I'm pretty sure I just found my Friday night plans. (Lucky for me, it doesn't involve leaving my couch.) And for no good reason other than that great dance shouldn't go unappreciated or unseen (and that I also happen to be a generous person), I'm here to convince you to adopt my plan as your own: Watch the narrative dance film Young Men, streaming now on PBS, about a group of young men who experience the brutality of war. Here's why:

  1. The dancers are amazing. It's performed by members of BalletBoyz, the London-based contemporary ballet company with a thing for dance film founded by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. The dancers look like this:

Who's objectifying? Not meeeee...

And dance like THIS:

2. Young Men was choreographed by Iván Pérez, a former Nederlands Dans Theater member who created one of my absolute favorite dances in the history of contemporary dance (I do not say this lightly)—Flesh, which he choreographed for NDT II. The partnering in this piece alone is SICK. I seriously watch videos of this dance once every couple of months:

3. It's only streaming on PBS until May 5. That's roughly a little over two weeks left. Watch this trailer, and I'm positive you'll be ready to commit to this as your Friday Night Plan.

Moving Southwark. Photo courtesy of Dance Camera West

The 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival takes place April 20–23 at UCLA. Presented by Dance Camera West, the festival kicks off with a showing of international short films and concludes with Family Film Day, animated films and an art installation. Film submissions cover a variety of dance styles, including modern, tap, ballet, hip hop, theater and world dance. The event is free and open to the public

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Revelations

This fall, great American dance is coming to a movie theater near you. The Lincoln Center at the Movies series kicked off on September 24 with screenings of San Francisco Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet in nearly 400 cinemas nationwide. On October 22, dance lovers can see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s signature work Revelations and other Ailey fan favorites. Performances by Ballet Hispanico and New York City Ballet round out the inaugural cinema season, which concludes December 10 with NYCB’s holiday classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Each screening includes fun extras like interviews with company dancers and behind-the-scenes footage. See lincolncenteratthemovies.org.

Ashley Bouder and the New York City Ballet perform George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.

Photos from top: by Gert Krautbauer; by Paul Kolnik, both courtesy of Lincoln Center

The 2014 feature documentary, Mia, a dancer’s journey, recently won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for the category of arts and culture/history. The film chronicles the life and legacy of Croatian-born prima ballerina Mia Slavenska. Written, produced and directed by Slavenska’s daughter Maria Ramas, it pays tribute to one of history’s most beloved ballet dancers.

Slavenska, a pioneer of American ballet, rose to international stardom while touring throughout the United States with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She later founded her own ballet company and commissioned the first ballet translated from a modern play (Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire). Before her death in 2002, Slavenska feared being forgotten and made her daughter promise to tell her story. Mia, a dancer’s journey makes good on that promise.

Mark your calendars! The film will air on PBS SoCal, September 15 at 10 pm. For more info, visit miasfilm.com.

Photos courtesy of PBS SoCal.

From Marc Platt’s 1939 ballet “Ghost Town” for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Photo by Maurice Seymour.

Congratulations to Nikhita Winkler, the latest Editors’ Choice winner for Dance Teacher’s Video of the Month!

A third-year dance and neuroscience major at Skidmore College, Winkler created “Letting Go” as an independent project, inspired by the loss of her father and the recent end of a romantic relationship. The piece was choreographed for film; the camera, operated by a filmmaking classmate, focuses on close-up hand gestures and movements of a scarf.

Winkler designed the lighting for the film, set in the school’s dance theater. She has a dance production course to thank for her new technological skills. “We learned how light can create atmosphere and emotion,” she says. “At the end, we collaborated with a choreography class and designed lighting for their pieces. It was the best feeling in the world.”

Want to build buzz about your studio, workshop or class? Posting videos to the Dance Teacher Video of the Month Contest is quick, easy and free—and it’s a great way to get noticed. If your video is selected as Editors’ Choice, you’ll be featured on this page, and you’ll win a free one-year subscription to DT! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity—visit dancemedia.com, share your videos and vote for your favorites. Any and all kinds of dance are welcome.

With his elegant limbs and dramatic features, it’s only natural that David Hallberg is in high demand with the world of high fashion. The intercontinental ballet star’s latest work, a video for NOWNESS.com (owned by luxury brand conglomerate LVMH) features made-for-film choreography by fellow American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes.

The studio performance is certainly a unique viewing experience. DT’s sister publication Pointe magazine describes the clip as Aronofsky-esque with its dramatic, tightly cropped close-ups. As Hallberg says, the experience is “intimate, because the camera is so close, whereas at the Met you have…an audience hundreds of feet away.” Sometimes you see only a hand, a bicep, or Hallberg’s expressive eyes. He also makes use of the studio’s barres and mirror, which feels jarring when dance is usually confined to a stage. It’s an interesting experiment. What do you think?

Hallberg at Work on Nowness.com

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