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Street Dancers Seek to Close the Gap in Rio

by Claire Meyeron August 26, 2015
   As preparations come together for the upcoming Olympics in Rio, many parts of Brazil yearn to see some of the facelift the chosen city is receiving. Those who are poor or marginalized seem to be forgotten as millions of dollars are poured into new infrastructure and stadiums to prepare for the games.In particular, the […]

Exploring Dance As A Sport

by Claire Meyeron August 13, 2015
   Dance has long received flack as falling on the more reserved side of the family of athletics. Anyone who has been through the strenuous tests of strength, balance, cardio, and agility will tell you very simply that this is not the case. Dance is up there with the most demanding of organized sports. The football […]

Forget Donating Organs. Donate A Body to Dance.

by Claire Meyeron August 4, 2015
   Say what you will, but Icelandic artist Snorri Asmundsson has tenacity and an unfaltering creative aura, to be sure. He is currently looking for a participant, close to dying or likely terminally ill, to participate in his newest, borderline morbid dance piece. In an open letter to the Facebook world, he writes: “I need a […]

Ballet Folklórico de México: The Mexican Riverdance

by Claire Meyeron July 31, 2015
    It’s difficult to keep alive traditions and long-standing dances and cultural celebrations of old civilizations. The Ballet Folkloriko de Mexio— founded in 1952— has been stepping and stomping in enormous headpieces and beautifully intricate costumes in celebration of the oldest pueblos. There is but a wrench in the mechanics of the show. Between all of […]

Limitless: Breakdancing Gets A Refresher

by Claire Meyeron July 21, 2015
    Disabilities— mental or physical— have seen a great deal of research in the last century. There is a new tone that uplifts those who were once marginalized and excluded, to now being seen as able and celebrated: particularly in the world of art. When dancers with disabilities take to the stage, does the audience […]

Can Dance Solve All the World’s Problems?

by Claire Meyeron July 14, 2015
   A new documentary called “Tap World,” aims to lay down a foundation of dance’s influence. This melding of clips from avid tap dancers highlights the zeal and pure love for tap dancing, showcased by beginning tappers to professionals making their living off fast-moving feet. The thought that many of these dancers in this documentary passionately […]

On Pointe Pain: Dancers Talk Injuries

by Claire Meyeron July 7, 2015
   Ballet dancers glide elegantly and effortlessly across the stage, balancing all of their weight on the tips of their toes; Irish dancers pound powerful rhythms into floor and leap high into the air; breakdancers spin on their heads and slide on shoulders without a passing flinch. There is a pause when watching dancers perform […]

Survivor Shares The Holocaust Through Dance

by Claire Meyeron July 1, 2015
     Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, the most recent performance from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, takes on one of the grandest of all delicate matters: the Holocaust. As with a great deal of sensitive issues in the media at the moment, people look for a way to extend beyond their abilities of sympathy, making the […]

North Korea’s Instructional Dance Video

by Claire Meyeron June 26, 2015
   A recently released video of North Korean traditional dances has surfaced. But it doesn’t stop there: instructions are provided! While public dancing used to be a much more frequent sight, open performance in this strict region has been seen less and less in the last decade. The songs that the dances are performed to are […]

“Cuddles”: Two Sisters’ Bloodsucking Trials

by Claire Meyeron June 25, 2015
   In Joseph Wilde’s ultimately creepy sibling relationship (creepy in a different way, Lannisters) that unfolds in Cuddles, sisters are propelled in different directions because of one very distinct power play. Older sister, Tabby, is holding younger sister, Eve, as prisoner because she is a vampire. Hoping to morph her into a semblance of a human, […]