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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

Theater: Tony Awards 2017

Tonight’s the night. The Tony Awards, the biggest awards recognizing the year on Broadway, will be announced. While most of the buzz is about the front-runners – “Hello Dolly” for … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dance: DanceAfrica Founder Chuck Davis Dies

    Chuck Davis, the exuberant founder of the traveling festival known as DanceAfrica and founder of the African American Dance Ensemble of Durham, North Carolina,  died Sunday. He was … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dance: Is Hiplet a win or a loss?

      It started back in the spring. That’s when Hiplet, the hybrid of hip hop and ballet popularized by Chicago’s Homer Bryant, leapt onto the national scene thanks … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dance: NYCB soloist Craig Hall takes final bow at Lincoln Center

New York City Ballet soloist Craig Hall is set to retire from the company at the end of the summer. He’ll become a ballet master with the company in the … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Theater: April 18 symposium to commemorate August Wilson’s seminal speech on race and diversity in theater

    Princeton’s McCarter Theatre  and Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts will host a symposium on April 18 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the late August Wilson’s seminal … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dance: Skimpy Misty documentary airs tonight

“A Ballerina’s Tale,” the Nelson George directed documentary about ballerina Misty Copeland airs tonight on PBS stations. Check your local listings for airtimes. This is a very basic primer about … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dance:Inaugural special black ballerina search

While there’s still no word on what positions were offered in the inaugural black ballerina search sponsored by the International Association of Blacks in Dance, it does appear that the … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Dance: Alvin Ailey In Movie Theaters Tonight

We know we’ve been a bit behind, but if ever there was a reason to catch up it would be this: the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is being presented … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · Leave a comment
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