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Michael Kaiser: Exit Interview, part 2

August 27, 2014

Michael Kaiser, the outgoing president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., talks candidly about the state of the dance field, funding, American dance abroad, challenges and perceptions, and his love of baseball and baking. In September 2014, he leaves the Kennedy Center to bring the DeVos Institute of Arts Management to University of Maryland joining the College of Arts and Humanities’ Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a leading national arts incubator. This is the second part of his conversation with Dance/USA.

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No CommentsTags: Arts Administration · Development · Diversity · Features

Dance and Parenthood: A Case Study

March 02, 2014

Despite the daunting landscape for independent and freelance dance professionals, we’re seeing encouraging trends in how some dance companies regard the family lives of their employees.

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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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Come Dance With Me, part 2

June 20, 2013

Dance teachers have long known the positive effects of dance training: from improved concentration and grades to better physical health and better behavior. In recent years science has begun to back up what many in the dance field have known instinctively for decades. Read Part 2 of Veronica Hackethal's article on educational dance programs that tap into the science while transmitting the artistic discipline of dance.

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No CommentsTags: Education · Features · Special Report

The Hunt for New Work: Matching Choreographers to Companies

January 28, 2013

Selecting new choreographers for a program or a season seems a straightforward enough process at first glance. Read on to find out how artistic directors seek out new works for their companies sifting the choreographic gold from the dross. 

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No CommentsTags: Artistry · Arts Administration · Features · From The Studio · Mind of the Artist

Critic/Scholar v. New York State -- The Nite Moves Case Reaches the Highest Court, Part 2

December 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

On September 5, 2012, the seven-member New York Court of Appeals heard Nite Moves’ legal challenge to the Tribunal’s decision that exotic dance was not a live choreographed performance and consequently exempt from taxation as stated in law. Read Judith Lynne Hanna’s account of this intriguing case and the ramifications it could have on the dance community.

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Calamity or Comedy: Critic/Scholar v. New York State -- The Nite Moves Dance Tax Case, Part 1

December 26, 2012 · 7 Comments

Rooted in Middle Eastern belly dance and an American tradition of parody, namely American burlesque, striptease and exotic dance are a form of dance and theater art. While somewhat “risqué” or “naughty” with its adult play and fanciful sexualized teasing that transgresses social decorum and dress codes, exotic dance is, like all dance, communication and a learned skill with its own aesthetic. So the question arises: how far removed is exotic dance from the world of artistic and concert dance? For a discussion of the recent Night Moves exotic dance court case read on here.

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Two Shoes, Same Foot: Vernacular Dance & Concert Dance

December 05, 2012 · 2 Comments

Does concert dance happen in a concert hall? Master Juba or William Henry Lane performed in theaters and halls across the United States in the mid-19th century. Does “concert dance” imply some level of professional commitment or success? Lane, a black percussive dancer, toured internationally, receiving top billing over his all-white minstrel troupe. Does “concert dance” suggest some level of peer review or development of craft? Percussive dancer Emily Oleson ponders these issues and others. Read on.

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2 CommentsTags: Commentary · Diversity · Engagement · Features

The Body Politic: Learning from the 'Dance' of Our Public Officials

October 15, 2012

As we observe this year’s crop of candidates vying for leadership roles, we look for the details but also for the overarching dance  each one is performing. Even in solo roles — for example a politician’s stump speeches or debate performances — they are part of a larger choreography that includes others and, of course, a relationship to the audience.

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Can ‘Breaking Pointe’ Fix Ballet?

July 24, 2012 · 7 Comments

Can “Breaking Pointe” do for ballet what ballet companies have been struggling to accomplish for decades now? That is, lure newer, younger audiences to theaters for live classical ballet?

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