Tag Archives: Alvin Ailey

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

I always like to use a photo of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations for my happy holiday post but I saw this one, of Hope Boykin in Mauro Bigonzetti’s Festa Barocca (photo by Steve Vaccariello), and decided it was bright and festive. … Continue reading

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More Photos of Marcelo With Cisne Negro

You guys, I am so sorry it’s taken me so long to post these when I promised them, what, over two weeks ago?? I had no idea how much went into planning a cross-country move, especially when working lots of … Continue reading

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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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Judith Jamison Rings Closing Bell at NYSE

Yesterday I attended Judith Jamison’s ringing of the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. It was the first time I’d ever actually been inside NYSE and it was a really cool experience. So glad Alvin Ailey invited us … Continue reading

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Judith Jamison to Ring NYSE Closing Bell on December 27th

Apparently it’s dance season at the New York Stock Exchange! Tomorrow morning, a NYCity Ballet Sugar Plum fairy will ring the opening bell (word in the Twittersphere is that that Sugar Plum will be Ashley Bouder). And now it’s just … Continue reading

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More Revivals at Alvin Ailey – THE PRODIGAL PRINCE is Electrifying!

Last night was, sadly, my last Alvin Ailey performance of the season. They performed two revivals – Geoffrey Holder’s The Prodigal Prince from 1968 (which was astounding), and Judith Jamison’s Forgotten Time, from 1989. They also performed Christopher Huggins’ new … Continue reading

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More Highlights From Alvin Ailey Season

Some more highlights of Alvin Ailey season, which goes until January 2nd: First, from now through December 19th the company is joined onstage by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Live music always makes the evening so … Continue reading

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Learn REVELATIONS at the Alvin Ailey School

Another fun announcement. You can learn the choreography from Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece from several Alvin Ailey dancers in classes at the Ailey School from now through December 30th. Hope Boykin, along with two former members of the company, Aubrey Lynch … Continue reading

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Alvin Ailey: New Dances and New Productions

Alvin Ailey season is upon us! I attended two performances over the weekend and, of course, they made my weekend. I’m always so happy when I come out of an Alvin Ailey performance. Particularly with their new, 50-dancer Revelations, which … Continue reading

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I’m Interviewed Today at the Frugal eReader

Hey you guys, I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I just got back from North Carolina late last night. I hope to post some pics soon – hopefully later today, and chat a bit about some great books I … Continue reading

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Paperback Dolls and Nutrackers

I have a guest post up today at the Paperback Dolls blog! They’re currently featuring New York authors and bloggers as part of their “Passport to New York” series. So, since I’m both, I talked about both my novel and … Continue reading

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ALVIN AILEY'S DENISE JEFFERSON HAS PASSED AWAY

I received word yesterday that Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Denise Jefferson passed away over the weekend. She was one of the three women (along with Judith Jamison and Sylvia Waters) to whom Mr. Ailey had entrusted the future care … Continue reading

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DANCERS RESPONDING TO AIDS BENEFIT PICS

Here are some photos of the Dancers Responding to AIDS benefit performances, held at Cedar Lake studios on January 11th and 12th. I was unable to go, but heard Danny Tidwell ended up not dancing. But Jamar Roberts (above) of … Continue reading

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PEACE AND HAPPINESS IN THE NEW YEAR

You guys, Happy New Year! …when I promise to be better about blogging I’m sorry about being so lame for the past month– I mean, two posts this week??? Getting this book out has just been so time consuming. Speaking … Continue reading

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NEW YEAR'S EVE AT ALVIN AILEY

If you’re in NY and you don’t yet have plans for New Year’s Eve, I highly recommend Alvin Ailey. They’re doing their Best of 20 Years program — a celebration of Judith Jamison’s 20 years as Artistic Director with the … Continue reading

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

Hi you guys. Sorry I’ve been so bad about posting lately. This book –argh! Took me a ridiculously long time to figure out my Kindle conversion! If I wasn’t so computer dyslexic…. Anyway, Kindle version should be up soon on … Continue reading

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ANNA DEAVERE SMITH TO APPEAR WITH ALVIN AILEY AT CITY CENTER THIS WEEK

This week, playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith will perform with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, who are currently in the middle of their winter season at NY City Center. Deavere Smith (remember Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, about Rodney King, … Continue reading

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ALVIN AILEY ON SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TONIGHT!

Tonight three dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be on SYTYCD! My favorite modern dance company :D  Linda Celeste Sims, Clifton Brown, and Constance Stamatiou (above, left to right, in photos by Andrew Eccles) will perform excerpts from … Continue reading

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SOME FAVORITES FROM VAIL

Wow, there are a lot of video clips up of the many many companies and dancers that performed at this year’s Vail International Dance Festival. Here are some of my faves: Dance Brazil in a modern / capoeira combo, Luna: … Continue reading

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LINDA CELESTE SIMS AND MATTHEW RUSHING AT VAIL

Linda Celeste Sims and Matthew Rushing of Alvin Ailey perform the adagio pas de deux from Mauro Bigonzetti’s Festa Barocca at the Vail International Dance Festival.

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A SHORT NOTE ON ARTISTIC DIRECTORS AND PROGRAM SELECTIONS

Photo of Pilobolus’s Darkness and Light by Ruby Washington, taken from NYTimes. In light of the recent downpour of Tulsa Ballet reviews, many of which critized the selection of dances artistic director Marcello Angelini chose to bring to NY, my … Continue reading

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CONGRATS TO JEANINE MASON, "AMERICA'S FAVORITE DANCER"!

Photo from fanpop. I’m happy for her — she definitely had her moments of brilliance, and I do think overall she did the best, most original solos of the season. The rest of the So You Think You Can Dance … Continue reading

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ROBERTO BOLLE ET AL IN VANITY FAIR

If you haven’t already seen, there’s an excellent slide show of photos of dancers and choreographers that have appeared in Vanity Fair over the past decade or so on the magazine’s website. Of course you know I would have to … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TOP 8: JANETTE, EVAN AND KAYLA SHINE

Sorry I’m late in posting again. Another problem with Godzilla last night — our run-ins are slowly coming to a head… Anyway, one highlight to me last night was Mia Michaels echoing my love of Janette! She pronounced Janette “my … Continue reading

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BEST OF AILEY AT BAM

With the insanity of ballet season (see this Macaulay article — at the beginning he very accurately describes what it’s like to be a balletomane in NY right now!), I unfortunately was not able to make it out to Brooklyn … Continue reading

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ALVIN AILEY II

(Josh Johnson and Fana Fraser in Sidra Bell’s Valse, photo by Eduardo Patino; all photos below by Eduardo Patino as well) Last night for the first time I saw Alvin Ailey II, Alvin Ailey’s studio company comprised mainly of young … Continue reading

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ARDEN COURT AND ESPLANADE: THE APPEAL OF PAUL TAYLOR

(photo of Sean Mahoney in Arden Court, by Tom Caravaglia) So, a little season wrap-up of Paul Taylor Dance Company before my computer crashes (was trying to avoid taking it in, I’m so dependent on it, but think I’m going … Continue reading

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Doesn't Dance, Like All Art, Come From the Soul?

(photo of Xiomara Reyes, taken from ABT website). Sunday evening I attended another Works & Process event at the Guggenheim. These programs are so fantastic — they’re designed to kind of make the average person an insider, to give you … Continue reading

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Alvin Ailey Day at Lincoln Center Film Society

I spent most of my day yesterday at the Walter Reade theater at Lincoln Center watching films about Alvin Ailey: rare footage of interviews and rehearsals with the legendary choreographer, and of him as a young dancer in the 50s … Continue reading

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Alvin Ailey Day at Film Society This Sunday

This Sunday, February 1, in honor of the start of Black History Month, the Film Society at Lincoln Center will be showing a full afternoon and evening of films about Alvin Ailey and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in … Continue reading

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