Tag: Dancing

Sean Spicer Ousted From ‘Dancing With the Stars’

He tried to dance. He wore a floofy neon top. And for eight weeks, Sean Spicer withstood the mockery on social media and the icy commentary from unimpressed judges on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Finally, on Monday, not even President Trump’s support could save Mr. Spicer. The former White House press secretary was eliminated […]

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Retiring From Ballet Theater, a Dancer Gets What She Needs

Why do some dancers rise in a ballet company while others become stuck? At American Ballet Theater, Melanie Hamrick seemed to be on the path to becoming a leading ballerina. A gracious, willowy dancer, Ms. Hamrick’s combination of line, warmth and a rare kind of transcendent beauty — it always reminded me of Julie Kent, […]

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Herman Cornejo: A Ballet Hero’s Milestone

ImageCreditJody Rogac for The New York Times “Yo, Herman,” Twyla Tharp calls out across a large, crowded studio. Rehearsal is about to begin, and dancers are milling around, chatting and stretching. But not Herman Cornejo. He’s in a corner, sketching out small movements as he runs through a sequence of steps in his mind. Seeing […]

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Alicia Alonso, Star of Cuba’s National Ballet, Dies at 98

Alicia Alonso, who overcame near-blindness to become a charismatic ballerina of unusual range and power, and who helped found what became, with Fidel Castro’s support, the National Ballet of Cuba, died on Thursday in Havana. She was 98. The National Ballet announced her death. The Cuban-born Ms. Alonso, who continued to dance into her 70s, […]

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At New York City Ballet, the Good, the Bad and the Ruby

Didn’t New York City Ballet’s fall season, which ended Sunday, feel like a whirlwind? As the company passes the baton over to American Ballet Theater — the David H. Koch Theater is home to both companies this fall — it’s a good time to take stock of what left an imprint. The happiest sight was […]

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Tossing and Catching Rhythms on Stages and City Streets

One day about 10 years ago, the dancer Jermone Donte Beacham received a message from a stranger on YouTube. He ignored it, but the stranger kept trying to contact him. Finally he decided to write back. The stranger (now friend) was the choreographer Jumatatu M. Poe, who had come across videos of Mr. Beacham performing […]

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An 18th-Century Opera, Supercharged for Our Time

PARIS — The play that became Verdi’s “La Traviata” was, its composer wrote in 1853, “un soggetto dell’epoca”: a story of our times. He bristled when censors insisted that the setting of the opera, with its inflammatory tale of a high-end prostitute’s death from tuberculosis, be shifted from the present day to a less threatening […]

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‘For Colored Girls’ Is a Choreopoem. What’s a Choreopoem?

“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” is not a play. Or that’s not what the breakthrough work was called by its author, Ntozake Shange. Her word was “choreopoem,” and any production of “For Colored Girls,” like the major revival now in previews at the Public Theater, has to figure out […]

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‘A Caricature of the Patriarchy’: Argentine Feminists Remake Tango

BUENOS AIRES — Liliana Furió’s ruby red flat shoes glided across the dance floor in swift, assured moves, making her baggy pants sway gently. She and a lean young Russian man were rapture personified, clasped in a tight embrace as they circled counterclockwise with a few other pairs in perfect synchrony. But it was hard […]

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The Hippest Trip in New York? It’s Soul Train Utica. Hop On.

ImageKhalela Campbell, left, and Lakeshia Weatherspoon were two of the 250 Soul Train Utica passengers this year. “Soul Train,” the dance party that ran on television from 1971 to 2006, billed itself as the “hippest trip in America,” and on a good Saturday, it lived up to the billing. It changed the way America danced, […]

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Kyle Abraham Wants You to See Another Side of Misty Copeland

The choreographer Kyle Abraham is a Misty Copeland fan. One of his favorite fan memories is of a Prince concert where Ms. Copeland appeared as a surprise guest artist. This was before she was a superstar — before 2015, when she made the cover of Time magazine and became the first black woman promoted to […]

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Living Where You Can Walk to Work

Megan Doyle has been teaching dance at the 92nd Street Y — the renowned cultural and community center on the Upper East Side — for nearly 10 years, and in that time she has lived in five different homes across three boroughs. She started as a tap dance teacher in 2010 with one Saturday morning […]

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When the Choreographer Won’t Fly, the Dancers Rehearse by Skype

PARIS — “Can you see me? Can you hear me?” It was 6 p.m. in Paris and midday in New York, and Jérôme Bel was peering intently at the computer screen on his kitchen table. The dancer Catherine Gallant suddenly appeared in the Skype window. “We’re on Governors Island. Shall I show you the view?” […]

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Keke Palmer Breaks Out Her Hip-Hop Dance Moves

“Whenever I dance, I’m always thinking about attitude,” said Keke Palmer, the newly announced host of the third hour of “Good Morning America” and a star of the movie “Hustlers.” “I’m always thinking about being confident.” On a foggy morning in late summer, Ms. Palmer, wearing an oversize gray T-shirt and black bike shorts, was […]

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