Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, of the United Kingdom, has named Wayne McGregor professor of choreography. McGregor, who founded his company Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in 1992, originally joined the school's staff in 2013 as part of a partnership between his company and the conservatory for the purpose of developing new work.
Rochelle Zide-Booth will receive the CORPS de Ballet International's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The former Joffrey Ballet principal and artistic director of the New Zealand School of Dance will be honored during the organization's 16th annual conference, held this year in Pittsburgh, June 17–20. CORPS was created to provide ballet teachers in higher education with a supportive community.
Photos from top: by Nick Mead, courtesy of Trinity Laban; courtesy of CORPS
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This Sunday, master ballet teacher Finis Jhung turns 80. After a career as a soloist for both San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey and a principal for Harkness Ballet, Jhung carved out a unique place for himself as a ballet teacher in New York City. He's coached the boys of Billy Elliot: The Musical, developed a popular video and DVD how-to series and STILL teaches seven classes a week at the Ailey Extension. He's graced the pages of this magazine to offer his time-honored wisdom again and again, and he's currently working on a memoir. (We can't wait to read it.) Happy birthday, Finis!
Since 1989, tap dancers have been celebrating National Tap Dance Day (NTDD) on and around May 25, the birthday of tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. This year, prime events are happening in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.
When you think of a major basketball team's dancers or cheerleaders, you probably picture the Laker Girls—scantily clad, with shiny curls cascading down their backs. You definitely don't picture a group of 15 40-years-old-and-up "seniors," mean-mugging and ripping off breakaway pants. But the New York Liberty's Timeless Torches do exactly that, and they routinely bring down the house during halftime at the WNBA games where they perform.
The exhibit Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972 is filled with exhibits, performances and conferences honoring the three postmodern dance living legends.