American Dance: PastDance/FutureDance

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There has always been an important distinction between major ballet companies and major modern dance companies in America. The ballet companies that have survived for decades have done so as repertory companies. Even Balanchine—who was likely the most prolific choreographer in history—brought in other choreographers to create work or stage historical pieces on his dancers. […]

Higher Ed

USC, NYU & NewDanceMoves

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Yesterday, University of Southern California announced the faculty roster for the new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. We’ve known for sometime that the school had already managed a major coup when they hired legendary choreographer William Forsythe. Now, six other powerhouse dance artists have signed on either as full-time faculty or as artists-in-residence, including Patrick […]


Ballet’s Think Tank (Finally)

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As I said in my book, dance is at once a private and public act. While the “public” component of that statement may seem self-evident, most Americans don’t consider the extent to which that’s true beyond presentation/performance. Few move into deeper considerations of the inherent importance of concert dance in the history of western culture—that’s […]