It’s one small step for the Emmys, one grand jeté for the commercial dance world: This year, for the first time ever, the Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography will be presented as part of the event’s live broadcast. Furthermore, the eight nominated choreographers have been invited to create the evening’s main dance number, featuring TV’s best host ever, Neil Patrick Harris. (Seriously. Remember the Tonys?) This means Derek Hough, Allison Holker, Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, Travis Wall, Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo and Broadway’s Warren Carlyle (who choreographed Carousel for PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center) have been working together on one epic showstopper. According to TV Guide, the artists have attempted to meet once a week, convening other times by Skype and working alone on their individual sections. Tayeh also mentions “thousands of dancers” will be onstage for the performance. Whether that’s an exaggeration or not, we’ll have to wait to find out.
Are we in the midst of a new golden age for dance on camera? Signs point to yes, and Holker agrees. “The dance world has taken off and grown,” she says. “Just like it used to be in the Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse time. I feel like that is our time now.”
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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.