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DanceAfrica celebrates Rwandan rebirth/renewal in 2019

When DanceAfrica returns to BAM on Memorial Day weekend, it will highlight a dramatic international story of rebirth and transformation for Rwanda.

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Lindy Hopper ‘Queen of Swing’ Norma Miller passes at 99

Norma Miller, the beloved, effervescent, energetic “Queen of Swing,” was the last surviving member of an elite group of dancers known as Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.

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Dancers Linda Celeste Sims, Glenn Sims to bring new addition to Ailey family

Anyone who has seen Ailey's exquisite Linda Celeste Sims perform duets with her husband Glenn Allen Sims can attest that there is always something magical in the air when the two dance together.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem City Center season celebrates 50 years

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s upcoming City Center season (April 10-13) is special for so many reasons.

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Carmen de Lavallade’s magical tour of a legendary ‘Life’

Dancer, actor, choreographer and charismatic, iconic performer Carmen de Lavallade takes audiences on a magical mesmerizing tour of what can only be described as a charmed life when she graces the Appel Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center with her show, “Life of a Legend,” Jan. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. each night.

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Raven Wilkinson, ballet pioneer and mentor to Misty Copeland, passes at 83

Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American woman to be admitted to a major American ballet company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, died Dec. 19, at her home in Manhattan.

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Honoring the legacy of an icon: Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Arthur Mitchell

Mitchell’s life is a testament to the truth of the old saying: “You only live once, but If you do it right once is enough.”

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Honoring the legacy of an icon: Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Arthur Mitchell

Arthur Mitchell’s larger-than-life spirit filled the hallowed halls of Riverside Church as an overflow crowd paid tribute to a life well-lived and a legacy that will endure forever.

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Ailey celebrates milestone 60th anniversary season

This season, the internationally famous, critically acclaimed and universally embraced Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater marks a milestone.

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ABT’s African-American soloist Calvin Royal III continues a legacy

Even before he became American Ballet Theatre’s only African-American male soloist, when he was still a member of the corps de ballet, Calvin Royal III’s presence onstage seemed to command attention. Whether he was one of a group of dancers in “Swan Lake” or another iconic classic or in a contemporary work by an up-and-coming choreographer, he stood out.

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