Isabella Boylston and Calvin Royal III in Christopher Wheeldon's This Bitter Earth. Photo by Erin Baiano, courtesy of New York City Center

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Damian Woetzel's leadership at the Vail International Dance Festival, a new four-day event will be held in New York City, November 3–6. Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC brings three programs to New York City Center, along with a special lecture/demonstration focused on footwork, hosted by Woetzel. Featured performers include: Lil Buck, Michelle Dorrance, Wendy Whelan, Robert Fairchild, Matthew Rushing and Yo-Yo Ma. Works by George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky, José Limón, Martha Graham, Larry Keigwin and Christopher Wheeldon will be performed.

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Rushing in Aszure Barton's LIFT

When Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Matthew Rushing was a teenager, dance teacher Kashmir Blake taught him how intensive research could influence his character development.

“We did one performance called 'Dance Against Drugs' about drug rehabilitation. In order to get us more connected to what drug addicts go through, Kashmir took us to a rehab counseling session and brought former addicts in to speak with us. I think I was too young to totally understand what was going on, but my eyes were opened. Today I find myself seeking research that brings me closer to the topics that I am dancing about.”

Catch Rushing with AAADT at New York City Center through Sunday, January 3We’re giving away a pair of tickets to Ailey’s December 23, 7:30 pm performance!

Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of AAADT

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