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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 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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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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MORPHOSES REHEARSAL – JESSICA LANG MAKES ME WANT TO DANCE AGAIN…

Tonight I was invited by the Guggenheim Works & Process peeps to a Morphoses rehearsal. Funny, I kept expecting Christopher Wheeldon to be there… but of course he wasn’t. This was really special because it was a first rehearsal; the … 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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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 SEASON SIX FINALE: WHY NOT HAVE ALL DANCERS DOING SAME ROUTINES?

So, my favorite dance of the night, not surprisingly, was the Dwight Rhoden / Desmond Richardson-choreographed contemporary routine for Jakob and Kathryn. It was very Dwight Rhoden — with the passionate intensity, the movements that are so real-life: her jumping … Continue reading

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INTERVIEWS WITH SONYA TAYEH AND BILLY BELL

Okay, here are the interviews I did with Sonya Tayeh and Billy Bell last week at the DeMa Dance Company rehearsal. (Bell and Tayeh are most known for their work on So You Think You Can Dance, if you don’t … Continue reading

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SONYA TAYEH REHEARSAL WITH BILLY BELL, ET AL, AT DEMA DANCE

Today I was invited to attend a rehearsal for a new company, DeMa Dance Company, at their studio in Brooklyn. For their first set of performances, which will be in May at the Alvin Ailey Theater, Sonya Tayeh, from So … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, SEASON FIVE SEMI-FINAL

Is it really the semis already?! At the top of the program Mary Murphy expresses shock about Janette getting kicked off last week since she “didn’t miss a single step throughout the show,” then urges the audience to vote based … Continue reading

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PROKOFIEV AND CLASSICAL BALLET ON SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!

Photo of Pina Bausch’s Orfeo ed Euridice by Ursula Kaufman from NYTimes. Well, I am sad and surprised that Nigel Lythgoe did not give any kind of tribute to Pina Bausch last night, the way he did Michael Jackson, Farrah … Continue reading

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