{ Dd } Response: Dancers Shine in "The Hip Hop Nutcracker"

{ Dd } Response: Dancers Shine in “The Hip Hop Nutcracker”

I love a good remix. So, I jumped at the chance to see The Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. As I walked through the lobby doors that evening, hip-hop songs from the 1980s through modern day reverberated throughout the space....

Settling In and Opening Up: Excerpts of an Interview with Deborah Jowitt

Alejandra Iannone catches up with the legendary critic, dancer, choreographer, author, and teacher upon the occasion of her receiving the 2016 “Educational Visionary” Lifetime Achievement Award from Mark DeGarmo Dance. The following are excerpts of a longer conversation about her career, writing process, and advice for younger artists and writers.
The Future Is Female: Jessica Lang on ABT Premiere "Her Notes" and Overcoming Gender Bias

The Future Is Female: Jessica Lang on ABT Premiere “Her Notes” and Overcoming Gender Bias

In less than two decades, Jessica Lang has morphed from scrappy freelance choreographer to artistic director of her own nine-member dance company, Jessica Lang Dance, to an arts leader well on her way to establishing a center for dance education and a permanent home for her company in Long Island...
Stepping Into Greg Wohead's Memory at Georgia Tech

Stepping Into Greg Wohead’s Memory at Georgia Tech

After stepping out of the little black Fiat where Greg Wohead’s one-on-one performance The Backseat of My Car (and other safe places) occurred last Friday night, I found myself struck by a series of instructions Wohead gives the participatory audience member: You look out the window You touch my arm You...
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center: an Expressive Landmark to Philanthropy and Dance

The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center: an Expressive Landmark to Philanthropy and Dance

Entering the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is like entering a cathedral constructed of the philanthropist’s whims. From the south entrance, a two-story-high corridor undulates through the central vein of the building. It connects to studios that are named, and respectively colored, for vibrant gemstones, providing “inspiration” to the students...
Project Love ATL: Atlanta Ballet's Alessa Rogers on Gratitude and Giving Back

Project Love ATL: Atlanta Ballet’s Alessa Rogers on Gratitude and Giving Back

Project Love ATL is a benefit performance leveraging the talents of thirty diverse professional artists from Atlanta–dancers, musicians, actors, and visual artists–to raise awareness and funds for a charitable cause. This year, proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will go to Lost-n-Found Youth, an organization which addresses the needs...
Jane Comfort Brings Out the Humans in NYC

Jane Comfort Brings Out the Humans in NYC

This week Jane Comfort and Company premieres a new work at the Kitchen as part of American Dance Institute’s New York season. We were lucky to be able to chat with Jane Comfort about You Are Here, which was created with support from ADI’s Incubator residency program, and is an ode...
What Collaboration Looks Like At Satellite Collective

What Collaboration Looks Like At Satellite Collective

The New York-based arts nonprofit and incubator presents four new interdisciplinary works at 92Y, including a short film featuring two New York City Ballet dancers. {DIYdancer} spoke with three of the film’s collaborators.
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{ Dd } Response: Dancers Shine in "The Hip Hop Nutcracker"

{ Dd } Response: Dancers Shine in “The Hip Hop Nutcracker”

I love a good remix. So, I jumped at the chance to see The Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. As I walked through the lobby doors that evening, hip-hop songs from the 1980s through modern day reverberated throughout the space. Curious to see where the...

Settling In and Opening Up: Excerpts of an Interview with Deborah Jowitt

Alejandra Iannone catches up with the legendary critic, dancer, choreographer, author, and teacher upon the occasion of her receiving the 2016 “Educational Visionary” Lifetime Achievement Award from Mark DeGarmo Dance. The following are excerpts of a longer conversation about her career, writing process, and advice for younger artists and writers.
The Future Is Female: Jessica Lang on ABT Premiere "Her Notes" and Overcoming Gender Bias

The Future Is Female: Jessica Lang on ABT Premiere “Her Notes” and Overcoming Gender Bias

In less than two decades, Jessica Lang has morphed from scrappy freelance choreographer to artistic director of her own nine-member dance company, Jessica Lang Dance, to an arts leader well on her way to establishing a center for dance education and a permanent home for her company in Long Island City. All the while, she...
Stepping Into Greg Wohead's Memory at Georgia Tech

Stepping Into Greg Wohead’s Memory at Georgia Tech

After stepping out of the little black Fiat where Greg Wohead’s one-on-one performance The Backseat of My Car (and other safe places) occurred last Friday night, I found myself struck by a series of instructions Wohead gives the participatory audience member: You look out the window You touch my arm You lean in closer A little...
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center: an Expressive Landmark to Philanthropy and Dance

The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center: an Expressive Landmark to Philanthropy and Dance

Entering the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is like entering a cathedral constructed of the philanthropist’s whims. From the south entrance, a two-story-high corridor undulates through the central vein of the building. It connects to studios that are named, and respectively colored, for vibrant gemstones, providing “inspiration” to the students within. The hallway, like the...
Combustible Company's "Bluebeard's Dollhouse" is Brave, Though Busy

Combustible Company’s “Bluebeard’s Dollhouse” is Brave, Though Busy

The power of secrets. Violence. Marriage. What scarier ways could there be to usher in Halloween?   I started my October off with the world premiere of “Bluebeard’s Dollhouse,” a new, promenade-style production that merges theater, dance, puppetry and live music, and takes place throughout St. Paul’s historic James J. Hill House. In this work, Combustible...
Project Love ATL: Atlanta Ballet's Alessa Rogers on Gratitude and Giving Back

Project Love ATL: Atlanta Ballet’s Alessa Rogers on Gratitude and Giving Back

Project Love ATL is a benefit performance leveraging the talents of thirty diverse professional artists from Atlanta–dancers, musicians, actors, and visual artists–to raise awareness and funds for a charitable cause. This year, proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will go to Lost-n-Found Youth, an organization which addresses the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth and...
BOOMERANG Brings Its Unique and Layered Collaboration to Rockaway Beach

BOOMERANG Brings Its Unique and Layered Collaboration to Rockaway Beach

This Saturday evening, the Beach Sessions Dance Series kicks off at Rockaway Beach with BOOMERANG and Laurie Berg. Helmed by Matty Davis and Kora Radella, BOOMERANG is a dance and performance project that delights in presenting work in alternative spaces. For Beach Sessions, BOOMERANG will perform Repercussion, a trio that was commissioned by Dixon Place, and developed...
Getting Over the Hump with Christin Hanna During the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

Getting Over the Hump with Christin Hanna During the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

Inspired by her years of performing at Jacob’s Pillow with New Chamber Ballet, Christin Hanna moved home to Lake Tahoe, California, with a mission to create a similar performance series with the breathtaking Sierra Nevadas as a backdrop. In less than a decade, she has managed to build her own 501(c)3 organization, the Lake Tahoe...
{ Dd } Short Short List: America, Land of the (Seeing Dance for) FREE 7/4 - 7/10

{ Dd } Short Short List: America, Land of the (Seeing Dance for) FREE 7/4 – 7/10

Election years tend to make me especially cynical, particularly when they are laden with suspiciously loaded slogans like “Make America Great Again”. So when it comes to a day dedicated to celebrating our country, and our supposed greatness and freedom, I must think of the artists within our borders in order to feel hope. I...
Jane Comfort Brings Out the Humans in NYC

Jane Comfort Brings Out the Humans in NYC

This week Jane Comfort and Company premieres a new work at the Kitchen as part of American Dance Institute’s New York season. We were lucky to be able to chat with Jane Comfort about You Are Here, which was created with support from ADI’s Incubator residency program, and is an ode to urban dwellers.
What Collaboration Looks Like At Satellite Collective

What Collaboration Looks Like At Satellite Collective

The New York-based arts nonprofit and incubator presents four new interdisciplinary works at 92Y, including a short film featuring two New York City Ballet dancers. {DIYdancer} spoke with three of the film’s collaborators.
Rosanna Gamson Conveys Architectural Dreamworld at REDCAT

Rosanna Gamson Conveys Architectural Dreamworld at REDCAT

REDCAT’s 270-seat theater was an apt setting for independent choreographer and CalArts professor Rosanna Gamson/World Wide’s intimate STILL/RESTLESS, which she teased out into two separate sections, “Restless” followed by “Still.” A viewer could be tricked, given the intermission, costume and scenic changes, and slight differences in cast, into thinking these were two separate works, but...
{ Dd } Short Short List 6/6 - 6/12

{ Dd } Short Short List 6/6 – 6/12

The weather is heating up, but theaters have air conditioning! Here is your quick guide to dance this week…. 1. Vanessa Anspaugh at Abrons Arts Center The final installment of UNLEASHED, The Joyce Theater’s series of experimental art in intimate spaces, features Brooklyn artist Vanessa Anspaugh. The world premiere of Anspaugh’s The End of Men;...
{ Dd } Preview: Joyce UNLEASHED Continues with Anna Sperber's Prize

{ Dd } Preview: Joyce UNLEASHED Continues with Anna Sperber’s Prize

In her own words, Brooklyn-based artist Anna Sperber describes her newest work, premiering tonight and tomorrow night at New York Live Arts as part of the Joyce UNLEASHED series, like this: “In the world premiere of Prize, a wild, natural and driving kinetic power emerges. The dancers are navigating a psychologically viscous space within, outside, and...