"World Ballet Day returns Thursday 29 October 2020. The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Opera House unite once again with guest companies from all over the world to go LIVE on Facebook and YouTube.Join us to go behind the scenes in the studios, meet the dancers and see how even in these challenging times, we're looking forward to … Continue reading It’s World Ballet Day!
Archival aesthetics I came across on YouTube today and I wanted to share. This clip was taken from a longer film and features Gilda Gray. https://youtu.be/AgE2_AAcVYk
Take the words as dancers and direct them into their placement along a track of sound. Are you a subtitles person, or do you go for the dubbing? I won't try to sell you on subbing if it's not your preference, but I do want to illuminate the importance of options when it comes to … Continue reading Choreography of Words in Motion | Digital Skills for Dance Accessibility
In this Ballet Evolved discussion from the Royal Opera House, Former Ballet Mistress Ursula Hageli shares how dancing en pointe has evolved over time. This discussion includes demonstrations by dancers Gemma Pitchley-Gale and Fumi Kaneko. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=510WnZQUgac
"Dance is a language, and social dance is an expression that emerges from a community"Camille A. Brown In this Ted-Ed video, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown talks about the history of African-American social dance, communities, and connection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpCBMwAweDI&feature=youtu.be
One of my favorite ways to start the day is by launching my local Classical Music Radio Station and feeling myself into an ecstatic morning dance. Today my joy popped at this piece by Valerie Coleman, called "Umoja", a Swahili word meaning "unity". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23Yx9gWHh0E Imani Winds performs Valerie Coleman's "Umoja"
There are two petitions going around to demand that two big dance-wear companies, Bloch and Capezio to offer more inclusive color options for their products. Since the petitions went live, Bloch has already announced it will be offering more more shades in fall! Bloch is joining Freed as one of the only big companies to … Continue reading Petitioning for More Inclusive Dance Product Options, and Where to find Them Now!
Theatre spaces are reopening, but this time it is not for a production. The Open Your Lobby movement is a call for theatre spaces that have been closed down recently to reopen as a safe place for protesters. Check out some of the theaters that have been joining: In support of #BlackLivesMatter and the many protesters nationwide … Continue reading Open Your Lobby! Theaters Reopen to Provide a Safe Place for Protesters
Dancer Adie San Diego shared this message for dancers on their Instagram profile: "It is just as important to know about black dance pioneers like Master Juba, Josephine Baker, and Pearl Primus as much as we are taught to know famed white artists like Agnes de Mille, Bob Fosse, and Jerome Robbins. It was only … Continue reading A Letter to Dancers from Adie San Diego
The Katherine Dunham Dance Company was the first black modern-dance company in North America. In this video, Dancer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham describes the historical moment in 1944 when her dance company was asked to perform for a segregated audience in a Lexington, Kentucky theatre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_h0PBtv5-c&feature=youtu.be "Katherine Dunham (June 22, 1909 -- May 21, 2006) … Continue reading Katherine Dunham on Overcoming 1940’s Racism (Jacob’s Pillow Dance)