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Balasaraswati

August 30, 2012 by

Closing the gap between East and West
Bollywood is busting out all over. From the Academy Award–winning film Slumdog Millionaire and swirling-armed flash mobs populating Times Square to ankle-bell-clad couples stamping on TV shows including “So … Continue reading

Red Hot

December 19, 2011 by

The inspiring drive of “Glee” choreographer Brooke Lipton

Brooke Lipton has packed a lot of dance into her 32 years. The driven redhead scored her first gig when she was 12—a pediatric AIDS benefit headlined by … Continue reading

Dynamic Debbie Allen

August 23, 2011 by

Changing lives in the studio and on the stage
Watching Debbie Allen rehearse Twist—An American Musical, which had its West Coast premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in June, is like observing a highly skilled surgeon at … Continue reading

Brian Friedman

November 23, 2010 by

 
“Dance was my life–even before I was a dancer. My training started from osmosis. When I was 7 years old I would watch my mother teach at Scottsdale Community College and I knew what was … Continue reading

History Quiz: Busby Berkeley

June 30, 2010 by

Click here to download a copy for your students.
1. Busby Berkeley famously turned hundreds of dancing showgirls with whimsical props into _____ _____ _____, making cinematic history during the Great Depression.
2. Berkeley was more concerned … Continue reading

Busby Berkeley

January 15, 2010 by

Dozens of beautiful chorus girls strumming neon-lighted violins and twirling in double-tiered translucent Chinese silk hoop skirts slink around an enormous curving staircase. An overhead camera captures the constantly moving silver-wigged chorines in concentric circles … Continue reading