25 years before Misty Copeland became ABT’s first African-American principal ballet dancer, Lauren Anderson was the first “brown girl” to be made principal at Houston Ballet. In a special Houston event, the pair came together to answer questions about their lives as dancers and the challenges of being black ballerinas in a still, traditionally white art form.
Beyond the Bubble
The man remembered as the “Godfather of American Jazz Dancing” could check numerous titles off his list of accomplishments, including dancer, choreographer, master teacher, company founder, author, and, ultimately, the person who led jazz to become a recognized and respected art form.
A few years ago, I dreamed up a social media initiative called Why Dance Matters. It wasn’t the first time the question had been asked or answered in one way or another but, with the help of a handy hashtag (#whydancematters), I hosted a “virtual event” and the concept caught on. Soon people were sharing […]
Think you know everything there is to know about Frank Hatchett? Think again. From dancer to teacher, choreographer to mentor, this jazz dance legend left an impact that will not be forgotten.
Former contributor, Roger Lee shares why he’s starting a multi-disciplinary arts training center for youth in Philadelphia, how he’s marketing it, and how he’s balancing it with the direction of his dance company.
Ballroom pro-am competitor, the Girl with the Tree Tattoo shares what she’s learned about the elements of dance – the concepts of weight, energy, space, and time – and how these dynamics apply in partner dance.