Did you happen to catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building last night, lit up in red and white? It turns out that the dual color change was in honor of the off-Broadway show STOMP, now celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Orpheum Theatre. The percussive, physical theater show (everyday instruments like garbage can lids and brooms make an appearance) has nabbed nearly every award possible, including the Obie, Olivier and Drama Desk honors. DT alum Michelle Dorrance (May 2012) cut her teeth in STOMP, where she was a member of the off-Broadway and North American tour casts for a combined total of four years.
Over the past twenty years, the show has stomped its way (yep, pun intended) into the hearts of people all over the world: Second Avenue at 8th Street in NYC was officially renamed “STOMP Avenue” in 2004; a Las Vegas production opened in 2007; the cast performed Paul Simon’s “Cecilia” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2011 (heyyyy, Michelle!); and the cast performed in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.
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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.