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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Cuba’s vibrant ‘Havana Rakatan’ comes to New York City

Cuban dance and music explode onto the stage at City Center Theater Feb. 18 through Feb. 22 when Ballet Rakatan, accompanied by the eight-piece Cuban son band Turquino kicks off its vibrant program, “Havana Rakatan,” which promises to generate enough heat to melt hearts and transport audiences to the sun-splashed streets of Havana.

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Celebrating women with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

t’s that time of year! On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater season comes to the City Center Theater and runs through Sunday, Jan. 4.

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