On Wednesday, March 13, America’s first Flamenco exhibit opens at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Presented in partnership with NYC-based Flamenco company Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, “100 Years of Flamenco in NYC” celebrates the history of Spanish music and dance in New York since its rise to mainstream popularity in the early 20th century.
The exhibit runs throughout the summer and includes costumes, castanets, performance photos and music to set the mood. Visitors can also attend showings of rare documentaries from the library’s Jerome Robbins Dance Division, seminars, lectures and, of course, performances by Flamenco Vivo. There are even rumors of onsite Flamenco lessons!
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Flamenco Vivo will also perform at The Joyce Theater, May 29–June 2.
Photo by Richard Noble, 1964, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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.