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BWW Interviews: Meet Ricky Ubeda, Winner of TV's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Who Will Be Appearing in Cleveland
by Roy Berko - September 18, 2014

When the tour of 'So You Think You Can Dance' comes to the Connor Palace Theatre in Cleveland on October 20, it will expose the local community to the top ten contestants and some of the other dancers who got the attention of the judges. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at ELSEWHERE Presented by DanceWorks
by BWW News Desk - September 16, 2014

The world premiere of elsewhere, an adelheid dance projects production choreographed by its award-winning Artistic DirectorHeidi Strauss, presented by DanceWorks as part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps at Harbourfront Centre Theatre,September 25-27, 2014 (more...)

Photo Flash: Kickoff Cocktail Reception for Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee
by BWW News Desk - September 05, 2014

Longtime arts patrons Ann and William Van Ness welcomed guests to their art filled townhouse for a very special kickoff cocktail reception for the committees and honorees of the upcoming ROLEX presents NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town - Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee which takes place Monday, October 6, 2014 followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Scroll down for photos from the soiree! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Ezralow Dance, Coming to Ford Amphitheatre Next Weekend
by BWW News Desk - September 03, 2014

Winding up the Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series and bringing the Ford Theatres 2014 summer season to a close, Ezralow Dance takes the stage at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the dancers in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: SOUTH AFRICAN DANCE FESTIVAL October -November
by BWW News Desk - September 01, 2014

DANCE forms an important part of this year's vibrant AFROVIBES FESTIVAL 2014 with three outstanding dance productions from South Africa and one collaborative programme by Birmingham's ACE Dance & Music and South African choreographer Vincent Mantsoe (photo left of 'Mana' by Brian Slater). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at London Palladium's DANGEROUS GAMES in Rehearsal
by BWW News Desk - August 19, 2014

Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games – a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece - has its West End premiere at the legendary London Palladium with an exclusive and limited run starting on 1st September 2014 - featuring Michael Flatley in his final West End performances. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the 15th Annual Scotiabank BuskerFest, 8/21-24
by BWW News Desk - August 18, 2014

The 15th annual Scotiabank BuskerFest features over 160 of the best street performers in over 70 acts from across the country and around the globe. (more...)

BWW Reviews: In LOST IN LVOV, Sandy Simona Shares Her Russian-Jewish Immigrant Family Stories Through Music, Dance, and Love
by Shari Barrett - August 18, 2014

Sandy Simona is an Interdisciplinary, Multimedia Artist & Storyteller who grew up on both sides of the George Washington Bridge. Now based in Los Angeles, Simona has created LOST IN LVOV, an emotional solo performance-storytelling-love letter inspired by the most private, immigration stories of her family. Like many Russian-Jewish families who left The Soviet Union before and after Perestroika, as a first generation American, Simona has a unique perspective on what is means to be living with one foot in the Old World and the other in Modern America. (more...)

Photo Flash: Red Bull BC One North America Final Crowns B-Boy Victor
by BWW News Desk - August 16, 2014

Last night, Sin City turned into Spin City as 16 of the continent's best B-Boys battled head-to-head at the Red Bull BC One North America Final, hosted by Sway Calloway. After four rounds of one-on-one battles at the new Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Victor, from Kissimmee, Fla., emerged as the champion and advanced to the World Final in Paris. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: Epic B-Boy Battle at the Tallest Ferris Wheel in the World
by BWW News Desk - August 08, 2014

Red Bull made history hosting the world's first b-boy battle on the tallest ferris wheel in the world at 550 feet in Las Vegas, NV! The epic battle caught on video, captures some of the world's best b-boys taking over a pod on the High Roller and battling in an ultimate showdown of incredible power moves, high-flying acrobatics and precise footwork. Scroll down for stills! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Dance as Liberation - Eric Sciotto and Kristen Martin Star in FOOTLOOSE
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - July 31, 2014

'Dance is a metaphor for expression, for freedom. In Footloose we use dance to express ourselves when we have no words. [As characters] we are all closed off, and finally at the end of the story, we are loosened; we become individuals again.' Speaking is Kristen Martin, who plays Ariel in Maine State Music Theatre's final season production of Footloose, which runs from August 6-23. Her co-star, Eric Sciotto, agrees that his character, Ren, is 'on a journey to find himself after being abandoned by his father. Ren sees in Ariel a troubled soul who reminds him of himself. They recognize immediately that they are kindred spirits.' (more...)

Photo Flash: SYTYCD's tWitch, Allison Holker and Alex Wong Host National Dance Day Celebration in NYC
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) husband and wife all-star dance duo tWitch and Allison Holker, along with SYTYCD All-Star Alex Wong, led a thousand in NYC's official National Dance Day celebration at The Lincoln Center on July 26th. Scroll down for photos from the festivites! (more...)

BWW Interviews: This Show Is an Adventure!
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - July 26, 2014

'It's the heart that makes it fun! The adrenalin gets going; we are all so engrossed in each other with different stories developing every night. There are always discoveries being made. This show is an adventure every single night!' The speaker is actor-dancer Carson Twitchell, who is talking about Maine State Music Theatre's latest hit, the Patti Colombo staging of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which opened July 17th at the Pickard Theatre in Brunswick, Maine. Twitchell is part of a six-person panel assembled at the Curtis Memorial Library on July 23 for the third Peek Behind the Curtain talkback. Joined by Barbara Whidden, MSMT's Director of Development, Kristen Thomas, House Manager, Leo Stagg, Technical Director, and fellow actors (Ruth) and Merill West (Dorcas), the panelists spoke with BWW's Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold about the thrill of this exuberant musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at THUS SPOKE... from Daniel Leveille Danse at SummerWorks 2014
by BWW News Desk - July 25, 2014

Montreal's Daniel Leveille danse presents THUS SPOKE... as part of SummerWorks. The piece is a new dance-theatre genre choreographed by Frederick Gravel and written by Etienne Lepage. THUS SPOKE... explodes the codes and conventions of theatre and dance as it bodily takes hold of our era to disrupt the established order. Scroll down for a sneak peek! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Choreographers Patti Colombo and Karl Warden Thrill Maine Audiences
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - July 21, 2014

'I definitely have a choreographic style - much of what I do is ballet-based and athletic, but I was trained in the Jack Cole manner. My mentors, Ron Lewis, Ron Fields, were all Jack Cole people. I have a strong sense of jazz, true American jazz based in ballet.' The speaker is a petite, svelte, red-haired dynamo of energy and bubbly enthusiasm. Seated opposite me a few days before the opening of her latest theatrical endeavor, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Maine State Music Theatre, director-choreographer Patti Colombo talks about her Maine debut and her other award-winning theatrical projects - among them, On the Town, West Side Story, Mask, L'il Abner, Peter Pan, Seussical, which have taken her to Broadway and around the world. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Schultz-Hill Foundation Welcomes Atlantic City Ballet
by BWW News Desk - July 14, 2014

The Schultz-Hill Foundation, hosted a Welcome Reception for the Atlantic City Ballet Company that is now housed at Boardwalk Hall. Over 20 International and US Dancers attended along with the Artistic Director, Ms Phyllis Papa and The Ballet Board at the Home of the Schultz-Hill Foundation Founders at Casa DEl Cielo in Atlantic City. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: The Schultz- Hill Foundation Welcomes AC Ballet to Atlantic City
by BWW News Desk - July 14, 2014

The Schultz-Hill Foundation, hosted a Welcome Reception for the Atlantic City Ballet Company that is now housed at Boardwalk Hall. Over 20 International and US Dancers attended along with the Artistic Director, Ms Phyllis Papa and The Ballet Board at the Home of the Schultz- Hill Foundation Founders at Casa DEl Cielo in Atlantic City. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cespedes Choreography Highlight of Cleveland Foundation Centennial Meeting
by Roy Berko - June 16, 2014

In the last century, the Cleveland Foundation, the first community foundation in the world, has given $1.78 billion dollars in grants to enrich the lives of young and old through working for sustaining a vibrant local economy, developing human potential, reimagining Cleveland, pioneering housing options, and preserving the arts. What better way is there to celebrate these achievements than to throw well-earned celebrations? (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Opening Night of Arena Stage's HEALING WARS Featuring Bill Pullman
by BWW News Desk - June 13, 2014

A pioneer in the world of contemporary dance, MacArthur 'Genius Grant' recipient Liz Lerman's new theatrical dance piece Healing Wars examines healing in wartime, the nature of damage that continues when battles are over and the question of how individuals and societies absorb the pain and impact of war. The production features a company of performers in multiple roles, including Marjani Forte, George Hirsch, Tamara Hurwitz Pullman, Ted Johnson, Alli Ross, Samantha Speis, Keith A. Thompson, renowned stage and film actor Bill Pullman and a combat veteran to be announced at a later date. The limited engagement, world-premiere production of Healing Wars running through June 29 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Check out a first look at opening night below! (more...)

by BWW News Desk - June 13, 2014

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's two-week spring engagement at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater kicked off in an exceptional way on Wednesday, June 11th with Revelations Celebration on the Plaza - a free grand dance workshop, where hundreds of people learned excerpts of Alvin Ailey's signature American masterpiece Revelations; followed by The Ailey Spirit Gala, a one-night-only benefit performance and party with Honorary Chair Vanessa Williams and sponsored by FedEx Corporation. The event's Co-Chairs were Gina F. Adams, Lynne & Anthony M. Carvette, Almaz & Marc Strachan, Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman & Rossie E. Turman III, and Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer. Gala Vice Chairs wereMichele & Timothy Barakett, Natasha Leibel Levine, M.D. & Harlan Levine, M.D., Leslie & Tom Maheras, and Celia & Henry McGee. The evening helped raise over $1 million for Alvin Ailey's extensive educational programs for young people, including AileyCamp and scholarships to The Ailey School. (more...)

Photo Flash: School of American Ballet's 2014 Workshop Performance Benefit Raises Almost $860,000
by BWW News Desk - June 09, 2014

The School of American Ballet's Workshop Performance Benefit 2014 on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 celebrated 50 years of these annual performances and raised nearly $860,000 for scholarships and school programs. The evening began with cocktails at 5:30pm in Juilliard's Morse Hall, followed by the presentation of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Service to Dena Abergel, SAB faculty member and NYCB Children's Ballet Master, and Wien Awards for Outstanding Promise to Lyrica Blankfein, Christopher Grant, Baily Jones, and Addie Tapp. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ballet Academy East Delivers an Impressive Spring Performance
by Marjorie Liebert - May 27, 2014

On Friday, May 16th, I was privileged to be in attendance of the opening night of Ballet Academy East's 2014 Spring Performance. These young dancers displayed good training and a delight to be performing in eight varied works. Having seen a number of school performances this year, the school shows itself to be a cut above. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Honors Mikhail Baryshnikov at Season 36 Spotlight Ball
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, one of the world's premier dance organizations, together with event chair Richard L. Rodes and Meg Siegler Callahan, chair of Hubbard Street's board of directors, hosted the Season 36 Spotlight Ball on Monday, May 19 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie's ELVIS & THE MAN IN BLACK
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie presents Elvis and The Man in Black, Aadouble bill choreographed by James Kudelka and Laurence Lemieux. Elvis & The Man in Black runs at The Citadel (304 Parliament Street, Toronto), Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm from May 21-31. Scroll down for a look at the show! (more...)

BWW Reviews: BALLETNEXT - The Great Leap Forward
by Marjorie Liebert - May 22, 2014

Michele Wiles' BalletNext gave its best performance at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), on Friday, May 17, Founded in 2011, the dancers have developed and matured into a cooperating, fluid dance company, rather than a group of interesting soloists without connection to each other. The two works presented had been previously performed by BalletNext and were welcomed back, demonstrating growth, deeper understanding of the works, and a stronger connection with the audience. (more...)

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