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Date Of Birth:
March 27, 1934 (80)
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New York, NY, USA
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2014 Bessie Award Winners Announced2014 Bessie Award Winners Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), NYC's premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announced tonight the complete list of 2013-14 season award recipients. The Bessies, produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, were held at the legendary Apollo Theater at 7:30 p.m., following red carpet interviews and photographs with the nominees in attendance. NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray gave opening remarks, and Lisa Kron, whose hit musical Fun Home will make its Broadway debut this year, hosted the evening. (more...)

Dance Theatre of Harlem to Return to Chicago After 16 Years, 11/21-23Dance Theatre of Harlem to Return to Chicago After 16 Years, 11/21-23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

After 16 years, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University welcomes back Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) to Chicago as part of its 125th Anniversary Season celebration, November 21 - 23, 2014. (more...)

2014 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement Goes to Dance Theatre of Harlem Founder Arthur Mitchell2014 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement Goes to Dance Theatre of Harlem Founder Arthur Mitchell
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), NYC's premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announces Arthur Mitchell, founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem, as the recipient of the 2014 NY Dance and Performance Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance and Dr. Chuck Davis of DanceAfrica! for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance. These awards will be presented at the 30th Annual Bessie Awards ceremony at the legendary Apollo Theater on Monday, October 20. (more...)

Met Guild to Salute Jessye Norman With BRAVA, JESSYE! Luncheon, 11/21Met Guild to Salute Jessye Norman With BRAVA, JESSYE! Luncheon, 11/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

On Friday, November 21, the Metropolitan Opera Guild's 80th Annual Luncheon presents "Brava, Jessye!" to salute the legendary Jessye Norman, who recently wrote about her life in a memoir titled Stand Up Straight and Sing! (more...)

Shirley Harriet Mitchell-Mills, Sister of Acclaimed Dance Theater of Harlem Founder, Dies at 73Shirley Harriet Mitchell-Mills, Sister of Acclaimed Dance Theater of Harlem Founder, Dies at 73
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

The Dance Theater of Harlem community is mourning the death of the much beloved SHIRLEY HARRIET MITCHELL-MILLS, the sister of Arthur Mitchell, founder and artistic director emeritus of Dance Theater of Harlem--a leading dance institution of global acclaim. Ms. Harriet died on August 26, 2014. She was 73 years old. (more...)

Pink Martini to Collaborate on Nicolo Fonte's World Premiere in the Upcoming OBT 25 Program, 10/11-18Pink Martini to Collaborate on Nicolo Fonte's World Premiere in the Upcoming OBT 25 Program, 10/11-18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Oregon Ballet Theatre announced last night during Pink Martini's concert at the Oregon Zoo that Nicolo Fonte's world premiere in the upcoming OBT 25 program will feature Portland's favorite "little orchestra" sharing the stage with the dancers in the first ever full-scale collaboration between the two groups. The ballet, titled Everywhere, was inspired by Fonte's eagerness to create an unforgettable experience for the audience that will reveal new facets of both groups and the performers in them. In celebration of the Ballet's 25th Anniversary Season, this entirely new creation will feature China Forbes, who has been the lead singer for the band since its inception. Opening Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Keller Auditorium, OBT 25 will continue for five performances through October 18. (more...)

Susan Boyle, Brian Regan, and More to Highlight the 2014-2015 Kentucky Center Presents SeasonSusan Boyle, Brian Regan, and More to Highlight the 2014-2015 Kentucky Center Presents Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

The 2014-2015 Kentucky Center Presents season features performances by Susan Boyle, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, as well as luminaries from the realms of Comedy, Classical music, and the Culinary Arts. (more...)

Encores! BAND WAGON, LADY, BE GOOD, ZORBA! and Four MTC World Premieres Set for NY City Center's 2014-15 Season; Full Lineup Announced!Encores! BAND WAGON, LADY, BE GOOD, ZORBA! and Four MTC World Premieres Set for NY City Center's 2014-15 Season; Full Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

New York City Center's 2014-15 season features an exciting lineup of dance and musical theater that begins with the 11th season of City Center's acclaimed Fall for Dance Festival. The Festival features 24 acclaimed dance companies and artists from around the world, and will kick off in September with two free dance performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in association with The Public Theater, followed by five unique programs at City Center in October. The Band Wagon, an Encores! Special Event starring Brian Stokes Mitchell, follows in November, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, City Center's Principal Dance Company, returns for a month-long engagement in December. (more...)

PBS' National Broadcast Premiere of Disabled Dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq on AMERICAN MASTERS, 6/20PBS' National Broadcast Premiere of Disabled Dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq on AMERICAN MASTERS, 6/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

This Friday, June 20, 10-11:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings**, New York metro area at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN) is the national broadcast premiere of dance-disability documentary American Masters -- Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun, which reveals the story of influential New York City Ballet principal dancer and polio survivor Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929-2000), known as 'Tanny.' The film will be available on DVD June 24 from Kino Lorber. (more...)

Dance Theatre of Harlem Returns to Jacob's Pillow, 7/9-13Dance Theatre of Harlem Returns to Jacob's Pillow, 7/9-13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Following a successful opening week of Festival 2013, Dance Theatre of Harlem returns with an all-new program. DTH gave its first professional performance at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 1970; since that date, DTH and the Pillow have enjoyed a longstanding and fruitful artistic relationship. The company, led by Artistic Director Virginia Johnson, performs Donald Byrd's smooth yet power-packed contemporary ballet Contested Space, which features a plethora of solos and duets. past-carry-forward, created for DTH by Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis, conveys the spirit and significance of the Harlem Renaissance. The cornerstone of this dynamic evening is the late choreographer Ulysses Dove's moving, elegiac ballet Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, danced to "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten" by Arvo Part. The company appears in a special seven-show engagement in the Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob's Pillow, July 9-13. (more...)

Photo Flash: School of American Ballet's 2014 Workshop Performance Benefit Raises Almost $860,000Photo Flash: School of American Ballet's 2014 Workshop Performance Benefit Raises Almost $860,000
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 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...)

THIRTEEN's American Masters to Present Dance Documentary TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ, 6/20THIRTEEN's American Masters to Present Dance Documentary TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ, 6/20
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 5, 2014

Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929-2000), known as 'Tanny,' was surely among the most transcendent. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE MEN DANCERS, PLUS! Celebrates the Life of the Legendary FREDERIC FRANKLINBWW Reviews: THE MEN DANCERS, PLUS! Celebrates the Life of the Legendary FREDERIC FRANKLIN
by Sondra Forsyth - Jun 2, 2014

A roll call of dance greats - performers, directors, critics, and historians - took the stage one after the other at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York City on the evening of May 30th 2014 to share their memories of one of the greatest of them all, Frederic Franklin. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Nancy Buirski Presents AMERICAN MASTERS - TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ: AFTERNOON OF A FAUNSTAGE TUBE: Nancy Buirski Presents AMERICAN MASTERS - TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ: AFTERNOON OF A FAUN
by Stage Tube - May 22, 2014

Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929-2000), known as 'Tanny,' was surely among the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike as principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and became a muse to both her husband George Balanchine and friend Jerome Robbins. Then, at age 27 and the height of her fame, Le Clercq was stricken with polio and paralyzed; she never danced again. Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (The Loving Story) brings Tanny's poignant story to the screen for the first time inAmerican Masters -- Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun, premiering nationally Friday, June 20, 10-11:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings, New York metro area at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN). (more...)

Center of Creative Arts (COCA) Announced Upcoming Calendar of EventsCenter of Creative Arts (COCA) Announced Upcoming Calendar of Events
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Offered in conjunction with Dance St. Louis' Seventh Annual Emerson Spring to Dance Festival 2014, high intermediate and advanced-level dancers ages 14 and up are invited to participate in a master class with Elisa Monte Dance. The class will include modern technique and choreography from the company's repertoire. Founded in 1981, Elisa Monte Dance celebrates the work of Elisa Monte, a former principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch and Pilobolus, is widely recognized for its highly athletic and sensual style exploring a multitude of topics and themes. The master class is Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30-7:55pm at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Registration is $20. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Emmy-Winning Filmmaker Nancy Buirski Spotlights Le Clercq's Ballet Career and MoreSTAGE TUBE: Emmy-Winning Filmmaker Nancy Buirski Spotlights Le Clercq's Ballet Career and More
by Stage Tube - May 15, 2014

Emmy-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski spotlights Le Clercq's ballet career, struggle with polio, and influence on George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and dance. (more...)

THIRTEEN's American Masters Series to Premiere Dance Documentary Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun, 6/20THIRTEEN's American Masters Series to Premiere Dance Documentary Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun, 6/20
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2014

American Masters Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun, premieres nationally Friday, June 20, 10-11:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings, New York metro area at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN). (more...)

New York City Ballet's Spring 2014 Gala Features Sufjan Stevens, CAROUSEL and Kristen Bell TonightNew York City Ballet's Spring 2014 Gala Features Sufjan Stevens, CAROUSEL and Kristen Bell Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

New York City Ballet hosts its 2014 Spring Gala tonight, May 8 at 7pm, featuring a special one-time-only program designed by NYCB's Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the opening of the New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater) at Lincoln Center, as well as celebrate its future with a World Premiere ballet by choreographer Justin Peck and composer Sufjan Stevens. (more...)

Pace University to to Celebrate Frederic Franklin With FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH, 5/30-6/1Pace University to to Celebrate Frederic Franklin With FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH, 5/30-6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

After collaborations in 2012 and 2013 with an all-male cast, Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham's The Men Dancers: From the Horse's Mouth make their return to New York May 30 through June 1 in honor of ballet great Frederic Franklin (1914-2013) in what would have been his centenary year. This celebration will take place at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (3 Spruce Street, between Park Row and Gold Street) and is presented by Pace University. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM Celebrates 45 Years After Coming Back from the BrinkBWW Reviews: DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM Celebrates 45 Years After Coming Back from the Brink
by Sondra Forsyth - Apr 30, 2014

Dance Theatre of Harlem's 2014 run at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the second New York season after a nine-year absence, drew to a satisfying close on the afternoon of Sunday, April 27th with a well-chosen triple bill. The beloved troupe, America's first African American ballet company, was forced to go on hiatus in 2004 when it announced its $2.3 million debt. Now under the able artistic direction of Virginia Johnson, who was a DTH principal ballerina for 28 years, the resurrected national treasure is dedicated to carrying on the mission of founders Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook to 'present a ballet company of African-American and other racially diverse artists who perform the most demanding repertory at the highest level of quality.' (more...)

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