Category Archives: Dance on Television

Is Jack Cole the Greatest Choreographer You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of?

On Monday September 10th Turner Classic Movies will devote an evening to the movies of Hollywood jazz choreographer Jack Cole. The presentation will be hosted by my friend, Los Angeles Times dance critic and founder of the blog, Arts Meme, … Continue reading

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A CHANCE TO DANCE Premieres on Ovation this Friday, August 17

Reminder: A CHANCE TO DANCE, a new show on Ovation TV, where dancers throughout the US audition for and learn a routine created by Britain’s Ballet Boyz to be performed with the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TOUR, premieres … Continue reading

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Akram Khan at the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Which NBC Inexplicably Cut

Here is part of the Akram Khan piece from Friday evening’s opening night Olympic ceremony that NBC inexplicably cut from its American broadcast. Unfortunately, the quality of this video isn’t terrific – and the posters said they’d put up the … Continue reading

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A CHANCE TO DANCE Premieres on Ovation August 17

A few weekends ago, I was invited to participate (via Skype) on a Dance Critics Association panel about dance on television (read a detailed write-up in Dance Magazine). Moderator Lisa Traiger mentioned this new show, A Chance to Dance, produced … Continue reading

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Breaking Pointe Premiere

So, did you all watch the premiere of Breaking Pointe this week? Thanks to Jeff (who commented on my earlier post complaining that the new TV show Bunheads was unrelated to Sophie Flack’s novel) or I wouldn’t have known about … Continue reading

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BUNHEADS

When I first saw the poster for this new ABC Family show a couple weeks ago I got so excited for Sophie Flack, thinking her young adult novel of the same name had been made into a TV series. But … Continue reading

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Pasha Gets His Own Show!

With my move, I didn’t have time to keep up with it, but this season Pasha Kovalev was a professional dancer on the British TV show Strictly Come Dancing (which our Dancing With the Stars is modeled on). He danced … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Winner Melanie Moore Explores Reasons for Her Success

On Friday, I was invited to participate in a press conference, via phone, with Melanie Moore, the 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Marietta, Georgia, who just won season eight of So You Think You Can Dance. I thought I’d share some … Continue reading

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Pasha Will Be a Pro Dancer on Britain’s STRICTLY COME DANCING

Pasha Kovalev is going to be a pro dancer on this season’s Strictly Come Dancing, the British version of our Dancing With the Stars. Apparently, he’s replacing an American dancer, Jared Murillo (whom I’ve never heard of), because Murillo, at … Continue reading

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Jose Carreno in “Swan Lake” on Dancing With the Stars

Did you guys see it last night? I don’t know who choreographed but it’s obviously a version created for fans of Black Swan the movie, showing both black and white swans vying for Prince Siegfried’s attention, and shortened for the … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Stars

Oh no, did I miss it last night? I don’t even know what night — or day — it is anymore. Still working on this project… Anyway, maybe I’ll catch the good parts online. What did you guys think? Was … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Stars Season 12 Cast

I can’t believe I watched The Bachelor for this! I hate reality TV shows! Anyway, if you missed ABC’s announcement / mini press conference, here’s the season 12 cast: Sugar Ray Leonard Chelsea Kane (Disney star) Romeo (hip hop artist) … Continue reading

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Misty Copeland on Tavis Smiley

Apropos of our recent discussion on race and ballet, ABT’s Misty Copeland was recently on the Tavis Smiley show. She talks about race, ballet, elitism, her training, her recent appearance onstage with Prince, the immense difficulty of ballet, and of … Continue reading

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Jenifer Ringer to Appear on Oprah

NYCB announced today that Jenifer Ringer (the subject of Sugarplumpgate if you’re not a regular NYCB dance-goer) will appear on Oprah Winfrey this Thursday, February 17th. She’ll appear as part of an episode called “Fascinating Lives.” In addition to being … Continue reading

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Ballroom Kids Win “Live to Dance”

Apparently the young ballroom dance duo, D’Angelo and Amanda, won the first Live to Dance championship last night. Coming in second place was the 11-year-old contemporary / jazz dancer, Kendall Glover, and placing third were the ballet pair, White Tree … Continue reading

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Jittin’ Genius

My favorite from last night’s Live to Dance semifinal. I hadn’t heard of jitting, which he described as a more modern version of the jitterbug of the 50s. To me it looked like original break dancing or krumping without the … Continue reading

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Jim Carrey as “The Black Swan” on SNL

How much do I love this?! Did you guys see it last night? I hardly ever watch Saturday Night Live anymore, but I kept the TV on after watching the Jets game (go Jets!!!). And I was so glad I … Continue reading

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“Live to Dance” Premiere

So what did you guys think of Paula Abdul’s new show, which premiered mid-last week? For people who missed it, it was basically “just” the auditions, but I put “just” in quotes because it seems like this is going to … Continue reading

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Paula Abdul’s “Live to Dance” Premieres Tonight

Hey everyone, as faithful SLSG reader Jonathan reminded me (what would I do without such people ), Paula Abdul’s new TV show, Live to Dance, premieres tonight, January 4th. Check the official site for times.

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SLSG’s Dance Highlights of 2010

Instead of trying to remember which were my favorite performances of the year, I’m just going back through my blog archives from January of this year and linking to the most memorable posts. More fun that way! A lot happened … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Stars Season 11 Finale, Night II

My favorite dance of the night, maybe of the whole show: Jennifer and Derek’s waltz: I also found The Situation’s “I’m Too Sexy” dance hilarious fun and Kurt and Rick’s competitive duet a total hoot. Of course some homophobic sports … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Stars Season 11 Finale

So tonight is the finale, part 1. The three finalists – Kyle Massey, Jennifer Grey, and, I know,┬ámost controversially, Bristol Palin – are performing first a redemption dance (a former dance they didn’t do so well in the first time … Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance Auditions, New York

Earlier this week, thanks to my friend, Taylor Gordon, I was able to sit in on some of the New York City So You Think You Can Dance auditions. They were held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in the … Continue reading

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Why I’m Happy With the DWTS Finalist Results

So now everyone knows of tonight’s results, and who made it into next week’s finals on Dancing With the Stars: Jennifer Grey, Kyle Massey, and Bristol Palin. I really felt sorry for Brandy as she couldn’t help but cry at … Continue reading

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I’m Interviewed at Smashwords Blog, Iranian Publishers, and SYTYCD Auditions

I am way behind on blogging again, you guys, and again I’m sorry. It seems like for the past year book issues always seem to be popping up to keep me from blogging. I’m several dance reviews behind and I … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Stars: Insta Dance (and Classics)

Okay, I don’t want any of them to go home right now. I really like everyone who’s still on the show at this point and I want to them all to advance to the finals. I know, it’s impossible. So, … Continue reading

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Denys Drozdyuk Wins So You Think You Can Dance Canada

The ballroom dancer I was raving about earlier on seeing a few video clips of his dancing has won So You Think You Can Dance Canada‘s season three. Thank you to “Twirly” for letting me know by commenting on my … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Stars’ Rock Week

I wasn’t impressed at all with last night’s show. From now on, I am refusing to comment on Paso Dobles that are not Spanish. It is a Spanish dance. Therefore if it is not Spanish-themed, if it is set to … Continue reading

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TV Theme Week on Dancing With the Stars

I’m sorry for getting this up late, you guys! I went to a continuing legal education class last night (cross examination in buy and bust cases – I know, excitement uncontained!) and then I met up with a former colleague … Continue reading

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Acoustic Week on Dancing With the Stars

Hmm, so this week everyone is dancing on a smaller, circular floor raised several inches off the ground in order to accommodate the acoustic musicians. They’re also giving separate scores for technique and performance. Dances are Argentine tango and rumba. … Continue reading

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