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Every October and May, after an insanely busy September and April, I find myself circling the dance listings and poring over my calendar with wonder. Like a goldfish, no matter how many seasons I have passed in these familiar waters, I somehow forget that in these two months it often seems completely plausible that every single choreographer and dancer in New York City is involved in a show I need to see. Not to mention all of the exciting imports. The feeling is overwhelming. I hate to miss out on good dance.

Recently refreshed from wrapping a big costume job for Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House and taking a trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco–filled with old friends celebrating their new vows (#mybestfriendswedding), shows (@melissasandvig in Silence the Musical), and/orĀ  babies (including Sierra Joy Storey)–I am ready to dive back into the fall season with Doug Varone and Dancers at the Joyce Theater this week. In particular, I am looking forward to the NYC premiere of Able to Leap Tall Building with a score by Julia Wolfe, of Bang on a Can fame. Celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a mix of old standards (meaning Bessie award winners) and two NYC premieres, this could be the ideal show for introducing someone new to dance, adding another fish to our bowl right when that exciting castle is on the horizon.

Doug Varone and Dancers
The Joyce Theater
October 9-14

Click here for tickets.

Click here for a recent interview with Doug Varone (I am particularly struck by his embrace of dance on tv!).


Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.