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  • Thank you USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and Rachel Walton (BFA Class of 2019) for this valuable advice about how parents and students can best work together for a successful college application process.   Applying to college in general is a stressful time as a high school senior—add multiple dance auditions to the mix, and it can become incredibly overwhelming. I remember being so grateful to my parents for supporting me through such a stressful time. However, throughout the process, I learned that there were some crucial parts to my college application...
  • The World Dances spoke with Dimitri Chamblas, California Institutue of the Arts’ new Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, while he was in Paris. He was there to perform as a choreographer and as a dancer at Palais Garnier and Palais de Chaillot, respectively. Trained at the Paris Opera ballet school from the age of ten, Chamblas entered the professional field of dance as an innovator at an early age and has since been proactively creating new dimensions for the art form. He was the Artistic Director of the 3rd Stage Paris Opera. He partners with Benjamin Millepied on film p...
  • METdance is a leading arts organization in Houston that excels in fostering and presenting diverse dancers and repertory. The company was founded in 1995 by Executive Director Michelle Smith, who performed and taught with Metdance’s preceding incarnation, The Delia Stewart Dance Company and Center. The World Dances spoke with Smith about her vision, company, supporting the Houston arts scene following Hurricane Harvey, and more. How did Metdance fare during Hurricane Harvey? I’ve lived in Houston for 40 years and been through multiple hurricanes. This one was a doozy! We were ...
  • New York City Ballet announced today that Zachary Catazaro has been promoted to principal dancer, effective immediately. Peter Martins, NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief, made the promotion on Thursday, October 12, 2017 before the Company’s evening performance of contemporary work in which Catazaro performed a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia. During the opening week of the 2017 Fall Season Catazaro made his debut as Prince Siegfried in Peter Martins’ full-length production of Swan Lake, alongside Principal Dancer Sterling Hyltin who performed the...
  • The USA International Ballet Competition announced that its 2018 Opening Ceremony will honor the late Robert Joffrey, featuring a performance by dancers of the Joffrey Ballet. The USA IBC, the official international ballet competition in the United States by Joint Resolution of Congress, will run June 10-23 at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson. Joffrey, co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet, worked with the USA IBC founder, Thalia Mara, to launch the Jacksoncompetition in 1979. He chaired the first three juries. John Meehan...
  • When Silicon Valley Ballet declared bankruptcy in 2016, the company’s school director, Dalia Rawson, was determined to deliver the training programs that families had paid for. “Over $250,000 had been paid by local and national students. All of that money was lost,” she says. “We just could not let that happen to these families.” Teachers, pianists, and staff banded together and volunteered their time to run programming and re-create the institution as The New Ballet School. Currently serving some 300 students, The New Ballet School delivers the American Ballet...
  • Russia’s renowned Mariinsky Ballet presents a Fokine program October 12 – 15 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The company performs four Fokine classics, Chopiniana, Le Spectre de la Rose, The Swan, and Schéhérazade. While all the pieces hail from the early 20th century, they remain compelling and fresh while preserving important links to ballet’s history. The World Dances spoke with Acting Ballet Director Yury Fateev and Principal Dancer Xander Parish about this program, the challenges and rewards of Fokine, and more. What do you find most interesting...
  • Welcome back to the studio!  Here are seven valuable pieces of advice from experts to help get your dance year off to a great start: 1. It all comes down to self-discipline. Have respect for yourself and all those around you. Kate Lydon - Artistic Director, ABT Studio Company and Summer Intensives and Apprentice Program Coordinator 2. It’s most important to stay focused on yourself and your goals. It’s also important to stay focused on owning your classes and being the best dancer you can be. Alison Stroming - Dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem  ...
  • Rachel Moore, President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles and former CEO of and dancer with American Ballet Theatre, understands success in the performing arts with more savvy and perspective than most. Fortunately for would-be and current professionals, she has written The Artist's Compass: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Performing Arts. The book is a practical, wise, and compassionate suite of advice, with tips on everything from choosing your home and company to doing your taxes. The World Dances spoke with Moore about her inspiration for wri...
  • Renowned choreographer Amy Seiwert was recently designated the new Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet following a controversial year for the company. Seiwert spent eight years as a professional dancer at Sacramento Ballet, as well as with Smuin and LA Chamber Ballet. She has choreographed extensively for her own company, Imagery, and has work in the repertoires of dance companies across the country. The World Dances spoke with Seiwert about this new chapter, returning to Sacramento Ballet, her goals for the company, and more.   What is it like to inherit the artistic directorshi...
  • Thank you USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and Whitney Hester (BFA Class of 2020) for this terrific article and advice for everyone applying to--or about to begin--a college dance program. August is here, which means the start of a new school year. New students going into college or getting ready to apply for colleges: you may think that you are completely prepared for life in a BFA program. Coming from a performing arts high school, I assumed I was completely prepared!  However, listed below are ten things I wish I had known before applying to college dance programs. 1. ...
  • Ballerina Alexandra Wilson has, at the young age of 19, an adventurous and inspiring fledgling dance career. She grew up in Colorado, the daughter of a ballet teacher, traveled to New York to study at the prestigious Ellison Ballet, then trained at the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. From there, she was recruited to the Universal Ballet Company in Seoul, South Korea. She recently returned to the United States and joined Colorado Ballet’s studio company. The World Dances spoke with Alexandra about the challenges and rewards of starting out in professional ballet, what it was like to d...
  • Yu Xin’s path through life has been shaped by ballet and led to a profound teaching philosophy. He was recruited to the Beijing Dance Academy as a child, and his training launched him on a course of excellence, challenge, and beauty. He shared his story with The World Dances with rare honesty and reflection. Through the ups and downs of a remarkable career, he has ended up sharing his love of ballet with a young generation of students who are discovering beauty in themselves and the world through Yu Xin’s inspiring teaching.  Yu Xin recalls the day representatives from the...
  • Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director and CEO of Nashville Ballet, is passionate about ballet’s potential to inspire people and improve lives. The company has thrived under his leadership, expanding to include a second company and spreading deep roots into its community through thoughtful education and engagement initiatives. The World Dances spoke with Vasterling about his vision for Nashville Ballet, his ideas about the future and meaning of ballet, his perspective as both Artistic Director and CEO, and more. You will be doing a fellowship at New York University’s Center for B...
  • This month, The Music Center in Los Angeles is hosting the innovative festival, BalletNow, curated by Tiler Peck. The festival brings a roster of world class ballet dancers together with dancers and choreographers from other dance genres to present a unique vision of what ballet is and can be. The World Dances spoke with The Music Center’s CEO, Rachel Moore, about BalletNow, the Los Angeles Dance scene, her ideas about the future of dance, and more.   What do you think the BalletNow festival will bring to Los Angeles audiences? It’s an incredible opportunity for the L.A....
  • With summer intensive season right around the corner, here is some wisdom from master teacher Francisco Gella about how to find the right summer program for you and grow from the experience. Gella’s holistic approach to dance and teaching brings a positive, healthy, and nurturing perspective to his training advice we all need to remember! We all get way too caught up in who and where might stroke our egos. But in reality, you'll make the biggest impact going where it feels right at the right time. There is talent, potential, and opportunity awaiting you in every nook and cranny. Foll...
  • NBC’s “World of Dance” premiered at the end of May with an audience of 9.8 million viewers. “World of Dance” is the latest in an exciting string of dance-themed television shows that have cultivated and sustained impressive audience engagement. But what does this mean for the live performance, on-stage world of dance? Will its audience migrate from the theater to their couches?  Here is a roundup of thoughts about the future of dance on stage and on screen. Jodie Gates, Director and Vice Dean of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance We (at the USC GLor...
  • The Santa Monica College Dance Department is something of a hidden gem in the dance education world. Under the guidance of Department Chair Judith Douglas, who has been teaching with the college since 1974, SMC’s dance program is characterized by an unusual combination of inclusivity, accessibility, and professionalism. “One of the things that makes us special is that dance is its own department at SMC,” explains Douglas. “This gives us the ability to design new courses and programs, led exclusively by dance faculty, to benefit our students.“ Dance students ar...
  • Five Performances Only, July 20 -23, 2017! Lincoln Center Festival Director Nigel Redden today announced casting for the unprecedented, international presentation of George Balanchine’s Jewels. The Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet will share the stage where the masterpiece first premiered on April 13, 1967, for five historic performances celebrating one of the greatest creative artists of the 20th century and the global recognition the work has received. For the opening night performance on Thursday, July 20, Emeralds will be led by...
  • Spring has sprung, and that means end-of-year recitals for many dance students. For students attending summer programs, this is also the homestretch with your home studio before intensives kick in. Oh yeah, you’re also probably studying for academic finals. Here are some tips for not only surviving, but making the most of this busy time of year. Think of the added stress as preparation for your summer intensive. If you take honest stock of your strengths and weaknesses now, you can set yourself up to do even better during your intensives. In what circumstances did you lose your cool/...
  • Since its founding in 2004, Portland’s NW Dance Project has been devoted to creating opportunities for dancers and choreographers. The company of eleven dancers performs exclusively original works, around 250 so far. “Ours is really a platform of creation and ideas,” says Artistic Director Sarah Slipper. “We get hits because we are pushing so many boundaries. It’s very fertile.” Slipper formed NW Dance Project in response to twin needs she observed in the U.S. dance world post-9/11. “A lot of companies were shutting down. Directors needed to get bu...
  • Sara Michelle Murawksi has been labeled by some recently as the “Too-Tall Ballerina.” To her fans around the world, she was already known as a stunning dancer. After seven years in Europe dancing with Semperoper Ballett and the Slovak National Ballet, the ballerina returned to the United States to join Pennsylvania Ballet as a Principal dancer for the 2016-2017 season. Her performance reached new levels as she rose to the challenge of dancing demanding roles like Dew Drop Fairy, but she was told her contract would not be renewed due to her height, 5 ft. 11 in. Murawski has now ...
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts announced that auditions for new students wishing to attend the 2017 – 2018 American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School will be held on Saturday, May 6 (ages 8 – 13) and May 13 (ages 14 – 18). Classes begin on September 5, 2017. Priority registration for currently enrolled students begins May 29. Registration for new students begins June 12. Children ages 3 – 8 with no prior experience do not need to audition. New student placement for children ages 8 and above with prior ballet experience will be determined by audition. T...
  • In an article published in The Telegraph last month, world famous prima ballerina Diana Vishneva described young dancers today as “weaker, less prepared even than our graduation class [from the Vaganova Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg in 1995]. “Maybe now children are happier. There is not so much shouting and demands—but probably this is a reason as well. When I was at school, I was taught not to spare myself, to give everything I had.” Vishneva also says the Internet leads dancers to distraction and a lack of dedication.  The World Dances was asked, via Twit...
  • Last month, we heard from American Ballet Theatre corps de ballet member Rachel Richardson about life and challenges in a studio company. To learn more about this vital stage in the careers of many professional dancers, The World Dances spoke with Kate Lydon, Artistic Director of ABT Studio Company and ABT Summer Intensive programs. What are the driving philosophies and aims of ABT Studio Company? ABT Studio Company is trying to prepare our 12 to 14 young dancers to eventually enter ABT. That’s the goal. We are constantly reevaluating, making sure that we are doing everything p...
  • The Center for Dance and Innovation aims to ensure dance continues to be a meaningful and progressive facet of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the southern California community. As part of this mission, the recently opened School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities makes arts education accessible to children who are visually impaired, have autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, life threatening illnesses, and other complex needs. The school is also open to developmentally typical children, cultivating understanding and appreciation for diversity. The World...
  • California Dance Theatre offers southern California dance students world-class ballet training and performance opportunities.  With diverse classes, extraordinary teachers, and an exclusive, pre-professional training platform, the school allows young dancers access to high-caliber dance education without having to leave the area to attend a boarding program. The World Dances spoke with CDT Artistic Director Kim Maselli about the school, the creation of its original, full-length ballets, advice for studio owners, and more. Please tell us about your dance background. The studio has bee...
  • This month, American Ballet Theatre will premiere its new ballet, Whipped Cream, with choreography by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and set design by pop surrealist Mark Ryden. The ballet tells the whimsical story of a boy’s adventures through a confectionary dreamland after an indulgent sweet spree at a Viennese candy store.  The World Dances spoke with 20 year-old ABT dancer Rachel Richardson about working with Ratmansky, the thrill of dancing in a premiere, what it’s like to join ABT, and more. Whipped Cream will performed at Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 1...
  • The mission statement of acclaimed choreographer Amy Seiwert’s company, Amy Seiwert Imagery, is “to expand the definition of ballet by exploding preconceptions of what ballet is and can be.” This ideal pervades her work, as she constantly challenges herself and her dancers to explore new expressive realms. The World Dances spoke with Seiwert about what this means to her, her work, the importance of cultivating new and diverse creative voices in ballet, and more.  Please tell us about the piece you’re currently working on with Smuin. The piece, Broken Open, pre...
  • In a recent blog post, Trey McIntyre wrote in anticipation of his unusual experience of doing back-to-back pieces with San Francisco Ballet and Smuin: “This time is different. The ramp up into the performance [with San Francisco Ballet] is simultaneously the ramp up into beginning something brand new [with Smuin]… I do not know where I will land.” McIntyre’s artistic life has been full of new experiences since he closed his company. The World Dances spoke with the multifaceted artist as he began work on his new piece with Smuin about his evolving creative process, n...
  • (Photo by Doug Gifford: Segerstrom Center for the Arts - American Ballet Theatre's Whipped Cream - Stella Abrera as Princess Tea Flower) Segerstrom Center for the Arts will present the World Premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s new production of Whipped Cream, choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, with sets and costumes by pop-surrealist Mark Ryden. ABT will give seven performances of the full-length work March 15-19, 2017 in Segerstrom Hall. Whipped Cream is based on Schlagobers, a two-act ballet with libretto and score by Richard Strauss t...
  • As part of its expanded commitment to serving the community, Segerstrom Center for the Arts will offer a series of inclusive dance and music classes for children ages 4 through 12. These programs are specially designed for children with disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, audio and visual impairments and other complex needs, however all children are welcome. The classes will help the children to explore their full physical and social potential through dance, movement, music, and sensory tools. They will have fun while exercising and improving balan...
  • The World Dances was fortunate to speak with myriad inspiring artists in 2016. We asked stars, rising stars, and role models from all walks of the dance world about their advice for aspiring dancers who might like to follow in their footsteps. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite responses to help kick off 2017 with passion and intention!    Marcelo Gomes Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre   "Well, first off, excellent training at a good school is very important before becoming a professional dancer. I attended the HARID Conservatory and the Paris Opera Balle...
  • The Department of Dance at Sam Houston State University has been helping students grow as thoughtful, well-rounded artists for decades.  The curriculum has been carefully built to help students discover and express themselves creatively while developing technical skill.  Nearly constant performance opportunities throughout the school year allow dancers to mature as performers. The World Dances recently spoke with Dana Nicolay, Professor of Dance at SHSU. He is also the Artistic Director of Nikolay Dance Works and formerly danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Houston Ballet, Cont...
  • [Thank you to Katherine Brooks, The Huffington Post Senior Arts and Culture Editor,  for this fascinating coverage of "The Nutcracker" in historical photos which originally appeared in The Huffington Post.  You may follow Katherine on Twitter @kann_brooks and will find her Huffington Post profile at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/katherine-brooks.]    “The Nutcracker” might be a family favorite today, but back in the 1890s, the uber-famous ballet was a critical flop. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky premiered his now internationally belo...
  • Last month, dancers from Ballet West joined a roster of international luminaries in Cuba at the International Ballet Festival of Havana. The World Dances spoke with Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute about the experience, his company, advice for dancers, and more. What were some highlights from the trip? There were so many highlights! On a personal note, my favorite was getting to have a private audience with the great Alicia Alonso.  She wanted to know more about Ballet West and our repertoire and asked about my dance history. I’d known a few of her pupils through long-...
  • Students from City Ballet School have enjoyed tremendous success, joining prestigious companies and winning competitions. Yet, until recently, the school was almost a secret. Artistic Director Galina Alexandrova quietly and passionately applies her decades of experience with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Bolshoi Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet to instilling classical ballet excellence in her students. City Ballet School also boasts a year-round boys’ program, led by former Kirov soloist, teacher, and choreographer Nikolai Kabaniaev. You can learn more about his pedagogy for young men a...
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<p><span class="extra-info">Gonzalo Garcia, Teresa Reichlen, and Megan Fairchild with ensemble in New York City Ballet's production of Rubies from JEWELS. Choreography George Balanchine &copy; The George Balanchine Trust.<br /><strong>Photo Credit:</strong>&nbsp;&copy; Paul Kolnik</span></p>
    Lincoln Center Festival 2017 will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of George Balanchine's Jewels with three of the world's leading ballet companies--Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet. There will be only five performances July 20 - 23 at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater where the landmark work was first performed in 1967. (Photo by © Paul Kolnik. New York City Ballet--Gonzalo Garcia, Teresa Reichlen, and Megan Fairchild with ensemble in New York City Ballet's production of Rubies from Jewels. Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balan...
  • As the Managing Director of L.A.Dance Project, James Fayette has helped craft the remarkable achievements of this innovative and invigorating dance company. Formerly a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and a dancers’ union delegate and later an employment contract negotiator, Fayette channels his complex understanding of ballet companies to help LADP and its Artistic Director, Benjamin Millepied, to redefine the image of a contemporary ballet company and its audience. LADP will be holding its annual gala on December 9 and 10 at L.A.’s Ace Hotel, featuring the ...
  • Last month saw the launch of Ballet Mentor, a new web platform that creates a network of support and guidance for dancers. The site was co-founded by American Ballet Theatre dancers Eric Tamm, Sarah Lane, Craig Salstein, and Luis Ribagora. The roster of mentors already includes ballet luminaries like Gillian Murphy and Sara Mearns, and the number of mentees is growing daily. The World Dances spoke with Eric Tamm about Ballet Mentor, the value of mentorship, becoming an entrepreneur, and more.  First of all, how does the platform work?  When you start, you sign up for one, t...
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts will present the World Premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s new production of Whipped Cream, choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, with sets and costumes by pop-surrealist Mark Ryden. There will be seven performances March 15 – 19, 2017 in Segerstrom Hall. Whipped Cream is based on Schlagobers, a two-act ballet with libretto and score by Richard Strauss that was first performed at the Vienna State Opera in 1924.  A dollop of delightful whimsy, this thoroughly inventive full-length premiere tells the story of ...
  • All-Day Behind-the-Scenes Access to New York’s Cultural Centerpiece Will Stream on Facebook Live Globally October 7, 2016,  From Sunup to Curtain Down The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, Lincoln Ristorante, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, All Participating Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announced today ...
  • Can you imagine your ideal dance academy?  Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette have done just that and now lead the Colburn Dance Academy at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles.  Twelve gifted and wildly fortunate dance students age 14–19 years are studying with Colburn Dance Academy’s Director Ms. Ringer, Associate Director Mr. Fayette, expert faculty, and a who’s who of dance world guest teachers.  Not only are these students learning Balanchine technique and Robbins’ repertoire from two much-admired former New York City Ballet pri...
  • One hears increasingly often about expanding our concept of “dancer bodies” and about the importance of diversifying our ideas of what a dancer looks like. But even with this growing—and vital—conversation, it’s all too rare for people to extend their vision of who is a dancer to artists with disabilities.   AXIS Dance, founded in 1987 in California, was one of the first companies to integrate dancers in wheelchairs or using crutches or prosthetics. According to AXIS Dance co-founder and artistic director Judith Smith in this Dance/USA article,   ...
  • Francisco Gella is a distinguished dancer, teacher, and choreographer.  As a master ballet teacher and director with Break the Floor Productions, he reaches legions of students every year, but the passionate innovator wants to do even more. “I love this art form,” he says. “But we as a community need to do more to help it evolve and connect with more audiences.” To this end, Gella launched The New Century Dance Project, a new and unique festival, in Utah this summer. The World Dances caught up with him after the festival to discuss NCDP and Gella’s vision ...
  • Marcelo Gomes’ name is known to any follower of ballet. After joining American Ballet Theatre in 1997, Gomes was promoted to Soloist in 2000 and to Principal in 2002. In the course of his illustrious career, he’s danced about every major role in the canon, and has created new roles as choreographers have been inspired by his artistic and technical mastery. Always determined to challenge himself and expand his boundaries, Gomes has been adding the role of choreographer to his staggering CV. The World Dances first spoke with him in 2013, early on in his choreographic career, about...
  • Miami City Ballet dancers Rebecca King and Michael Breeden collaborate on an insightful podcast series called Conversations on Dance. The podcast is the newest feature of King’s popular and inspiring blog site, Tendus Under a Palm Tree. Since the series premiered in June, Conversations has leveraged an intimate communication style to probingly delve into a wide range of topics that bring personal perspective to ballet journalism. The World Dances spoke with King and Breeden about what it means to them to share important stories from the ballet world, dancing at Miami City Ballet, thei...
  • The World Dances first spoke with Rosie Herrera three years ago following her company’s first engagement at The Joyce in New York. Since then, the young and innovative choreographer’s career has been flourishing.  Following an exciting year of residencies and creativity, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre is returning to The Joyce August 1 - 6 with its new work, Carne Viva. “I fondly remember watching my first performance at The Joyce and feeling like a part of something so much bigger than myself,” says Herrera. “I never would have imagined that one day it woul...
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary this month with Tour de Force III. The program will feature luminaries from across the dance world, including Diana Vishneva, Natalia Osipova, Marcelo Gomes, and many more. The World Dances spoke with Segerstrom’s Executive Vice President, Judy Morr, about the Center’s anniversary, the challenges that dance presenters face, advice for artists, and more. For more about the Tour de Force III program, to be performed on August 27, click here. Congratulations on the Center’s 30th anniversary! How did you decide th...
  • As a community organization, the Calgary Stampede has been asking itself for more than 100 years: How do we make our community better? How can we contribute in the most meaningful way? For more than 40 years, supporting the next generation through performing arts programs and unique educational experiences has been an important part of the way they answer those questions. The Calgary Stampede Foundation performing arts programs—The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts and the Calgary Stampede Showband—equip youth with the tools to grow up and become the contributors, ...
  • Shivani Gupta is a Mohiniattam dancer, photographer, philosopher, and an all around artist. Mohiniattam is a classical dance form from southern India that originated in the 16th century. The World Dances spoke with this multifaceted artist about Indian classical dance, her perspective on dance and photography, advice for aspiring dancers, and more.  How did you become interested in Mohiniattam, and what elements of this art form do you find most challenging and most compelling? I became interested in Mohiniattam when I saw my teacher, Mandakini Trivedi, perform. At the time I was int...
  • The World Dances last spoke with Ballet in the City founder Jessica Wallis last fall about her mission “to show that ballet can be meaningful in some way, big or small, to every person.” Since then, and in partnership with Ballet West’s Allison DeBona, Ballet in the City has been making grand jetés forward in delivering artistry-focused ballet education with the artEmotion Summer Intensive. This month, The World Dances caught up with Jessica and Allison about Ballet in the City, the summer program, advice for students embarking on summer intensives, and more. (Photo...
  • Dance instructor Bopho Padma watches his dancers in rehearsal as they make their way offstage. “Good use of your upper body,” he tells one dancer whose shoulders and torso were particularly engaging. “The audience can still see you!” he chides another dancer who’s stopped dancing and started pulling at her costume prematurely. When all thirty dancers have made it into the invisibility of the wings (actually a room through a door, in this case), Bopho calls everyone back to review his observations and corrections. The dancers listen solemnly and, at an encouragi...
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    This month, BalletBoyz will be touring with a new piece, Life, featuring new works by choreographers Javier de Frutos and Pontus Lindberg. In this interview BalletBoyz co-founders Michael Nunn and Wiliam Trevitt discuss their inspiration for Life, the choreographers’ ideas and processes, and more. Please tell us a bit about Life. and how the idea for the project was first developed? We imagined a show called Life, a title that would be very open ended in terms of meaning, but that would spark an idea in the minds of the choreographers. They were both given the title and asked to use...
  • Last month’s newsletter and blog featured an article on digital dance and mentioning the exciting opportunities inherent in the medium of dance on screen. This month, BalletBoyz is co-presenting [FRAME] The London Dance Film Festival. In this interview, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt discuss dance on camera, FRAME, BalletBoyz, and the company’s projects. Frame Film Festival, the major new festival that enjoys the best that dance and dance film offers will take place across Kingston from 9-12th June. Can you tell us a bit about what to expect with this exciting festival? Fram...
  • The song goes, “Animals in the mountains, hey yo hey yo. Animals in the mountains hey yo hey.” When the song stops, the teacher (in this case, me) calls out an animal native to the Himalayas, and a group of 30 first graders who live in rural mountain villages in Ladakh (in the Indian Himalayas) channel their best snow leopards, yaks, mountain sheep, and eagles through dance. The youngest students speak almost no English, and I speak almost none of the local language, called Bolti. But within 30 minutes, the students are forming food chains and depicting their local ecosystems th...
  • It’s been a major year for diversity in dance.  Misty Copeland’s well-earned professional success and her utter grace as a spokeswoman have helped advanced dialogue across media and demographics. The conversation has focused, importantly, on race. However, gender diversity is being highlighted as well, particularly the relative rarity of female choreographers. New York City Ballet recently announced that its 2016-2017 season will feature eight world premieres. These include three new pieces by resident choreographer Justin Peck, two pieces by NYCB dancers Lauren Lovette an...
  • Dance on screens is a growing phenomenon.  The Dance Films Association, founding organization of the Dance on Camera Festival, lists 17 film festivals in the United States alone that feature dance programming, and more than double that around the world. When online dance videos, competitions, and curated presentations are considered, one has to wonder in what media the future of dance viewing lies. A recent survey of dancers in Los Angeles, conducted by Sasha Anawalt at the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications, University of Southern California, found 38 percent watch dan...
  • The trailblazing Les Ballets de Monte Carlo performed in the United States last month, stopping at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and New York City Center. The company presented the American premiere of Choré, Artistic Director and choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s “discourse on American dance and the political eras that have shaped it,” writes Joseph Carman in the LA Times. The World Dances spoke with company member Stephan Bourgond about Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Choré, his advice for aspiring dancers, and more. What drew you to Les Ballets de Mont...
  • “I make the audience feel something,” says Charlotta Öfverholm. “I think that is what I’m good at, actually.” Öfverholm is the Artistic Director of Compagnie Jus de la Vie, based in Stockholm, and the creator of viscerally impactful dance theater. She studied dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and theater at UCLA before embarking on an ocean-spanning career between Europe and New York. She has danced with DV 8 Physical Theatre, Bill T. Jones, and Complexions (among many other luminaries), and created solo and duet pieces, such as Pas de Deux ...
  • During the last week of January, art and policy engaged in a particularly salient dance in Denmark. Last Tuesday, the Danish Parliament passed a law allowing authorities to seize assets from refugees in an effort to curb rising migration pressures. Three days later, Corpus, an experimental wing of the Danish Royal Ballet, debuted a piece called Uropa, starring six asylum seekers in a deeply moving representation of their experiences. Named after a hybrid of the Danish word for instability (uro), and Europe, the multimedia work explores the diverse stories of the ballet’s asylum seekin...
  • Romance is hard! Balancing classes and rehearsals with dating is a challenge. On the bright side, it could be worse. Story ballet heroines’ love lives are just The Worst! Here are three cautionary morals to be gleaned from balletic loves. If you’re steering clear of these “classic” mistakes, congratulations! #winningatValentinesDay Beware princes making pledges! These guys have serious commitment issues. Also, they can be really bad at telling the difference between magical ladies!   Brooklyn Mack as Prince Siegfried pledges his eternal love to Misty Cope...
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival announces today that esteemed arts leader Pamela Tatge will join the organization as Executive Director in April of 2016. Following a record-breaking 2015 season, Jacob’s Pillow, a National Historic Landmark, National Medal of Arts recipient, and home to America's longest running dance festival, launched a national search for its next leader. For the past 16 years, Tatge has served as the Director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, overseeing robust programming and acclaimed artistic initiatives for dance, mus...
  • <p><span>Amanda Smith, Charlotte Ballet</span></p>
    2015 saw a tremendous increase in awareness and conversation around the subject of diversity in ballet. Award-winning producer and director Frances McElroy seeks to broaden the discussion with her timely documentary, Black Ballerina. The film tells the decades-spanning stories of five dancers: PHILADANCO founder Joan Myers Brown; groundbreaking pioneers Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson; Ashley Murphy, now a dancer with The Washington Ballet following 13 years with Dance Theater of Harlem; and Bianca Fabré, whose struggle against structural barriers is representative of many young d...
  • Audition season for summer intensives is just around the corner. This can be a stressful time of year, but it’s also an opportunity to cultivate and apply skills—dance skills, yes, but also the easy to overlook soft skills you need as a professional. Auditioning is a fact of life for a dancer, and learning to do it as well as you can will help you succeed. Here are five tips for upping your audition powers. Merde! 1)   Be polite and professional before you’re even in the door. You never know who will happen to be around in the parking lot, the registration area...
  • Jessica Wallis founded Ballet in the City (originally Ballet in Cleveland) to ensure and enhance the presence of ballet in American cities. Founded in 2012, the organization now offers scholarships, summer intensives, and unique presentations of world-class ballet at a national level. The World Dances spoke with Wallis about the passion driving Ballet in the City, the importance of ballet, and some exciting news! Follow @balletincity and check out Ballet in the City on Facebook for announcements, tour dates, and more. What inspired you to start Ballet in the City? I started it to revitali...
  • Every holiday season, both the young and young at heart flock to see one of the world’s most famous ballets: "The Nutcracker." But where did the story behind "The Nutcracker" ballet originate, and how did a little wooden novelty become one of the world’s most recognizable protagonists? "The Nutcracker" ballet is based on a story called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by a German writer, composer, and critic known as E.T.A. Hoffman (E.T.A. Hoffman being his pen-name; his actual name was Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffman). Hoffman wrote Romanctic stories of ho...
  • The Ballet Nacional Sodre (National Ballet of Uruguay) celebrates its 80th anniversary this month, on November 23rd and 24th, with a special performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Since assuming the role of BNS Artistic Director in 2010, ballet legend Julio Bocca has taken the company to new levels of excellence and created exciting opportunities for dancers in Latin America. TWD spoke with Bocca backstage before a gala performance in Bangkok (sometimes life is really cool!) about the rewards and challenges of transitioning from performing to directing, his vision for th...
  • A bit of ballet magic right out of many young dancers’ dreams recently occurred on the stage of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. During the final curtain call of a performance of Raymonda by the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, Mariinsky Acting Ballet Director Yury Fateev called Oxana Skorik, who had just danced the title role, to join him at the front of the stage. Mr. Fateev announced to her, the audience, and the company that she was being promoted to the designation of prima ballerina with the company.  This was on the occasion of Ms. Skorik’s first performance ...
  • BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a non-profit professional dance theatre company, returns to New Jersey to premiere its new Out & About series program, Myths and Stars, a program of dance and song featuring Inma Heredia, the world’s first Flamenco standup comedian.  The performance will be presented at the Leonia Public Library in Leonia, New Jersey, located at 227 Fort Lee Road, on Sunday, November 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.   The event is free and open to the public.  The library is handicapped accessible.  For further information, contact t...
  • SEATTLE, WA – For the second program of its 43rd season, Pacific Northwest Ballet provides a crystal-ball look at the next generation of dance makers with EMERGENCE, a program of four contemporary works. PNB audiences have been counting the days until they could see Crystal Pite’s Emergence again, and PNB dancers have felt the same way. Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky was another immediate favorite when it debuted in PNB’s 2012 ALL PREMIERE program. The Calling, a haunting work by choreographer Jessica Lang, artistic director of Jessic...
  • As classical and contemporary dance gain popularity through television shows, movies, and videos on the Internet, the creative behind music videos are catching on to something many of us have always known: it’s gorgeous! Here’s a list of TWD’s Top 5 picks for music videos featuring unexpected dancers and dance forms. Have additions? Tweet us at @theworlddances!   1)   Sia’s Chandelier 2)   Hozier’s Take Me to Church, featuring Sergei Polunin 3)   Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off 4)   Carrie Underwood’s So...
  • In an article published by The Atlantic in August, 2015 titled The Death of the American Dance Critic, author Madison Mainwaring posed the question: “Why are there so few mainstream outlets covering the art form [of dance]?” Mainwaring proceeds to detail a wave of dance journalist losses, as popular papers including The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker have released their dedicated dance editors and writers. “One could argue that though this trend is unfortunate, it’s almost expected given that dance concerts cater to small audiences, and the...
  • You gave the audition your all, but you didn’t get a call back.You nailed every bit of choreography at the academy tryouts, but the instructor did not like your style. You sang and danced your heart out, but your name did not appear on the cast list. Can you relate to any of these? Well, if you have experienced any of these, congratulations! You are well on your way to becoming a true performer. If not, it’s time to get a preview of that nasty little thing we all have to face at one point or another… rejection. Sure, it hurts to be told you are not right f...
  • The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand with RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour, which is celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, as it makes its way to Segerstrom Center for the Arts January 1 – 3, 2016. RIVERDANCE - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, is currently celebrating a sold out, critically acclaimed run across Europe and Asia and will arrive in North America in fall 2015. To mark the eagerly awaited return of the show t...
  • Following last year’s unprecedented collaboration for the first World Ballet Day LIVE, five of the world’s leading ballet companies will once again stream 23 hours of live, behind-the-scenes footage on Thursday, October 1. The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet have partnered to provide viewers around the world with an inside look at professional ballet companies in the studio, on tour, and in performance. For more information, visit worldballetday.com. Each company will introduce viewers to a variety of ...
  • Next month, H.T. Chen & Dancers presents the New York premiere of their latest work, South of Gold Mountain. This unique work tells a powerful story of immigration, civil rights, and the struggle, courage, and strength that underlie generations of Chinese American experience. The work is based on extensive research and interviews, funded by the Ford Foundation, with Chinese immigrants and their descendants throughout the southern United States. The World Dances spoke with husband and wife choreographers H.T. Chen and Dian Dong about the inspiration behind this piece, the stories th...
  • Public discourse is at the heart of the modern dance company, The Moving Architects. In marvelous alignment with that mission, TMA founder and artistic director Erin Carlisle Norton has created a podcast series about dance called Movers and Shapers. The World Dances spoke with Norton about her motivations for creating the podcast, her dance company, and the impact of sharing artists’ stories. What made you decide to start the podcast? I’ve been listening to podcasts for a long time and I’m a big fan of the interview format. I always looked for dance podcasts but there ar...
  • The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) announced today the 18 outstanding dance companies and presenters receiving grants through the first- ever Leadership Grants Program for Dance. This all-new initiative supports the self-defined, long-term goals of organizations that have demonstrated excellence in and sustained commitment to the field of dance. Grantees distinguished themselves by the quality of their choreography, the impact of their touring on communities across the country, and the successful expansion of their own initiatives and educational programming. DDCF is now pr...
  • Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes lead opening night cast. December 10–20, 2015 in Segerstrom Hall; tickets go on sale September 13. Casting for American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker, co-presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts and ABT, was announced today by Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. Choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, The Nutcracker will be given 14 performances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, December 10-20, 2015. Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes will lead the opening night cast of The Nutcracker dancing the roles of Cla...
  • STATUE AWARD TO BE PRESENTED TO CARY FUKUNAGA. PRINCE RAINIER lll AWARD TO BE PRESENTED TO ROBERT REDFORD AND SIBYLLE SZAGGARS REDFORD. The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) has announced the winners of the 2015 Princess Grace Awards.  In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance performance, choreography and film. The 33rd Annual Awards will continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. Held in the presence of Thei...
  • This month, the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance launches an innovative and multidisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts program. The fall 2015 semester will also be the first featuring world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe as the artistic advisor of USC’s Choreographic Institute, a research center dedicated to exploring and expanding the boundaries of choreography. The World Dances spoke with Professor Jodie Gates, Director and Vice Dean of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, about the vision and content of this exciting BFA, advice for ...
  • Art has the power to alter perspectives and change the world, but dancers rarely take this potential to heart as strongly as Megan Preston. Just in her twenties, Preston is the Founder and Director of Awareness Through Dance, an organization that uses dance to foster global awareness, engagement, and empowerment and to support education and development initiatives in Ghana.  The World Dances spoke with Preston about Awareness Through Dance, her vision, and the importance of cross-cultural artistic exchange. What happens on an Awareness Through Dance program? It’s a three-week p...
  • This year, American Ballet Theatre premiered a new, historic (intentional oxymoron there) The Sleeping Beauty. The company’s Artist in Residence, Alexei Ratmansky, poured himself into research of Marius Petipa’s 1890 Beauty, created for the Maryinsky. As detailed in this New Yorker article, Ratmansky discovered the original choreography was more complicated than most contemporary versions, with “more subtlety, more gradation, more in-between things, more of what visual-arts people call modelling.” For costumes and set design to complement his revival’s lush aes...
  • Uber-festival DancerPalooza is gearing up to take Long Beach, CA by storm July 21-26.  Presented by Break the Floor, the week-long event features intensives, classes, tons of performances, and Beat Street (where vendors and dancers, both professional and aspiring, can meet and mingle). The World Dances spoke with DancerPalooza co-producer Nikole Vallins for tips on getting the most from the festival, breaking into commercial dance, successful auditioning, and more. What makes DancerPalooza special? We’re kind of setting a whole new bar for the idea of a dance festival. This is ...
  • Peridance celebrates its 32nd year as a pillar of the New York dance scene at a gala performance on June 6. The show will feature the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and students from Peridance’s myriad training programs, as well as performances by The Limón Dance Company, the Djoniba Dance Centre, and BAILA Society. The diversity of the gala’s program is representative of the breadth and depth of the Peridance mission. The World Dances recently spoke with founder Igal Perry about his vision, his role in the NY dance community, and more. Tickets for the gala are avai...
  • The acclaimed Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg is currently touring the United States. The company’s latest ballet, Up and Down, tells the story of a successful psychiatrist and socialite who loses his mind and soul to the glamorous, but ultimately corrosive, temptations of jazz age materialism. “In the world enslaved by money and dark instincts, a true harmony is impossible. The kingdom of luxury, in which the doctor immerses, turns out a perilous morass,” says Artistic Director and choreographer Boris Eifman. The World Dances spoke with Eifman about the creation of his ne...
  • Three Weeks of Concerts, Dance, family events and moreHighlights include: OPENING NIGHT CONCERT: Muscle Shoals All-Star Band DANCE: Geoffrey Holder Celebration with performances by Carmen de Lavallade and Garth Fagan Dance, plus film screening, talk, and exhibition, Dorrance Dance, Bridgman|Packer Dance,Lil Buck, ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance CompanyCONCERTS: Randy Newman, The Mavericks, Orkesta Mendoza, AFROPUNK @ Lincoln CenterBoogaloo Celebration with Joe Bataan, Full Band Electric Counterpoint, Junior MambazoLyle Lovett and his Large Band&n...
  • If you are or were lucky enough to grow up as a dancer, you know first hand how dance training imparts strengths that serve us well in all walks of life. The National Dance Institute of New Mexico concisely sums up some of the most important lessons in its “core four” teachings: work hard, do your best, never give up, and be healthy. Dance teachers who can instill these values in their students significantly impact those students’ lives.   This is exactly what NDINM does. The organization’s in-school program offers students in New Mexico public schools da...
  • Now in its eleventh year, the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival offers girls and women an inspiring opportunity to explore hip-hop and the potential of women within the culture.   “It’s all about creating a space for women and girls to express themselves and learn about authentic hip-hop,” says Ladies of Hip Hop Festival founder and executive director Michele Byrd-McPhee. “Hip-hop culture can be very male-dominated. We’re making a place for women at the center.”    The need for this opportunity is born partly from historical circumstance. A re...
  • Starz today announced that “Flesh and Bone,” the eight-hour limited series created by Emmy® award-winning "Breaking Bad" Writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett, will premiere on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Starz also released the key art for the limited series shot by photographer James Minchin. “Flesh and Bone” follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark, gritty, complex series unflinchingly explores New York City through the eyes of Claire, played by Sarah Hay (“Bl...
  • “He was thinking of all these things when he desired a city.” Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Moving Cities is stunning. Blurring the line between art and everyday life, the collection of short films captures dancers performing outside in urban environments. The result is a surreal re-envisioning of quotidian spaces—subway tunnels, bus stops, street corners—as locations of beauty and inspiration. The World Dances spoke with Moving Cities director Jevan Chowdhury about the films and the processes involved in creating them. How did the idea for the project come a...
  • American Ballet Theatre and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are partnering to bring world-class dance education opportunities to southern California with the William J. Gillespie School. Applications are being accepted now for the inaugural class, which begins this September. The school is planning to take approximately 150 students, ages 3-14, for its pilot year. Students in the primary and Level 1 classes will be accepted on an open basis (no prior experience required). This policy supports the goal of engagement, which will also be achieved through all-ages classes opened to the general p...
  • June 5 – 7, 2015 in Segerstrom Hall; tickets on sale now. Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA presents the West Coast Premiere of Up and Down, the newest work by the renowned Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. Performances are June 5 – 7, 2015 in Segerstrom Hall. For this new ballet, Boris Eifman, the company's award-winning artistic director and choreographer, delves into Sigmund Freud’s view of the unconscious mind through a tumultuous love story. Placed on the French Riviera during the dazzling 1920s to music of George Gershwin, Arnold Schoenberg, Fran...
  • Tune in at www.PNB.org/Live Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:30 PM Marion Oliver McCaw Hall 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center Seattle, WA 98109   “Forsythe lobbed a live grenade into the laps of those who'd always seen ballet as picturesque and safe.” — The Independent   SEATTLE, WA – Legendary choreographer William Forsythe will join Pacific Northwest Ballet on stage for a special lecture-demonstration on the eve of the first American program devoted entirely to his work. The evening will feature a candid interview of Mr. Forsythe by PNB arti...
  • From Ballet San Jose Artistic Director, José Manuel Carreño "The continued operation of the company is linked to the success of the Bridge to the Future challenge." San Jose, CA, March 4, 2015 – Today, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley launches its fundraising campaign, Bridge to the Future, challenging Silicon Valley to make a mission-critical investment in the Ballet’s future by donating to this campaign over the next ten days. The ballet company needs $550,000 by March 14 to continue operation of the professional performing company, its ballet school and its ...
  • Last month, the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation presented a special program at the Joyce Theater in New York.  Remarkably poised students had the opportunity share the stage with professionals from exciting drivers of choreographic innovation like Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Keigwin + Company, and Intermezzo Dance Company, as well as with soloists/choreographers Peter Chu and Andy Pellick. The performances were stunning. Andonis Foniadakis’ Horizons, performed by Cedar Lake, was especially mesmerizing (you can watch video clips of the piece here), but the greatest emo...
  • American Ballet Theatre premieres a new production of The Sleeping Beauty at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County on March 3. The new production has been a labor of love for ABT artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky, who poured himself into the ballet’s 19th century roots. “I’ve learned more about Petipa in these last three months than I learned in my whole life—his phenomenal mastery of the craft, finding the threads he follows from the beginning to the end,” says Ratmansky in this New York Times article. While honoring the history of The Sleeping Be...
  • <p>Photo by: Brandon Owen</p>
    Last month a small, new dance collective called Flying Under the Radar (FUTR) premiered at New York’s Lightbox art space, with a contemporary dance performance and digital audiovisual installation called “where am i.” The piece questioned dichotomies of self/other and isolation/connection through the dancers’ interactions with each other, projections, recorded narration, and the audience. It jumped out as an excellent—and especially effective—example of creatively employing digital options to construct new dimensions of meaning, prompting multiple layers ...
  • <p>Photo: Rosalie O&rsquo;Connor,&nbsp;<em>Symphonic Etudes</em>&nbsp;choreographed by Emery LeCrone</p>
    February 19-21, students from Ballet Academy East’s Pre-Professional Division will be performing at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. The Studio Showing offers BAE dancers a special opportunity to work with world-class choreographers, both from BAE’s faculty of luminaries (recently joined by Wendy Whelan) and guest artists. This year, faculty members Jenna Lavin and Charles Askegard are creating new works for the occasion. The guest choreographers include Jeff Gribler, formally of Pennsylvania Ballet and Lisa de Ribere, former soloist with American Ballet Theatre and current faculty ...
  • International ballet star Daniil Simkin is a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and a coveted guest artist. He is also a man with interesting ideas about the future of ballet, which he is working to make more accessible to more people. Via social media (@daniil on Twitter), he shares authentic video footage of the extensive process that leads up to a show—as well as some hilarious short movies—to engage new, digitally based audiences. And, excitingly, his collaborative project, Intensio, is set to make its multimedia world premiere this summer...
  • Judy Morr Theater Named to Celebrate Unrivaled Accomplishments of Segerstrom Center Executive Judith O’Dea Morr Venue will become center of new American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School  Center Chairman Lawrence L. Higby announced at the 41st Annual Candlelight Concert that the Center’s Founders Hall would be renamed the Judy Morr Theater in honor of longtime Segerstrom Center executive Judith (Judy) O’Dea Morr. Center President Terrence W. Dwyer noted, “Judy has been an unmatched creative force throughout the life...
  • The Mikhailovsky Ballet of St. Petersburg is breaking onto the international stage and beginning to compete seriously for renown with Russian ballet institutions like the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi. The company recently performed its first shows in the United States in New York, dancing Giselle and The Flames of Paris, and will wrap up its American debut tour with The Flames of Paris at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in southern California November 28-30.  While the Mikhailovsky Ballet packs major star power (including Ivan Vasiliev and Leonid Sarafanov), The Flames of Par...
  • The newly opened Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University is a unique institution that aims to combine artistic and academic perspectives to reinvigorate ballet’s place in contemporary culture. What exactly does this mean, and how might it happen? Executive Director Emily Rasmussen recently spoke with The World Dances about the Center’s vision and the means by which it hopes to facilitate and inspire creative new art.   What are the needs the Center is trying to meet and how are you meeting them?   The center’s mission is two fold: to be a think...
  • The Mikhailovsky Ballet of St. Petersburg is breaking onto the international stage and beginning to compete seriously for renown with Russian ballet institutions like the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi. The company recently performed its first shows in the United States in New York, dancing Giselle and The Flames of Paris, and wrapped up its American debut tour with The Flames of Paris at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in southern California November 28-30.  While the Mikhailovsky Ballet packs major star power (including Ivan Vasiliev and Leonid Sarafanov), The Flames of Paris...
  • November 12, 2014Dear Friend: It is with great sadness that I share news of the passing of Valerie Gladstone, writer/editor/curator/author/teacher, who died of cancer, October 21st in New York City.    Born in New York in 1939, Valerie grew up on Long Island and attended Connecticut College.   She worked as an editor at Harper's Magazine, Channels Magazine, and Americana Magazine, and was published regularly in the New York Times, Washington Post. LA Times, Boston Globe, Travel and Leisure, Town and Country, and ArtNews, among others.    ...
  • This is the third in a series of three articles by Harlequin Floors founder and CEO, Robert (Bob) K. Dagger, discussing important issues to be considered when investing in a new dance floor. Whether it’s a sprung floor system or simply a portable dance surface, the choice of floor is one of the greatest artistic and business decisions that most dance schools and companies will ever make. The right floor is also important for reasons of dancers’ safety and long-term health. There are many aspects to consider and Bob examines these in detail to provide a useful guide to choos...
  • This is the second in a series of three articles by Harlequin Founder and CEO, Robert (Bob) K. Dagger, discussing  important issues to be considered when investing in a new dance floor. Whether it's a sprung floor system or simply a portable dance surface, the choice of floor is one of the greatest artistic and business decisions that most dance schools and companies will ever make. The right floor is also important for reasons of dancers' safety and long-term health. There are many aspects to consider and Bob examines these in detail to provide a useful guide to choosing the right flo...
  • Harlequin Floors presents you with a new series of articles by founder and CEO, Robert (Bob) K. Dagger, discussing some important issues to be considered when investing in a new dance floor. Whether it's a sprung floor system or simply a portable dance surface, the choice of floor is one of the greatest artistic and business decisions that most dance schools and companies will ever make. The right floor is also important for reasons of dancers' safety and long-term health. There are many aspects to consider and Bob examines these in detail to provide a useful guide to choosing the right flo...
  • Misa Oga Hansen, award-winning choreographer and teacher, is the artistic director of MOGA Conservatory of Dance in North Salt Lake.  Since opening her school in June 2014, Ms. Hansen emphasizes the joy in training the students at her school and producing focused and diligent dancers. “I have several years of experience in teaching many levels of dancers with different disciplines,” explains Ms. Hansen.  “I believe that what is most important is the quality of the training. It should not be about practicing the same piece over and over every day to win ...
  • Alison Stroming joined Dance Theatre of Harlem in September 2014, having previously danced with Ballet San Jose and Canada’s Alberta Ballet. She was born in Brazil and adopted when she was 8 months old by a family in New Jersey with deep roots in the dance world.  She started dancing when she was 2 and took jazz, tap, modern, and ballet classes with her siblings, one of whom is Break the Floor and Jump Dance Convention creator, Gil Stroming. Alison received formal ballet training at The School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Schoo...
  • One of my favorite teachers recently posted a link to a helpful article titled Questions to Ask Yourself While in Ballet Class. The piece opens with a beautiful quote by Miami City Ballet founder Edward Villella: "What's so wonderful about ballet is that it's mind-driven physicality.” The compilation of question focuses on priorities like alignment, breathing, and injury prevention.  These are indeed crucial and it’s well worth making sure to keep them always in mind. But the opening quote hints at a deeper celebration of the cerebral dimension of dance and the artistry tha...
  • <p>Anne Marie Getz with Richard Helldobler - Frau Stahlbaum 2008</p>
    “I have had the privilege of performing The Nutcracker with live music every year and the excitement of hearing the first few notes of the overture which never changes! I think it’s because my first role began with me running on demi-pointe across the stage between the front curtain and the orchestra pit during the repeat in the overture. My teacher told me, ‘Listen to the music carefully because it will tell you when to go and what to do.’ My mom was always nervous for me, but the minute my feet touched the stage floor, everything was okay and I was transported to a...
  • CEMA Dance, a collaboration-based dance company in NYC, premieres its latest multimedia work, STILLED, Oct 2 and 3 at Gowanus Loft. In a recent interview, company Founder and Artistic Director Rachel Hagan reflected on the creative dimensions opened up by working in multimedia, her creative process, advice for young dancers, and more. Watch video excerpts of the full-length piece and get tickets here. Could you please tell us about STILLED and the process of creating it? We’re really excited. This is the company’s first evening-length piece and our first piece incorporating fi...
  • Shaping Sound, the innovative young dance company created by choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson kicks off its new tour Oct 11. “We think of ourselves as a commercial dance company,” explains lead dancer Jaimie Goodwin. “The show is a hybrid between what you see on TV and the experience of live theater."  An accomplished and diverse performer, Jaimie Goodwin was a top ten finalist on So You Think You Can Dance and returns to the show frequently as an All-Star. Other television credits include Dancing with the Stars and Glee. S...
  • SEATTLE, WA — Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal and principal dancer Carla Körbes have announced that Ms. Körbes will retire from the Company at the end of PNB’s 2014-2015 season. Ms. Körbes joined PNB as a soloist in 2005 and was promoted to principal in 2006. "I have had unforgettable moments with Pacific Northwest Ballet,” said Ms. Körbes regarding her decision. “I am thankful and honored to have shared the stage with all the dancers at PNB and have had the opportunity to work with such a generous staff....
  • With the new school year underway, it can get tough to balance everything. You’re probably eager to maintain the momentum of your summer training, but now there’s also homework, studying for tests, catching up with friends, and making new ones—all while adjusting to a new routine. Here are some tips to avoid feeling overwhelmed and make the most of it all.  1)   Sleep! It might be impossible to get as much sleep as you should be getting every night, but really try. Conventional wisdom prescribes 8 hours of sleep a night, but for teenagers getting as much ex...
  • “After class, I find myself feeling lighter, more present, aware, inspired, hopeful, empowered.” “It’s wonderful to be in control and be graceful.” “The best part of the program was improved coordination and muscle strength and enhancing self esteem.” “I like to find reassurance in my capacity to move. I like the fun of it; it picks me up. I like the live music. I find inspiration.” These dance students’ comments capture the way a lot of us feel about our dance classes. In many ways, the class they’re describing is just l...
  • Miss Anna and Miss Angelica are the new owners of A-Team Dance Center in Amityville, NY. Facebook “Angelica and I both studied at L.A. Dance Studio (the now newly named A-Team Dance Center) as young children where our teachers sparked our love of dance,” says Anna. “We loved it so much we couldn't wait to be old enough to teach, choreograph, and share our passion for the art with all our fellow students and, lucky for us, we had the encouragement and support to do so.  L.A. Dance Studio stayed open for 30 successful years. When the previous owner Linda ...
  • STATUE AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED TO DAVID HALLBERG AND OSCAR ISAAC  NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) has announced the winners of the 2014 Princess Grace Awards .  In total, the Foundation is awarding nearly $1 million to artists in theater, dance performance, choreography and film. The Awards continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. This year's Princess Grace Award's winners and Statue Awards winners will be presented their Awards in Los An...
  • On August 30 and 31, the Peridance Capezio Center is hosting Faculty and Student Showcases. While the Faculty Showcase affords an opportunity to catch a diverse stylistic blend of work by established artists, the Student Showcase provides an exciting glimpse into the future of NYC’s dance scene. For 21 year-old dancer and choreographer Tara Lynch, it represents a vital step in the transition from student to professional. Lynch recently spoke with The World Dances about her work, the role of improv in her creative process, and the challenge of finding choreographic identity and inspira...
  • Choreographer Lindsay Nelko is an artist you want to follow. The young Canadian’s work has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance and The X Factor. Awarded “Choreographer’s Pick” by The PULSE four times, Nelko is also the 2nd runner up of the 2013 Capezio A.C.E. Awards presented by Break the Floor Productions which provided funds to produce her latest piece Awakening, that will premiere August 6 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC. It is Nelko’s first full-length work and stars 25 dancers from Complexions, Cedar Lake, Broadway, and more. Click here for r...
  • Ballet superstars Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova are about to embark on a special program called Solo for Two in Southern California. Commissioned by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts with Ardani Artists, Solo for Two will consist of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Mercy, Ohad Naharin's Passo and the world premiere of Arthur Pita's Facada. Vasiliev spoke recently with The World Dances about the upcoming performance, his meteoric rise to fame, and his goals for the future. How have your dancing, work process, and/or sense of self changed since skyrocketing...
  • The dance world bids farewell to the Trey McIntyre Project this month.  The decision to shut down the Project came as a surprise when it was announced last January -- the company's tremendous success made its end a confusing source of speculation to many -- but eponymous Artistic Director Trey McIntyre says he's ready to move on. In an interview with The Washington Post McIntyre explains, "I'm really burnt out. Some of that could be the fault of my personality. I'm very much the kind of person where, if there's a need, I'm going to be the one who jumps in there to fulfill it. And ...
  • Because it really does matter!  There is a reason the major companies worldwide (ABT, NYCB, Bolshoi, Paris Opera, Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Australian Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Houston, Joffrey and SO many others) all dance on Harlequin floors. Dancers need to trust the floor they are dancing on to provide a consistent surface and to protect them from slipping, injuries, and to give them the confidence to concentrate on their technique and performance.  Not only professional dancers, but all dancers, need to dance on a safe vinyl surface and a sprung floor...
  • The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off last week with an extraordinary gesture. Juliano Pinto, a 29 year-old paraplegic, performed the opening kick with a mind-controlled exoskeleton (you can it watch here). The exoskeleton is a sophisticated "robot suit," an artificial extension of the human body that, amazingly, responds to signals from the brain like a natural limb. Electrodes in a cap pick up signals from the brain, which a computer in the back of the suit translates into a digital command to the exoskeleton limbs to move, explains this article in The Guardian.   The exoskeleton was ...
  • Like everyone else about to begin a Summer Intensive -- you’re excited, a bit nervous, looking forward to meeting new dance friends, improving your technique, trying new forms of dance and maybe dreading the blisters from your new character shoes.  Here are 10 tips to help you make the most of your summer intensive experience: 1.) Be prepared.  You’ll get off to a more comfortable start if you thoroughly read all the available material, bring everything on the suggested packing list and know all the program rules.  2.) Get ready for a more robust and strenuous d...
  • It's almost time for the 2014 Tony Awards! This year's nominees for Best Choreography are Casey Nicholaw forAladdin, Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine for Rocky, Warren Carlyle for After Midnight and Susan Stroman forBullets Over Broadway. It's going to be a close call -- all of the nominees are fantastic! Casey Nicholaw has been nominated for 6 Tonys and won the 2011 Best Director award for The Book of Mormon.Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group, calls Nicholaw a "natural" choice for the direction and choreography of the musical comedy stage ...
  • “American Ballet Theatre, America’s National Ballet Company, is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. ABT’s repertoire is unmatched and its artists are world-renowned. ABT’s name has become synonymous with a standard of excellence in ballet, which audiences have come to expect.  Harlequin provides that same standard of excellence in flooring. Flooring is a major consideration as we support the dancers in their quest for that standard.  ABT looks exclusively to Harlequin for all of our flooring needs.  When the dancers are comfo...
  • “Walnut Hill School for the Arts is dedicated to the training of young dancers and our instruction is highly focused on the health and well being of the students entrusted to us. As young bodies are constantly growing, changing and strengthening, proper flooring is an essential component of a pre-professional training program.Having taken class, rehearsed and performed on Harlequin floors during the course of my professional career, there was no question as to which flooring system we would install to replace our studio floors in both our academy and high school programs. It had to be...
  • "Our scope at The University of the Arts is as broad as our student base.  With nearly 300 undergrad students dancing daily 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. -- from barefoot to pointe work -- we need the best floor for durability, performance and maintenance.  The students, the dean, the faculty and I are thrilled with our choice to go with Harlequin Floors.  I've gotten email after email from our students saying 'Thank you for the floor!'  It makes a huge difference in the quality of the dance experience for the students and the faculty." Donna Faye BurchfieldDirector, School of Danc...
  • PERFORMANCES MAY 9-11 AT SAN JOSE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS San Jose, CA, April 23, 2014 – Ballet San Jose Artistic Director and former star of American Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet and the Royal Ballet José Manuel Carreño will take the stage for the first time in more than a year for his debut in the role of Don José in Roland Petit’s Carmen, partnering Ballet San Jose Principal Dancer Alexsandra Meijer in the title role, in two performances: Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, at 8 pm. The roles will be performed by Ommi Pipit- Suksun...
  • Ballet dancers are often asked in interviews why their art form remains relevant after more than 500 years. Answers include its connection to tradition, its enduring beauty, its ability to evolve to reflect cultural changes, and that ballet provides a language for self-expression. To the long list of why it matters, I'd like to add ballet's ability to cross boundaries and unite people. This was especially salient at the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix, the "Stars of Tomorrow Meet the Stars of Today" and their 15th Anniversary Gala performances in New York City last week. Competitors between ...
  • The World Dances recently spoke with talented and forthcoming Christopher Ruud, Principal Artist with Ballet West and former cast member of the CW’s Breaking Pointe, about his dancing and choreography, recovering from injury, plans for the future, life after the  TV show and much more!  You have created several works in the past few years.  How did you get started with your choreography and what are you working on now?  I’ve been dancing with Ballet West for 16 years now. When [Ballet West Artistic Director] Adam Sklute came into the company, he introduced ...
  • Dancers know better than almost anyone: music is vitally important!  It dictates our timing, infuses us with energy, and evokes our emotions in cycles of response and reflection.  Outside of the studio or theater, it can drive you through a workout, or carry you off into daydreams. In a recent Quartz article, author Adam Pasick applies some neuroscience to the creation of the Perfect Playlist to help you power up whatever you're doing.  If you're tackling something that demands concentration, music with a consistent rhythm and no (or incomprehensible) lyrics works best. Your...
  • <p><span style="font-size: xx-small;">ABT "The Nutcracker" photo by Gene Schiavone</span></p>
     COSTA MESA, CA and NEW YORK, NY – Segerstrom Center for the Arts and American Ballet Theatre will co-present annual productions of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker beginning December 2015 at Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, California. It was announced today by Rachel S. Moore, ABT Chief Executive Officer and Terrence W. Dwyer, Segerstrom Center President. For its West Coast Premiere and inaugural season at the Center, The Nutcracker will be given 14 performances, December 10 through 20, 2015. American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by ABT Artist i...
  • Gabe Stone Shayer, a 20 year-old corps de ballet dancer at American Ballet Theatre, is a swiftly rising star you're happy to cheer for.  He joined the ABT studio company in 2011, just after graduating from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow (one of the first Americans to graduate from the elite Russian school.)  In barely more than a year, he was invited to join the main company as an apprentice and was subsequently promoted to full company member.  Since then, he's performed soloist roles, including the Chinese and Russian dances in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Ariel...
  • SEATTLE, WA — For DIRECTOR’S CHOICE, the fourth program of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2013-2014 season, Artistic Director Peter Boal selects from his roster of acquisitions and increases them by one: The captivating mixed-bill program will feature a much-anticipated world premiere by Alejandro Cerrudo, resident choreographer of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. The program also reprises audience favoritesTAKE FIVE…More or Less, Broadway-darling Susan Stroman’s sunny slice of jazz-infused Dave Brubeck fun; and Susan Marshall’s distinctive aerial due...
  • If you've been following the Sochi Olympics, you've probably seen a surprise dance treat or two. United States luge star Kate Hansen, surely in the running for Most Likable Olympian, is building her fan base with her delightful dance warm-ups to Beyoncé.   "My girl Bey gets me fierce and I get stoked and I just have to (dance)," Hansen says in an interview with NBC. "Honestly, I'm completely in my own world and it doesn't matter who's staring. I'm still gonna dance."   Amazing! If only everyone prepared for insanely high pressure situations by dancing like nobody's wa...
  • <p>Bradley Shelver</p>
    REVERBdance  returns for its 9th annual season presenting twenty choreographers over four performances, March 21-23 at Baruch P.A. Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, (entrance is on 25th St) NYC. Bradley Shelver is Artistic Director of REVERBdance and the recently appointed Artistic Director of Steps Repertory Ensemble. Friday-Sunday, March 21-23  (Friday/Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM)Tickets: $25; $18 for students with I.D.Reservations: 646.312.5073 or www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac Participants are:Vanessa Tamburi/ Flusso Dance, Bryn Cohn/ Bryn Cohen + Artists, Erin Lus...
  • Nutcracker tickets to go on sale to the public on Monday, May 19. 42nd season single-ticket sales begin Monday, July 21.   September 2014 – June 2015 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center Seattle, Washington   42nd season to feature the return of audience favorites George Balanchine’s Jewels; Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote, and Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette. Other highlights include PNB premieres by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and William Forsythe, and a world premiere by Justin Peck....
  • Thursday-Saturday, February 20-22, 7 PM pre-show reception; 7:30 performanceChen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd floor  (corner Mulberry & Bayard)Tickets: $15; $10 for students & seniors; $25 for VIP seatingReservations: 212.349.0126 or https://feb2014teahouse.eventbrite.comPerformers: Gary Champi, Yeeli Chen, Stephanie Chun, Joanie Johnson, Ari Someya, Sean Nederlof, Keyasha Williams-Bailey                                    &nb...
  • Sunday, February 9 at 6:30 PM Steps on Broadway, 2121 Broadway, 4th floor in Lofts II and III Admission: $10, Studio discounts available Reservations/Information: 212.874.3678  or www.stepsnyc.com/school  The School at Steps, a division of Steps on Broadway, announces its annual Pointe Shoe Workshop & Fair,  a stimulating and informative event designed for classical dancers or anyone who is passionate about ballet, Sunday February 9 at 6:30 PM at Steps on Broadway, 2121 Broadway, 4th floor. The evening begins with a panel of experts discussing such topics as learni...
  • MIRO MAGLOIRE'S NEW CHAMBER BALLET Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8 at 8 PM City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street   (between 6th & 7th Avenues)           Magloire presents his New Chamber Ballet in a new work to piano pieces by Lizst, along with repertory to music by Haydn and Luciano Berio.   New company member is Miriam Ernest, a member of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. VANGELINE THEATER Friday-Sunday, February 7-9 at 8 PM Triskelion Arts' Aldous Theater, 118 North 11th Street, Brooklyn    &nbs...
  • Panel includes Wendy Perron, Siobhan Burke, Mark Dendy, and Sascha Radetsky Friday February 28 at 8 PM, followed by a reception Steps on Broadway, 2121 Broadway (at 74th Street)  4th floor Tickets: $10 Reservations: 212.874.2410  x 27,  online at www.stepsnyc.com,   or at the Steps front desk           "I've never read a collection like Perron's engrossing Through the Eyes of a Dancer.   She reviews            and ponders four decades of developments and enduri...
  • What makes an artist? For such an important question, the answer can be maddeningly elusive, not to mention subjective. “I can count on my fingers the number of times I’ve returned to my dressing room after a performance feeling like I had made art on stage,” says choreographer and American Ballet Theatre Principal dancer Marcelo Gomes. “I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve thought that magic didn’t happen during your performances,” countered an audience member. Dancers: Misty Copeland, James Whiteside   Choreog...
  • January 31, 2014                                                    Seattle, WA – Before the start of this evening’s opening night performance of The Sleeping Beauty, Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal stepped out in front of the curtains to make a special announcement. “It gives me great pleasure to a...
  • Dancing, American Ballet Theatre soloist Sarah Lane stands out for her clear lines, strength, and sincere and charismatic stage presence. In conversation she creates a similar impression-honest, focused, and totally charming. Lane recently danced the part of the Shakespearean heroine Miranda, a role created on her, in Alexei Ratmansky’s latest ballet, The Tempest. In this Q&A, Lane talks about her involvement in the creation of a new ballet, pursuing artistic growth, and tips for aspiring dancers.   What was it like getting to be the first Miranda?   It was the first...
  • Summer intensive auditions are just around the corner. You can make the most of your auditions and summer experience by being well prepared now. Get organized, be mentally ready and do some research! How you present yourself on every level is important.  For starters, wear something clean and classic and make sure your hair is neatly done. If you're wearing make-up, keep it subtle. And don't keep any warm-ups on when the audition begins!  On a more personal level, make sure to put your best face forward. Even if you are nervous or stressed out, be nice and respectful -- to everyo...
  • The Legros Cultural Arts Women in Dance performance in NYC last week, featuring work by up-and-coming female choreographers, delivered many and multi-faceted punches.  If there was an agreement between the pieces presented, it was: life is complicated.  “We want that diversity,” says Chantal Legros, Founder and Executive Director of LCA, “And that creativity.” The Women in Dance program is part of a larger project, the Women in the Arts Series. “Women are not as visible in positions of power in the arts. Many women want to be artistic ...
  • 1.) Rest and eat well starting long before performances begin.  Take healthy snacks and drinks to the theater with you for a quick energy boost on a long day.  Plenty of water and bananas with their high levels of potassium are a great way to keep your muscles from cramping.   2.) Take a real class not just a warm up class during the run.  It is important for your body to focus on technique not just choreography and its important for your soul to go to the studio where it all began.   3.) Check your pointe shoe supply early.  Sew and break in several pairs ...
  • Have you had the experience of "dancing in your seat" when you watch a performance of a piece you've rehearsed intensively? To the casual observer, it may look like you're just rhythmically working kinks out of your wrists or ankles and bobbing your head, but fellow dancers would probably recognize the self-contained choreographic reenactments. We can't help it! This phenomenon is based on some really interesting activity that happens in your brain when you learn choreography. Dr. Steven Brown, a neuroscientist who studies differences between dancers' and non-dancers' brains at McMaster Un...
  • Any art form must adapt over time to express the changing culture of which it's a part. Today's culture is unavoidably technological and the dance field is reflecting technology in diverse ways.  It may seem counterintuitive -- after all, dance is so essentially embodied --but the intersection of art and technology provides a fascinating new dimension of creativity, where innovation thrives and traditions are being preserved and made accessible in exciting new ways. Tech-savvy choreographers are experimenting with new ways of incorporating digital media. For example, QWERTY, by Yuzo I...
  • My good friend and Prima Soft president, Marlena Juniman, shared a touching story with me last week. And now, with the permission of all concerned, I share it with you, our much-appreciated TheWorldDances readers... From Marlena ... "Last week one of our customers came into our Prima Soft retail store and said that her daughter was told she was ready to go en pointe.  This young lady, Sarah Fedders, is special in many ways. She's lovely, smart and a joy.   Sarah has part of one arm missing and her mom was concerned that she would not be able to tie her own pointe shoes. At ...
  • Whether you are dancing the role of a swan queen, a pirate or portraying an abstract idea – all dancers face the challenge of dramatically channeling and communicating with the audience.  Great technique is not enough to get the audience to feel the impact of your role. In a recent interview prima ballerina Diana Vishneva described her dramatic ability as a divine gift one can cultivate with hard work.  Fortunately, for those of us to whom drama comes less easily, there are ways to develop and hone acting skills. If your role is actually a character, that’s a great pl...
  • Joanne Whitehill, Artistic Director of Burklyn Ballet Theatre, shares some excellent advice for dancers to improve their feet.   All dancers want great looking feet.  While bone structure partially dictates the shape of your feet, there are things you can do to maximize the feet you have.  There is no need for expensive foot stretchers, but you will need determination to improve your feet.     Wear full-sole leather shoes for class.  Then when you perform wear canvas or split sole.  Your feet will look amazing from having worked them in the full-...
  • Harlequin Floors was presented with the 2013 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance at the wonderful Career Transition For Dancers 28th Anniversary Jubilee last week at New York City Center. Ballet legend Cynthia Gregory presented the award pointing out Harlequin Floors' collaboration with dancers, doctors, and scientists in the design of their floors and Harlequin's dedication to the health and performance needs of dancers. "As a long-time supporter of CTFD, it was a much-appreciated honor for Harlequin Floors to be recognized," says Patricia Basileo, Harlequin Floors E...
  • “Back in the Iron Curtain days when the Russian defectors Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, and Mikhail Baryshnikov galvanized the West with their dancing, a great sense of adventure generated from their intense curiosity to master as wide range of new styles as possible... Today, one Russian ballerina exhibits some of the old Nureyev-Baryshnikov eagerness to move beyond the ballet domain: Diana Vishneva,” writes New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay of the international superstar. Vishneva, is easily one of finest classical ballerinas dancing today. A Principal Dancer with A...
  • The first question I am often asked by mom or dad bringing their daughter for her first pointe shoe fitting is, “What is the best beginner pointe shoe?” The reply is simple. There is no single pointe shoe that can be classified as “beginner.” It is imperative to determine what shoe(s) will work best for this dancer's individual needs. A dancer attending a reputable ballet school has been guided carefully, slowly and repetitively preparing for pointe work. Strengthening pre-pointe exercises were introduced in her technique class and these same exercises will apply in...
  • The Los Angeles Times calls Judy Morr “perhaps the most important dance figure in in the past quarter of a century in Southern California.” Morr is the Executive Vice President of the 25-year-old Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is responsible for the dance programming at the Center. In this Q&A, Morr offers tips to gain the attention of people in charge of programming decisions. She also shares her ideas about the symbiosis between emerging arts scenes and growing audiences, her vision for the future of dance in Southern California and more. How do you decide which dance...
  • Heather Herod Cole is a dance physical therapist based in Nashville, where she owns P3 Precision Physical Therapy Pilates Center. She has her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College and is certified in orthopedic manual physical therapy via Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. Heather is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including the Orthopedics section & Performing Arts Special Interest Group, and is an advanced clinical instructor of the APTA. Heather is also a member of International Association of Dance Medicine and Science ...
  • by Marlena Juniman Having the coveted “banana foot” may be beautiful but may also be painful because with a highly arched and flexible foot, more stress is placed on the section of the foot between the ankle and toes (metatarsals.)  The dancer may also find it difficult to fit into pointe shoes properly.  The foot may be unstable due to the heel tilting inward which can lead to weaker ankles and possible ankle sprains and Achilles tendinitis. A “Banana Foot” – Maybe Not What You Really Want Ask any ballerina from aspirant to professional to define ...
  • Mersiha Mesihovic and her family left their native Bosnia & Herzegovina for Sweden when war broke out in the Balkans in 1993.  Now 27 and living in New York, Mesihovic is the Founder and Artistic Director of CircuitDebris. The dance company, though only two years old, has already performed at such prestigious events as the 8th International Dance Festival Venice, Italy (to which Mesihovic was one of only ten choreographers invited), the New Works Festival, and the Bates Dance Festival. This fall, CircuitDebris will be performing a new piece, Dissonance, as part of NYC10, an initiat...
  • Bradley Shelver has danced professionally with a long list of companies and choreographers, including Elisa Monte Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Limon Dance Company, William Forsythe, and Lar Lubovitch. He’s currently performing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet (which opens its season this month). He’s also the Artistic Director of his own company, Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater (which will be performing in New York this fall), a prolific choreographer, and a much sought-after teacher. In a recent interview, he shared his insi...
  • Congratulations to Madalyn Foley, the 2013 recipient of the Harlequin Floors Scholarship for Support of Dance Science at Missouri State University. Since 2012, Harlequin Floors sponsors this important scholarship fund ($9,000 over 3 years) for a deserving MSU student involved in the department of Physical Therapy and the Theater and Dance department joint research in dance science advances, specifically the effects of dancing on a sprung floors. Dr. James M. Hackney is the MSU leader in investigating the effects of a sprung floor on the impact of ballet leaps and jumps on the hips, knees, f...
  • By Marlena Juniman, President Footloose Dancewear Inc. dba/Prima Soft   Get The Pointe Every 'trade' has its own tools. A sculptor has his Draw Knife and Dremel, the pianist, a beautifully tuned key board and the ballerina must have correct fitting pointe shoes that contribute to her getting to full pointe, achieve good placement and balance and be appropriate to her expertise. Even if you are not new to pointe you should know what to expect when going for your fitting. How will you know that the shoe you are trying is going be the best 'tool' for you? Even if the shoe 'fits' it ma...
  • Teddy Forance is a founding dancer and choreographer of the new contemporary dance company, Shaping Sound. The company just finished the national tour of its first production, That’s Where I”ll Be Waiting. The show has an innovative look — much like a full-length music video that unfurls the compellingly relatable story of a love triangle, set in a fantastical dreamscape. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Teddy about the company, That’s Where I’ll Be Waiting, his tips for training, and more. Q: What was the creative process like for That’s Wher...
  • "It's all been happening really fast," says Lil Buck, a rising star in the dance world and ambassador for a style of dance from Memphis called jookin. In 2010, former New York City Ballet principal Heather Watts saw a video of the jookin virtuoso on YouTube.  Watts showed the video to her husband, Damian Woetzel, also a former NYCB principal as well as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival. Woetzel was equally impressed, and arranged for Lil Buck to dance "Dying Swan" to the accompani...
  • Tamara Rojo is the English National Ballet artistic director and a principal dancer.  Yes, quite the multi-tasker!  She has spoken out to the Sunday Times to take a high-profile stand on anorexia in ballet. A role model as a world-class ballerina, an inspiring and innovative leader and business person, Rojo further impresses the dance world with her brave, straight forward stance. Says Rojo, “Audiences want to see beautiful and healthy-looking dancers yet there is still that pressure to be thin. Some comes from the fashion world and that in turn affects ballet. When you are...
  • Following a wonderful first half of the 2013 YAGP Gala in NYC, a star-studded roster of “Stars of Today” took over the stage for yet more fabulous dancing.  Enjoyably, the variations were preceded by short video interviews with the dancers, giving an uncommon glimpse into their thought and working processes. Maria Kochetkova reclaimed the spotlight in the NY premiere of Wayne McGregor’s “Broderlands Pas de Deux,” partnered by SFB’s Lonnie Weeks, a YAGP alumnus. The piece accomplished a sort of alien aesthetic with extremely difficult partnering, no-r...
  • The Youth America Grand Prix gala performance in NYC is always fantastic, but this year felt special. "The stars of tomorrow meet the stars of today," as selected aspiring pros from the competition are given the opportunity to perform on stage with some of the biggest names in ballet.  You can see the full line up here. It was awesome! The youngest dancers are adorable and were scarily good-this year. For instance, 10-year-old Lada Saratkova executed 32 fouettés near the end of a variation throughout which she demonstrated poise and an alert, polished sense of performance....
  • A lot of dancers have a less-than-amazing relationship to age. I know I struggled with the idea of getting older, even when I was very young. I had a notion that in order to be someone who would "really make it" as a professional dancer, I had to be able to do X arbitrary benchmark by Y age. When I turned 13 and hadn't mastered 32 fouettés, I was genuinely depressed. Thinking about getting older made me nervous about joints ceasing to work and I'd panic!   A few years ago, though, I was living in Argentina and studying tango. Tango in Buenos Aires is a big deal. Dedicated tang...
  • Dancers make great models. Their stamina, discipline and ability to convey narrative and aesthetic concepts with their bodies (not to mention looking fabulous while they do it), give them a definite edge. Lately, we are seeing a fun, new element in several dancer photo shoots - athletes! New York City Ballet dancer Faye Arthurs and Giants football player Ramses Barden recently posed together in this photo series by Paul Maffi. Miami City Ballet dancers (and sisters) Jeanette and PatriciaDelgado posed with Miami Heat stars LeBron James and Dwayne Wade in a ...
  • Rosie Herrera is the founder and artistic director of Miami-based Rosie Herrera Dance Theater. Her choreographic style is strongly influenced by her diverse background in multiple dance styles and cabaret, and it delivers a serious punch. After seeing her “Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret,” which left the audience about the rollercoaster emotional reactions, I wanted to find out more about her and her process. Q: How would you describe your work? Herrera: I think of my work as dance theater.  “Drowning” was based on a series of dreams I had over 3 years, ...
  • Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in a collaboration to create a new dance? Youth American Grand Prix recently hosted an intimate discussion-demonstration on this subject with super star dancer and choreographer Marcelo Gomes, ABT soloists Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi, composer Ian Ng, and musicians Dimitri Dover and Charles Yang. The event began with a Q&A session and proceeded to a demonstration of a work in progress and the process by which the artists’ interactions shape the piece. The Q&A brought out the different experiences of collaborative cr...
  • A recent event hosted by Youth America Grand Prix offered a fascinating glimpse into the creative process of an artistic collaboration - for choreographer Marcelo Gomes' "Tocare." Barbara Brandt asked insightful questions of Marcelo Gomes, dancers Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi, composer Ian Ng, and musicians Dimitri Dover and Charles Yang as they discussed the challenges and rewards of cross-disciplinary artistic actualization from each of their points of view. Marcelo Gomes How do you get ideas? "I see different things depending on music -- a man dancing a solo, an ensemble -- it...
  • What about the challenge of taking over the artistic direction of such a grandiose institution? Millepied points out, “I am not entirely a foreigner.” He was born in Bordeaux, France, and trained at the Lyon Conservatory before moving to the United States when he was 16 to train at the School of American Ballet, from which he went on to dance with the New York City Ballet. Stephane Lissner, who will take over the general directorship from Mr. Joel, dismissed the idea of Millepied as an outsider, “saying it was the vision of the candidate that mattered.” Millepied s...
  • The announcement came on the morning of January 24th from Nicolas Joel, general director of the ballet company. Benjamin Millepied will succeed Brigitte Lefèvre, current artistic director, when she retires in 2014. Millepied was a surprising choice. It had been anticipated that someone would be selected from inside the Paris Opera Ballet, a company that places a high value on its traditions. "The shortlist was considered to come from a small group of Paris Opera Ballet insiders, including the star dancers, or étoiles, Nicolas Le Riche, due to retire in 2014, and Laurent Hilai...
  • At 15 years old, Nicole Johnson produced and choreographed a show that raised more than $2000 to benefit the autistic community, of which her younger brother is a member (find out how she was able to raise so much in the first part of this interview). Though she had moved to New York to pursue a performing career, the experience led her to feel more inspired to work on her production company -- and providing friends with an uplifting, nurturing platform for dance -- than she felt through her own auditioning. “That wasn’t my original intention at all!” She developed her org...
  • "I decided when I was 15 that I would move to New York, from Florida, to pursue the whole child star thing," says Nicole Johnson, now age 20, with zero arrogance. In conversation, she's gracious, articulate, and passionate about her long career (again, just age 20), as a performer in musical theater and the director of a production company she started when she was 13, called Javanna (Nicole's middle name) Productions. Her cast bio for a recent production of Hairspray lists some of her performing credentials: "New York-based productions of A Chorus Line, Bye Bye Birdie, and In...
  • In a recent ballet class, the teacher quoted advice she’d gotten from Maya Plisetskaya: “Sometimes, what you leave behind you is more important than what you put before you.” The context in that class was grand jetés. Many of us hadn’t paid close enough attention to pointing the foot of our back legs. An important detail, definitely, but the idea of what gets left behind is so much more important than just that. I’m not sure what was the context in which Ms. Plisetskaya offered this advice, but I have a hunch she was hinting at some profound stuff. For ...
  • Nutcracker season can make you nuts—I think for most people, there comes that moment when you think you might explode if you hear a section of music again—but it’s seriously one of my favorite times of the year. There’s just so much nostalgia. My parents started taking me to see the ballet when I was three, and it’s been a holiday tradition ever since. But it touches more chords (in the best way!) than holiday cheer. For a lot of dancers, there are so many memories of rehearsing and performing The Nutcracker from childhood. My first experience on stage, auditio...
  • In Part One of our interview with dancer/company director/choreographer/dance teacher/dance school director Hilary Palanza, she discussed her choreographic impetus and how to sustain a creative life while making a company run. In Part Two, she talks to us about her dance school, Children’s Center for Dance, and offers advice for aspiring pros. Q: How did you decide to open a school in addition to everything else you’re doing? HP: I think there’s a real need for a non-ballet, more creativity-based kind of dance instruction for children. Some kids love tutus and ballet, b...
  • Hilary Palanza has years of professional performance experience, a BA in dance, and certification from theNational Dance Institute. She also started her own company, Palanza Dance, based in San Francisco, for which she choreographs, and runs her own dance school, Children's Center for Dance, based on an innovative approach to teaching kids to connect to and love movement. Oh, also, she's still in her 20s! Hilary was kind enough to take time out from her very full schedule to talk to us. In Part One of the interview, she discusses choreography, what it's like to run a company, and ...
  • In the first part of this article, we were introduced to The Trey McIntyre Project and the project's active presence in the community. To find out more about their community outreach efforts and to read the first portion of this interview, click here! The result is beautiful and engaging in a signature McIntyre way. While technically demanding, it engages with audiences not necessarily versed in dance vocabulary and tradition.  For example, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, also in southern CA, the company recently performed with the Korean dancers.  The dance, titled Ways o...
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    Highly acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre is known for his imaginative, creative blend of ballet and contemporary dance.  His company, The Trey McIntyre Project (TMP), is an effective ambassador for dance. Locating the company in Boise, Idaho, the director/choreography planted his dancers and his vision in an environment where his project could not only take root, but also thrive and intertwine with local culture. "The company has had a real voice in shaping the community," according to TMP dancer Brett Perry, and McIntyre is expanding the concept nationally and internationally...
  • In the first part of this interview, Lynn Swanson discussed her dedication to dance and what inspired her to write her award-winning novel, Summer Dance.  The book follows a 13-year old named Sara who has been accepted into a prestigious summer dance program in the northern woods of Michigan. Caught in an emotional whirlwind of artistic development, dance competition and the boys across the lake, readers follow Sara as she learns through dance and friendship about life and her future dance career.  *** Why focus on the world of dance? Because my world has always been dance...
  • In her novel, Summer Dance, Lynn Swanson tackles the issues that most young girls face when pursuing a life of dance. The book weaves a tale of a 13-year named Sara who has been accepted into an exclusive dance program in the northern Michigan woods. Caught in an emotional whirlwind of artistic development, dance competition and the boys across the lake, readers follow Sara as she learns through dance and friendship about life and her future dance career.  Swanson's book has received a Moonbeam Children's Book Awards seal and was also selected as Dance Spirit's Editor's Pick. &nb...
  • In Part 1 of our interview with Kat Wildish, we learned about her exciting 40 year career. In Part 2, we discuss why she was such a favorite to the crowd as well as her upcoming show!  To read the first part of this exclusive interview click here. Why was she such a crowd favorite? “I took chances. Like if I was going to run and leap, I would leap higher than possible.  There were a few times I sprained my ankle landing because I jumped too high during a performance, because I pushed too hard.  The New York Times critic Ana Kisselgoff called me a ‘delightful you...
  • While legions of better-off-for-it ballet students know her as a teacher, Kat Wildish had a dazzling 40-year performing career, during which she danced with the American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and many other companies. Her advice about performing and an effective ballet work ethic is not only uncommonly well-founded, it also provides spectacular guidance and inspiration that can be applied to all aspects of life-on and off the stage. Her counsel is unflaggingly realistic and compassionate. In a recent class, she instructed students t...
  • In Part 1 of our interview with dancer, teacher, and Dance Iquail Founding Artistic Director Iquail Johnson, we talked about his vision for a dance company with a social mission.  In Part 2, we discuss Johnson’s passion for Horton technique, the course of his career, and his plans for the future. Did you always plan to teach and do choreography, or did that goal develop later on? Johnson:  I always wanted to do everything! I was the kid that hungered for more, who took dance classes outside my regular school, and then would go to high school  (Philadelphia High School...
  • As a performer, Iquail Johnson has danced with Philadanco, Ronald K Brown/Evidence, The Fred Benjamin Dance Company, and Subtle Changes, and on Broadway in theLionKing, Hot Feet, and Purlie. As a teacher, he is contagiously energetic. He usually chocks this up to soft drinks and chocolate, but his excitement about teaching dance is a tangible force. That and a slaying sense of humor help him connect with students from all kinds of backgrounds in a way that makes dance classes, especially in Horton technique, an accessible and seriously rewarding growth experience for anyone. Johns...
  • If you're a dancer, you have some seriously heroic potential to make the world better!  This is the message behind an inspiring movement to channel the communicative power of dance to advance social change.   “You have treated the arts as the cherry on the cake.  It needs to be the yeast,” says dancer-actress-politician-social advocate Mallika Sarabhai.  Sarabhai believes that policies aimed at decreasing violence have broadly failed.  “While universities are trying to devise courses in conflict resolution, and governments are trying to stop ...
  • Let’s face it: even the most passionate dancer has days when it’s a struggle to get to the studio.  School, work, personal issues, and just being really tired can all catch up with us.  But, based on some recent experiences and science, I’m going to cheerlead for going to class. I had been having a grueling couple of weeks, and the other night I was seriously considering going home instead of going to dance class.  I ended up choosing the class option, and was so glad!  While teaching a combination, the teacher suggested to us that we imagine ourselves...
  • Having founded the world's largest international student ballet competition, we spend a lot of time thinking about artistry. And a recent article by Risa Gary Kaplowitz in The Huffington Post has once again turned our attention to the age-old debate: is artistry being displaced by technique? It is true that in the 21st century the modus operandi seems to be "bigger, faster, more." That applies to everything -- from technology to (fast) food.  It is a universal challenge of the digital age we live in.  And, regardless of your personal attitude to this phenomenon, we cannot deny th...
  • In Part 1 of TheWorldDances.com interview with dancer-teacher-choreographer Michael Leon Thomas, he shares insight into his chameleon-like ability to adapt to multiple choreographic and movement styles, as well as how to develop a keener sense of musicality. Here, in Part 2, he talks about his own choreographic process. It’s an inspiring story of passion, perseverance, and probing. Enjoy! Choreography—I actually don’t know why they said I was good at it! I choreographed my audition piece for North Carolina School of the Arts and they saw some promise in that. The wor...
  • Michael Leon Thomas has had a breathtakingly diverse performing career. He's danced with Judith Jameson, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lar Lubovitch, Zvi Gotheiner & Dancers, Dance Brazil, Donald Byrd/The Group, and the Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and now has a thriving professional life as a free lancer. Thomas is also an acclaimed choreographer. His works have been commissioned by The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The Cape Town Dance Company, The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Long Island University (Brooklyn and CW Post), and Encuentro Internacio...
  • Being injured is terrible on lots of levels, but to me, the worst part of an injury is often the frustration and depression of being out of commission until it’s safe to dance again. The sense of time and chances to improve slipping by can turn what could be healthily spent time off into a grueling limbo of waiting and worrying about lost opportunities. But it doesn’t have to be so! Time off, if used well, can be highly productive. Here are five tips to help you overcome the enforced downtime blues and return to the studio with rejuvenated energy. 1) Stay inspired. Not being in ...
  • There’s an exciting fashion trend happening: dance! The dance and fashion industries seem to be increasingly joining forces, with dance companies commissioning high profile designers and fashion labels turning to dancers to optimally show off their clothes. This was evident recently during New York’s famed Fashion Week, where “a string of in-demand models with serious dance backgrounds literally had a leg up… Professional dancers are influencing fashion in ways never seen before, ” writes the New York Times. The Times article goes on to explain that an increas...
Meet the Winners!
  • I am very honored to have been selected for this award. I began my dance training in the Bay Area, primarily at San Francisco Ballet School. While there, I was very fortunate to perform in numerous productions with the company and school. At 14, I moved to New York C...
  • Thank you so much! I have been dancing for about 10 years training in classical ballet and have since started training in contemporary as well for the last two. My directors at Academy of Ballet Arts, Dana Nelson and Jose Chavez, have helped me to grow after switching to their school two years ag...
  • I dance at Synergy Performing Arts Academy and study tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and acro. I have been dancing for seven years and participating in competitions for six years.  I would like to acknowledge Sydney McBride and Rosalyn Miller. “Love Again” is the second solo I have ...
  • My name is Nya.  I am an 8 year old competitive dancer with Dance Discovery in Brantford Ontario.  My favourite dance styles are tap and musical theatre.  The routine in the contest was my tap solo from last season which was choreographed by Carol Anne Bradley! When I grow up I wan...
  • What Do I Know was shot at Pier 1 in Brooklyn on a Saturday afternoon, inviting a lot of interaction with the people of Brooklyn walking by--it was so exciting to spread the message of love and tap dance! People approached with questions, wanting to know more about who we are and what we do, and ...
  • I have been dancing for 14 years. I am currently training at Boston Ballet School as a Trainee where I primarily do ballet. I hope to continue on and dance in a major professional ballet company one day. This piece "Gambled Time" is one of my favorite pieces to dance. Dancing it reminds me why ...
  • I am basically from West India. I am the owner of The Dance Centre, where I and my assistants teach dance. I started dancing around 8 years ago. I was doing my MBA, but had to quit because of financial reasons. I earned money by teaching private dance classes and finally opened up an independent ...
  • My solo piece "Queens Be Like' has meant so much to me, and winning this scholarship provides me another opportunity to share it with other young dancers.  I have been dancing since I was 3 years old.  So, I have been dancing for 10 years.  I study with the Jam Youth Project. ...
  • I am a student at The Dance Slipper with Brenda Barna.  I have been dancing since the age of 2, and began training seriously when I was 12. I am going into my senior year of high school at The Ethel Walker School, where I am a member of the varsity-level dance company. I am also a ...
  • I started dancing 3 years back after a major leg injury. I was run over by a car and I had to be operated on with 3 surgical metal rods as well 3 screws. I started dancing as physical therapy but realized soon enough that I'm really passionate about it. I am a rising pre-junior at Drexel Universi...
  • I have been dancing for 11 years, since I was 2, but seriously for the past 6 years.  I study at The Pulse Performing Arts Studio and take classes in Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Progressions, Ballet, and Stretch and Strength.  My top favorite is Tap followed by Hip Hop. I have to...
  • I am 15 years old and have been studying dance for 6 years. I study ballet, modern/contemporary, and hip-hop. I am on scholarship at the Manhattan Youth Ballet in New York City and am privately coached by Victoria Rinaldi (a former principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet).  I jus...
  • My favorite styles of dance are ballet and contemporary. I began dance at age 2. I am thrilled to be performing the role of Clara for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for the third time this holiday season!  It is such an honor to dance on the great stage!  I was also so happy to be...
  • Thank you so much! I participate in all genres of dance but my main focus is hip hop. I have been dancing for 9 years. Every time I have a performance, I put my all into it. The compilation video shows different genres of dance that I can do and shows a variety of skills. In the future, I wo...
  • I study dance at West Star Dancers. I take Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Pointe, Tumbling and Jazz classes, yet Contemporary is my favorite. I have been dancing for 14 years (since I was 3 years old.)  I would like to acknowledge my dance teachers, Erika Slack & ...
  • I've been dancing ever since I can remember. I started when I was a baby and then around twelve years old I decided I wanted to do it professionally, so I started the pursuit of being a profesional classical ballet dancer. I was dancing at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, but before that I ...
  • I have been dancing since the age of 3. My uncle was a tap dancer, and he inspired me to dance since I was little. I currently study at Marymount Manhattan. I thoroughly enjoy jazz and ballet. I would like to acknowledge all my teachers from back home. In the future, I plan on continuin...
  • I have been dancing for 6 years. I dance at NH Academie of Dance.  I take ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, aerial and acro.  Lyrical is my favorite. Miss Laura Foti is my dance teacher and owner and director of my studio.  I would like to thank her for being a great teacher and for...
  • I have been dancing since I was 2 years old. I study dance at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center in Hudson New Hampshire. Some of the many styles I study are ballet, tap, jazz and lyric. My favorite has to be ballet. From the moment I started dancing my mom, Deana Corlis, Sandi Duncan, Melissa Hof...
  • Thank you so much to you and the judges for providing me with this scholarship! I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and your generosity in awarding me with the Harlequin Floors Scholarship!   I have been dancing since the age of three, making this my 14th year of training! &...
  • Thank you! I am very excited to have won the Harlequin Scholarship video contest again.  I am happy to say that the past couple of years have been full of personal growth.  When I last won in 2015, I was preparing to enter my freshman year of college at Marymount Manhattan.  I fini...
  • Sophie Williams - Since graduating from Ballet Arte, under the direction of Sara Viale and Erlend Zieminch, I attended Miami City Ballet's Pre-Professional II Division from 2014-15. At Miami City Ballet, I had the opportunity to dance in Balanchine's Western Symphony, and Them...
  • I am grateful to every person who voted for my choreography and performance not only in the May contest but also in the previous two contests I entered. I am inspired by the support of my community. This is my twelfth year studying dance. I began dancing at a ballet studio in my hometown of Preto...
  • Thank you for recognizing our program. The Holy Angels Dance Team was established in 2011 and the dancers attend the Academy of the Holy Angels located in Demarest, NJ.  The Holy Angels Dance Team--a nationally recognized and award-winning dance team--offers a comprehensive dance progra...
  • Thank you so much for selecting me for this scholarship!! I have been dancing for 15 years. I currently attend Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where I train in Ballet and Modern daily and have also taken Tap, Jazz, Partnering, International, Pedagogy, and Compo...
  • Thank you so much! I’ve been dancing for 12 years, and I study ballet, hip-hop, modern, and contemporary. I’d like to thank my parents for always always ALWAYS being supportive of me no matter the distance and lengths they have to go. My choreographer and teacher, Ms Cindy Zhang, help...
  • I have been dancing for 12 years, since I was 3.  I have studied classical ballet for 12 years, jazz and modern for 8 years, and pointe for 4 years. I attend Bonita’s School of Ballet (BSOB) located in Monroe, NC and I have danced there throughout my entire dance career. I study c...
  • I’ve been dancing for about 3 years and seriously training for about 18 months. I am a junior at Oakland School of the Arts (OSA). I study ballet, contemporary and modern styles. I am grateful to all of the people who have encouraged and supported me in my training.  Mr. McCauley at t...
  • Bonnie Hotman Pehl, the choreographer of "Trafficking", is the artistic director at my studio, Artistic Dance Concepts. I've worked with her for years, along with the other dancers in the video. My success is because of Bonnie and my other teacher, Angela Sharp. I hope to keep dancing in the...
  • I have been dancing for 12 years and I study all types of dance, currently with Savage Dance Company. My favorite styles are contemporary and musical theater. I would like to acknowledge all of my mentors and teachers, but especially Thomas Ford for always pushing me to always be my absolute best...
  • I have been dancing for 15 years. I live in Dallas, TX and I study at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts during the day. I also study at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center in the evening. I study all types of dance and I love all styles! I would like to thank ...
  • I am currently a company member with Parsons Dance, a company based in the heart of NYC right beside Times Square. I grew up in Ottawa, Canada where I trained rigorously in the prestigious arts program at Canterbury High School. At age 18, I was awarded a full scholarship to study dance at The ...
  • Thank you so much for choosing me as the Judges' Choice dancer for the month of February! My name is Camille Cabrera and I have been dancing since the age of eleven. I began pursuing dance at the Columbia City Jazz Company under the direction of artistic director Dale Lam after watching one of th...
  • Thank you so much! I study at Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet in Petoskey, Michigan and have been dancing for 10 years.  Heather Raue, my ballet instructor, has taught me my whole life and I spend everyday with her. Without her and what she has given me, I would not be where I am t...
  • Lydia trains at Greensboro Ballet under the direction of Maryhellen Mayfield and John Dennis. She is a member of the Greensboro Ballet Youth Ensemble and participates in their numerous community outreach programs.  She attended ABT's Summer Intensive in 2016 and will attend Butler University...
  •  I LOVE DANCE! My favorite style of dance is contemporary without a doubt, followed by lyrical and ballet, however I really love jazz and hip hop as well.  I have been dancing since the age of 2 and a half. I am now 12 years old so I have been dancing for 10 years. I have always loved ...
  • I graduated from high school early to attend the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary Trainee program in NYC. After training there, I decided to further my education and I am now a sophomore working towards my BFA in dance at the University of Iowa. I love working with the amazin...
  • I would like to extend a huge "Thank you" to Harlequin Floors, The World Dances, and to all of my wonderful family and friends who voted for me!!   I am 18 years old, have been dancing for four years, and recently graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where I majored in Musica...
  • I study ballet, jazz, modern, and Chinese folk dance. Ballet is my favorite.  I have been dancing for 9 years. I would like to recognize my teacher, John Dennis, who taught me the Bluebird Variation and other classical ballet variations. I have performed the Bluebird Variation with the ...
  • I study ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, lyrical, pointe, hip hop, and acro/ tumbling. I currently dance at Legacy Dance Studio and I am a member and Rehearsal Assistant for Renaissance Dance Workshop. I’ve been dancing in Detroit, MI for 13 years. Dancing is my passion and I don&rs...
  • I have been dancing since I was two and a half! In addition to tap, I study ballet, pointe, contemporary, musical theater, and jazz. I also study acting and singing. I've been blessed to have had many teachers and mentors throughout my training who have all helped me become the dancer I am today....
  • I am 13 years old. I began dancing at the age of 18 months in upstate New York. I started by taking recreational classes there until we moved to South Carolina where I continued 1 year of recreational classes and by the age of 5 joined a dance company called Columbia City Jazz under the direction...
  • I study ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and modern dance. My favorite style of dance is tap. I have been dancing for 7 years at the Columbia City Jazz Company (CCJC) under the direction of Ms. Dale Lam. I would like to acknowledge Ms. Dale and my tap teacher, Mr. James, for ...
  • A big thank you to Harlequin Floors, TheWorldDances, and judges. It's an honor for me to be selected as Judges' Choice November 2016. I began dancing when I was 11 years old at Beaufort Academy of Dance in Beaufort, South Carolina. This is where I studied various styles of dance such as ballet, l...
  •  Hi! I am Tristin Edsel. I am in my 11th year of dance now. I love all styles of dance, but my favorites would be Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theater...pretty much all of it! I have been very fortunate to have studied under some really great choreographers, but some of my favorites w...
  • I have been dancing for 11 years, and I currently study Ballet and Modern at the Alvin Ailey school. My favorite style would have to be contemporary pointe. I would like to acknowledge the choreographer of this solo, Levi Marsman, and my dance coaches Deborah Marquez and Jan Hanniford. Dancing th...
  • I began dancing at the age of 3. I took recreational classes for several years and then decided that I wanted to further my dance education. In 2012, I joined a dance company called Columbia City Jazz Company, under the artistic direction of Dale Lam.  Since I joined CCJC, I have had extensi...
  • Thank you so much! I am sooo excited!! I have been dancing since I was only 2 years old, and competing since I was 5. I love being on the stage performing. I study all types of dances, but contemporary would have to be my favorite!  My dance coaches are Dale Lam and Pamela Myers Wurdeman. I...
  • I have been dancing since I was 4 1/2.  I am 9 1/2 now.  This is my third year dancing at Dancers Edge Competition studio in Kernersville, NC.  I am now studying jazz, lyrical/contemporary, acting, conditioning, and hip hop.  Hip Hop is my favorite style of dance.  I love...
  • I am 10 years old and took my first dance class at the age of 3. The styles of dance that I train in are ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater and acro.  My favorite style of dance is contemporary.  I do not think I have a least favorite.  I rarely have the chan...
  • I have been dancing since I was 2 years old. For a long time I studied ballet intensively. I was offered a full ride scholarship to the Kirov Academy of Ballet, but had a change of heart just before I was going to go. I have been a competitive dancer at Dance Connection Scottsdale and at Master B...
  • I’ve been taking dance for 10 years.   For the majority of that time, I’ve been taking classes and participating on the competition team at Dancers Edge in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   I study lyrical/contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and tap.  My favor...
  •  I have been dancing for 7 consecutive years at Dance Creations Dance Academy under the direction of Maria Alonso in Miami, Florida. There I study Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acro, Open Technique, Hip Hop, Ballroom, and Pointe. My favorites of them all are Contemporary and Open...
  • I have been dancing since I was three years old and I have studied all types of dance, but my favorites are contemporary and hip hop! I would like to thank my dance teachers Erica Summerlin, Cara Burke, and Sara Walser for getting me where I am today. This is my first contemporary solo i've ever ...
  • Thank you! I have been dancing since the age of two at MHDC with their staff Melissa, Sandi, JR, Alexis and Heidi -- and my mom, Deana Corlis. My mom choreographed this routine for me. It's about a mother protecting her young. I study ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, pointe and acro. I lo...
  • Princeton University Ballet has been featuring student choreography since it was founded in 2008. Princeton alumni also contribute to our repertoire, as with Coney Island Dream Ballet, choreographed by Eamon Foley '15.  I am Emily Avery, a dancer in Coney Island Dream Ballet, the current Pr...
  • I have been dancing for almost ten years now. I'm currently studying Ballet and Modern technique at SUNY Purchase. I also enjoy doing contemporary, hip hop and ballroom. I'm so thankful for my teachers Jan Hanniford, Maria Konrad, Michele Zehner, Jerry Opdenaker, and Christopher Huggins. The s...
  • My name is Kara Buckner, I am fifteen years old and live in Seminole, Florida.  I first want to say thank you to Harlequin Floors for blessing me with this scholarship. The video I submitted is from the dress rehearsal of the ballet La Boutique Fantasque, performed in June of this year ...
  • My name is Denise Rodriguez. I'm 15 years old and have been dancing since age 2. I study at Deborah Case Dance Academy where I take ballet, pointe, contemporary, and jazz classes at the moment. But I also have been taking tap, flamenco, hip hop, and arabic dance classes. This summer I attended a ...
  • I have been dancing competitively since the age of 5 at Spotlight Studio of Dance in Millersville, MD under the tutelage of Winnette McGovern. I study at Pace University in New York City as a commercial dance major. I plan to graduate in May of 2019. I currently study ballet and jazz, but my fav...
  • I have been dancing since I was seven. I study all kinds of dance forms but I mainly focus on Ballet, Contemporary, and Modern dance styles. I also enjoy choreography. I would like to acknowledge Ms. Dahm for her guidance and help in choreographing this piece. I appreciate all of her ad...
  • Thank you so much for this scholarship that I will use towards the choreography for a new solo! I have been dancing for the last 8 years at Elite Academy in Utah. There are so many awesome teachers there! Contemporary is my favorite style but I also love ballet/pointe, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. ...
  • Since 2013, I graduated from Booker T. Washington HSPVA in Dallas, TX and started at Juilliard in 2014. I have also attended The Jacob's Pillow contemporary program and Springboard Dans Montreal in the past two summers along with furthering my choreography dreams in many showcases at Juilliard an...
  • I am so honored to have been chosen as the viewers’ choice this month and am grateful for this opportunity! I have been dancing since the age of four and have been dancing competitively for ten years. I dance at All American Dance Factory and All American Classical Ballet School where I tra...
  • April Henehan (Choreographer): I am honored that "In Pursuit" a Solo I choreographed for one of my students was selected as Judges’ Choice June 2016 and winner of the Harlequin Scholarship video contest.  I have been choreographing for over 15 years and have had the opp...
  • I have been dancing since I was 3, so for almost 15 years! I study dance at Cornerstone Dance Studio in Bellevue, WA. I have studied tap, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop in my years of dance training, but have recently focused on tap only. My favorite type of dance has always been tap, but I will be ma...
  • I have been dancing for 7 years.  I study Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Graham, Horton and contemporary. I'd like to thank Kiari Kirk for being an amazing teacher and mentor and for choreographing my hip hop solo. I’d also like to thank Marie Louise Gaschker for believing in me 100%. Being p...
  • Thank you very much for selecting me for the May 2016 Harlequin Floors Scholarship.  I have studied dance for ten years at Queen City Ballet in Helena, Montana. I am very lucky to study both ballet and contemporary. Ballet is definitely my favorite. I would like to acknow...
  • Sage Evans-Rainey has been training in ballet, jazz, African, tap, modern, contemporary and hip-hop since she was two years old (11 years). She spends from two to five hours a day practicing or assisting dance teachers at Morton Street Dance Center (MSDC) while gearing up for her featured role in...
  • Thank you so much! My name is Kayla Thomas, the dancer in the "Dance of the Night" video. I attend Cleveland School of the Arts and it is made up of a number of performing, literary, and visual art majors. The people in the film and literary programs at my school are so talented. They create shor...
  • Heather has been dancing for 11 years (since creative movement class at age 3). She studies at ONE Academy of Dance and Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, TX, where she takes classes six days a week in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop and strength & conditioning. Balle...
  • I have been dancing since I was 3, but began studying seriously at 8. My serious training started at Illinois Dance Conservatory with Alyce Brinkmann. Alexsander (Sasha) Kozadayev recently became the co director in late 2015. Sasha was the one to realize that my previous variation that I was prep...
  • Thank you Harlequin Floors for the amazing scholarship, and thanks to everyone who voted for my video.  It's an honor to be selected again, especially in the company of so many awesome dancers!  I was so grateful for the scholarship last year.  Thanks to that scholarship, I wa...
  • I have been dancing since I was 5 years old but I did not start taking it seriously until I was 11 years old. I previously studied at the Georgia Ballet for 12 years but I currently study with Fiona Fairrie at the Fiona Fairrie Ballet Conservatory. I mainly study ballet but when I have the opport...
  • I started dancing when I was 3 years old.  I have two older sisters who were also dancing, and I wanted to be like them. I am currently at 3 different studios, because not every studio has all of the genres that I dance. I train at Dance Town Boca, in Boca Raton, FL, I take Hip hop at U4...
  • I am so excited to be chosen as one of the Viewers’ Choice winners of the March 2016 Harlequin Scholarship Video Contest! I would like to give a GREAT BIG thank you to Harlequin Floors and to everyone who took the time to view and vote for my video!!!  Hopefully each person that watche...
  • Thank you so much for your recognition and support! I am so excited and amazed to have won the Judges' Choice Award. I have been dancing for 9 years. I study at Ballet Center of Houston and I perform with a pre-professional training company called Houston Repertoire Ballet. I have studied modern,...
  • I have been dancing for 9 years.  I have received training from the Dance District, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Gotta Dance Atlanta, Fuzion Force, Belmont School of Ballet, Charlotte School of Ballet, and Miss Donna’s School of Dance.  I am currently an Atlanta Hawks Junior cheerl...
  • I am extremely thankful for being chosen as a recipient of the Judges Choice Scholarship from Harlequin floors!   I have been studying dance for 12 years at Performer's Edge Dance Center, in Davenport, FL. I study ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, acro and contemporary.   My favo...
  • Thank you kindly for choosing my work for the Harlequin Scholarship contest this month.    This work began development last January as the first creation for my non-profit art collective Gesamt (gesamt-nyc.org ). The focus of Gesamt is to create works that synthesize the arts (mu...
  • I was inspired to enter the “Africana Studies Performance Competition” by Natalie King, dance lecturer at Georgia College, and it changed my life. After the seed had been planted, it didn’t take me to long to cultivate an idea. I knew it had to be performed to a timeless classic...
  • I am so excited to have been chosen as a Viewers' Choice Winner for February 2016 on TheWorldDances.com! This is my first time to enter the contest, and I am very happy that so many people liked my video. I have been studying dance for nine years and have been a s...
  • Thank you so much! I’m so excited and humbled to receive this scholarship!  I decided to attend Florida State University and am currently on the competitive dance team, Seminole Dance Force.  My major is business marketing but I plan to incorporate dance in whatever care...
  • The piece in my video is the second duet that Lucian Brumber I danced together. He had recently moved to our studio. We dance at the United Academy of the Performing Arts, Oneida NY. I would like to acknowledge my dance teacher Wende for helping make this piece so special and technical. She is ...
  • I've been dancing with intent to become a professional for four years. I studied at Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York City and began dancing with Dutch National Ballet's Junior Company in August 2015. I would like to acknowledge my director, Ernst Meisner, who offered ...
  • I have been dancing for 12 years, and I currently study dance at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. I would like to thank all of my teachers for getting me where I am today, and I would especially like to thank Amber Cumbee who choreographed this solo in my video. I...
  • I have been dancing for 13 years. I am a soloist with the New England Ballet Company in Connecticut. I would like to thank my teachers Kenneth Hopkins, Victor Trevino and Linda Giancaspro for all their dedication to helping me reach my goals. This particular video is of me performing the role of ...
  • My sister Alyssa and I have both been dancing since the age of two. We study at Jill Stanford Dance Center in Georgia. We both study ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. Our favorites would be jazz and contemporary. We would love to thank Mrs. Jill, our dance teacher, for pu...
  • The Brookwood High School Dance Department has been serving students in Snellville, GA for 20 years. The dance department has approximately 100 students each year. Brookwood HS is a public school, part of the Gwinnett County Public School system, however, students audition to be placed in one of ...
  • Thank you very much! I am extremely honored! I have been dancing for 14 years at Pat Barton Dance Studio. I study ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, and hip hop. I would like to thank my teachers Ali Hansen, Krissy Atcheson, and Pat Dickey. They have been my instructors my whole li...
  • Thank you so much for selecting my video as a judges' choice winner. It means a lot. I have been dancing for 7 consecutive years. I started out at Dallas Black Dance Academy, then moved to Contemporary Ballet Dallas. I am now a senior at Booker T. Washington High School for the performing an...
  • I am so excited to be the November recipient of the Harlequin Floors Scholarship and very thankful to Harlequin Floors and The World Dances for this opportunity.  I plan to use this scholarship towards Harid's Summer Intensive where I received a partial scholarship at the Young Dan...
  • Amber started dancing and competing when she was 8 years old. She dances at Master Ballet Academy in Scottsdale, AZ. Amber studies all types of dance but her main focus is ballet.  Her main coach and life role model is Irena Wozniak. In the video Amber is dancing a ballet variation from "Pa...
  • Evgeniya and I are very grateful for winning the viewers' choice award! We have been dancing together for two years and compete in both international Ballroom and Latin, in addition to performing shows in both styles. The show in the video, "You Lost Me," won the Best Dancer award at the Everett ...
  • Rio began studying classical ballet at age 14 after a background in contemporary dance. She trained with Galina Alexandrova at City Ballet School of San Francisco. In 2015 she won the Silver Medal at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals and moved to London to train at the Royal Ballet School. &nbs...
  • Words can't even begin to express how thankful I am for your company and to be given an opportunity like this one. I admire that you are giving adolescents a chance to flourish and share their passion for dance. Dance has always been a lifetime love of mine. From my start at age three until now, ...
  • Thank you to Harlequin Floors and everyone who voted for my video. It means so much to me. I have been dancing for 13 years. I have been studying for the past 3 years at Spotlight Dance Works in Chesterfield, Michigan. I train in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater, and poin...
  • At the age of two years old, my mom put me in a dance class at Jeanne Lynn Dance Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida, which recently celebrated its 50th recital! After my first couple years of taking combo classes, I started taking full classes in ballet, jazz and tap. Today, I take classes in almo...
  • I started dancing when I was four but I didn't think I would be good enough to pursue it as a career so I barely tried. Until I was 17 and saw Mia Michael's dancers at The Pulse and knew that no matter what other people thought, I was going to fight for my spot in the dance wo...
  • Emily has been dancing for 12 years. She studies at JAMM Dance Co in Rosemount, MN. She takes ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, and pointe. Emily would like to thank Ms. Angie Olson, Miss Katelyn Rademacher, Ms. Lorelei Noire, Miss Bri Ekl, and Ms. Jessie Huebsch...
  • Thank you! I've been dancing since I was three years old. Since I was young, dancing was my passion and I learned Chinese folk dance, ballet, character Spanish dance, contemporary, modern, and jazz. For this particular dance, I was taught by my ballet instructor Dawei Zhang at Potomac Dance Centr...
  • Thank you so much!!  I am very excited to have been chosen for the Harlequin Scholarship!  My name is Abbi Johnson and I have been dancing since I was three (eleven years).  I am currently taking tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and stretch/turns/jumps at April Schoo...
  • My name is Barbara Perdomo and I am 14 years old.  I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I didn't pick dance as a hobby or a sport to try out -- dance picked me. It's difficult to explain...it's a force from within, it's a part of me and does not let my body be still. I have been a co...
  • Wow! What an honor to receive this scholarship from Harlequin Floors! I honestly could not have done it without the encouragement, influence, and support from my family, friends, dance community and God. I have been dancing since I was 12 years old, a late start compared to most, but having a fi...
  • I have participated in competitive dance for 4 years and have been studying at Barb's Centre for Dance for 2 years. I am currently studying ballet, lyrical, jazz, modern and new this year is tap. I am inspired to dance because it makes me feel strong and it relaxes me. I like working hard on the ...
  • I have been dancing since I was 3 years old, starting with clogging and moving into Hip Hop at age 5 in WA state.  After 1 year of Hip Hop we moved to Wisconsin where I pursued my love for it. I have been dancing at Encore Dance Academy for 6 years and for 7 years at Studio Y. I specialize i...
  • I am so grateful to have been chosen as a Harlequin Floors Video Contest Judges' Choice Winner for July!  I have been dancing since I was three, and I currently study ballet and modern at Northern California Dance Conservatory (NCDC) in Roseville, California.  Journey's End ...
  • Thank you so much l for selcting me as your winner! This really means a lot! I have been technically trained for about 4 years now. I studied at Art In Motion Dance Studio in Champaign, Illinois. I study all types of dance including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and I've taken a ...
  • I'm 17 years old. I have been dancing since I was 2 and train and compete with Liz Ernst at Le Dance Studio in Overland Park, Kansas. I train in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. This solo was choreographed by Haley Kostas who is not only one of my instructors but also the art...
  • Thank you! I have been dancing since the age of two. I have studied ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and tap. I also have taken extra classes including African and also compete in shag and swing partner dance. I currently attend Coker College in the pursuit of my BFA in dance performance an...
  • Thanks to everyone at TheWorldDances.com. My name is Michelle Carter and I am both honored and humbled to be a judges' choice selection. I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. In addition to tap, I am trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and h...
  • I started dancing when I was 7, taking jazz classes. Two years later, I started ballet and never looked back. I currently study dance at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet in Los Angeles. Before, joining MDSB, I received my RAD certification for Intermediate level. I like Vaganova style because...
  • First I would like to thank the organization and everyone that voted for me. A little bit about myself is that I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and have always been intrigued by dancing. Growing up I was always watching YouTube and became amazed by dancers like Ian Eastwood, Brian Puspos...
  • Thank you for the Harlequin Floors Scholarship.  Last year after winning the scholarship, I attended Dance Master’s Student Honors Intensive Program (SHIP) in Buffalo, New York.  It was a fantastic experience learning many different combinations from some fabulous teachers.  ...
  • Thank you so much for the Harlequin floors Viewers’ Choice scholarship for May, 2015. The scholarship is very much appreciated and extremely helpful! Last year, when Makenna won the Viewers’ Choice scholarship in January 2014, she used the money toward a summer technique intensive at...
  • First, I would just to start off by giving a huge thank you for this scholarship opportunity! Dance has been a passion of mine for 16 years now and I plan to continue studying this great art form in college. I study dance at New World School of the arts and also at Dance Unlimited Miami. I am ver...
  • Thank you very much for the award!! I really appreciate the Judges choosing me for this scholarship. I started ballet when I was 3 years of age. I studied at Ballet Arte Academy in San Diego for 10 years, and am currently in the pre-professional 2 division of Miami City Ballet School.  I wou...
  • Thank you so much for this scholarship! I have been dancing for fifteen years. I study dance at New World School of the Arts and Artistic Soul Studios in Miami Florida. I primarily study ballet, contemporary, jazz and modern but my favorite style would be contemporary and modern dance. &nbs...
  • I’ve been dancing for about 10 years, since I was 3. I’m taking classes at two different places right now: DanceTech Performing Arts (a jazz studio) and also at Radford University for ballet. I study musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, and ballet. Ballet and musical th...
  • Dance is my life! Dance is my passion! Dance is a gift from above!  Dance was the only thing that I was introduced to at an early age.  At the age of 3, I started something that I didn’t even realize at such a young age would become a part of who I am today.  I started my fir...
  • Thank you so much for selecting my video.  I am very honored and grateful. I have been studying ballet seriously since I was 7 years old.  I began in our family's garage and my mom and dad (Stephanie Murrish and Daniil Gaifullin) have been my teachers my entire life.  I am now...
  • Thank you so much for this scholarship! I have been dancing for 10 years.  I study jazz, ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical and modern dance at Carmel Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA.)  Lyrical, jazz and ballet are my favorites.  I would like to acknowledge Tia, Laura, Sandra, Laurel, P...
  • I am honored to be chosen as the Judges' Choice scholarship recipient. I am currently a freshman at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. I love my school and I'm currently taking 3 hours of dance each day and also attend classes at my studio, Inmotion Performing Arts Center (IMPAC) 5 d...
  • I have been dancing since I was very little around 4 or 5 years old, but started getting more serious about it when I was 10.  I don't have a set studio where I study dance. But I go to the Monday Night Tap Experience in L.A. where every week there is a different teacher so it's a learning e...
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    Thank you so much! I have been choreographing and teaching for nine years now, since I was a senior in high school. I have been dancing since the age of three, graduated from our Senior Company at Chez Dance Studio, where I still work today, and went to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia,...
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    I am in attendance at The University of the Arts. A junior now :) Glory was made for a solo performance that I performed for A Black History Month Performance here in Philadelphia! This past year at The University of the Arts I have been surrounded by great teachers and peers! So much support! ...
  • I can't thank you enough for offering this opportunity.  I am so grateful and honored to win.  It has been wonderful to experience all the support and votes from my family, friends and community. I have been Irish Dancing since I was 7 years old, so for ten years with the Johns...
  • Thanks Harlequin Floors for this wonderful opportunity! I am 13 years old. I have been dancing for 10 years.  I study ballet at Laeral Dance Academy and am a part of the Missouri City Ballet in Texas. I study lyrical, jazz, and modern as well as ballet which is my favorite.  I attended...
  • I have been dancing since I was 3. I study dance at Barb's Centre for Dance and Makaroff School of Ballet  I study Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Lyrical. Contemporary dance is my passion. I would like to acknowledge Brittany Piech for her amazing choreography, J...
  • I started dancing at the age of 20 and have been trained in various styles, including contemporary, jazz, street jazz and hip hop. I've always had a fascination with choreography that fuses different types of dance, and for me,  I aim to blur the boundaries between styles to create...
  • I started dancing at the age of 10 and I'm turning 18 in two months, so about 8 years. I study at Peridance Capezio Center on 14th Street in Union Square and I also attend LaGuardia High school of Music & Art and Performing Arts (The Fame School.) I study ballet, modern, and contemporary dan...
  • Wow, thank you so much! I am so grateful.  It was so much fun filming the video! I've been dancing for about 4 years now. I study at All American Ballet School in Ventura, CA. I study Horton (modern), contemporary and broadway dance in addition to ballet. I love contemporary!  The mak...
  • I am so humbled and honored to receive this Harlequin Floor Scholarship. Thank You! My mom brought me to my first dance class when I was two years old.  If only she knew then what it would lead to.  Currently dancing at Xpress Yourself Dance Studio in Coral Springs, Florida, I have bee...
  • From Nya's mother: Nya is six years old and has been taking dance for four years. She is currently in her second year on the competitive dance team at the Academy of Dance in Brantford, Ontario. Although she enjoys all styles of dance, tap is her favourite. When asked why she dances, Nya replied,...
  • Thank you so much for the scholarship, it's truly an honor! I started creative movement at 3, but I started really training when I started at Body Language Dance Company when I was 8 almost 9 years old. I study ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, tap, and hip-hop.   My absolute f...
  • I have been dancing since I was three years old when I asked my parents to put me into dance class.  So this means I currently am working on my 14th year of study training in ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, lyrical. pointe, hip hop, acrobatics, and rhythmic gymnastics; contemp...
  • I would like to first thank Harlequin Floors for the privilege of being selected for their December Scholarship. It is an honor to be recognized and awarded for dancing -- a gift given by God which I truly enjoy.    I am 17 years old and have been pursuing dance since I was 3 years o...
  • The boys would like to start off by saying thank you to Harlequin Floors for giving them the opportunity to register their video and to thank all their family and friends who support them. JJ is nine and is in his third year of dance and second year of competitive dance. Taiden is eight and is in...
  • Thank you so much for this scholarship.  I'm so excited and honored to be recognized by Harlequin Floors and The World Dances.  I currently dance at The World of Dance Studio in Jacksonville, Florida and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.  I have been dancing since I wa...
  • What is Wild Maquina? Wild Maquina (www.wildmaquina.com) is a new tribe of award-winning and aspiring artists from diverse disciplines and global origins that collaborate on experimental fusion art projects that give homage to the human spirit. Our aim is to create just two spectacular projects...
  • I would like you to share that I have been dancing for 5 years and I do the styles of jazz, tap, clog, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, and contemporary. However my favorite is jazz. I dance because it is my passion and it makes me feel alive. Nothing can take the place of dance for me!  
  • I have been dancing since the age of 2, and competing since I was 5! I study dance at Dance Discovery in Brantford, Ontario, Canada and I do many different styles! I train in jazz, tap, ballet, acro, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, as well as a couple others. My teachers Carol An...
  • I am extremely honored to be selected for a second Harlequin Floor scholarship.  I am 13 years old and I am extremely fortunate to be training at The Dance Academy of North Jersey. We have a phenomenal faculty and guest instructors such as Jason Luks, Joelle Consentino,  Jaclyn Walsh, A...
  • I want to thank Harlequin Floors, theworlddances.com and everyone that voted for me. I have been dancing since I was a little kid. I have always done hip hop, but I started taking dance class my sophomore year of high school and all throughout high school. I learned line dancing, square dancing, ...
  • Meredith Clemons began studying ballet at age five in her hometown. Discovering modern in high school led her to decide to pursue dance with a performance concentration at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. At Muhlenberg, Meredith has experienced a great eye opening to the world of dance and sh...
  • I started dancing when I was 3 years old.  Over the past 13 years, I've come to know The Dance Place LTD in Waterford, MI as my second home.  The entire staff is beyond amazing!  I would like to recognize Stacey Manzanares and Jessica Manzanares, who’ve been there for me sinc...
  • I am currently 18 years old and I have been dancing since the age of 3 and haven’t stopped since. My dance journey began at a local dance studio, with ballet and continued to study classical ballet, jazz and flamenco there up until my freshman year of high school. When I entered my freshman...
  • I have been dancing since I was two years old, and over the past fourteen years I have grown as a dancer. I dance at Nolte Academy, a dance studio in Coralville, Iowa, and there I study ballet, pointe, contemporary ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop techniques. Contemporary is defini...
  • I have been dancing for 14 years. I've trained in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, acrobatics, and other styles. Ballet is my absolute favorite style of dance, as it is the foundation of all styles. I loved learning and rehearsing the Nikiya variation from La Bayadere, as I adore classical ballets...
  • I have been dancing for 10 years.I dance for Summit Dance Shoppe in Plymouth, MN. I would like to thank my Sister, Kendall Meuwissen, for choreographing a solo for me that highlights my strengths yet pushes me to grow. I would also like to thank all my teachers at SDS that work with me all year i...
  • My name is Lyric Anderson and I am currently a nineteen year old scholarship student training in the Alvin Ailey/ Fordham University Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. I have been dancing since I was the age of two, after my parents said that no matter what genre of music I heard I was always bo...
  • I have been dancing since I was 4. My inspiration has and always will be Michael Flatley.  When I was younger my parents would wonder what all the banging was coming from upstairs, but I was so good at pretending to be asleep they never knew it was me. Until one day I didn’t hear them ...
  • Thank you to Harlequin Floors and The World Dances for such an amazing opportunity. This piece was choreographed by Megan "Megz" Alfonso, who has been a mentor to me for the past few years.  I have been dancing for about 16 years. I am from Long Island, NY and currently train at Michelle Fer...
  • I am so grateful to have won the scholarship! I have been responsible for paying all my dance expenses since I was 15 - I come from a single parent home and I have a very talented younger sister who is a US junior Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics. Expenses for dance have become so muc...
  • Brittany White is 17 and studies ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, hip hop and pointe at University of South Florida. She has been dancing for 7 year.  Mandy Kimmel choreographed the piece in the winning video.  Brittany has competed in numerous dance competitions over the past 6 year...
  • Thank you TheWorldDances, Harlequin Floors and judges.  It is an honor for us to be selected as Judges’ Choice Winner for this month!. The dancers in this piece are Paul Martin (18) and Shannon Hartle (17). Paul has been dancing for many years at the Pointe Academy in West Des Moi...
  • Breanna has been dancing since age 3 and loves hip hop, jazz, tap and acro.  Her teacher is Ms. Kendell.  Breanna dances at Dotty McGill  School of Dance.  Thank you for giving her this opportunity!
  • The piece in my video was a solo I performed as an alumni piece for Artistic Soul Studios in Miami, Fl. My choreographic process usually begins by inspiration from the music I choose. I then play with different phrases and piece them together as I see fit with the music and sequencing of the piec...
  • Hi, I am Mary Scott Pourciau, a viewers’ choice winner of the June 2014 Harlequin Scholarship video contest! I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and I study dance at Baton Rouge Dance Connection. I have been dancing for eleven years and competing for eight. I absolutely love to dance, and I d...
  • The dancers are Adele Thurston and Bianca Brzezinski. Bianca Brzezinski is the artistic director, and Adele Thurston is the co-artistic director.  Opal Street Dance Improvisation Theater was founded in 2010 in San Francisco, CA.  We have currently finished our first feature film, '...
  • I would like to thank the judges so much for selecting my entry as judges’ choice for June.  It is a great honor. I have been dancing since I was three years old.  I train at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Lawrenceville, GA under Artistic Director Wade Wathall.  The majority of m...
  • Thanks so much for the selection. I'm excited to be chosen as one of the winners. I'm 14 years old and a dancer at IMPAC Youth Ensemble in Miami. First I like to thank my mom for submitting my video (she's my biggest fan) and my awesome teacher and choreographer of all my dances, Marie Louis...
  • Thank you for selecting my video as Judges’ Choice winner!  I study at Westlake School for the Performing Arts in Daly City, California. In addition to ballet, I study modern/contemporary/lyrical, jazz and tap. I have been dancing for 8 years. It has been a privilege to...
  • I am 12 and have studied dance at Crossroads Dance Academy in Slippery Rock, PA.  I used to go to a different studio called DMD, as well.  We moved at the end of 2013 and have been looking for a dance studio in the area so I can continue to dance. I study ballet, cecchetti, tap, jazz, a...
  • WOW, I was so excited to read that I am the .... "first dancer to have won two Harlequin Floor Monthly Video Scholarships"!  HOW COOL IS THAT?! Please pass on my many thanks to the panel of judges! I really appreciate their recognition.  My next goal is to be featured as a dance magazin...
  • I would like to thank Gabriel Capote for filming my winning video, Brandy Niccolai my jazz instructor and Harlequin Floors for this opportunity.  I learned dancing at an early age, first inspired by Michael Jackson.  The inspiration to create comes from my own mind and to do it visually...
  • Thank you!  I am so excited!  I study ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and tap at 1852 Dance in Lexington plus take private instruction from Tori Barrentine.  We usually attend 3-4 regional competitions each year.  This year I competed with a jazz solo and the contemporary solo ...
  • Thank you so much!! The whole team is very excited to have won our second Harlequin Floors Scholarship! The team has been very busy since November! We competed in two competitions: The UDance Fest in Minneapolis, MN at the beginning of March and the Iowa Dancesport Classic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa a...
  • Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in your contest.  Emma is 14 years old and has been dancing the past 9 years, with the last 6 being competitively.  She takes classes in many disciplines of dance including: tap, Cecchetti, modern, jazz, pointe, lyrical, acrobatics an...
  • Thank you so much! I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen by your judges. I currently dance at Ballet East in West Palm Beach, FL. I have danced 10 years doing various styles ranging from ballet to acrobatics. These past couple years I have become serious in two styles of dance: ...
  • Thank you so much! I have been doing ballet for thirteen years with some contemporary work in the past five years. I have recently become a trainee at the city ballet of San Diego and am going to Boston Ballet for the summer.  I am hoping to become a trainee or attend their year round progra...
  • Thank you so much for selecting my video.  I started dancing at the early age of two.  Currently I am dancing with Ballet Clasico Alina Abreu.  I have been trained in ballet, especially in Cuban technique.  I have had the opportunity to be coached for many years by Alina Abreu...
  • I am a 17 year old high school senior.  I started dancing at Karen’s School of Dance (KSD) in Highland, Michigan when I was 2 ½ years old, which was when I was out of diapers!  I love to dance!  I study all forms of dance, beginning, of course, with ballet, as well as ...
  • Dancing has been my passion ever since I was a little girl. I used to dance in front of my grandma as a little girl and my parents encouraged me to pursue it as a hobby. When I grew up and entered high school, that's when I realized dancing was more than just a hobby. Over the last four years, I'...
  • Jaylen De’Angelo Clay is a 19-year-old growing choreographer, dancer, artist and native of Mableton, Georgia. He has been dancing since age three or as his mother would say "My boy has been dancing since he was in the womb." Since then Jaylen has been technically training in several ge...
  • I am currently studying at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet where I study ballet and modern. I was taught the variation (in my video) during class and then performed it at an event for my school. The variation is very tiring but, extremely rewarding. It is the quirkiest and funniest variation I ...
  • Makenna would like to thank Harlequin Floors very much for the $250 scholarship! She plans to use it for a summer dance intensive. Last summer, she attended a junior intensive at the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. We are currently active in the process of evaluating her choices in the Pittsburgh area f...
  • I have been dancing since I was four years old. In my video I am preparing the La Esmeralda variation for the Youth America Grand Prix. Last year I attended both the YAGP in Tampa and ADC in Orlando/Daytona. This year I have participated in the YAGP in Tampa and plan on attending more later&...
  • I have been dancing for 14 years. I started out doing gymnastics, and eventually became a nationally competitive gymnast with USA Gymnastics. However, I realized that I had a greater passion for dance, so I decided to pursue it as a career.  My first studio was actually Claire's moms' studio...
  • Adrian and I feel so much gratitude in receiving this scholarship.  Thank you for your support and recognition. Both of us have had adventurous dance upbringings, and the next step of our education continues in that spirit. Through the 2013 Daytona Beach Summer Intensive, Adrian and I had th...
  • Thank you so much for this scholarship! I am so excited to receive it. I study at Lowe Dance Studio in Voorhees, New Jersey and I have been dancing there since I was 5. Along with ballet, I study Pointe, jazz, tap, modern, and lyrical. (But ballet and Pointe are my favorites!) I am a member of th...
  • Since 2009 my main training has been with Westside Dance Project, a pre-professional contemporary company, under the direction of Jessie Riley. I have been a student at Orange County School of the Arts since my freshman year. I am currently a junior and participate in the commercial dance conserv...
  • Thank you so much for this opportunity and award!  I am 16 years old.  I have been dancing since I was 2 years old.  Currently, I study at the Ballet Academy of Texas where I am a company member of the Ballet Ensemble of Texas. The Ballet Academy’s focus is on classical ball...
  • I grew up dancing in a small studio in New Hampshire (New England School of Dance—NESD).  I began dancing at age three and am currently exploring college dance programs to pursue my dreams of becoming a professional dancer.  I study ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, musical thea...
  • Justin De Bernardi is one of North America's newest and upcoming choreographers. A recent graduate from the Performance Dance program at Ryerson University and recipient of the Theatre Dance Award, De Bernardi is an independent dance artist currently residing in Toronto, ON.  He has had the ...
  • I am 15 years old, a 10th grade honor student in Colleyville, Texas, and have been training under the direction of Marina Almayeva since I was nine. During my six years of ballet training, I have enjoyed competing in the annual performances at Youth America Grand Pri...
  • Thanks so much! The whole team is super excited about winning! Derek and I started dancing together when the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Competitive Ballroom Team was created in October of 2012.  Between October and February we worked really hard to learn the 6 American dances – ...
  • I am so thrilled to have been chosen for the Harlequin Floors Scholarship Judge’s Choice Award. Thank you.  I’m very honored. I am 12 years old and I have been dancing since I have been 4. I study tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical, ballet, pointe, musical theater and hip h...
  • Hi, I am Jessica Kinnaman, age 14 from Charles Town, WV.  I began dancing at the age of four, but started taking ballet seriously at the age 10.  I am currently a student in the Professional Training Program at the Akhmedova Ballet Academy (ABA) and dedicate five days per week trai...
  • Thank you again for this wonderful scholarship! The piece in the video is from the 2011 NU Dance Festival, held in one of my favorite theaters in NYC.  Riverside Church is host to this wonderful festival highlighting emerging choreographers from diverse backgrounds. The piece was a part...
  • I have been dancing for 14 years at Temecula Dance Company in Temecula California. I also have the privilege of having some amazing teachers including, Jimmy Peters, Erik Saradpon, and Kym DeLos Reyes. My dance training consist of ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, and for the past two yea...
  • My name is Tara Lynne Schiphof.  I have been dancing since I was two years old, although my mother says I was dancing before I was even born.  Dance comes naturally to me, and it helps balance my life. Furthermore, dance helps to keep me focused on my goals and motivates me to do well s...
  • I was 13 when the "Tightrope" video was shot, but I am 15 now and have been dancing since I was 3 years old at Dance Co (danceco.com), which is run by director Marlowe Windsor in Vancouver, BC. I started dancing competitively when I was 7, not just in tap, but in ballet and jazz too. Over the yea...
  • Thank you so much for selecting my video for Judges’ Choice!  I feel very honored! My name is Peyton Manfre and I am 13 years old. I have been dancing since I was three years old. When I was eleven, I went to Kirov Academy for a year on partial scholarship.  I am now training in b...
  • I am 15 years old and have been dancing since I was 5. When I was 7, I started studying exclusively ballet until just a few years ago when I added contemporary classes to my dance studies.  I have been a student of Master Ballet Academy in Phoenix, AZ since it opened in 2007.  The owner...
  • My name is Shash Nayak. Dixi is one of my friends who I've known since I was little. She was actually the person singing in the video. I was just wanting to dance to her song to show her that I thought her song was awesome. I've been dancing since 7th grade, but usually just with friends. I ...
  • Thank you so much for selecting me to be the August video contest winner! I am so honored and deeply humbled by the Judges' Choice Award! I'm grateful that the judge's took the time to view my video and select me as one of their winners! ­­­­­­­­­­­&...
  • I have been dancing 10 years.  In addition to tap, I take jazz, contemporary, ballet and lyrical.  My dance studio is located in Brewster, NY (about an hour from New York City.)  My studio owner brings in teachers from all over to give us a wide variety of instruction in all discip...
  • Thank you so much for this scholarship! I am so incredibly honored and grateful. Wow!! I am beyond honored and so incredibly grateful to receive this scholarship. I will be a senior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. I have been dancing for 15 years now. I hav...
  • Thank you TheWorldDances, Harlequin Floors and judges. It is an honor to be selected as Judges’ Choice Winner.  I began dancing when I was 6 years old and have been dancing for 10 years.  I study ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop and contemporary dance.  I enjoy contemporar...
  • Thank you so much. I am thrilled to have been chosen as this month's viewers’ choice winner. I am a recent graduate from Montclair State University and I created this piece for our department's most recent student choreographed showcase entitled "Dance Collage". "Cretace...
  • Thank you so much!  It is such an honor to receive this scholarship!  I am 15 years old and I have been dancing for a total of 13 years.  I study many types of dance including lyrical, contemporary, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and acro at Seven Star School of Performing Art...
  • Thank you, judges, for choosing me as one of the Harlequin Floor Scholarship winners. My name is Rachel Michienzi and I am 17 years old. I have been dancing since the age of 2 at North Andover School of Dance in Massachusetts. Deborah Lamontagne is the director of the studio and was one of my fi...
  • Thank you so much. I am honored to receive this award. My name is Madi Hicks.  I am 17 years old. I have been dancing for 15 years. I will be a senior at my performing arts high school in Dallas Texas this year. I compete at some competitions like Move with my studio --  Dance Industry ...
  • I've been dancing at the Ballet Academy of Texas for 13 years now -- since I was 3. Lisa Slagle is the director of the school and our main ballet instructor. She's been teaching me since I was 3 and has taught me everything I know.  Jenny Johnston has been another one of my ballet instr...
  • We are honored to have won this month's contest! The team is absolutely ecstatic! Texas Nach Baliye was founded in 2008 by a group of students (led by the one and only Kovid Gupta!) who aimed to create a co-ed Bollywood team that would represent the University of Texas across nationwide danc...
  • I have been dancing for 14 years. I choreographed the piece in the winning video. It was the first piece I ever choreographed. This solo won 5th place at the St. Charles Classic Poms competition in January 2013. I study Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, and Jazz. I love the style called "j...
  • I started dancing in 2008 in college as an outlet to escape the bullying I was coming into.  The bully's took down my confidence and I used dance to raise it back up.  I noticed the bullying decreased over time as I got better at dancing and it eventually vanished. I am a self taught da...
  • PantheRass – April 2013 Viewers’ Choice Winner PantheRaas is the University of Pittsburgh's premier Garba/Raas team. Garba and Raas are two similar Indian dance styles that originated in the state of Gujarat. It has modernized and evolved into the high-energy and colorful style that ...
  • Ani Mayo – April 2013 Judges’ Choice Winner Thank you so much for this opportunity!  I am a senior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas Texas. I have been Tap dancing since I was 3 and regularly take classes in styles such as balle , ...
  • Sarah LaPointe – April Judges’ Choice Winning Video I am very humbled that my video was selected as the Judges’ Choice winner of the Harlequin Scholarship video contact for April 2013!   Thank you!!! How long have you been dancing? Dancing has been a huge part of my...
  • Alexis Amos – Viewers’ Choice Winner April 2013 I have been dancing for 6 years. I started late at the age of 15 years old. The choreographer of the dance in my video is Leah Twilley. I met Leah at The Ballet Studio in Milton, LA when I first started dancing. She is an amazing choreo...
  • I am so excited for my selection for the Judge’s Choice Award for my contemporary solo; it means so much to me that my hard efforts were recognized! I have been dancing since I was 2 ½ yrs. old and I am 13 now. My teacher and Artistic Director, Ms. Chelsea Nasby choreographed this pi...
  • In his own words:  Justin Bass – Judges’ Choice winner March 2013 "I started dancing at hip hop since I was very little but started my technical training in ballet and modern at the age of 17. I am currently using the video for company audition submissions and other scholarships...
  • "I have been dancing since I was 3, so 15 years. My dance was choreographed by the owner of my dance studio, Ms. Vicki Smith I study ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and tap, both broadway and rhythm tap.  My favorites are jazz and tap. I plan to go to college in the fall to study to be ...
  • Meet Dominic Grand, Viewers’ Choice winner in March 2013 with 203 votes!   Dominic tells TheWorldDances.com – "I have been dancing for almost 3 years now. The other two dancers in my "Choreographyday" video are two of my very close friends that I taught and asked to be in i...
  • Michelle gives The World Dances a glimpse into her dancing life: "Thank you for selecting my video for a scholarship.  That is very exciting!  I am the second oldest of 8 kids (6 are girls and they all dance) so this is very helpful. I have been dancing since I was 2 years old.&n...
  • Meet the dancers from Paula Terenzi’s Dance Complex in Malden, Massachusetts.  They range in age from 8 to 22 years! “Good Morning” was choreographed by Miss Paula.  The routine was choreographed specifically for their competition team.  In addition to being great...
  • "I have been dancing for about 17 years, starting at the age of 3 at the Maui Academy of Performing Arts.  I am currently a senior at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where I am getting my BFA in dance and a minor in web programming and applications.  I chose to study danc...