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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: 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

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: Complexions Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

  It’s not easy to sustain a dance company for 20 years but Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the dynamic contemporary ballet company headed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson has accomplished … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dance: The Loss of Two Dance Legends – Frank Hatchett and Fred Benjamin

December has seen the loss of two major figures in the dance world and the black dance community – Frank Hatchett and Fred Benjamin. On Dec. 23, Frank Hatchett – … Continue reading

December 25, 2013 · 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

Dance: Black Ballerina Faces Discrimination at Bolshoi Academy

It’s 2013 but we’re still talking about racism in the classical ballet world. The latest instance is the story of Precious Adams, an African American teenager studying at the prestigious … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dance: Nora Chipaumire Review; Dancer-Choreographer Set To Work With Urban Bush Women

Dancer-choreographer Nora Chipaumire’s latest creation “rite riot” was recently reviewed by the New York Times. Chipaumire is to be a guest choreographer for Urban Bush Women’s 30th Anniversary Season. Click … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · Leave a comment
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