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January 27&28, 2007
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FUND RAISING COMPETITION HAS TOP PRIZE OF $3000
Amateurs of all ages (and professionals making under $30,000 a year) are invited to show their stuff at the Warwick Mall, March 8 through 11. The Rotary Club of Warwick is running the New England Performs to raise money for charities and cash prizes will be awarded up to a grand prize of $3000. Try out fees are only $35 if you enter by February 12. [See rules and more at the New England Performs Contest website]
TRAGIC END TO A DREAM OF DANCE
Even for talented dancers, New York City isn't always the way to success. It can mean degradation and death. Everyone wants to hear about the winners, so we often don't hear about the dancers who don't make it. Today's New York Times recounts the sad tale of one of the losers. [Father Weeps as He Recalls Learning of Dancer's Killing NYT 1/30/07 free sign up required]
ANTHRAX SURVIVOR DANCES HIS THANKS
Dancer and drum maker, Vado Diomande, who recovered from anthrax thanks to some excellent medical care, will bring his dance company to Sayre, Pennsylvania, where he was treated, for a special thank you performance. Kotchegna Dance Company performs the regional dances and songs of the Ivory Coast. [Anthrax Victim to Thank Doctors With Dance NYT 1/30/07 free sign up required]
PROFICIENCY WORKSHOP FOR RI DANCE COMMUNITY
Workshops for any member of the dance community interested in becoming a coach or evaluator for the new high school graduation arts proficiency requirement. The next workshop will be held this Saturday, February 3. [Find out more]
WGBH KICKS OFF AMERICAS BALLROOM CHALLENGE THIS WEDNESDAY
Top ballroom dancers compete at the world's largest ballroom dancing competition, The Ohio Star Ball held last fall in Columbus, Ohio. The series takes viewers onto the dance floor for five hours of competition and behind the scenes as 24 top ranked couples vie for a dance title created just for this performance.[Schedule and more]
ONLINE PRO JO FEATURES SLIDE SHOW OF STATE BALLET
Today's edition of the web-based Providence Journal features a slide show of yesterday's audition at State Ballet of Rhode Island. Young dancers from the northern part of the state are included as are pictures of RI's grande dame of ballet, Herci Marsden along with her daughter and granddaughter, Ana and Shana Marsden Fox, who were judges. [Providence Journal 1/29/07 right side of page free sign up required]
AND THE WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN
As of December 2006, swing, salsa and ballroom dancing have been allowed within the hallowed halls of John Brown University. Previously the only social dancing permitted in this Arkansas Christian school has been folk and square dance. Turns out evengelical schools all over the country are starting to drop their ban on some dancing and it's usually the more codified social dances and not slow dance or other body contact dances. Freak dancing and the completely innocent Hip Hop are not invited to the party. [The First Dance Mark Oppenheimer NYT Sunday Magazine 1/28/07 free sign up required]
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE AUDITIONS
It's that time again. So You Think You Can Dance is holding auditions all over the country with New York City being the closest location to Rhode Island. New York is also the first audition date (March 1) so the judges should be at their most understanding. [So You Think You Can Dance Auditions]
RIPPED MOVEMENT FESTIVAL OPENS, SATURDAY SELLS OUT
The Ripped festival started off on Thursday with some strong pieces, most notably, Joan Merwyn's Dissent! and Katie Mcnamara and Rebecca Sloan's the come back. The festival is showcasing over 15 dance companies and 35 dancers hailing from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York City, and every performance has something new. Saturday is already sold out, but there are still seats available on Friday and Sunday.
[See here for the complete schedule and more information]
DANCE TEACHERS BEWARE - NEW WRINKLE TO OLD INTERNET SCAM
The interet scammers are constantly refining their techniques. Now they are are paying with counterfeit American Express Gift Cheques. [Find out more about email scams that target dance and music teachers.]
CENTRAL FALLS TEENS TAKE OVER THE TOWERS
Arlene Fleming reports on Human Creativity, a performing arts program conceived and run by Deanna Camputaro, which brought
Central Falls teens to the Narragansett Towers to teach and perform west african, argentine tango and latin dance to local students. [Dance! Dance! Dance! Providence Journal 1/23/07 South County edition, you have to sign up, but its free]
Find out why humans only have two opposable digits while other primates have four in article about the evolution and biomechanics of feet. [Your fabulous feet Providence Journal 1/21/07 Lifebeat, you have to sign up, but its free]
DANCE 'DOCUMENTARY' RUNNING ON MTV
Billed as a reality show (apparently that's the only term tv executives can understand) DanceLife, a semi documentary, follows a group of young talented jazz/hip hop dancers through the audition and rehearsal process for a performance with Jennifer Lopez (who's also DanceLife's producer). The show is running on MTV (Cox 60) for 8 weeks on Mondays at 1030pm. You can catch re-runs on Sundays at 830pm and Mondays at 230 and 430pm.
WHAT CLAIRE DID ON HER BREAKS
Last year, while actress Claire Danes was working in Rhode Island (on the movie Evening), she was using her spare time to rehearse a duet choreographed by her childhood dance teacher, Tamar Rogoff. The other dancer in the duet is Rogoff's daughter and Dane's friend from their teen days, Ariel Flavin.
[ A Choreographer Takes Her Daughter to Work, With a Famous Friend by Rebecca Milzoff 1/21/07 New York Times]
DANCING IN THE AIR
How do you get four studios from two without making the originals smaller? Answer, you hang the new studios above the old.
And that's just what architect Elizabeth Diller did for The School of American Ballet, and in the process created a breath-takingly beautiful design. [See here for artist rendition of SAB's floating floors (pdf).
Also see More Room to Pirouette at Lincoln Center Studios by Robin Pogrebin 1/19/07 New York Times]
RI CONNECTION TO BILLY ELLIOT?
The nine year old son of the late Spaulding Gray (and the nephew of ProJo's music critic, Channing Gray) is up for the lead in the musical Billy Elliot, which started as a movie and then became a phenomenally successful play in London. (It won Best New Musical at the 2006 Olivier Awards,and choreographer, Peter Darling won the Best Theatre Choreographer Award.) It's expected to open at the Imperial Theatre in New York City in the fall of 2008. [Spaulding Legacy 1/1/6/07 New York Post]
STOMP THE YARD STOMPS THE COMPETITION
Audiences bit big for the hokey, Stomp The Yard, the newest dance movie to hit the cinemas. Revenues are estimated at 26.5 million for the four day holiday weekend. On its first weekend, Stomp The Yard knocked Night at the Museum out of the number one slot. The movie cost under 15 million to make so this first weekend puts it in the black. Exit polls showed the Stomp audience was 59% Female and 41% male, with 62% over 18 and 65% African-American. This despite poor reviews, a call for a boycott by some black fraternities, and at least one movie theater (in Illinois) refusing to show the movie for fear of gang violence. [See the trailer]
THE LONDON TIMES WEIGHS IN ON FREE SPEECH AND BALLET
"One of the strangest things about political activists is that they so rarely understand freedom, the very thing they think they are fighting for. Everyone in this country, even a sugar plum fairy, is entitled to freedom of thought and of speech under the law..." (see January 13 on this page for more about this on-going story). [Sugar plum fairy v the forces of darkness 1/14/07 London Times]
DANCE WEEK ESSAY CONTEST
Dance Spirit Magazine is running an essay contest for National Dance Week with a first place award of $250.00. In 300 words or less - If you were given unlimited resources with which to build a dance-specific ride at a theme park, what would you design? Tell us every last detail: what it looks like, how thrilling it is, what kind of music you'd play, how interactive it is. [Contest Details]
PROFICIENCY WORKSHOPS FOR RI DANCE COMMUNITY
Workshops for any member of the dance community interested in becoming a coach or evaluator for the new high school graduation arts proficiency requirement. The next workshop will be held on January 20 and February 3. [Find out more]
NEW DANCE MOVIE IN THEATERS NOW
It's not an animation and it will not be bringing in as much money as the phenomenally successful Happy Feet (179, 687,000 as of January 4 and counting), but the latest dance movie has arrived and is now in theaters around the country. Stomp The Yard focuses on the movement form called stepping which has been danced by black college students for almost a century. [See the trailer plus find out more]
SOUNDS BOMBS FOR STREET PERFORMERS
German designer, Felix Beck, has come up with what he calls a Soundbomb. The six inch plastic ball with suction cups and a loop (for hanging) has an audio recorder inside. It can be hung from trees or attached to walls. Althought designed for street artists, the Soundbomb looks to be adaptable to small theatres. Beck only makes his Soundbombs for projects of which he approves, so interested artists can't just order them, they have to apply. [Wired Magazine pg 96 11/06 also visit the Soundbomb website for details]
PROTEST AGAINST BRITISH BALLERINA BRIEFLY INTERRUPTS GISELLE
The debate continues (this time noisily) over English National Ballet principal dancer Simone Clarke, who in December was outed as a member of the right-wing British National party by the well respected British paper, The Guardian (see January 4 on this page). Since then there have been several protests and on-going calls for her dismissal.
[BNP ballerina dances through protest by anti-racists 1/13/07 The Guardian Sun]
NYC MAY HAVE A NEW DANCE GIANT IN ITS MIDST
"The settled landscape of ballet in New York - dominated by the Balanchine-Robbins shrine at New York City Ballet and the bouquet of Latin and Slavic stars at American Ballet Theater - has been shaken by a minor earthquake.
It comes in the form of Christopher Wheeldon, the 33-year-old wunderkind choreographer" - Daniel J. Wakin in the New York Times. Is Christopher Wheeldon the new Balanchine? [Gambler Shakes Up Land of Tutus and Leotards - The New York Times 1/8/07 signup for free]
WHO OWNS THE DANCE?
The 2002 court battle between The Martha Graham Dance Center and Graham's heir Ron Protoas produced a change in dance ownership rights. Choreographers who choreograph for hire do not necessarily own those works or at least the organization who hired the choreographer also has rights to the work unless the contract specifies something different. [When the Choreographer Is Out of the Picture NYT 1/7/07 online for 2 weeks/sign up for free]
HEADS UP MODERN DANCERS - SNAPPY DANCE LOOKING FOR DANCERS!
Cambridge based Snappy dance theatre is an excellent dance company within driving distance of Rhode Island. It started out a lot like Pilobolus, but lately has been evolving its own amazing gestalt. If you've wanted to play in the big leagues and are an athletic dancer, consider applying to this company. [Snappy Dance job opportunity]
PROVIDENCE BALLET RE-OPENS FOR BUSINESS
Providence Ballet will re-open today after a hiatus of 8 months. Although no longer in Downcity, the school's south side location allows for easier parking and the main floor studio will be beloved by many weary parents, who had experienced the Mount Everest of staircases in the original building. [Find out more and see photographs from the Grand Opening party]
NYC BALLET'S CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON ANNOUNCES NEW COMPANY
"Christopher Wheeldon, one of the world's most sought-after choreographers, who recently announced an end to his residency at New York City Ballet, has formed his own company, a major event in the dance world."
(He's a hot choreographer, but his naming skills are nil - the company is entitled an overwrought 'Morphoses the Wheeldon Company') [Wheeldon Forms a Dance Company - The New York Times 1/4/07 signup for free]
BRITISH DANCER'S POLITICS OVERSHADOWS HER DANCE
"Officials from the English National Ballet faced calls to sack one of their leading dancers yesterday after Simone Clarke defied criticism and gave a detailed interview defending her support for the British National party."
(The BNP believes that there should be a cessation of non-white immigration into England and they oppose racial integration between British and non-European peoples. Should an artist (or anyone) be fired for their political views? What has happened to free speech? Did we ever really have it?) [Read the whole article at The Guardian Sun 1/1/07]
DANCE ON CAMERA FESTIVAL HAPPENING NOW IN NYC
"Choreographers and filmmakers may share a love of rhythm, of patterns in space, of movement, of music, of visual metaphor. But that doesn't mean it's easy to put dance on film." [Read the whole article at The New York Sun 1/2/07]. Or take a look at the NYT's discussion From the Stage to the Movie Screen, Seeing the Dancer in a Different Light [1/3/07 signup for free]
WESTERLY HAS ITS 33rd TWELFTH NIGHT
The Westerly Chorus certainly knows how to put on an extravaganza - they've been doing their Celebration of Twelfth Night for over thirty years. Coming up on January 13 and 14, it is created anew each year always with beautiful medieval costumes and a gorgeous set. Dancers, jesters, acrobats and performers of all kinds are on hand to weave the magic of various legends of old.
If the fool's spirit takes you, come for the Peasant Feast before or after the performance.
[Twelfth Night Details]
COME CLOWN AROUND WITH WESTERLY'S JESTERS
Twelfth Night Jesters Randy Judkins and Tom Murphy don't hang up their funny hats the rest of the year; they are two of the East coast's best known clowns. Here's a unique opportunity to learn physical comedy skills with two master clowners.
The two-hour workshop will take place on Sunday, January 7 in Westerly, and its open to anyone 12 years and up.
[Twelfth Night Clown Workshop]
THIS WEEKEND'S DANCE ACROSS THE CITY EXPANDS TO TWO DAYS!
This year Boston's incredible Dance Across the City will kick off the event with a free Friday dance sampler including Pilobolus, Boston Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre! On Saturday January 6, everyone is invited to a full day of dance classes (all at no charge) taught by some of the nation's best.
[Find out more about Dance Across Boston]
DANCING SPIRIT BELLY DANCE CLASSES START NEXT MONDAY
After years of teaching, choreographing and performing ballet and modern, Barbara Donahue fell in love with a new dance.
Since 2000 she has been RI's strongest advocate for the art of American style belly dance. Her seemingly boundless energy has resulted in performances at all kinds of events - giving many people throughout the state the opportunity to experience the joy and beauty of American style belly dance.
Barbara teaches an accredited class at Bristol Community College (open to the public) as well as at her studio in Tiverton. Her classes will return from holiday break on Monday January 8. Check out her entire schedule on the the Dancing Spirit website
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