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  • How to stretch your inner dancer

    How to stretch your inner dancer
    For a former dancer, nothing is as humbling as bending over and discovering you can't touch your toes. Not even close. The days of side-splits, deep plies and grands battements are long gone. Merely pointing your toes brings on foot cramps. Blame the day...
  • Young at art: 'Tween dancers relish their roles in the Joffrey's 'Nutcracker'

    Young at art:  'Tween dancers relish their roles in the Joffrey's 'Nutcracker'
    It's 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the day before Halloween, and the kids are already hard at work. Not on trick-or-treat plans or putting last details on scary costumes, mind you. They're rehearsing, and for the Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker," a production...
  • Patrick Swayze, a movie star with a dancer's body

     
    Patrick Swayze -- the actor who helped make dirty dancing a worldwide phenomenon -- died today in Los Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57. With his lithe body and athletic virility, Swayze brought a dancer's sensibility......
  • Debbie Allen's new 'Hot Chocolate Nutcracker' gets Goldstar award

     
    The early returns are in, and "The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker," a Tchaikovsky-free original variation written, directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen and performed by her Debbie Allen Dance Academy, appears to have crowd-pleaser potential. It had its...
  • Tonight: 'An Evening with Twyla Tharp' at the Broad Stage

     
    Some facts about Twyla Tharp: At 68, she is a renowned dancer and choreographer who studied with Martha Graham and pioneered what's known as "cross-over ballet," fusing classical and modern techniques. She's worked with the Joffrey Ballet and the Paris...
  • The Joffrey's new maestro, Ashley Wheater

     
    The handsome, long-legged Ashley Wheater seemed typecast for leading male roles in 19th century romantic story-ballets when he danced with the Royal Ballet, London Festival Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Australian Ballet. “I grew up in a company [the...
  • Dance review: Joffrey's 'Cinderella' at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

     
    Back in 1948, before he was acknowledged as one of the century's greatest dance-makers, Frederick Ashton left nothing to chance when choreographing “Cinderella,” his first full-length work for the British company now known as the Royal Ballet. He...
  • Donald McKayle has retired, but his work dances on at UC Irvine

     
    Wednesday night's repertory performance by the UCI Etude Ensemble was both a showcase for the 17-member troupe and something of a love letter to choreographer and group founder Donald McKayle. He recently retired from UC Irvine, where has been professor.....
  • Dance review: ABT's 'The Sleeping Beauty' at the Music Center

     
    The “Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center” season that delivered artistic epiphanies with two important historic reconstructions – the Joffrey Ballet’s marvelous staging of Frederick Ashton’s “Cinderella” (1948) and Merce...
  • Doing the Holland-Chicago shuffle

     
    KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s O’Hare-Schiphol direct flight has been a burning tube of dance talent in recent years. In a cultural exchange melding Dutch pragmatism with the steadfast made-in-Chicago version, two of the world’s top dance companies...
  • Kevin McKenzie of American Ballet Theatre looks in on ‘Giselle’

     
    A distinguished guest has been in town this week advising Orlando Ballet on the upcoming production of “Giselle.” Kevin McKenzie, artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, has been looking in on rehearsals for “Giselle” as he...