Dance Magazine

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. 79, No. 4, April

A Beautiful Mind: Never Tired of Challenges, Trisha Brown Soars from Edgy, Gravity-Bending Work to the Classical Purity of Paris Opera Ballet, as the Trisha Brown Dance Company Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary
Imagine being wound tight like a corkscrew and suddenly your arms fling open, propelling you on a careening arc that lands you smack into your partner's left shoulder. Take a moment to settle, then a sideways jump, and off you go, in and out of a unison...
Advice for Dancers
MY HIP HAS BEEN HURTING OFF AND ON FOR THE LAST YEAR. I WASN'T WORRIED AT FIRST BECAUSE I COULD PERFORM ALL MY ROLES. THE PROBLEM IS I HAVE TO BABY IT IN CLASS BY BACKING OFF CERTAIN STEPS. IS THERE ANY WAY TO TELL HOW LONG IS TOO LONG WHEN YOU'RE...
Alvin Alley American Dance Theater
ALVIN ALLEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER CITY CENTER, NEW YORK, NY DECEMBER 1, 2004-JANUARY 2, 2005 The passionate, exuberant dancing of the Ailey company in the premiere of Love Stories exemplified the mood of this season, one that celebrated the completion...
Attitudes
WHAT IS choreography? Webster--who should have known a bit about definitions--graces his (rather old-fashioned) and well-thumbed dictionary with three: ballet dancing; the arrangement, especially the written notation, of the movements of a ballet;...
Caitlin Corbett Dance Company
CAITLIN CORBETT DANCE COMPANY TOWER AUDITORIUM, COLLEGE OF ART, BOSTON, MA DECEMBER 3-4, 2004 A 20th-anniversary concert is by definition a blast from the past; the surprise in Caitlin Corbett's celebration was how the program's four premieres drew...
Can Choreography Be Taught? Ask Five Teachers and You'll Get Five Answers
AT THE NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL of Canada, a group of 9 to 14-year-olds take turns presenting their choreography to an informal audience of parents, other students, and teachers. The children, however tentative, seem to take joy in participating in the...
Celebrating National Dance Week
MILE HIGH DANCING "Fifty-plus years in business gets you a pretty good Rolodex!" laughs Gwen Bowen of Bowen's School of Dance Arts, explaining how she persuaded the Denver Public Schools to host free dance classes for nearly 500 students during...
Classical Savion
CLASSICAL SAVION JOYCE THEATER, NEW YORK, NY JANUARY 4-23, 2005 Savion Glover conquered new turf in his latest charge of the tap brigade. He is not the first tapper to hoof to the classics, but he may be the most original. Armed with his conductor...
Curtain Up
Ah choreography, the love of my life. Ah choreography, the cause of 30 years of stomach aches. I loved dreaming up movements, seeing their communicative power, guessing which dancers would illuminate which movements, clearing a path through the aesthetic...
Emio Greco: The Body as Object
IN 1995, under file company name Emio Greco/PC, Italian dancer/choreographer Emio Greco and Dutch dramaturg/director Pieter C. Scholten started searching for a new approach to dance. Since their first collaboration, audiences have been both intrigued...
Flying in a New Galaxy: Trisha Brown at the Paris Opera Ballet
With her arms spread wide, Aurelie Dupont is held aloft, parallel to the ground, against a backdrop of night stars. Manuel Legris and Nicolas Le Riche turn her around her axis like a slow-moving rotisserie. With Laurie Anderson's score and its whispered...
Health and Fitness: Stretching It: What's Your Limit?
RECENTLY a professional dancer in his 20s called for advice on his back pain. When I saw him, it became clear the problem wasn't his back. He didn't have the core strength to perform his roles; his pelvis was too loose and his inner thighs too weak...
If You Build It They Will Dance
A studio is more than just the open space in which you dance or instruct; it's a sanctuary-where movement is born and expression is nurtured. It's also where you spend countless hours focusing on your body. While a resilient floor, sturdy barre, and...
Lassoing the Moon: Choreographers' Candid Answers to Where They Get Their Ideas and How They like to Collaborate
LASSOING THE MOON QUESTIONS FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS Some choreographers have their own companies; some work on a freelance basis. Some are resident choreographers with a ballet company; others do some combination of the above. DANCE MAGAZINE sent a team...
National Performance Network Reaches a Milestone
FOR ITS 20th anniversary, the New Orleans-based National Performance Network chose Los Angeles to mark its two decades of providing support for established and emerging artists. The non-profit organization, founded in 1984 as an offshoot of Dance Theatre...
On Broadway: Can Fosse's Sweet Charity Still Lure Audiences without His Signature Choreography?
Iconic. Iconic. Iconic. No matter whom you ask about Bob Fosse's choreography for tire original production of Sweet Charity, that word will come up--particularly in relation to "Big Spender," the, er, iconic number in which the taxi dancers of the...
On the Rise: Victoria Jaiani: How a Teenager from the Former Soviet Republic of Georgia Took Her Chances in the West, Carving out a Career and a Better Life
You can easily appreciate the exquisite, understated dancing of 19-year-old Victoria Jaiani--a member of the Joffrey Ballet since the summer of 2003--without knowing anything about the chaotic recent history of the former Soviet republic of Georgia....
Ouch! Five Common Dance Injuries & How to Treat Them
DOCTORS, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS AND DANCERS SHARE THEIR HEALING TIPS. WITH OVER 600 MUSCLES, 206 bones and countless nerves, ligaments, and tendons in the body, it's almost impossible for dancers to escape getting injured. Acute injuries, such as a...
San Diego Report: Another Dance in Paradise
"I WANTED a supportive community where my voice could make a difference," says choreographer Grace Shinhae Jun. After earning her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, Jun left New York and found her dance mecca--San Diego, where the 29-year-old artist...
Survive & Conquer: Neither a Catastrophic Injury nor Years without a Promotion in ABT's Corps Could Stop Elizabeth Gaither from Becoming a Principal-And an Artist
In the last few moments of The Washington Ballet's Giselle, Elizabeth Gaither wraps her tinsel-thin arms around her partner and then slowly drifts away. She melts into each detail, every placement of her foot and turn of her head softer than the last....
Teacher's Wisdom: Betty Jones
In 1947, Betty Jones became a founding member and principal dancer of the Jose Limon Dance Company, creating roles such as Desdemona opposite Limon's Moor in his classic work, The Moor's Pavane. She danced in the company for 20 years. And for another...
The Nijinsky Awards 2004
WHAT IS dance to you, M. Balanchine?" a French interviewer asked the Russo-American choreographer gravely in an old film clip shown at the Nijinsky Awards ceremony during the Monaco Dance Forum last December. The snippet, in which Balanchine sagely...
The Pied Piper of Toronto: Marching to His Own Beat, Choreographer and Artistic Director James Kudelka Has Brought the National Ballet of Canada into the 21st Century with a Shrewd Blend of Artistry and Innovation
James Kudelka, now in his ninth season as artistic director of The National Ballet of Canada, has transformed a company once known for its stately productions of the classics into a dynamic, risk-taking, forward-looking troupe. At the core a classicist,...
Wally Cardona Quartet
WALLY CARDONA QUARTET DANCE THEATER WORKSHOP, NY, NY JANUARY 10-15, 2005 Wally Cardona worked reductively in a new piece titled Him, There, Them, removing production elements in each of three sections--a scenic decrescendo. "Him" literally began...