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A Mesmerizing Korean Dancer!

The choreography seems a little one-dimensional, but there’s no question as to the talent this young woman has. Supposedly this isn’t the music that was originally used, so the impact the choreography would have had otherwise is likely diminished. After watching the video, I turned off the sound and simply watched this dancer’s beautiful, liquid movements. Ahhh! Music of its own making! Dancing Korea offers not only an overview of the history of Korean dance but also explains its culture [...]

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Mikhail Baryshnikov And Gregory Hines Dance In “White Nights”

These two dancers came from very different training backgrounds. Gregory Hines was a tap dancer known for his improvisational style.  Baryshnikov, of course, was classically trained. Though both are dancers you’ll never tire of watching, you’ll notice the differences in their styles. This is one video you’ll want to watch through once, then go back and stop it periodically to see a side by side comparison. Watch their feet…as well as their upper bodies. Watch this 1985 political thriller and [...]

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SDSU’S Modern Dance Class

Soothing, lyrical, and beautiful, this video allows the viewer to set aside the stronger emotions that modern dance often evokes and to enjoy a more relaxed and simpler state of being. Modern dance encompasses the entire spectrum of emotion. That is its strength. Enjoy and share.

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Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s Signature Work

Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s signature work, expresses a range of human emotion which exemplified the African-America experience in the early history of the United States. Different from its original format, Revelations as we know it today is in three parts. It begins with “songs that yearn for deliverance, that speak of trouble and of this world’s trials and tribulations”, as expressed in Ailey’s own words The next part portrays a baptism of purification, while the last is an up-lifting, hopeful celebration [...]

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Peggy Lyman Performs Martha Graham’s Lamentation

Watch as Peggy Lyman performs Martha Graham’s Lamentations. This dance expresses the tragic side of human emotions. Emotions of mourning, despair, and hopelessness… Watch Peggy as she portrays a mother wracked with pain at the loss of her son. As she stretches  and pushes against a simple tube of a costume, it’s as if she’s trying to get outside her own skin and beyond her own emotions. But first she must experience them. Please share this video with someone who may [...]

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  • Sonya Tayeh – The Root of Me, Carnival piece, 2012

    Sonya Tayeh – The Root of Me, Carnival piece, 2012

    Sit back and enjoy a segment from Sonya Tayeh’s The Root of Me, part of which debuted at Choreographers’ Carnival, an influential dance showcase. Tayeh’s “root” refers to her distinctive style regarding how she teaches and choreographs. And her “root?” One of force, aggression, and warrior-like which she calls “combat jazz.” This is what you’ll experience, in particular, starting at 1:20. Strong, powerful, and with an obvious edge, Tayeh’s choreographic and personal voice demand you hear not only her….but all [...]

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  • Sonya Tayeh – Baggage

    Sonya Tayeh – Baggage

    Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh After graduating from Wayne State University, Sonya Tayeh moved to California to run a dance company where she developed her own style of jazz, combat jazz. She was later discovered by a talent agent and within three months signed as a jazz and contempororary choreographer with the television series So You Think You Can Dance. After watching this video, should it be a surprise to anyone that in 2013 Ms Tayeh was nominated for an Emmy Award [...]

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  • Daniel Yeung (West Kowloon Cultural District)

    Daniel Yeung (West Kowloon Cultural District)

    Held outdoors in the West Kowloon Cultural District, this multimedia dance extravaganza, Journey to the West, uses contemporary aerial, near hallucinatory movement. The resulting effect is very similar to Cirque du Soleil…dramatic, theatrical, and wholly entertaining. Directed by Hong Kong choreographer Daniel Yeung, the audience was given an experience to remember. WKCD, the West Kowloon Cultural District, is the largest arts and cultural project in Hong Kong. Its purpose is to encourage and support cultural and entertainment venues throughout Hong [...]

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  • A Quarreling Pair – Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company

    A Quarreling Pair – Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company

    Voice overs with audience laughter and commentary…and the “show” begins. And what a show it is. What might otherwise have ended up a frustrating exercise with differing elements that never quite came together, A Quarreling Pair gives us a far different experience. This variety show is a mix of theater, dance, and film but a mix that actually becomes one. Based on Jane Bowles’ 1945 puppet play, A Quarreling Pair is about two sisters with the attention on the adventures [...]

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  • Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet – Indigo Rose

    Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet – Indigo Rose

    Choreographer: Jiri Kylian Energetic, bold, but also a work that reaches out for the extremes, as if it’s testing what it can get away with. However, in this sense it feels freeing as if the choreography has been purposed for precisely this reason. It’s a tribute to youth with all its craziness and wide-ranging moods. It’s about the body, how it dances and moves, and how it expresses the emotions that are attached to it. And finally it’s about just [...]

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  • Dance Theater of Harlem – Fragments

    Dance Theater of Harlem – Fragments

    Having been sidelined by lack of funding a few years ago, Dance Theater of Harlem is now back and looking toward its up-coming 2013-14 season. This earlier example of Dance Theater of Harlem is why we’re thrilled to see this ensemble back on the dance scene.

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  • Matthew Bourne – Swan Lake

    Matthew Bourne – Swan Lake

    Les Ballets de Trockadero de Monte Carlo – an all male in drag troupe that gives us parody of classical ballet But Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake? A more contemporary, much less traditional version of parody of the classic Swan Lake than Les Ballets de Trockadero. Also, missing are the traditional pointe shoes and tutus. Much less stereotypic.. But, unlike the “Trocks”, we see both male and female in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and much more theater.

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  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Paquita Grand Finale

    Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Paquita Grand Finale

    Music: Ludwig Minkus Choreography: Marius Petipa The exaggerated movements; the silly, affected smiles; the missteps and intentional mistakes laced with the serious technique that only highly trained dancers are capable of. These “ballerinas” are ballerinas of parody. These “ballerinas” are the “Trocks”, the all-male in drag troup of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. But all parody aside, you have to love the series of fouette en tournant. Amazing enough for anyone…but for a man en pointe? Well, just plain [...]

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  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Swan Lake Ballet Parody

    Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Swan Lake Ballet Parody

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery. But in the form of parody it can be the toughest to pull off. But the “Trocks” do it well; very, very well. And why do they do it so well? Because these guys can actually dance. And it’s darned near impossible to do this type of satire well without the under-lying skill, in this case, ballet. Portraying both male and female roles, the all-male corps pokes fun at the formal technique and [...]

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  • Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet – Pharoah Sanders & Muriel Maffre

    Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet – Pharoah Sanders & Muriel Maffre

    Jazz saxophone legend Pharoah Sanders together with ballerina Muriel Maffre, San Francisco Ballet, and Corey Scott-Gilbert of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.. The tempo of this work accentuates the beauty we see in this performance. The clean definition of each movement, the beauty of the dancers’ physicality, and the confidence these dancers have in themselves to deliver a difficult performance flawlessly. Certainly Maffre’s angular figure is in sharp contrast to more diminutive ballerinas, but she has played her height to advantage, [...]

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