Usually, I like to focus on the more practical aspects of dance. That is, I like to share with you the news about our local dance instructors, or cool dance gear, new dance classes, or cheap/free dance classes. However, I realize that every so often, we also need a real “culture fix”. What I have learned from taking dance classes over the years is that dancers tend to have a wide spectrum of genres that they are interested in. B-boys and B-girls like to go to the ballet (heck some b-boys and b-girls started out as ballet dancers!), House dancers like to find out what is happening on the modern dance scene, ballerinas like to know about what is going on on the club dance scene etc. The same can also be said of dance history. There is a great thirst for knowledge just about the history of the various dance genres which sometimes gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of learning dance routines in the studio. So here, I have assembled a group of links to articles that I believe go toward rounding out the dance experience by opening a window into the dance culture across genres. Enjoy!
This article focuses on the work of photographer Sebastian Rich. Rich started out as a war photographer but has branched out into dance photography- shooting everything from ballet to pole dancing…
The following article focuses in the fusion of high fashion and dance at the upcoming New York City Ballet Fall gala.
Ever heard of Bounden? This is where dance literally meets digital as part of a dancing game that demands that you NOT put your smartphone down. Read all about it!
Gia Kourlas’ review of Dance Theater of Harlem’s program at the recent Celebrate Brooklyn! festival.
A peek inside the world of the dance conductor!
Say it Ain’t So… When dancing is a crime…
I personally wanted to make sure I added this. It is not an article, but a mention of one of Time Out magazine’s critics’ picks- Pilobolous dance theater. Eriko Jimbo, currently one of the members of Pilobolous, will be leaving the company after this season so these are her final performances. I have seen Eriko “perform” on the underground house dance scene and not only is she incredibly beautiful, she is a wonder to watch as a dancer. It is worth the price of the ticket just to see her dance. Catch her while you can!
Alvin Ailey Dance Theater announces highlights of its upcoming season which will include an homage to folk singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Odetta.
Books for the kid in your life who wants to dance! Two reviews in Wall Street Journal.
Groupon for the Hip Hop Dance Conservatory’s production “The Blame Game: Original Sin”. Finally, due to people like Safi Thomas, Founder and Director of the Hip Hop Dance Conservatory, Hip-Hop dance is starting to be treated as and recognized for, the discipline that it is. Please buy a ticket, see theperformance and then go check out the Friday night open class offered by the Hip Hop Dance Conservatory. It won’t be exactly what you expect but I think you will be pleasantly surprised.