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After nearly four decades of dance, Philadanco still promises a fresh mix of material

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Philadanco's Founder and Executive Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown has a big, warm, sunny-sounding voice. She speaks to me from a Boston tour stop, where her modern dance company is booked for a three-night run. Mobile phone to mobile phone, we chat.  

Dance: Phildanco

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Philadanco, also known formally as Philadelphia Dance Company, stands out as one of the country’s top primarily African-American modern dance ensembles. This weekend, Contemporary Dance Theater brings Philadanco’s powerhouse performers to the Aronoff Center for a pair of shows. Being a repertory company — one that performs works by various choreographers rather than by a single namesake leader — has enabled Philadanco’s Founder and Executive Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown to work with some of the best in the business. They are often compared with Alvin Ailey’s legendary company because they use some of the same choreographers. 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  

Dance: Dracula

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It’s the perfect weekend for the world premiere of Cincinnati Ballet Associate Artistic Director Devon Carney’s Dracula at the Aronoff Center. The production is based on the famed Bram Stoker novel that Carney mentions has never been out of print since its original 1887 publication. Literary works form the narrative basis for ballets frequently enough, but because the book is largely comprised of letters and journal entries, it presents extra challenges. Still, Carney says he leapt at this opportunity to choreograph his first full-length ballet.Replete with brand-new costumes created by the Ballet’s in-house studio and adapted sets originally from BalletMet in Columbus, the ballet promises to be visually lavish in its sweeping gothic drama and technically demanding — even thrilling — choreography. $21-$73. Additional performances 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.  

Brave New World

Expect the unexpected at Cincinnati's "New Works"

0 Comments · Thursday, September 25, 2008
One aspect of contemporary dance I appreciate is that, for the most part, you can never really be certain of what you're going to see. This notion also becomes a reason why too many people avoid it: They don't know what to expect; perhaps they fear they won't get it.   

Heather Britt

[cool moves]

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Dance multi-hyphenate Heather Britt has a full plate this fall: a new full-time professorship in Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Theater and Dance, where she’s teaching Jazz; choreographing student productions; and run ning the school’s new outreach endeavor, the Dance for Fitness Troupe.   

Fall Arts Preview: Dance

Local scene still movin' and ready for another fruitful season

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Any somberness I feel about summer coming to a close is alleviated by the onset of the fall dance season. From contemporary to ballet and their hybrids, there's much to look forward to. Contempor  

Tribal Belly Dance class offers an exotic world of coordination, connection and community

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Editor's note: This is the second installment of a three-part series highlighting dance classes offered around town.  

Jacoby & Pronk 'do their own thing' at the Gala of International Dance Stars

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Whatever the style, dance -- like life -- constantly calls for changes and shifts. As summer shifts into the dog days, it's already August and time for the season's splashiest dance treat  

Dance: Close Encounters

Aspiring dancers tackle the Tango, Argentine-style

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Editor's note: This is the first installment of a three-part series highlighting dance-class offerings around town. You might expect a dance class -- especially one that includes a partner --   

Dance: Is Theater First

Mauricio Wainrot maximizes drama in Carmina Burana

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Clap! Clap! Internationally acclaimed Argentine choreographer Mauricio Wainrot signals the large assembly of dancers to stop. Three women are hoisting another skyward on her back, limbs akimbo, bu