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IT GETS BETTER in Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Mens Choir is bringing It Gets Better to town for only two days! This in depth, thought provoking look at LGBT bullying is based on Testimony by Stephen Schwartz. With popular songs by Katy Perry, Mariah Carrey, and Lady Gaga as well as actual narrative from the It Gets Better Project, this show is meant to inspire and bring hope to LGBT youth. Performances are this weekend only, June 23 and 24 at the Mayerson Theatre at the School for Performing Arts in Over the Rhine. ...more...

Summer Dance in Pittsburgh

Image of IdiosynCrazy Productions from KST's website

Well, most companies in our small city of Pittsburgh take the summer off. Student intensive courses are poised to begin at Point Park, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Father Ryan Arts Center and at many more locations. But for those in Pittsburgh this summer who want to see some dance, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (KST) has come through again.

While many organizations go into organizational mode over …more…

The Season of Dance Parties Continues With FULL BLOOM

The coming of spring in Pittsburgh triggers a few distinct events. First, there is the flooding of the city with attendees of college graduations. Then there is the emptying of the city as students leave for their hometowns. And when the Pittsburgh natives come out of their winter hiding places, it is time to dance.

Spring, favored by many arts organizations in the area for benefit events concludes with a series …more…

Get In Front: Fighting Cancer from First Position

San Francisco Ballet principal Maria Kochetkova

On June 6 at 7:00 pm, a bevy of highly regarded principal dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, ODC Dance Company, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, AXIS Dance Company, Smuin Ballet, Zhukov Dance Theater, Robert Moses’ Kin,  and more, will perform in the first-ever Get in Front fundraiser at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater.

Get in Front is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping to “prevent cancer before …more…

Miami’s Egyptia 2012 Festival: Celebrating the Art of Egyptian Dance in June

Egyptia 2012 is coming to town from June 1st to 3rd.  Here the authenticity of Arabic Dance will be celebrated through workshops and a final gala performance studded with stars of the genre.

Dance as Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt

We’ve seen depictions of Egyptian dance in ancient paintings and etchings on murals, tombs, and artifacts enough to realize how much a part of everyday life it figured in ancient Egyptian culture. …more…

Embrace your inner weirdness at The Cincinnati Fringe Festival



Are you weird? Do you like things just a little….abnormal? If so, you won’t feel alone in Cincinnati during the 9th annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival! From May 29 to June 9, artists and art lovers will converge on Over the Rhine for a 12 day long festival of all things avant garde, offbeat, or just plain out there. Inspired by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival …more…

Los Herederos “Para Los Dioses” at PAX, Miami

Los Herederos

Thursday night, May 25th, Los Herederos (The Inheritors) graced the stage of PAX, Miami Performing Arts Exchange in Little Havana. Founder and vocalist Philbert Armenteros eloquently says that the music of the ensemble is a way to channel messages from the gods of his African ancestors, putting listeners in another dimension that allows them to experience a cleansing, purity, and inner peace.

Cuban émigré Armenteros was born in Havana. …more…

Parsons Dance Gives a Mixed Program on June 6th

David Parsons Dance

On June 6th at 7 PM at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, David Parsons will be showing a mixed program of greatest hits plus his new work, Round My World. Known for his kinetic approach to dance married to a unique approach to lighting, Parsons will remind us again of his humor and his openness to a variety of musical inspirations.

Round My World, which made its …more…

Choreographers Davis Robertson and Helen Heineman Presenting Work: New York Live Arts May 23 and 24th

Davis Robertson, Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet School Performance Company and former soloist with the Nederlands Dans Company, Helen Heineman are presenting original choreography on the 23rd and 34th of May at New York Live Arts in New York.

Founded by Robert Joffrey in 1953, the Joffrey Ballet School has been an important training ground for dancers, with classes in classical ballet and contemporary dance styles. Robertson, who studied at …more…

Liss Fain Dance

Liss Fain Dance

Founded in Boston in 1988, Liss Fain Dance makes its home in San Francisco , with local performances at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Z Space. Besides proscenium work, the company also performs in on-site venues, as well as within installation creations that enhance the already evocative material that is signature to Ms. Fain’s vision.

Abstract, dynamic, emotional, fluid, and highly intelligent, LFD presents non-narrative …more…

Australian Ballet Coming to NYC in June

Dancers Tzu-Chao Chu and Lana Jones in Dyad

Presenting approximately 200 performances each year throughout Australia, this full-time ensemble company comes to New York in June with three varied programs on the roster:

Dyad, a ballet choreographed by Wayne McGregor to Steve Reich’s Double Sextet is a tribute to the Ballet Russes. In black and white, this piece has been hailed as both complex and fascinating by the Australian press.

Warumuk …more…

Tango Conspiracy at PAX

Tango Conspiracy at PAX Miami

PAX, The Performing Arts Exchange in Miami, is a tucked away world of cultural expression right in downtown. Underneath I-95, this is a true underground hide-away that glows with good vibes and consciousness. In the words of its founders, PAX is dedicated to “fostering cultural diversity through the arts in hopes of human progress in a culture of peace.”  And that it seems to do.

As …more…

LINES Ballet – Before the Blues: Prince Credell

Prince Credell in Alonzo King's Before the Blues ~ photo by Marty Sohl

In my usual weekly search for inspiration, I was watching various videos on You Tube of one of my favorite choreographers, Alonso King, Artistic Director of LINES Ballet in San Francisco. King’s work always makes me cry as it reaches into the soul through the simplest of means: honesty. There is never a false moment, never an …more…

Oakland Ballet Company Forges Ahead

Oakland Ballet Company

Oakland Ballet Company lends new meaning to the word ‘resilient.’ Founded by Ronn Guidi in 1965 (as Oakland Ballet), it developed a reputation for restaging – often with the participation of the original choreographers– classic early-20th-century ballets, such as Petrouchka, Les Biches, and Les Noces. Guidi retired in 1998. In the hands of an inexperienced director, the company collapsed eight years later. In 2007, Guidi came …more…

Smuin Ballet Presents Mesmerizing World Premiere


Smuin Ballet in Ma Cong's French Twist

Smuin Ballet has adopted the tagline “Beyond Ballet.” While it is true that the company’s dances run beyond the Romantic or classical style the word ballet generally calls to mind, much of the work is executed using traditional ballet vocabulary and all of it is performed by thoroughly trained classical dancers. Indeed, it is this that sets the late Michael Smuin’s 18-year-old troupe apart …more…

Choirs taking over the tri state!

In the upcoming months, choral groups all over will be converging on special locations throughout the city, sharing their voices and cultures with Cincinnati residents. ...more...

Pittsburgh Dance Council Announces 2012-13 Season

Image of Black Grace from Cultural Trust website

I am still buzzing from this Dance Council season which ended Saturday with a stunning performance by Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. And now, the Dance Council, part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, has announced its upcoming season.

The season features crowd pleasers, Les Ballets Trockadero, an all-male group that parodies the ballet and contemporary dance world… often on pointe (pun intended)! Streb, the dare-devil …more…

newMoves in Full “Bloom”

Image of BLOOM! Dance Collective from KST website

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater will be hosting a number of local, Ohio, Philadelphia and New York choreographers as well as BLOOM! Dance Collective from Hungary as a part of newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival.

The three-day program will feature 16 choreographers, 42 dancers and 5 live musician. For the first time, the festival will also include symposiums, “featuring leaders in the dance community from …more…

British Rock Tribute Bands In Las Vegas

I am not sure where my aversion to cover bands stems from, probably one too many ‘roll your eyes’ experiences of performers trying to be that which they are not and doing it badly.  As a homeschooling family we are always looking for new ways to enhance our arts and cultural learning.  Focusing on music appreciation and rock history I came across a series at the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly …more…

National Dance Week: Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company: Keystone

In celebration of National Dance Week in Miami, Dance Now! Miami, the Florida Dance Association, and the Little Haiti Cultural Center generously presented two exciting evenings, showcasing the talents of nine local companies, with a special performance by members of New York’s Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company.

The Sampler was originally founded by South Florida dance pioneer, Daniel Lewis, who has had a long and illustrious career …more…

Helen Pickett: Choreographer, Dancer, Actress, Teacher, Writer

Born in San Diego, dancer, actress, choreographer, teacher, and writer Helen Pickett began her dance studies at the San Francisco Ballet School and went on to dance with the esteemed Ballet Frankfurt under the directorship of William Forsythe.  As an actress she also worked with Elizabeth Le Compte’s The Wooster Group for 6 yrs in the OBIE award-winning House/Lights and North Atlantic and then guested with the Royal Ballet of …more…

Brigid Baker and WholeProject Present: Wall Rapture and Comet Love Joy

WholeProject: Comet Love Joy

When Brigid Baker throws a party, it’s a party!

The April celebration at Baker’s 6th Studio in Little Havana, Miami began in the parking lot, with Broadway diva, Bertilla Baker, singing “Get the Party Started” as she rose in an open elevator to the back door platform of the studio.  Alongside on the building’s blank wall, we watched the “Wall Rapture” as a graffiti artist  contributed to …more…

Sohoyini Dance and Drum: Uniting Cultures in Seattle, Washington

Sohoyini Dance and Drum

In the language of the Dagomba people of Northern Ghana, “sohoyini” means ‘one heart’, which is the perfect emblem for the diverse group of artists coming together to form this joyous dance and drum company.

The mission behind SD&D is to unite cultures through the celebration of the music and movement of traditional African rhythms.  With the U.S. company based in Seattle, Washington and a second company …more…

Heidi Latsky Dance: Breaking the Stereotype

Heidi Latsky: GIMP

Heidi Latsky has had a long, illustrious career, from her early days in Montreal to becoming principal dancer with Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane to creating her own New York-based contemporary company, Heidi Latsky Dance.

With her dynamic physicality and her intelligent approach to moving the body through space, Latsky’s choreography can be simultaneously poetic, sensual, violent, and athletic, running the gamut of emotions through her impeccable …more…

Contemporary Dance Theater: Presenting Guest Company, Pilobolus

Pilobolus Dance Company

Contemporary Dance Theater, now in their 39th season is presenting the iconic dance company, Pilobolus on May 2nd and 3rd, 2012.  Inventive, collaborative, acrobatic, and unique, Pilobolus dancers use their bodies to create a new way of seeing and experiencing shapes, igniting imaginations wherever they perform.

In addition to performing on stages all over the world, Pilobolus has been featured in many automotive commercials, at the 2007 Academy …more…