Olympic Coverage Has us Dancin' Mad

Today's big news is the mysterious disappearance of Christopher Wheeldon's Darcey Bussell-starring ballet from the Olympics' closing ceremonies last night. This morning, DanceMedia editors compared notes. Had we somehow missed it? Was it a smaller production than we were led to believe? What was going on?

 

As it turns out, NBC edited the event, cutting out multiple performances from the evening, not the least of which included Royal Ballet legend Darcey Bussell flying in on a pyrotechnic-spewing Phoenix, accompanied by hundreds of dancers in flame-adorned costumes, a spectacle we have been looking forward to for months! I don't think it's fair to say that everyone in America would have been as excited to see the performance as we in the dance world would have been, but I do think it's fair to say we all deserve a chance to decide for ourselves. After all, someone made the call that American audiences needed to see the Pet Shop Boys in conical hats performing "West End Girls." I think we could have handled some ballerinas in flames. Fortunately, videos have begun surfacing, giving us a chance to glimpse what we missed last night.

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Rachel Neville, courtesy DTH

A new three-summer collaboration between Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Dance Theatre of Harlem will contribute to conversations on race, activism and equity in the arts, while also exploring creative projects and learning opportunities.

Kicking off the partnership in June, DTH focused on the development of The Hazel Scott Project, a new work by choreographer Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Scott was a Black piano virtuoso and Hollywood trailblazer who risked her life and career through outspoken civil rights activism. In the spirit of her example, Monica White Ndounou, associate professor of theater, and John Heginbotham, director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, co-taught a summer theater course that challenged students to create dance as a tool for social change.

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Courtesy A Wish Come True

Studio owners who've been in the recital game for a while have likely seen thousands of dance costumes pass through their hands.

But with the hustle and bustle of recital time, we don't always stop to think about where exactly those costumes are coming from, or how they are made.

If we want our costumes to be of the same high quality as our dancing—and for our costume-buying process to be as seamless as possible—it helps to take the time to learn a bit more about those costumes and the companies making them.

We talked to the team at A Wish Come True—who makes all their costumes at their factory in Bristol, Pennsylvania—to get an inside look at what really goes into making a costume, from conception to stage.

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Courtesy Jill Randall

Fall may be fast-approaching, but it's never too late to slip in a little summer reading—especially if it'll make you all the more prepared for the perhaps crazier-than-usual season ahead.

Here are six new releases to enrich your coming school year:

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