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Dance Magazine is a monthly performing arts magazine featuring all forms of dance with profiles, news, photos, reviews of performances and information on books, videos, films, schools, health and technique. It has been published since 1927 by Dance Magazine Inc.Dance Magazine subjects include the performing arts. Hanna Rubin is the executive managing editor. Wendy Perron, Jennifer Stahl and Khara Hanlon are contributing editors.

Articles from Vol. 74, No. 8, August

Advice for Dancers
Q Your article on how to quit smoking in the July 1997 edition of Dance Magazine is very interesting, but it brought up some questions for me. For example, does it take one cigarette, a pack or a couple of months to develop health problems? I'd also...
A `Spritely' Ashton Classic
A `SPRITELY' ASHTON CLASSIC LA SCALA BALLET TEATRO ALLA SCALA MILAN, ITALY APRIL 21-MAY 3, 2000 REVIEWED BY SILVIA POLETTI The Italian premiere of Frederick Ashton's Ondine (1958) offered Italian balletgoers a precious opportunity to rediscover...
A Taste of the Orient
DANCE SALAD ASIA WORTHAM CENTER, CULLEN THEATER HOUSTON, TEXAS APRIL 28-29, 2000 REVIEWED BY MARENE GUSTIN If normalizing trade with China means more of Houston's recent Asian-flavored Dance Salad, then art lovers across America should be calling...
Broadway Dance Wins Big in Two Contests
THE DANCE-HEAVY Broadway musical Contact swept the fifty-fourth annual Tony Awards, hosted by Nathan Lane and Rosie O'Donnell and held June 4 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Actor Boyd Gaines took home a Tony (his third) for best featured actor...
Bunheads Converge at RDA Pacific Fest
ON A HOT, airless May morning, in a carpeted ballroom at the Modesto Double Tree Inn, College of Marin dance teacher Alan Scofield is leading a musicality class for two dozen teenaged ballerinas. Bewildered looks are exchanged and nervous giggles erupt...
Dance Magazine Essay Prize Helps Teachers Honor Teachers
DANCE TEACHERS, who must inspire their students to succeed, draw from many wellsprings. But none is more important than the education and encouragement provided by the dance teachers' own teachers. In recognizing that, Dance Magazine sponsors an annual...
Dance Recalls Slain Students
ON MAY 4, 1970, at Ohio's Kent State University, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on several thousand rioting anti-Vietnam War demonstrators who were protesting President Richard Nixon's decision to escalate fighting in Cambodia. In thirteen seconds,...
Dancers Run Away to a Home in the Circus
"Ten thousand people saw our show last summer. So it's got to work on a different level than performing for a bunch of art friends." --Jess Curtis AS A MEMBER of Contraband, Sara Shelton Mann's small but deeply influential San Francisco troupe of...
Discovered in an Incubator
DISCOVERED IN AN INCUBATOR SAN FRANCISCO BALLET WAR MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA JANUARY 24-MAY 17, 2000 REVIEWED BY JANICE ROSS High-tech "incubators" are a way of life in the San Francisco Bay Area's Silicon Valley, and for...
Face the Music & Dance
FACE THE MUSIC & DANCE SHAPIRO & SMITH DANCE WITH SCOTT KILLIAN MARK DENDY DANCE & THEATER WITH DON BYRON SYMPHONY SPACE NEW YORK, NEW YORK APRIL 27-APRIL 29, 2000 REVIEWED BY KEVIN GIORDANO Shapiro & Smith Dance is a troupe whose...
Future Vision Marks Mexico Jazz Congress
THE BASS is loud and insistent, vibrating through the wood floor. Fifty dancers squeeze toward the front of the studio to get a closer look at dance instructor Ricardo Cossio's high-speed, high-energy routine. Cossio, a short, slight 32-year-old,...
Graham Center Folds, Dancers Cancel
CITING A $500,000 financial deficit and beset by top-level turmoil, the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance--which includes the Graham dance troupe and school--suspended operations in late May. Francis Mason, acting chair of the center's board,...
Grover Dale: Introduction to `Answers for Dancers'
Answers for Dancers, a new column by Grover Dale answering your questions about dance careers, will appear regularly online at http://www.dancemagazine.com. We asked Grover Dale to tell us a little about himself, and this is what he wrote. IN 1953,...
Hail TO THE Duke
HE PLAYED the clubs, wrote a couple of Broadway musical scores, did the dance band circuit, recorded his music with his band, appeared in movies and on television, and last but not least, inspired more than fifty choreographers to use his music for...
Hubbard Finds Firm Footing
HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO SHUBERT THEATRE CHICAGO, ILLINOIS MARCH 28-APRIL 16, 2000 REVIEWED BY ANN BARZEL During its twenty-two-year history under the leadership of Lou Conte, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, originally a smart show-business...
In Celebration of Galas
GALAS ARE OFTEN dance company occasions for self-promotion and raising much-needed dollars. Unfortunately, they sometimes turn into events that must be endured with patient silence. The performances may consist of bits and pieces of works lifted out...
JAMES BROWN: Godfather of Dance
WITH A UNIQUE voice underscoring a music that pulses with the insistence of its African roots, James Brown holds unquestioned right to his title, "The Godfather of Soul." But to those who have seen Brown on videos of hits like "Papa's Got a Brand New...
Jazz Adventurer PATTIE OBEY
"She really cares--about her students, about her work --she cares about dance. She has that very giving side, which elicits trust, and because of that she can challenge students to step up to the next level." --Lynda Martha-Burkel MANY DANCERS and...
Jazz Dance World Congress Goes Back to Buffalo
NO, IT ISN'T last year's news--Jazz Dance World Congress 2000 is in Buffalo, New York. Originally held every two years, the Congress was in such demand internationally that in 1995 its schedule changed to occur one year inside the United States and...
Jazz in Motion in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE BENEDUM CENTER PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA MAY 4-7, 2000 REVIEWED BY KAREN DACKO Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, directed by Terrence S. Orr, threw a $1-million thirtieth-anniversary bash, featuring commissions from choreographers...
L.A. Treated to Rare Ballet Showcase
DEPENDING ON HOW you count it, BalletFest 2000 is either the first Southern California ballet festival of the new millennium or the last classical jamboree of the twentieth century. Either way, the event is noteworthy for Los Angeles, which can't seem...
NEWS SCHOOLS TRAIN Body and Mind
FOR YEARS, conventional wisdom had us believe that getting an education and dancing professionally were mutually exclusive; there just wasn't time to pursue a degree and a career, and people who went to college just weren't very good dancers. This...
One-Woman Revolution Katherine Dunham
ALL ROADS lead to Katherine Dunham. Well, not all. But sometimes it seems to be so. Jazz dance, "fusion" and the search for our cultural heritage all have their antecedents in Dunham's work as a dancer, choreographer and anthropologist. She was the...
People & Companies in the News
ACTOR PAUL Newman, president of the philanthropic food company Newman's Own, has given $10,000 to the educational and artistic programs of The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival ... Houston Ballet has promoted Mireille Hassenboehler and Yin Le to principal...
Performers Lose Clothes for Cash
AT A RECENT benefit for New York's Performance Space 122, 39-year-old board president Lucy Sexton stood naked onstage before 180 of the theater's most loyal benefactors, hoping to persuade them to open their checkbooks for an auction. She had twirled...
Rosin's Dancers Find Good Groove
AT ST. MARK'S Church in New York's East Village, the audience claps to the beat as 11-year-old twins Kisha and Misha Thompson's tricky tap duet fills the spaces in between. Their relaxed smiles prove that they have mastered some tricky riffs that were...
Slipper Fits Poor Corps Girl
SLIPPER FITS POOR CORPS GIRL ZURICH BALLET OPERA HOUSE ZURICH ZURICH, SWITZERLAND APRIL 16, 2000 REVIEWED BY HORST KOEGLER It seems rather strange that nobody has hit on the idea before: Namely, to turn Cinderella into a poor and wretched corps...
Still Waiting for Wonders
STILL WAITING FOR WONDERS BALLET TECH COMPANY AND KIDS DANCE THE JOYCE THEATER NEW YORK, NEW YORK MARCH 21-APRIL 23, 2000 REVIEWED BY DORIS HERING Those of us who had the good fortune to see Eliot Feld's initial works for American Ballet Theatre...
`Swan' a Song to Loss
EVERY YEAR, an interpretation of Fokine's Dying Swan plays Philadelphia's Shut Up and Dance concert, a benefit for the Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutritional Alliance. Over the years, Pennsylvania Ballet dancers and guest artists have staged it...
The Teach-Learn Connection
New York--Following extensive renovations of its studios at 62 East Fourth Street, the Rod Rodgers Dance Company has opened a new dance training program with classes in jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Haitian, African, tap and modern dance, body conditioning...
Transitions
FREDRIC N. KELLY Rarely is a man as truly blessed with enthusiasm for life and the "gift of gab" as Fred Kelly was. When his stories began to roll out, people just settled in, laughed and listened. It was hard not to be incredulous, for in his 83...
View: Trisha Brown
The most interesting thing about the Trisha Brown Dance Company's May 2-14, 2000, season at the Joyce Theater was the appearance of the choreographer herself in four solos, one of which--Water Motor--hadn't been seen since it was first made in 1978....
Who's Jazzy Now?
THERE IS ONE art form and one art discipline in both of which the United States reigns supreme--the form is dance, and the discipline is jazz music. And our supremacy in dance is largely through one of its own disciplines, modern dance. Not surprisingly,...