Last month, severe storms ripped through the South, leaving dozens dead and an estimated 10,000 people in need of a place to live. Alabama was one of the states hit the hardest. To help out their neighbors in need, Huntsville Ballet Company will present two special encore performances of Stars and Stripes on May 31 and June 1 at VBC Concert Hall in Huntsville, AL. Both shows are completely free to the public. Company members are asking for donations to help families affected by the tornadoes and will be collecting non-perishable food items at the theater.
Calling all choreographers! You can win $15,000 towards your own show in NYC. All you've got to do is enter a clip of your choreography in the Capezio A.C.E. Award contest on dancemedia.com by the end of this week. Fifteen finalists will be invited to perform at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York on July 30, where one winner and two runners up will be selected by a panel of esteemed judges. Submit your video here!
For the first time, the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in the Arts is looking for dance artists. This annual award for young foreign-born artists has previously focused on filmmakers, culinary artists and writers. But this year, they're inviting dancers, choreographers, artistic directors and former dancers who teach to apply for the $25,000 prize. (Four finalists will also receive $5,000 each.) Applicants can be from any dance genre. The only requirements are that they must have been board abroad, permanently reside in the U.S. and be no more than 35 years old as of December 31, 2011.
Heads up New York dancers! Peridance Capezio Center is offering a great deal through Groupon today. For $25, you get your choice of any three classes (usually $51). Step into the studio with Alexandre Proia, Igal Perry, Graciela Kozak, or any other of the studio's great ballet teachers.
Last night I went to see New York City Ballet, which is coming to the end of "Balanchine Black and White Week", celebrating the choreographer's black and white leotard ballets. On the program was Episodes, Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Symphony in Three Movements. Awesome lineup.
Do you work in the dance field in New York City? Help Dance/NYC's Junior Committee figure out how to serve you best. They just launched a census to gather research on the hurdles and contributions of people ages 21–35 who work in dance.
In a previous blog, called "Tutu Torture", I wrote about how magical ballet costumes are, and how they are often the first things that make little girls (and sometimes boys) want to dance. However, we love to wear them, and one of the things dancers love most about performing is, arguably, wearing a costume. But what is it about costumes, anyway? Why do we love them so much, even though they sometimes get in the way of our dancing? (Ahem, TUTUS, I'm looking at you).
In ballet, there's no such thing as perfection—especially when it comes to bodies. In our April/May issues we spoke to top dancers and directors about how shape and size affect their casting in Too Fat? Too Thin? Too Tall? Tall Short? "So You Think You Can Dance's" Melissa Sandvig opened up about being put on weight probation and being chided for eating a banana because it had too many calories.