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. 81, No. 6, June

Advice for Dancers: Former New York City Ballet Dancer Linda Hamilton, PhD., Is a Psychologist, a Wellness Consultant for NYCB, and the Author of Advice for Dancers (Jossey-Bass). She Has Offered Advice to Dance Magazine Readers since 1992
WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP MUSCLE CRAMPS? SOMETIMES THEY HIT ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND HURT FOR DAYS. OR THEY HAPPEN WHEN I'M DANCING OR WORKING IN CLASS. IS THIS NORMAL? CRAMPED NYC You're not alone. Nearly every dancer has muscle spasms...
Alessandra Ferri
With her sweeping lines, improbably arched feet, eloquent port de bras, and dramatic intention behind every step, Alessandra Ferri breathed life into ballet. She made her indelible mark on the ballet repertoire and inspired audiences and fellow dancers...
Anatomy of a Backdrop
Not sure how to create the right mood for a modern number? Can't afford an elaborate set for your Nutcracker? Add color and atmosphere with backdrops. The wealth of designs available can be daunting--and inspiring. Some of Grosh Scenic Rentals'...
Anniversary Gallery: Andy Warhol's Illustrations
IN THE EARLY 1950s, a young artist from Pittsburgh showed up at the Dance Magazine office, then in midtown Manhattan, looking for work. "He was such a pathetic little thing," says Dance Magazine's Doris Hering, who worked in the office at the time....
Attitudes
Thirdstream dance is more easily defined than traced. I find it easier to define than "postmodern" dance, which always seemed a vague nomenclature to me, or even that favorite, passed over from art criticism, "postexpressionist," especially as so many...
Balanchine Basics
In the quiet of a studio at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, a series of well-orchestrated toes massage the marley floor in a succession of tendus that seem to create their own music. Suki Schorer, a former...
Beat the Summer Heat: Cool Looks for Warm Days
Whether you're hanging around the dressing room or preparing for class, keeping muscles warm is a year-round must. But you don't want to melt in the hot weather. Lightweight legwarmers, shrugs, and skirts keep you covered but don't make you overheat....
Carmen's Musical Makeover: Amaya's Flamenco Traditions Carried On
Sometimes even the world's most famous Spanish seductress needs a makeover. Carmen, the tale of a beautiful gypsy's doomed romances, has been one of the world's most performed operas since its debut in 1875. This month, director Franco Dragone, choreographer...
Dance Scene to Lose Funding from Altria: How Companies Are Coping
The list of the Altria Group grant recipients for the 2006 fiscal year reads like a Who's Who of the dance world. From major U.S. dance companies like New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, Paul Taylor, and Alvin Ailey to mid-level...
Dancing from the Heart: For Teachers at Maryland Youth Ballet, Helping Students with Cerebral Palsy Experience the Joy of Moving Was a Personal Mission
When Jennifer Cox wanted to give her granddaughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy, the opportunity to dance, she took matters into her own hands. Cox, a teacher at Maryland Youth Ballet and mother of famed American Ballet Theatre principal Julie...
Douglas Nielsen Teacher's Wisdom
Douglas Nielsen came to dance late, at the age of 23. But he moved rapidly into the professional world, dancing with Gus Solomons, Pearl Lang, and Paul Sanasardo in New York, and Batsheva Dance Company in Israel. He created Douglas Nielsen Dances in...
From the Other Side of the Stage: Mazzarelli's Return to NYIBC
At the first New York International Ballet Competition in 1984, Victoria Mazzarelli won the only gold medal awarded. This year, she returns to create and coach one of three pas de deux for participants of the 2007 NYIBC, June 20-24 at The Rose Theater...
Georgia on Her Mind: Superstar Nina Ananiashvili Leads Her Country's State Ballet Back from the Brink-And to the U.S
To fly into Tbilisi, Georgia, you must land in pitch dark in the middle of the night. (Night air space is cheaper.) Even so, the crowd welcoming passengers boils up outside the airport's glass walls--waving, gesticulating, soundlessly shouting. When...
Health and Fitness: Strong ... and Lean
Big, bulky muscles are a dancer's nightmare. You work hard in technique class to lengthen your line, and the last tiring you want are exercises that counteract all your efforts. As some dancers are discovering, new twists on familiar training methods...
Hold On: Tips for Selecting a Portable Barre
To get in touch with her balance and prepare for center work, every ballet dancer begins class at the same place every day: the barre. Portable ones offer students an opportunity to wean themselves away from the seemingly limitless help of wall-mounted...
Mirror, Mirror: The Right One Will Reflect Well on You and Your Students
A dancer may have a love-hate relationship with the mirror, but dance teachers know how helpful they can be. Teachers need students to keep an eye on their technique and see for themselves why they need to pull up, turnout, and hold their center, so...
Not Your Average Studio: By Offering Unusual Services, Dance Studios Can Move to the Head of the Class
Ballet students practice pointe while company dancers get relief after a big performance from an in-house massage therapist. Both happen at SOLAD (Spirit of Light and Dance) Dance Center in Walnut Creek, CA, which offers opportunities and amenities...
On Broadway: For Megan Sikora, Curtains Is a Leg Up
Anyone who's ever been in a show knows that tech rehearsal can be a long, tiresome slog for performers. Back when she was in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Megan Sikora amused herself and everyone else stuck in tech by "fooling around"--doing handstands...
On the Rise: Brian Letendre Making Magic in Broadway's Mary Poppins, Even While Sitting Still
Many dancers are celebrated for their grace or flexibility. Brian Letendre has earned kudos for remaining perfectly still. As a statue-come-to-life in the box-office-busting Mary Poppins, Letendre not only must pull off double tours en l'air but--perhaps...
Pilobolus and the Middle School: Utopianism Meets Reality
In the same jeans and sneakers they've been wearing all day, a group of four middle school girls in their school gym in the Bronx are choreographing a short piece that alternates between krumping, twerking, and off-balance weight distribution. They've...
Quick Q&A: David Scott
David Scott is one of today's hottest hip hop choreographers. He broke box office records with his break dancing battle movie, You Got Served (2004), and stepped up ticket sales with Stomp the Yard, which was released on DVD in May. Always pushing...
Shine On: ABT's Sarah Lane Puts Body and Soul into Her Roles
Waltzing with Herman Cornejo to the song "Strangers in the Night," Sarah Lane shows off a sleek elegance that is tinged with a refreshing sweetness. But several minutes later into the rehearsal of Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite, she gives as good as she...
Smart Moves
Dance classes may be surging in popularity, thanks to reality TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance, but with parents looking for bargains and a competitive business climate, studio owners need more ideas than ever to keep an edge. Here are some...
Sydney Dance Company
SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY KELLER AUDITORIUM, PORTLAND, OR MARCH 13, 2007 Until we retire that much abused term "bad boy of modern dance," we have three main contenders for the title: Mark Morris, for the naughty bits in The Hard Nut; Michael Clark, for...
The Hamburg Ballet
THE HAMBURG BALLET BAM HOWARD GILMAN OPERA HOUSE, NYC FEBRUARY 7- 10, 2007 John Neumeier's Death in Venice (2003), given its U.S. premiere recently at BAM, exists in a tug of war between polarized impulses. Lengthy and bustling with action, the...
Traveling Hip Hop
After winning a spoof "beauty" pageant at Oklahoma City University in 1998, dancers Nick Drago and Grant Chenok realized they made excellent partners. Both perform with a similar power, full of hip hop energy, but grounded in a ballet background. After...
Your Next Floor: Real-World Advice from Studio Owners on How to Choose
The right floor can last for years and take you from expansions through location changes. Before you make a decision, you need some essential information. Mary Katherine Vandiver, the director of marketing for Rose Brand floors, says you should know...