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Complexions Contemporary Ballet & Lula Washington Dance Theater at the Ford Theater

Complexions Contemporary Ballet & Lula Washington Dance Theater at the Ford Theater

It was difficult to talk any of my local friends into going with me to see Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Lula Washington Dance Theater perform last Saturday at the Ford Theater in Hollywood.  Not because they weren’t interested, but everyone was either out of town, working, or already committed to another show.
Dd Response: Vendetta Mathea & Co at the Downtown Dance Festival

Dd Response: Vendetta Mathea & Co at the Downtown Dance Festival

Vendetta Mathea, an American transplant in Aurillac, France, shared an excerpt of her new work, Water Soul, at the Downtown Dance Festival last Sunday. Since I was born and raised in France, it was exciting for me to identify and distill the influences of both the American and French cultures in Vendetta’s work.
Dd Response: Week 1 of Ballet v6.0 at the Joyce

Dd Response: Week 1 of Ballet v6.0 at the Joyce

When asking the big questions like “Is there a God?” and… “What is contemporary ballet in 2013?” artists (and believers) are searching for a raison d’etre. The curators of Ballet v6.0—a contemporary ballet festival hosted by the Joyce Theater and featuring six emerging dance companies “creating work outside the traditional large company setting”—appear to be...

Jon Yanofsky: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ New Executive Director

The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been presenting world-class programming to South Brooklyn’s multicultural audiences since 1954. Though the Center’s steady organizational balance and strong community bond is due in part to the creative achievements of its artistic leaders, its success is not grounded in artistic innovation alone. Like other successful arts organizations,...

Dd Preview: Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal at Celebrate Brooklyn on 8/1

This Thursday night, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal comes to the Prospect Park Bandshell with dances by Benjamin Millipied, Barak Marshall, and Wen Wei Wang. The FREE show starts at 8p. Come Celebrate Brooklyn and enjoy dance outdoors!
360 Degrees of Jaw-Dropping Dance at Cedar Lake

360 Degrees of Jaw-Dropping Dance at Cedar Lake

“They are 32. They are young, driven and talented. During the past weeks they have had to confront their fears and weaknesses while immersing themselves in the professional dance world of Cedar Lake. (…) This evening is dedicated to them”.    – Alexandra Damiani   Last night I had the pleasure to witness the production...
Dd Response: Post:Ballet at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SF

Dd Response: Post:Ballet at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SF

In San Francisco, excitement is building for Robert Dekker’s Post:Ballet, a small and relatively new company with all the markings of professionalism.

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 19 of 20/20

A little bit of inspiration to get you to the weekend. What is better than dancing by yourself in an empty theater? What is your favorite dance video or short film? Send us your nomination for the Day 20 dance video in celebration of National Dance Day–tweet us @diydancer, email us hello@diydancer.com or comment below with...

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 17 of 20/20

What happens when you mix twitter, dance, and a camera? #Tweetdance! Dance performances that truly treat the public as collaborators. #TweetDance: Lauren Alzamora dances “a giant bug landed on your shoulder…” from Kygwen on Vimeo. What is your favorite dance video or short film? Send us your nomination for the Day 20 dance video in...

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 16 of 20/20

This film dances to beats high and low. Click here to read more about the “dance battle over the fate of American cities”: What is your favorite dance video or short film? Send us your nomination for the Day 20 dance video in celebration of National Dance Day–tweet us @diydancer, email us hello@diydancer.com or comment below...

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 15 of 20/20

Music video Monday: Christian Larson was one of a dozen filmmakers given complete artistic freedom to surprise the band sigur ros with a video for their new album Valtari. In Larson’s own words: “i’ve always been inspired by dance, so i wanted to tell a short story with dialogue through movement, without anyone saying anything....

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 14 of 20/20

A great video from PBS diving into the social dance that inspired Balanchine; followed up by a video interview by Rebecca King, exploring the challenges of getting through that demanding work…Sunday = Square Dance! Watch Not So Square on PBS. See more from POV. What is your favorite dance video or short film? Send us...

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 13 of 20/20

S is for Saturday and Sato! Under One’s producer Kyla Ernst-Alper says of this film, featuring Jane Sato, a dancer with RIOULT: “I love that Jane’s pants reflect the lines to the architecture around her, and I see linear qualities in her movements that also reflect the surrounding landscape. Jane knew exactly where she wanted...

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 12 of 20/20

What happens when a man confuses his girlfriend and dog? Jody Oberfelder’s film takes on this dream/nightmare with empathy and humor: You can catch the latest work from Jody Oberfelder this weekend at Governor’s Island! What is your favorite dance video or short film? Send us your nomination for the Day 20 dance video in...

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 11 of 20/20

For this throwback Thursday, we are going way back. What is your favorite bit of dance history caught on camera? Send us your nomination for the Day 20 dance video in celebration of National Dance Day–tweet us @diydancer, email us hello@diydancer.com or comment below with a link.