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Writers & Readers

Michelle Khoo’s Austrian Diary

By Michelle Khoo

In July, fifteen-year-old Goh Ballet Academy student Michelle Khoo travelled to Europe for the first time to participate in the Wien Welt Wettbewerb competition. Before she left for Austria, we asked Michelle to keep a diary about her experiences to share with our younger readers.

Yellow Towel

Dana Michel’s solo Yellow Towel wins inaugural award at the 2014 ImPulsTanz: Vienna International Dance Festival.

Dancing for Days

Matt Bray from Naperville, Illinois, records himself dancing for over 120 days in a row to Canned Heat by Jamiroquai in this edited compilation.

Chalk and Soot

This summer’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, John Heginbotham, premieres his new work Chalk and Soot.

There's an app for that!

Passe-Partout is “a new app that explores dance for the digital tablet,” allowing users to mix and match choreography and watch their work on the screen.

The Evolution of Juggling

American performer Jay Gilligan teaches the evolution of juggling, throwing in some exciting tricks with traditional and non-traditional props.

 

Young Canadians Excel at International Competition

Two young dancers from Vancouver’s Goh Ballet Academy win top prizes at an international dance competition in Austria.

Athletes at Edinburgh Fringe

Each year the city of Edinburgh, Scotland hosts the largest arts festival in the world – The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As part of the dance portion of the festival, Italian choreographer Riccardo Buscarini presents his work Athletes, in collaboration with fashion designer Brooke Roberts.

 
On the Ground

Canada’s Past and Present at Jacob’s Pillow

By Deanne Kearney

Dee Kearney writes about her experience interning at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival this summer.

#TBT to Cissy & Bobby on the Lawrence Welk Show

Famous American dancers Cissy King and Bobby Burgess are seen here in this 1975 episode of The Lawrence Welk Show, demonstrating the Charleston, the jitterbug and the “new rock ‘n’ roll dances” of the 1960s and 1970s.

 

Test

By Kate Morris Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Frankie, the newest and youngest member of an exciting contemporary dance company, lives in fear and dread. At work he’s mocked by the choreographer and told to “dance like a man.” Outside of work the city offers no relief: a newspaper headline asks “Should Gays Be Quarantined?” and fresh graffiti screams “AIDS Faggot Die!” The year is 1985, the place San Francisco, and the epidemic has just begun. With his bright yellow Walkman clipped on his belt, Frankie retreats into a music-filled trance.

 
360 Dance

Transcending Cultures

By Philip Szporer

Emerging from a complex political history in the twentieth century, the spirit of Czech independence comes to fruition in the contemporary performing arts community in Prague.

 
Writers & Readers

Aging Angst

Thoughts and Reflections by Yvonne Rainer and Carolee Schneemann from the January 2014 issue of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.

Dancing on the Chandelier

In the music video for Sia’s Chandelier, Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms portrays a younger version of Sia, moving with child-like energy to the quirky choreography masterminded by Sia and artist/choreogrpaher Ryan Heffington.

Mass Bolero

Thirty years after winning their Olympic gold medal, ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are celebrated in a tribute dancefilm involving brief performances by a handful of community groups from Nottingham, England.

Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time

Choreographer William Forsythe’s installation for the general public at England’s Brighton Festival.

Stacey Tookey presents Moments Defined

Edmonton-born choreographer Stacey Tookey and her company Still Motion Dance are bringing their show Moments Defined to New York City

 
360 Dance

The Wonder of Motion

By Philip Szporer

If you’re an adventurous internaute and love the act of online discovery, the announcement that the New York Public Library (NYPL) has digitized over a thousand hours of dance videos marks a thrilling moment in time.

Salsa Dancing Sensations

Beberly Devers and Kevin Tellez are just seven and eight years old but are already World Latin Dance Cup champions.

Mourad Merzouki for International Dance Day

Merzouki’s passionate choreography mirrors his 2014 International Dance Day message ­– that dance is a powerful thing that gives us strength and pride, and that we must never stop dancing.

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