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Charmaine Patricia Warren

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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.

Contemplating Alonzo King’s ‘Constellations’

For their New York season at the Joyce Theatre, the Alonzo King LINES Ballet offered the New York premiere of “Constellations” (2012), a melding of opera, lights and dance.

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Ailey family mourns loss of Calvin Hunt

The Ailey family is mourning the passing of one of the giants of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Calvin Hunt, remembered by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Ailey Board of Trustees as “our beloved senior director of performance and production.”

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April 2014 dance calendar

This month’s calendar brings four April staples: Ailey II (April 2-13); Harlem Stage’s “EMoves” (April 4-5 & 11-12); Ballet Hispanico (April 15-27); and Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) (April 23-27).

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Dance icon Joan Miller dies at 78

One of Harlem’s own, dancer, choreographer and instructor Joan Miller, died at 78.

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s third season in NYC

For its third season in New York at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre presented works spanning from 2006 to 2014

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March dance calendar 2014

Dance in March offers up contemporary flamenco with Rocio Molina and cantaora Rosario La Tremendita, as well as contemporary ballet from the San-Francisco-based Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.

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Apollo’s ‘Club Harlem’—what a night!

In just the second iteration of the Apollo’s “Club Harlem,” begun last year as an idea by Executive Producer Miki Shepard, number two was a hit.

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David Rousseve/REALITY: A bittersweet return

From the start, the 10-member cast in David Rousseve’s “Stardust” is breathtaking.

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February dance calendar

A storyteller indeed, Souleymane “Solo” Badolo will premiere “Benon” Feb. 13-15 at Danspace Project. In “Benon,” roughly translated as “harvest” and inspired by the Burkinabé tradition of dancing to celebrate the harvest, the production “explores the essential nature of food, sharing and giving thanks.”

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Rennie Harris Puremovement returns after 10-year hiatus

Hip-hop dance fans and the dance community at large will be pleasantly pleased to see the return of Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM) after a 10-year hiatus at the Joyce Theater, running from Jan. 28-Feb. 2. RHPM has been busy touring nationally and internationally, and now there is also a junior company, Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works, formed in 2007.

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January 2014 dance calendar

List of must-see dance to begin 2014!