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‘Black Hearts Are Burning’ discusses systemic racism in dance

The far-reaching impact of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police which sparked protestors around the globe and the resounding rallying cry that Black Lives Matter were echoed in spirit Sunday.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem announces online platform, programs

Dance online, which has flourished during the pandemic, just got even more exciting.

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DanceAfrica 2020: The indomitable cultural celebration continues—online

It’s time, and DanceAfrica will not disappoint. On Monday, May 18, it launched a digital series of public programs celebrating the nation’s largest African dance festival and the community that created it and the one that supports it.

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Legendary choreographer, dancer, director Louis Johnson passes

Louis Johnson, the legendary choreographer, dancer, director who did it all—ballet, modern, jazz, Broadway, opera and film—even as he generously taught and mentored countless young, gifted and aspiring talents, passed away March 31, at the age of 90.

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Ailey All Access offers performances, classes to fight COVID-19 blues

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (AAADT) is just one of a number of dance institutions and artists generously sharing their talents online during this challenging time as they demonstrate that though “these are the times that try men’s (and women’s) souls” art offers solace.

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Budding Black ballerina breaks NYC Ballet’s Nutcracker color barrier

This past holiday season, ballet history was made when New York City Ballet’s annual production of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” featured 11-year-old Charlotte Nebres, the first Black ballerina cast as the classic’s lead since it was first produced sixty-five years ago, in 1954.

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Young Black hoofer holding it down in Dorrance Dance Company

Byron Tittle, a young tap dancer with the Dorrance Dance, the critically acclaimed tap troupe headed by MacArthur Award winner Michelle Dorrance.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater season sparkles

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s season is in full swing from Dec. 4 – Jan. 5 at City Center with five-weeks of performances that promise to rival the sparkle of the Swarovski crystal-studded Times Square ball that will bring in 2020.

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Celebrating trailblazing icon, activist Diahann Carroll

Dianne Reeves’ soul-stirring rendition of Paul McCartney’s “Black Bird,” was a song Carroll’s daughter, Suzanne Kay, said her mother specifically requested be sung at her tribute when she passed.

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Kyle Marshall pushes movement’s envelope at BAM’s Next Wave Festival

Kyle Marshall Choreography, which makes its debut as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave 2019 program (Dec. 4-7), is part of a roster of talented companies being showcased this season as BAM’s new Artistic Director David Binder introduces audiences to an exciting new crop of compelling young artists.

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