Our October cover star Abby Lee Miller premieres her latest reality TV gig tonight on Lifetime: Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.
Along with the controversial Abby Lee herself, judges Robin Antin and Richard Jackson will watch 12 young dancers (ages 6–13) as they compete, So You Think You Can Dance–style, for the contest's top spot. The twist? Dancers' mothers will be on hand, making calls on costuming, music and more. (Apparenty TV audiences love witnessing dance teachers' worst nightmares!)
Despite the mayhem that's certain to ensue, one lucky dancer will win an enviable prize at the end of it all: $100,000 plus a scholarship to the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. The school's executive director, Christopher D'Addario, says, "The Joffrey Ballet School is thrilled to be a part of a high-profile reality series focused on the art of dance. We look forward to training the winner at our world-class facilities and furthering the technique of an extremely talented dancer."
Best of luck to the season's competitors! We hope your moms manage to keep their cool!
As the director of dance at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Belmont, Massachusetts, Istvan Cserven organizes the biannual student showcases, prepares dancers for competition and trains new instructors. On top of all that, he teaches the upper-level technique classes. A former ballroom champion in Hungary, he is well-acquainted with both rhythm and smooth ballroom-dance styles.
In an event inspired by the words of President John F. Kennedy, The Washington Ballet will perform the world premier of WHO WHEN WHY this Saturday, June 24, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard.
After having spent a lifetime looking at ourselves in the mirror, constantly appraising, who of us wouldn't want to take a dance class in the dark? Two Australian dance students, Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett, had the same thought in 2009 when they founded No Lights No Lycra, a global dance community that offers dancers and nondancers alike the chance to get their groove on in a dark space, where there's no light, no Lycra, no technique, no teacher and no steps to learn. It's just a place to lose yourself in the music and find your own dance mojo. The event became so popular that it spread past its Melbourne beginnings, first throughout Australia and now, globally.
Four incredible educators: Joanne Chapman, Claudio Muñoz, Pamela VanGilder and Kathleen Isaac foster their students' love of dance, whether instilling artistry, offering rigorous training or giving special needs students an outlet through movement.
When Jennie Somogyi retired from New York City Ballet, she found herself in high demand as a teacher. Parents called, texted and persisted. "I don't even know how some of them got my contact information," she says with a laugh. But Somogyi, who departed from NYCB in 2015 after a 22-year career, hadn't made any definitive plans for the next stage of her life. "I just like to see how things move me," she says. She discovered, though, that she enjoyed the process of giving private lessons and seeing the rapid progress students could make. Over time, she realized that teaching was something she wanted rather than needed.