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Boston Ballet debuts world premiere of “ELA, Rhapsody in Blue”
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Boston Ballet debuts world premiere of “ELA, Rhapsody in Blue”
Brazilian choreographer Paulo Arrais has created a moving tribute to powerful women called “ELA, Rhapsody in Blue,” to the tune of Gershwin’s score of the same name.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates 60 years
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates 60 years
For 51 of its 60 years, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has come to town, each annual and wildly anticipated visit presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston.
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What's Going On? D.C. choreographer finds inspiration in words and music of Marvin Gaye
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What's Going On? D.C. choreographer finds inspiration in words and music of Marvin Gaye
On April 27 and 28, “What’s Going On” makes its Boston premiere at the Roxbury Community College Mainstage.
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Tony Williams Awarded Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion Award at BDA gala
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Tony Williams Awarded Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion Award at BDA gala
On Monday, March 25, the Boston Dance Alliance presented Tony Williams with the 2019 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion award and Duggan Hill with the 2019 Boston Dance Alliance Unsung Hero award.
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Celebrity Series presents tribute to Beatles’ landmark album
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Celebrity Series presents tribute to Beatles’ landmark album
The Mark Morris Dance Group brought its evening-length suite “Pepperland,” a tribute to the landmark 1967 Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” to Boston last weekend. Presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, which also co-commissioned the work, the company performed three sold-out shows at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.
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#HellaBlack Performance celebrates unapologetic black art
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#HellaBlack Performance celebrates unapologetic black art
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery came alive with the sights and sounds of black talent. “#HellaBlack: BCA Mixtape Vol. 1” was a one-night pop-up celebration of Boston’s wide-ranging artists of color.
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Alvin Ailey dancers bring master class to Boston Arts Academy
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Alvin Ailey dancers bring master class to Boston Arts Academy
The dance studio at the Boston Arts Academy’s temporary home in Dorchester radiated with energy. A group of dedicated student dancers were assembled for a Jan. 17 master class taught by Samantha Figgins, Chalvar Monteiro and Solomon Dumas of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.
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Dorrance mesmerizes with ‘Myelination’
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Dorrance mesmerizes with ‘Myelination’
Myelination is a biological process crucial to brain function. It is also the title of a sensational work by choreographer Michelle Dorrance. Dorrance and her company, Dorrance Dance, performed the Boston premier of “Myelination” last Friday night at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, in the first of two shows presented by World Music/CRASHarts.
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Black Magic
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Black Magic
The Boston Ballet’s opulent performance of “The Nutcracker,” running through Dec. 30, is a hallmark of the holiday season. Based on the novella of the same name by E.T.A. Hoffman, the ballet follows Clara as her magician uncle throws her into a world of fantasy with her new nutcracker doll. It features lavish costumes, jaw-dropping sets and this year, a groundbreaking number of dancers of color.
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Abilities Dance Boston provides a space for professional dancers with disabilities
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Abilities Dance Boston provides a space for professional dancers with disabilities
Ellice Patterson created the dance company Abilities Dance Boston out of necessity, but it has grown into an artistic oasis for dancers with disabilities. After a spinal surgery that changed the way she danced, Patterson was repeatedly turned down by professional companies who weren’t willing to modify for her needs. She created Abilities to make space for performers like herself who operated at a professional level despite disabilities.
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Get on your feet
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Get on your feet
For the second consecutive year, the Racines Black Dance Festival will bring African dance to the forefront in Boston. Founded by local artists Marianne Harkless Diabate, Baindu Conte-Coomber and Mckersin Previlus, the festival, which runs Oct. 19-21, provides workshops and performances illustrating how different traditional African dances have affected contemporary culture.
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Boston Children’s Museum hosts Youth Dance Festival
On Sunday, July 22, the Boston Children’s Museum hosted the second annual Boston Youth Dance Festival in partnership with Urbanity Dance. The festival included performances by Chhandika, Chu Ling Dance Academy, Hyde Square Task Force, Jean Appolon Expressions and Urbanity Dance, among others, as well as free dance lessons from each group.
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