10 Great Articles About the Dance World Outside the Studio

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!

Photo Sebastian Rich
Photo Sebastian Rich

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…

Soothing The Soul – The Dance Photography Of Conflict Photographer Sebastian Rich

The following article focuses in the fusion of high fashion and dance at the upcoming New York City Ballet Fall gala.

City Ballet Plans a Fashionable 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!

Hold On to Your Phone! Bounden Entangles Gamers in a Complex Dance Duet

Gia Kourlas’ review of Dance Theater of Harlem’s program at the recent Celebrate Brooklyn! festival.

In a Swirl of Limbs, a Bird Takes Flight Dance Theater of Harlem Comes to Celebrate Brooklyn!

A peek inside the world of the dance conductor!

They Help You Listen With Your Eyes Dance Conductors Keep Watch While They Keep Tempo

Say it Ain’t So… When dancing is a crime…

On Subway, Flying Feet Can Lead to Handcuffs

Photo Victor J. Blue
Photo Victor J. Blue

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!

Pilobolus Dance

Photo Pilobolus Dance Theater
Photo Pilobolus Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater announces highlights of its upcoming season which will include an homage to folk singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Odetta.

Ailey American Dance Theater to Offer Odetta Tribute

Books for the kid in your life who wants to dance! Two reviews in Wall Street Journal.

Children’s Books: Dancing Lessons

An illustration from "Rupert Can Dance"
An illustration from “Rupert Can Dance”
Safi Thomas and Staff
Safi Thomas(2nd fr. left), Director Hip Hop dance Conservatory and his staff.
Photo Archives of Hip Hop Dance Conservatory

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.

The BLAME Game: Original Sin” by The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory on Saturday, August 16 (Up to 51% Off)

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