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Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013

Below are BWWDanceWorld.com's most popular articles from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from the past week!

1) Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013 VIDEO: Valerie Harper Wows the Crowd, Judges on DWTS Premiere
by TV News Desk - September 17, 2013

After a well-deserved, seeminly unending standing ovation, the judges praised the actress for her courage and grace. (more...)


2) Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013 VIDEO: Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley Draw Praise on DWTS Premiere
by TV News Desk - September 17, 2013

On last night's DANCING WITH THE STARS season premiere, 'High School Musical' star Corbin Bleu performed a contemporary number with pro partner Karina Smirnoff. (more...)


3) Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013 BAM Kicks Off 34 Events in Opera, Theater, Music and Dance for 2013 Next Wave Festival
by BWW News Desk - September 17, 2013

Joseph V. Melillo, executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, presents the 2013 Next Wave Festival. The festival runs from today, September 17 through December 22 and comprises opera, theater, music, and dance productions in the institution's three mainstage venues: the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, the BAM Harvey Theater, and the BAM Richard B. Fisher Building. (more...)


4) Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013 New York City Ballet Hosts 2013 Fall Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - September 19, 2013

New York City Ballet's annual Fall Gala will celebrate dance and fashion with three world premiere ballets, and costumes designed by some of the fashion world's most exciting talents. The one-time-only gala evening will take place tonight, September 19, 2013, and this year's participants include choreographers Benjamin Millepied, in collaboration with the Dutch designer Iris van Herpen; Justin Peck, who will create a new ballet featuring costumes by the acclaimed New York-based fashion designer Prabal Gurung; and Angelin Preljocaj, who will work with Olivier Theyskens, the Belgian-born designer who is the Artistic Director of the American fashion house Theory. (more...)


5) Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013 BWW Reviews: Houston Ballet's THE MERRY WIDOW is Opulently Romantic
by David Clarke - September 20, 2013

As a ballet, THE MERRY WIDOW is an adaptation of Franz Lehar's popular romantic operetta Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), which premiered in 1905. In the process of adapting the score for ballet, John Lanchbery and Alan Abott retained the style of Franz Lehar's orchestrations and included several of the well-known tunes from the operetta. Their score premiered in 1975 when The Australian Ballet, under the Musical Direction of John Lanchbery, produced the World Premiere production with choreography by Ronald Hynd and Scenario and Staging by Sir Robert Helpmann. This grandiose and radiant ballet of THE MERRY WIDOW had its Houston Ballet Premiere on September 17, 1995 in the Brown Theater. The Houston Ballet also performed it in 1999 and 2007. Now, in 2013, the lavish production is serving as Mireille Hassenboehler's gorgeous swan song and letter of admiration to the audiences of the Houston Ballet. (more...)


6) Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013 BWW Recap: DANCING WITH THE STARS - Who Rocked, Who Bombed & Who's Going Home
by Alan Aronshtam - September 16, 2013

Dancing With the Stars got off to a fantastic start this evening! BroadwayWorld TV has a detailed recap including comments on the dances by Contributing Editor Alan Aronshtam, what to work on tips for the dancers, and the judges scores! (more...)


7) Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013 Boston Ballet Presents 'Night of Stars on Boston Common' Tonight
by BWW News Desk - September 21, 2013

On the heels of a critically acclaimed tour to London, Boston Ballet returns home to kick off the 50th season with Night of Stars on Boston Common, a massive free performance for the greater Boston community. Admirals Bank is the Presenting Sponsor for this sensational one-night-only event taking place tonight, September 21 at 7:00pm. (more...)


8) Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013 BWW Interviews: Stephen Pier - Heart to Hartt
by Barnett Serchuk - September 17, 2013

Stephen Pier has achieved a uniquely rich and varied career as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. His credits as a performer include many years with the Jose Limon Dance Company where the New York press hailed him as '...one of the most gifted dancers on the modern dance scene today.' He went on to become a leading soloist with the Hamburg Ballet in Germany, performing the title roles in John Neumeier's Othello and Saint Matthew's Passion, and creating numerous other major roles during his nine years with the company. As a member of the Royal Danish Ballet for six years, Mr. Pier had the privilege of dancing leading roles in works of Bournonville, Balanchine, MacMillan, Bejart, and collaborating with many of Europe's finest contemporary choreographers. (more...)


9) Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013 BWW Reviews: Ballet Austin Presents Gorgeous, Charming MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by Jeff Davis - September 16, 2013

Any theater-goer must have some passing familiarity with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, arguably the screwball comedy in which fairies use a magical flower to make two sets of humans fall in love with each other. No such flower is needed here to elicit the audience's love and affection. Ballet Austin's production of Midsummer is a spectacular, charming, riotously funny, and an instant crowd-pleaser. (more...)


10) Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 9/15/2013 - 9/22/2013 Joffrey Ballet Receives $500,000 Grant from Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation
by BWW News Desk - September 16, 2013

The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, announced today that the Company has been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation expressly to launch an endowment for the creation, production and performance of full-length story ballets. The new Rudolf Nureyev Fund at The Joffrey Ballet, as it will be known, represents one of the largest awarded to a single cultural institution in the Foundation's history, with the Joffrey joining such other high profile organizations as the New York City Ballet, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and The Joyce Theatre. The Joffrey Ballet will be responsible for raising an additional $1 million to complete the Fund. (more...)



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