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Phil Chan
Phil Chan currently serves as the Executive Editor for FLATT Magazine and co-producer of the Ashley Bouder Project. He was the founding General Manager of the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, the largest arts presenting and arts education initiative in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and was the General Manager for Armitage Gone! Dance and Youth America Grand Prix. As a writer, he has contributed to Dance Europe and Dancer Magazine. As a freelance manager, he represented dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Berlin State Opera Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and has consulted for “Stars of the 21st Century,” producing ballet events at Lincoln Center, Bellas Artes (Mexico), Teatro Nacional de Panama (Panama), among others. He is a graduate of Carleton College, an alumnus of the Ailey School, and has performed with Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater and Canadian Ballet Theatre. He served on the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts dance panel and the 2014 Jadin Wong Award panel presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance.

Entries by Phil Chan

Paul Taylor's Legacy Plan Champions Modern Dance

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 11:59 PM

Paul Taylor Dance Company in "Esplanade." Photo by Paul B. Goode.

What is the life of a painting? In an artist's hands, a previously anonymous canvas and a random assortment of paint suddenly becomes not only an expression of an idea, but a...

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New Combinations at New York City Ballet

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 4:22 PM

Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar in Justin Peck's "Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes." Photo by Paul Kolnik.

"New Combinations" was the perfect title for the program at New York City Ballet, which presented the world premiere of Justin Peck's "Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes." The...

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Finding Solutions to Ballet's Diversity Problem

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 11:33 AM

Dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem. Photo courtesy of FLATT Magazine/Christina Lessa.

Looking at its history, it's no surprise that ballet today is still very racially homogeneous. Ballet was born out of the Royal French Courts, developed under the Russian Tzar's imperial...

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Ladies Night at New York City Ballet

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 12:27 PM

New York City has enjoyed a wealth of ballet this January. Russia's Mariinsky Ballet made a visit to BAM with "Swan Lake" and Alexei Ratmansky's "Cinderella." The Joyce presented an exquisite program by the soloists and principal dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet, who showed off their gold standard romanticism...

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New York's Hot Toddy: "Nutcracker Rouge"

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 11:48 AM

During the final throes of Summer, many directors of American dance companies begin annual preparations for "The Nutcracker." Successfully grafted onto the American holiday season, this cultural dance phenomenon is also a huge money-maker for many companies; in 2012, New York City Ballet brought in $12 million, approximately...

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Birds of a Feather: Three New York "Swan Lakes"

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 4:27 PM

The Bolshoi Ballet is in town. Its season opener, Swan Lake, sold out almost instantly, leaving less aggressive ticket buyers sorely disappointed. The appeal of a night with the Bolshoi is not just a chance to see the company's dramatic Russian style, but also to compare repertory that overlaps with...

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Classic Tease: Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Although the seeds of ballet originated in the 17th century in the court of French King Louis XIV, "Classical" ballet as we know it today incubated in the Imperial Theater of Russia in the late 19th century, and primarily under the choreographic hand of one man: Ballet master Marius...

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Sustaining Artists in the the 21st Century: The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:51 PM

"Artists comfort and inspire us, awaken and change our minds and hearts, and ultimately have the ability to connect us all as human beings. Every time I attend the theatre, I hope to be altered in some way. The greatest achievement I can imagine in life is that I will...

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An Expanding Universe: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 1:23 PM

At the center of the Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York, the shiny Unisphere sits as a relic of the controversial 1964 New York World's Fair. Dedicated to "Man's Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe," one of the themes of the Fair that year,...

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Steps Toward Diversity: Youth America Grand Prix

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:51 PM

At last year's Dance/USA conference, arts leaders from across the country engaged in conversations about diversity in the field of dance. As a community, we asked ourselves a simple question: How do we engage more artists, administrators, board leaders, and volunteers of color?

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Pushing Back the Cultural Desert

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 5:00 PM

"When a person first comes into the ballet he should come and see, come and discover. If you take a person to see a great painting in a gallery - to see a Michelangelo, for instance -- he might say, "So what? It's very boring, just a man standing there....

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Creativity Behind the Scenes: Preserving the Culture of Artistry

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 11:27 AM

The process of making sourdough bread has always fascinated me. A piece of the previous batch is retained (the "starter" for the next batch) and introduced to the new day's mix, transferring critical bacterial enzymes which gives sourdough bread its distinct flavor and texture. In theory, the enzymes can trace...

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Creativity Behind the Scenes: Institutional Marketing and Reality Television

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 11:58 AM

"There is no money in reality television. We made such a minor amount of money it wouldn't have made a dent in our bottom line from actual cashed earned. The bigger earning has been the institutional marketing." - Ballet West Artistic Director and "Breaking Pointe" cast member Adam Sklute


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Keeping New York City Dancing

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 4:15 PM

Dance supporters: take a look at this great article in the New York Times about how Dance/NYC is engaging New Yorkers to take a stand, launching a campaign to support our city's dance community. I am lucky enough to be part of this movement -- I am providing...

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Creativity Behind the Scenes: Developing the Craft for a 21st Century Audience

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:27 PM

I stumbled across this article about the Carlisle Project in Pennsylvania, a workshop for emerging choreographers. I found it fascinating that this question was already being asked in 1986: At this point, a generation of choreographers has been lost. Who will step up to take their place?

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Creativity Behind the Scenes: Marketing

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 11:57 AM

(Pacific Northwest Ballet's Seth Orza, Carla Körbes, Maria Chapman and Lesley Rausch in George Balanchine's "Apollo." Photo by Lindsay Thomas.)

"You must be surrounded by creative people all day since you work in the arts!" When people say that to me, I...

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The Role of the Contemporary Critic

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 11:01 AM


Premiere of Karole Armitage's "Mechanics of the Dance Machine." Photo by Yi-Chun Wu.

I remember when I was still writing dance criticism, I was reviewed a production of "Don Quixote" performed to a recorded score. What a shame,...

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'Strike a Pose' Choreographer's Chat with Karole Armitage and Benny Ninja

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 3:34 PM

A key part of audience development involves community engagement. When I first came on board with Armitage Gone! Dance, I asked Karole Armitage about her gay following. Surely being the choreographer of Madonna's iconic "Vogue" was enough to catapult you to queer diva icon...

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The Lost Generation in the Audience

(7) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 2:00 PM

In 1967, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev were arrested in San Francisco after attending a party where allegedly there was marijuana. The story made the front page all over the world. At the height of their popularity, people would sleep outside Covent Garden to get any ticket they...

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One Sentence: How to Watch Dance

(6) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 3:10 PM

Irina Dvorovenko, Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre. Photo by Roy Round courtesy of Irina Dvorovenko.

The topic of dance came up at a recent family reunion, as it inevitably does when I am in the room. Many of my family members...

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