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Rachel Rizzuto graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BFA in Dance and a BA in English. New York is a far cry from her upbringing in Chalmette, Louisiana, but she is currently a very happy dancer with Mari Meade Dance Collective and takes class at Mark Morris Dance Center. Rachel edits DT Notes, Face to Face, Business, History, Higher Ed and the bi-weekly e-newsletter. Contact her at: rrizzuto@dancemedia.com

#Trending: Dancewear Makers Are Changing the Game for Dancers of Color

May 24, 2016 by

So this is cool: The dance apparel company Mahogany Blues has joined the ranks of other dancewear manufacturers in creating a range of skin-colored leotards for dancers of color.
The leotards come in three styles—halter, camisole and short … Continue reading

#FBF: Celebrate Josephine Baker, Beyoncé of the Jazz Age

May 20, 2016 by
And before Bob Mackie's costumes, there were Jojo's outfits.

PEOPLE. We made it. It’s finally Friday. (More like Fri-YAY, amirite?) We have a special #FlashBackFriday for you today: The NAACP named today, May 20, Josephine Baker Day.
Before Marilyn, before Madonna, before Beyoncé, there was Josephine Baker, the international … Continue reading

#WayBackWednesday POP QUIZ: Test Your Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Smarts

May 18, 2016 by

Today we present a special #WayBackWednesday, honoring legendary hoofer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

See What Dance’s Heartthrob Gentleman, Al Blackstone, Is Up to Next

May 16, 2016 by
Al Blackstone, choreographer-charmer. Photo by Leiana Henderson, courtesy of Broadway Dance Center.

Remember Al Blackstone, that exceedingly charming dancemaker? He has a new show coming up in June, benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS.

Pirouette Superstar Sophia Lucia Wows at YAGP Finals

May 12, 2016 by
Sophia Lucia wins 1st place at YAGP San Diego regionals

If you’ve seen First Position, you know just how important the Youth America Grand Prix can be to a dancer’s future. So congrats to Sophia Lucia!

Mia Michaels + Rockettes = NYC Magic

May 10, 2016 by
Mia Michaels + Rockettes = NYC Magic

First she won our hearts on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and now she’s bringing her go-for-broke choreography to the Rockettes. Dance Teacher Summit faculty member Mia Michaels (DT, November 2006) is choreographing and … Continue reading