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Covering black professionals and professional productions in the dance and theater worlds, plus general arts news

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

Dance: Blondell Cummings Dies at Age 70

Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about dancer Blondell Cummings – who passed away on Aug. 30 at age 70 from cancer – was that in an arts world … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · 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: Michaela DePrince Featured in August Glamour Magazine

Michaela DePrince is in the news again, this time thanks to a feature in the August issue of Glamour Magazine. DePrince, as you may recall, is the Sierra Leone-born ballerina … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dance: Albert Evans, Former NYCB Principal, Dead at 46

Albert Evans, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet – and one of only two African Americans to rise to the top ranks at that company, died on … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment
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