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Articles by Michelle Vellucci

Face to Face: Chase Brock

August 31, 2011 by

Swooping in to save Spider-Man
Brought in as part of the creative team tasked with overhauling Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, 27-year-old choreographer Chase Brock had his work cut out for him. The cast, besieged by … Continue reading

News: In Memoriam

October 1, 2010 by

Denise Jefferson, who led The Ailey School to international renown during her 26-year tenure as director, died July 17 after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 65.
 
Alvin Ailey himself appointed Jefferson to the post … Continue reading

News: Encouraging Results

September 1, 2010 by

When Leonid and Adriana Kozlov founded the Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey six years ago, their goal was to foster artistry, not anxiety.
 
In keeping with this spirit of encouragement, every dancer receives a certificate … Continue reading

News: Dance Stays Strong

June 8, 2010 by

Members of the dance education community have chosen to treat the recession the way they would a tricky piece of choreography: as an opportunity for creative problem solving. “I think it’s important to look at … Continue reading

Face to Face: Karole Armitage

May 5, 2010 by

Almost 30 years ago, Karole Armitage burst onto the dance scene with a brash new choreographic style that combined classical ballet technique with a punk-rock sensibility. In 1986, Vanity Fair fittingly dubbed her the “punk … Continue reading

Watch and Learn

May 1, 2010 by

As a professional dancer and choreographer, Patricia Dye often videotaped her pieces to judge what worked. Now a dance teacher at Science Skills Center High School in Brooklyn, New York, she has found video as … Continue reading