For Ruth Andrien, accepting the role of rehearsal director for Taylor 2 was a homecoming. Andrien danced with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1974 to 1983 and has restaged his work at companies and universities around the world. After receiving an MFA in dance at Hollins University in 2007, she is thrilled to be back. “It was a wonderful surprise to be offered this position,” she says. “Paul is really pulling people back into the company who are devoted to his work. He truly values the family that he’s created.”
Andrien will tour the country with Taylor 2, including a residency at Adelphi University through November 7, and she will work with them to revive some of Taylor’s classic works, such as Funny Papers, Profiles, Roses Duet and Lento Duet. “Having danced these dances leaves a mark on your soul for the rest of your life,” she says. “To return to them is so beautiful and exciting.”
Photo: Andrien in Paul Taylor’s House of Cards, circa 1981 (by Tom Caravaglia, courtesy of the Paul Taylor Dance Company)
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.