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Writer, Educator, and Speaker Liz Lerman Receives Dance/USA Honor

June 04, 2014

Liz Lerman is a performer, choreographer, writer, educator, and speaker. She has been described as “the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art” by The Washington Post. Her aesthetic approach spans the range from abstract to personal to political. This month Lerman receives the 2014 Dance/USA Honor Award during the organization’s annual conference in Minneapolis.

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March 25, 2014

As a judge in any competition, you are expected to be “objective.” But there is no such thing as pure objectivity, since we all come with our own set of past experiences. I am aware of my personal biases and try to move beyond them, but part of the value of my — or anyone’s — feedback is in the passionate personal response. If we know a person from our past, we see more in their performance than if we never laid eyes on them. This is why the American College Dance Festival Association requires that its adjudicators be kept away from the participants — “sequestered.” Read about dancer/critic Wendy Perron's experience.

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Moving On: A Close Up Look at the Closing of the Trey McIntyre Project

March 10, 2014

The announcement in January by the Trey McIntyre Project that its performances June 25-29, 2014, at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival would be the company’s last sent both shockwaves and shrugs through the dance community. The shockwaves were because despite the company only being a full-time entity since 2008 (it had begun in 2005 as a summer pickup company); it seemed to be a model of success in a dance world that is constantly searching for new blood.

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Balancing Acts: Dancers and Their Experiences With Motherhood

February 27, 2014

George Balanchine didn't hide his disapproval of dancers having children.  Doubtless, such overt pressure from a director would not fly anymore, but many issues that more indirectly discourage parenthood have not changed. Dancers still deal with issues like taking parental leave, juggling child care, physical recovery from childbirth, and health care.

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A New Year’s Resolution for the Dance Field

January 06, 2014

My hope for all of us in 2014 is that we can practice and celebrate self-determination. By self-determination I mean using our voices, making our own frames of reference, and creating for ourselves. I want us to be loud, and large, and powerful, both as individuals and as a field. I want us to be a force to reckoned with. I am dance, hear me roar!

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Ballet’s Biggest Annual Party: Freelancing ‘The Nutcracker’

December 19, 2013

The period between Black Friday and Boxing Day is commonly the most financially rewarding for big and small businesses alike. Ballet is no exception. During this period, ballet companies across the country throw their biggest annual holiday party, which helps keep many a ballet company afloat, providing essential operating funds. Just as big and small businesses benefit from holiday spending, freelance dancers like Barry Kerollis benefit from The Nutcracker. Read on to see how this Philadelphia-based dancer navigates the ups and downs of Nutcracker madness.

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What I Learned From Ballet

December 10, 2013

I am passionately in love with being onstage. It’s terrible. The can’t-eat-can’t-sleep-euphoric kind of love. When you find that love early in life it’s hard for much of anything else to stand up in comparison. And when it does, you fall in deep because that’s the only way you know how.

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Symbiosis and Support

August 05, 2013

"Outside of change, the only constant in art is community," writes choreographer, dancer, and educator Helanius Wilkins. Read more about his thoughts on creating conducive artistic communities by working collaboratively and symbiotically with fellow members of the creative class.

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Dance Visionary Barbara Weisberger Celebrates her Ernie Award and More

June 05, 2013

 On Thursday afternoon, June 13, during Dance/USA's 2013 conference in Philadelphia, Barbara Weisberger, respected doyenne of dance, will receive the Ernie from Dance/USA for her visionary leadership and contributions to the field. The prize, named for the first recipient, Ian Ernie Horvath, arts advocate, dancer, and founder of the Cleveland Ballet in his native city, is fitting for Weisberger as Horvath was both a colleague and a friend of hers. Read more about the woman who was Balanchine's first child student and later the founder of the Pennsylvania Ballet.  

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The Executive Pas de Deux

March 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

Times have changed significantly since George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein joined forces in the 1940s to create the New York City Ballet. Yet the model those two men established for the administration of the American dance company remains: an artistic director reigning over the creative wing of the organization, an executive director administering the business side of things, and a board of directors to ensure fiscal responsibility, remains. Too often an imbalance between those arms of a company develops especially when the push-pull dynamic between the innately challenging AD and ED positions becomes overwrought. But like a strong marriage or a grand pas de deux, many such partnerships do thrive. They take hard work, skillful communication, and an evolving collegial relationship.

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