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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. 81, No. 2, February

2007 Dance Magazine Auditions Guide
Employment UNITED STATES ALABAMA Alabama Ballet Audition date: Mar 24, Birmingham AL. Audition includes: Ballet, pointe. Fee: $15. Bring: Dance photo, headshot, resume, recent class or performance video no longer than 15 minutes....
7 Auditioning Secrets: Casting and Artistic Directors Share Their Tips on Making the Cut
Dance Magazine asked seven dance directors where they find their dancers and whom they hope will walk into their audition. You may be surprised by their answers. Megan Larche, co-casting director, The Times They Are A-Changin', A Chorus Line, White...
Advice for Dancers: Former New York City Ballet Dancer Linda Hamilton, Ph.D., Is a Lecturer, a Psychologist in Private Practice, and the Author of Advice for Dancers (Jossey-Bass). She Has Been Offering Advice to Dance Magazine Readers since 1992
HELP! EVER SINCE I LEFT HOME TO START MY DANCE BFA PROGRAM, I'VE FELT NONSTOP STRESS. I THINK I HIDE IT PRETTY WELL DURING THE DAY, BUT AT NIGHT I OFTEN GET AN URGE TO EAT A GIANT BAG OF M&Ms. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A HEALTHY EATER AND J HATE GAINING...
American Ballet Theatre
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE NEW YORK CITY CENTER, NYC OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 5, 2006 Following City Center's popular Fall for Dance series and high-profile engagement of Sylvie Guillem, American Ballet Theatre defied marketing wisdom and presented three...
Anniversary Gallery: Jack Mitchell Covers
YOU NAME 'EM, HE'S SHOT 'EM. "Maria Tallchief is heaven to work with," Jack Mitchell says. "Wendy Whelan is wonderful in front of the camera," and "Merce has always been easy to work with. The shapes he makes are ready-made for photography." Over...
A Touch of Class: Master Teacher Azari Plissetski Shares His Vision of Working through the Basics
A gentle "Shall we begin?" quietly signals the start of Azari Plissetski's latest teaching adventure. Warm September light floods Studio A at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan as an elite group of invited dancers shuffles to attention at the...
Attitudes
Dance reviewers are fond of telling the world how infernally difficult dance reviewing is--largely because we lack any readily accessible vocabulary for quotation or illustration. I'm talking here about reviewing, rather than criticism. Criticism properly...
Auditioning for Fosse
Ann Reinking is a legend in her own time, and that legend has always been inextricably linked to the great jazz choreographer Bob Fosse. But there was a time when Reinking wets a struggling young ballet dancer, unsure of her abilities and wondering...
Back on Their Feet: Update on the New Orleans Dance Community
If there was any doubt that dancers have high tolerance for pain and anxiety, the proof lies in The Big Easy. The New Orleans dance community has had to do a lot of post-Katrina rebuilding, both physically and emotionally. In the past 17 months, the...
Back to Basics: Ballet Shoes for Every Dancer
Wearing pointe shoes in class builds strength, but don't discount the benefits of working in slippers. Flats allow your toes and metatarsals to spread out, which promotes healthy feet. "You can feel your weight pressed into the floor and your arch...
Begging for Leggings: Looks to Get You Moving
When fashion meets function, the result is leggings! You can wear them to any type of dance class or right on the street. Meredith Dincolo of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago lives in hers. "They're durable," says Meredith. "They're thicker than tights...
Curtain Up
It's no secret that hip hop has gotten huge in the dance world. Every music video features it; studios are offering more classes in it; Broadway shows are tinged with it. It has even seeped into concert dance--modern, postmodern, and occasionally ballet....
Divas & Dudes: Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo
It's hard out there for a vamp. Not only do the ballerinas of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo tackle the daunting responsibilities of a diva, but they also portray their Prince Charmings. This all-male troupe has the pressure to demonstrate...
Doug Varone and Dancers
DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS JOYCE THEATER, NYC OCTOBER 24-29, 2006 Doug Varone's choreography is among the most human in contemporary dance. In Boats Leaving, as the title might suggest, the cast of eight appeared to anticipate a journey. Suspended...
Elena Lobsanova: Majesty, Maturity, and Mystery Gives This NBC Corps Member a Glamour All Her Own
When Elena Lobsanova steps onstage to perform the First Fairy variation in The Sleeping Beauty, the National Ballet of Canada corps de ballet member has a natural aristocracy. A strong jump and confident turn show off her lovely proportions. Her developpe...
From Bullets to Ballet: At THEARC, Washington Ballet Reaches out to the Community
The yellow school bus passes beat-up apartment complexes and newly minted townhouses. Pulling into the parking lot, a gaggle of 6- and 7-year-olds crane their necks to see their destination. Before them stands a new 110,000-square-foot complex housing...
From Cruise Ships to Musicals, Gavin Lee Puts His Best Foot Forward
Gavin Lee has danced in cruise shows. He's toured with musicals. He's been an understudy and a replacement and a swing. Now, at 35, he's starring on Broadway, with a sure shot at a Tony for his acclaimed performance in Mary Poppins. Normally, it...
Her Favorite Pursuit: Allegra Kent, Former Principal of New York City Ballet (1956-1982), Explains Why She Continues to Take Class
Ballet class is indispensable to me. Ideally it is first destination of the day, as essential as waking up and drinking a cup of coffee (Balzac's favorite elixir). At dawn, I don't want to fight a duel, read the newspaper, or linger over breakfast....
Houston Ballet
Last December, long-time principal Lauren Anderson retired from the Houston Ballet, giving a final performance of her signature Sugar Plum Fairy. "Retiring has been looming over me for some time now," she says. "I thought I would retire when I had...
In the Know about H2O
You're panting after practicing 32 fouettes at least 32 times. You reflexively reach for your water bottle, but wait--how much should you drink and when should you drink it? And did you know that too much fluid is actually as harmful as too little?...
Leaping Legends: Dance Magazine Awards 2006
Being at the 2006 Dance Magazine Awards among the stars of the dance world--former, present, and eternal--caused high emotion all around. In addition to the cast of awardees, all of the evening's presenters--Suki Schorer, Kevin McKenzie, Charles Reinhart,...
Lola Botka (1910-2006)
A dancer of the Jooss Ballet and cofounder of the National Ballet of Chile, Lola Botka died in November. At the age of 20, the Hungary-born dancer was spotted at a festival by Kurt Jooss. Within a few months--at Rudolf Laban's insistence--she went...
Lucia Lacarra
Like a peacock in the midst of a flock of geese, Lucia Lacarra is a standout. Her slim yet sinuous body and steely core enhance her every move onstage, making it hard to watch anyone else. At the age of 31, she is already on her way to becoming one...
Masters in Class, Restaged, and Honored
In December, Rutgers MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS featured a restaging of Bill T. Jones' Love Re-defined: King Kong (1996) at its DancePlus Fall concert. Janet Wong, associate artistic director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, set the...
National Ballet of Canada
NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA FOUR SEASONS CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, TORONTO, CANADA NOVEMBER 9-19, 2006 In 1972 the National Ballet of Canada, at age 21, announced its coming of age with a lavish Nureyev-staged production of The Sleeping Beauty....
Pacific Northwest Ballet
PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET MCCAW HALL, SEATTLE, WA NOVEMBER 2-12, 2006 Suspension of Disbelief, Victor Quijada's new piece, set to a commissioned score of great dynamic range by Mitchell Akiyama, is a splendid study in control and counterbalance....
Passionate Partnerships: Life and Love at Home, in the Studio, And-Sometimes-Onstage: Five Couples Who Span the Dance World from Ballet to Hip Hop to Modern Share Studio Time, Performances, and Their Love for Dance-Along with Household Chores and a Deep Commitment to Each Other. Each Has a Unique Story about How Dance Brought Them Together and Keeps Their Marriage Strong
ABT'S SOUL MATES Stella Abrera & Sascha Radetsky She is an exotic beauty of Philippine descent; he's as likeable and all-American as it gets. Stella Abrera, who was on the January 2004 cover as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," and Sascha...
Prince Scarekrow & the Emerald City: Rennie Harris' Hip Hop Life
How does it feel to be 15? Ask Rennie Harris, whose hip hop dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM), celebrates its "quinceanos" this month at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. "Prince" was Harris' street name as an adolescent growing up in...
Taming the Gypsy in Her Soul: Still a Rebel, Karole Armitage Pushes the Boundaries of Classicism as She Builds Her Company in NYC
Growing up in Lawrence, Kansas, Karole Armitage traveled great distances to take ballet. Her mother drove miles to get her to class with Tomi Worthan, who'd danced with the New York City Ballet. In the summer, when her biologist father headed for the...
Teacher's Wisdom: Hilary Cartwright
After a nasty fall on her back curtailed Hilary Cartwright's promising career as a soloist with The Royal Ballet, she spent two years searching for fulfillment outside the world of dance. A few years later she returned as a repetiteur and teacher....
The 2-Year Audition
Usually, the longer you're kept at an audition, the better your chances. But few last quite as long as Katie Dehler's did: almost two years. Growing up, Dehler was told by teachers that she didn't have the technique to dance professionally, and she...
The Beat Goes On: Music for Class: Music CDs for Teaching
Percussion for Movement and Dance CDs Karl Haas, percussionist. $30 www.DancingDrums.com Mr. Haas has prepared two full discs of long (nine-plus minutes) tracks, perfect for longer combinations and studies. An inspirational variety of textures...
The Hows of Horton
The Lester Horton technique constructs some of the best human skyscrapers in the dance world. And like good building design, the Horton technique's emphasis on flat backs, pelvic hinges, and "lateral T's" produces a long-muscled, powerhouse dancer--something...
The Insider's Guide to Cattle Calls: A Pro's Strategies for Acing Them
In the marley and mirror jungle of an audition studio there are many animals--the revered lion director, the jovial bear accompanist, the astute owl instructor, and sometimes, the conniving dancer minx. Not all dancers have venom in their step, but...
The Sprained Ankle That Won't Heal: Pain? Swelling? Weakness? Here's What's Going On
Do you have a sprained ankle that won't heal? It's not that rare. Studies have shown that 10 to 30 percent of sprains will have symptoms later. So what is a sprained ankle anyway? It's the most common injury in all of sports and dancing. Dancing...
Trisha Brown Dance Company
After a 19-year career as a teacher and choreographer, Irene Hultman has returned to the Trisha Brown Dance Company, where she danced from 1983 to 1988, to become rehearsal director. "The circle is complete," she says. "I am returning home." Since...