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ABT II and The Royal Ballet School

The Ailey Citigroup Theater New York City Some years ago, American Ballet Theatre’s junior company, ABT II, shared a program with The Royal Ballet School. I remember thinking the kids from ABT II looked as good as any professional company … Continue reading

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New Chamber Ballet: Equal Treatment for Musicians

It hardly seems fair, tucking ballet orchestras down in a pit, given how crucial their contribution is. For a more sensitive, equal treatment of dancer and musician, look to New Chamber Ballet where musicians are given their due.

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Two works by Emery LeCrone

Emery LeCrone is a promising young choreographer worth keeping tabs on. Two of her works were presented by different companies, at different venues, on the same night—a busy schedule which indicates how much attention her work is getting.

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Brian Carey Chung’s Lonely House

Brian Carey Chung—artistic director and choreographer for Collective Body | Dancelab—sets the bar high for himself with Lonely House which is set to jazz sung by the late Abbey Lincoln. Willy Laury and Giorgia Bovo make the perfect pair for … Continue reading

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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet dances Strømgren,
Godani, Ekman

When I first saw Jo Strømgren’s Sunday Again a few years ago, I came away with more of the humorous moments he intersperses throughout the work. They’re still there, but on this second viewing it’s the discord that hangs with … Continue reading

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Keely Garfield’s Twin Pines

Duo Multicultural Arts Center New York City Keely Garfield chose the right venue for her performance of Twin Pines. The Duo Multicultural Arts Center in New York’s East Village is an old five-story building with performance spaces on different floors … Continue reading

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The New York Choreographic Institute’s 10th Anniversary

New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project, created by Peter Martins in 1992, was founded as a showcase for new work. The New York Choreographic Institute, on the other hand, is an affiliate of New York City Ballet, and was founded … Continue reading

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Interview: Wes Chapman

Interview with Wes Chapman

How does ABT2 function in relation to the main company?
New choreographers get tried out on us first so the main company doesn’t have to take big risks. During my time, we’ve had quite a bit of success.

We also have the function of getting the talent ready for the main company. We give our kids more experience, more stage time, more chance to work with choreographers—so they’re more seasoned by the time they get to the big league. They also need a little more nurturing time to develop as people, to strengthen their personalities and their artistic qualities.

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Fall for Dance at New York City Center

New York City Center hosts a series called ‘Fall for Dance’, punning on autumnal performance dates and its intent to lure new audiences into a love affair with dance. Of course all the die-hard dance fans in the city also … Continue reading

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Interview: Jessica Lang

Interview with Jessica Lang

Tell me how you got started in dance.
I was watching my sister in class when the teacher asked if I wanted to try. It was literally one of those Chorus Line moments where I thought “I can do that.” I was three years old but took ballet because that’s what my sister did. I was more interested in being a violinist or an astronaut.

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