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Fire Island Dance Festival Sets a New Fundraising Record

November 30, 2015 by

For its 21st annual gathering in July, the Fire Island Dance Festival raised a record-breaking $544,555 for Dancers Responding to AIDS. Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founder Desmond Richardson hosted the festival this year, which included world … Continue reading

These Skaters Take Synchronization to New Heights

November 25, 2015 by

Still in a tryptophan haze? Need some motivation to make it from the couch back to the studio? You need to watch these synchronized skaters. These 16 skaters (15 ladies and one guy), competing in … Continue reading

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What Dancers Can Learn from CrossFit

November 1, 2015 by

How to use weight lifting to complement your training
Steph Lee, a dancer with Renegade Performance Group in New York City, spent more than 10 years of her dance career fighting recurring injuries. It wasn’t until … Continue reading

The Russians Are Coming

November 1, 2015 by

We have a history of fascination with Russian dancers here in the U.S. It started for me with the glamour and Cold War intrigue of Nureyev (1961) and Baryshnikov (1974) defecting to the West. And … Continue reading

Ray Hesselink

November 1, 2015 by

Music for tap

Ray Hesselink is a huge fan of Hollywood’s MGM movie musicals. Their influence shows in his tap dancing. “My all-time idols are Eleanor Powell and Ann Miller. Those broads can turn,” he says. … Continue reading

A Conversation with Choreographer Megan Lawson

November 1, 2015 by

Four years after the fact, Megan Lawson still sounds a little incredulous when she explains how Madonna discovered her: on YouTube. “My friend and I made up a little combination to [Rihanna’s] ‘Skin,’ and that … Continue reading