harlem and Theater Arts Center/The Smith

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Dianne McIntyre and James Baldwin: Exemplary storytellers

To celebrate James Baldwin, the quintessential American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet and activist, on what would have been his 90th anniversary, the dance institution New York Live Arts (NYLA) partners with Harlem Stage and Columbia University School of the Arts to present a festival in his honor.

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Ballet Hispanico: Growing repertory, beautiful dancing!

In his fourth year as artistic director of Ballet Hispanico, the brand that Cuban-American Eduardo Vilaro sports is becoming more and more sound.

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May 2014 dance calendar

Topping this month’s calendar are the Limon Dance Company at the Joyce, Frederic Nauczyciel at Julie Meneret Contemporary Art and Francesca Harper at Susan Batson Studio Theater.

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