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Dance: NBC News Feature on Aesha Ash

Aesha Ash has been busy since her days creating magic onstage for Complexions and New York City Ballet. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt recently highlighted the ballerina’s latest project. … Continue reading

July 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dance: Rachel Hutsell Featured in Pointe

New York City Ballet’s Rachel Hutsell is the June/July cover girl for Pointe magazine. The lengthy feature is a good read with Hutsell tackling everything from her progress at New … Continue reading

July 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dance: ABT’s Erica Lall featured in ELLE

Erica Lall. Remember that name. She’s a lovely, up and coming dancer with American Ballet Theatre, currently dancing in the corps. If there is to be a long-term “Misty” effect … Continue reading

July 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Theater: “Once On This Island” Wins the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical

So in case you didn’t hear, “Once on This Island,” the 2018 Broadway season’s version of the Little Engine that Could, won the coveted Tony Award for Best Revival of … Continue reading

June 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Theater: 2018 Tony Awards Contenders

The 2018 Tony Awards are scheduled for Sunday, June 10 and there are a number of black performers and creative team members who are among the contenders. Of course, it’s … Continue reading

June 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Theater: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” is the Broadway Live experience theater fans have been waiting for; Was it enough?

Photo courtesy Jesus Christ Superstar Live So, if you’re a theater fan you’ve no doubt weighed in on NBC’s¬†“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” shown on Easter Sunday night. You’ve … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dance: DTH commercial more than just another ad

The new Dance Theatre of Harlem commercial, dubbed “The Movement” is more than just another ad. The commercial is to promote DTH’s upcoming New York season at City Center (April … Continue reading

March 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Arthur Mitchell exhibit at Columbia University: a must-see for fans, scholars

  The eagerly anticipated exhibit of dance pioneer Arthur Mitchell’s comprehensive archives is now on display at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery giving fans and scholars alike an important window … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dance: Major promotions and other notables to watch

Before we start to look ahead to the 2017-18 season, let’s look at the close of the 2016-17 dance season and the news from many companies who announced major promotions. … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Theater: James Earl Jones’ Tony Awards Lifetime Achievement Award Speech

If you were watching the Tony Awards last month and thought you had missed James Earl Jones’ speech accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award, you didn’t miss it; it wasn’t televised. … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · Leave a comment
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