Choreographer Avichai Scher has made a name for himself in a most curious way. Generally, audiences don't come to Scher's self-produced shows to see his work. They come for the top dancers he hires: New York City Ballet’s Ashley Bouder, American Ballet Theatre’s Marcelo Gomes, San Francisco Ballet’s Sofiane Sylve, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Carla Korbes. It's kind of astounding.
Nigel Lythgoe, the producer of So You Think You Can Dance, is launching another reality dance show. A Chance to Dance will follow Michael Nunn and William Trevitt of UK's BalletBoyz as they search the US for talented dancers to form a new company. The show will premiere August 17 on Ovation TV. Any dancer over the age of 18 is invited to audition.
Before March comes to a close, I had to share one last photo from our gorgeous "A Day In The Life" shoot with American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland. This is one of my personal favorites from an overflowing stack of outtakes. Her legs are just so long!
Looking to shed a few pounds? Try eating chocolate more often. Yup, you read that right. A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who frequently eat chocolate tend to have lower body mass indexes. They are roughly five to seven pounds lighter than people who keep away from cocoa.
The Joffrey Ballet School in New York is giving away an unprecendented number of scholarships this year. And one of the ways they're scouting talented recruits is through DanceMedia. Submit a 1 to 3 minute video of yourself in performance or in the studio to enter to win a full-tuition scholarship at one of the school's summer programs. A panel of DanceMedia editors will choose 10 promising students from the March contestants.
At the height of the AIDS epidemic, Pennsylvania Ballet was hit hard. A number of company members suffered or died from the virus. Compelled to do something, their colleagues rallied. They produced a special performance called Shut Up & Dance to benefit MANNA, a local organization that delivers nourishing meals and counsel to those infected.
On March 30, thousands of people around the world will stop what they're doing and dance. It will be noon in San Fancisco, 3 pm in New York, 4 pm in Buenos Aires, 9 pm in Cairo, 10 pm in Minsk—and everyone from cab drivers to businessmen to dogwalkers will simultaneously get their groove on. The event, called "dance anywhere" was started by San Francisco–based choreographer Beth Fein eight years ago. In addition to off-the-cuff improvs by people on the street, several dancers also take part with choreographed public performances—so keep your eyes open.
It's not every day that you get to see a world-class ballerina rehearse. It's pretty much never that you get to see that world-class ballerina rehearse Martha Graham's work. So to say that I was thrilled to be able to watch Diana Vishneva prepare Graham's Errand into the Maze yesterday is a massive understatement.