Spirits were high and contemporary was king at Peridance’s Winter 2014 Faculty Showcase on Sunday. Despite an ambitious program—12 pieces—and a sizeable crowd, the show ran smoothly and quickly, clocking in at two hours. With this showcase, Peridance has created a chance to drum up interest in its diverse faculty, as students often get to participate in these works—sometimes alongside the faculty choreographers.
My favorites from the evening include Grant Chang’s sassy, tongue-in-cheek Miss AMERICAN’T, Marlena Wolfe’s Irish step dancing-influenced Kyte and Breton Tyner-Bryan’s well-dressed (and heeled) SELF. Though I find that contemporary dance is often prone to overly dramatic gestures and yearning faces, the dancers were enjoying themselves far too much last night to be anything but entertaining—I found myself with renewed interest in getting to dance class, myself.
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You know how some people lust over the interiors of beautiful homes? Scandinavian aesthetics, marble countertops, chrome appliances? That's how I feel when I look at images of gorgeous dance studios. And I'm willing to bet you feel the same—which is why I've been drooling over photos of the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.
I recently watched your YouTube video on exercises for the intrinsic muscles of the feet. I have a question about the doming exercise. When doing the movement, I find it impossible to keep my toes long. The same is true for when I point my feet. I have a hard time lengthening my toes, and I feel a limited range of motion in the front of my ankle. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
Starting this Saturday, the Children's Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side will have an interactive dance exhibit called "Let's Dance!" Basically every facet of dance is featured in the exhibit: kids can explore lighting design with a special child-friendly lighting box; choreograph with the use of props, signs and costumes; create accompaniment with percussion instruments; manipulate posable figures; see incredible dance photography and video; and, best of all, interact with the dance portal, where they can watch, learn and interact with professional and student dance companies like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dancing Classrooms, Mark Morris Dance Group and Martha Graham Dance Company. Whew. That's a LOT of great stuff.