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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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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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Los Angeles Ballet’s “Next Wave L.A.”

Last weekend my friend Christopher McDaniel (a fabulous dancer with Los Angeles Ballet!) invited me to Santa Monica to see the company’s “Next Wave L.A.” program. There were four pieces by four contemporary choreographers – including two who regularly choreograph … 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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Literary Aperitif

Hi guys – I’ve just begun a new Tumblr blog, called Literary Aperitif, pairing two of my loves (other than dance of course): books and booze. I wanted to call the blog something along those lines but didn’t realize there … 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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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’ 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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So You Think You Can Dance’s Ellenore Teaching at DNA

I received news from Dance New Amsterdam that Ellenore Scott, finalist from season 6 of SYTYCD, will be teaching an intermediate / advanced contemporary class there for two weeks starting August 17th. I thought it sounded fun and thought I’d … Continue reading

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First Gatorade Dancer Athlete is a Woman!

I’m really glad Lauren Froderman won So You Think You Can Dance last night. I didn’t think I had a clear favorite until it came down to the time when Cat Deeley was getting ready the winner’s name and I … Continue reading

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MELANIE LAPATIN AND BENJI SCHWIMMER STAR IN "LEADING LADIES"

So excited! I’ve been hearing about this ballroom-based movie Melanie LaPatin has a role in for a while now and it’s finally being released. It stars SYTYCD season three winner Benji Schwimmer as well. Here’s the synopsis: “Nothing matters more … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE SEMI-FINAL

So, Tyce Diorio guest judges tonight, in addition to the regular three. But the judges’ opinions no longer matter this week; it’s all up to the voting public. First on is a Tyce Diorio Broadway number to Guys and Dolls … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH TWITCH ABOUT HIS ROLE IN STEP UP 3D

My interview with So You Think You Can Dance all-star tWitch Boss is now up on the Huffington Post. He has a role in the new movie Step Up 3D, out in theaters nationwide August 6th. It’s his first big … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WEEK 7

Yay, no injuries tonight!!! Toni Reopath (is that how her name was spelled?) is a guest judge. Ballroom dancer. I haven’t heard of her but I’m thrilled there’s finally a ballroom judge in the house! First Kent dances Cha Cha … Continue reading

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JARED MATTHEWS AND YURIKO KAJIYA ON SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

The fabulous Jade Young has sent me new headshots he took of ABT soloists Jared Matthews and Yuriko Kajiya, who performed a Don Quixote pas de deux last night on So You Think You Can Dance. What did you guys … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WEEK 6 – THE SEASON OF INJURIES CONTINUES

Ok, where is Billy? Cat announces that this is the 150th episode, so they have a giant birthday cake. Wow has the show really been on for five years? Kenny Ortega is joining as a judge tonight. Argh! So, Billy … Continue reading

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MARCELO IN FIRE ISLAND

Here’s a photo fabulously informative reader Jonathan sent me of our Marcelo Gomes dancing this past weekend in the Fire Island Dance Festival. I was unable to attend unfortunately. This is the festival Danny Tidwell had danced in last year … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WEEK 5, OR POST ALEX, SOB!

Photo from Jonathan (which Alex posted on Twitter). Uh-oh, where’s Ashley? Oh, another injury – a rib problem. So, she’ll be in the bottom three tomorrow night, could suffer same fate as Alex. First on is Lauren dancing a Tahitian … Continue reading

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IS SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE "CULTURALLY RADICAL"?

Here’s an interesting perspective from the Huffington Post’s Miles Mogulescu on So You Think You Can Dance: “Here, the culture wars of the past 30 years appear over, at least for an hour or two, and the progressive side–which has … Continue reading

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ALVIN AILEY DANCERS TO PERFORM ON SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE THIS THURSDAY

I’ve just received word that Alvin Ailey dancers Jamar Roberts and Rachael McLaren (photos above by Andrew Eccles) will be appearing on this Thursday’s results show of So You Think You Can Dance. They’ll be performing an excerpt from Ulysses … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WEEK 4

Ugh, how heartbroken am I that Alex Wong is injured and may have torn his Achilles tendon. If he’s out permanently I’m going to be so upset; he was the main reason I’m so into the show this season. I … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE WEEK 3: GO ALEX!!!

So, I love that they focused on inspirations this week, allowing the dancers to talk about whom they look up to. It gives America some exposure to some of these great dancers. Adechicke and Lauren’s hip hop to a Dave … Continue reading

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SWALLOW ON CRYSTAL REVIEWS

Swallow has received another positive blog review I was out at ABT last night (Sascha Radetsky and Hee Seo’s Thais Pas de Deux is, I think, the most beautiful thing I’ve seen all season. I’d seen them in rehearsal and … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE SEASON 7, WEEK 2

What were the judges on this week? I feel like they were playing the devil’s advocate or something; I completely disagreed with practically every pronouncement they made. 1) Cristina and Pasha Paso Doble: Judges loved her. I couldn’t take my … Continue reading

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ALEX WONG WOWS JUDGES & AUD IN FIRST COMP ON SYTYCD

With this. Wow. He’s not just an excellent dancer with superb technique – which you’d expect of a Miami City Ballet principal of course! He just danced that with so much meaning. So much more than the rest of them. … Continue reading

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THE INFLUENCE OF SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE ON DANCE STUDIOS

Interesting article by Claudia La Rocco in the NY Times about the influence of SYTYCD on studios. (I missed SYTYCD this week; had really wanted to watch Thursday night but was at New York City Ballet all settled in my … Continue reading

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PHOTOS OF DEMA DANCE COMPANY'S FIRST SEASON

Here are some photos, all by Kim Max, of DeMa Dance Company‘s recent debut season, at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. There were six dances — three choreographed by the company’s founding sisters — Despina and Matina Simegiatos, and three … Continue reading

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MIA MICHAEL IN MARY MURPHY OUT AS PERMANENT SYTYCD JUDGES

Apparently SYTYCD has changed its permanent judges for the upcoming season: in addition to Nigel Lythgoe, they’ll now be Adam Shankman and Mia Michaels. Mary Murphy will still be with the show, but will be spending more time choreographing instead, … Continue reading

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DEMA DANCE COMPANY TONIGHT AND TOMORROW NIGHT AT ALVIN AILEY THEATER

Tonight, DeMa Dance Company performs at the Alvin Ailey theater. This is the company I’d blogged about earlier, when I attended their rehearsals and interviewed Sonya Tayeh and Billy Bell. They’ll be performing Tayeh’s piece, When the Love Enters, the … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE RETURNING 10 CELEBS ANNOUNCED

So You Think You Can Dance has announced its 10 returning star dancers, who’ll partner this coming season’s 10 contestants. They are: Twitch (big smile), Kathryn McCormick, Mark Kanemura (yay), Pasha and Anya (obviously yay), Allison Holker, Lauren Gottlieb, Neil … Continue reading

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