Zita Allen

Recent Stories

Tease photo

Misty Copeland, Carmen de Lavallade, Raven Wilkinson discuss race, ballet

Friday, July 17, still aglow from the promotion that made her the first African-American principal ballerina with American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland joined three other remarkable artists for a frank, informative and inspiring discussion of ballet and Black women, barriers and breakthroughs.

Tease photo

Celebrating the life of Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Holder, the creative genius whose career spanned 50 years and dazzled us with a limitless talent, energetic exuberance and captivating charisma, will be honored in a series of celebrations on his birthday, Aug. 1.

Tease photo

Black ballerinas reflect on Misty Copeland’s historic ‘Swan Lake’ debut

As the opening strains of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” filled the sold-out Metropolitan Opera House, a dancer in white flitted across the dimly lit stage, with its backdrop of a shimmering blue lake, and disappeared.

Tease photo

Misty Copeland becomes ABT’s first African-American principal ballerina

When American Ballet Theatre announced the promotion of Misty Copeland to principal ballerina Tuesday...

Tease photo

Dudley Williams: A life well-lived in dance

In 2004, when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Dudley Williams was preparing to retire after four decades in dance, an interviewer asked about the unique longevity that characterized his remarkable career.

Tease photo

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicks off hot summer season at Lincoln Center

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater explodes onstage at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for its annual two-week summer season with a program.

Tease photo

DanceAfrica 2015 honors founder Baba Chuck Davis

DanceAfrica, the cultural cornucopia conceived and nurtured by Artistic Director Chuck Davis, has filled the Brooklyn Academy of Music with an exuberant explosion of dance, music, film, food, fashion and more on Memorial Day weekend for the past 38 years.

Tease photo

Choreographer Dianne McIntyre’s revealing ‘Selfie Session’

Dianne McIntyre has been called a “groundbreaking artistic pioneer,” a “choreographic genius” and “one of modern dance’s reigning divas”—praise showered on her since 1972 and the birth of Sounds in Motion, her now-defunct dance company, and throughout a four-decade long career.

Tease photo

National Action Network labor panel urges workers to raise hell

April 10, the nation’s top labor leaders took the struggle to protect the rights of working men and women to the annual National Action Network convention.

Tease photo

Dance Theatre of Harlem launches City Center season

Virginia Johnson takes a deep breath before sitting down for an interview in a room just off the spacious, sun-drenched studio backstage at New York’s City Center

More stories