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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

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: 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: Misty Copeland’s Essence Cover – Fierce But Flawed

In case you haven’t seen it yet, the cover of the September issue of Essence Magazine features ballerina Misty Copeland in full-on, fabulous glam mode. It’s the kind of pop celebrity … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dance: Misty Copeland to appear on “60 Minutes” May 10

Ballerina Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre is to be featured in a segment on this Sunday’s (May 10) “60 Minutes” which airs on CBS at 7 p.m. EST.

May 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dance: Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack Make History With “Swan Lake”

We know, we know. It’s been a while since we’ve posted. But if ever there was a reason to get back to the blog, it would be last week’s landmark … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dance: Misty Copeland and the Black Ballerina

We could probably do a post a day just on all the Misty Copeland stories that are appearing these days. Copeland, the American Ballet Theatre soloist, is the dance world’s … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dance: Misty Copeland to Make Her Debut This Summer as Swan Queen with ABT

Finally! Misty Copeland will get her chance to be one of American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Queens this summer. According to Australia-based blogger Deborah Jones, Copeland is to make her debut … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dance: The Black Ballerina – Can’t We Be Soft, Too?

The new issue of Pointe Magazine has just come out featuring three black ballerinas- Ashley Murphy of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ebony Williams of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Misty … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arts: Barnes Award Nominees Announced

Actors Aaron Clifton Moten and Amber Iman are among the nominees for the Clive Barnes Awards along with dancer Calvin Royal III. Moten was recognized for his performances in “The … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment
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