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Modern Dance Celebrated at American Dance Guild Festival Sept. 6-9

Adria Rolnik | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Modern dance lovers take heed: There are big doings this September at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC, when the American Dance Guild (ADG) hosts their annual Performance Festival with more than 30 artists/choreographers featured over four nights.

Falling for Vanessa Bell Calloway At ABFF

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 09.30.2012 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

When I met Vanessa Bell Calloway, I wanted to give her a standing ovation. She is an extraordinary actress, dancer, philanthropist, motivator, mentor, wife, and mother.

Unrealistic Expectations

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.30.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If board members are not helping to raise money from their friends and associates, they are not performing one of the central responsibilities of board membership. But for many arts organizations, there is a relatively quick fix to this problem.

Too Big For Ballet? Dancer Goes Back To The Barre In Midlife To Prove Them Wrong

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. Women should know that they don't have to hang...

The Inspirational Barbara Cook

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.11.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

It is so clear that every day artists inspire children and adults. It is why arts education is so important to me. It is why I believe it is critical to make the arts accessible to every child.

All Family Members Are Not Created Equal

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.29.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

Every time you read about or visit the new Signature Theater, think of Edward Norton and one of his most powerful performances -- as a family member of staggering importance.

Happy Birthday, Harvey Lichtenstein!

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

Harvey was best known as the inspirational leader who turned the Brooklyn Academy of Music into one of the great arts institutions of the nation. Before becoming an arts manager, he was a dancer who collaborated with choreographers like Merce Cunningham, Eliot Feld, Bill T. Jones and Pina Bausch.

Celebrating the Joffrey Ballet

George Heymont | Posted 05.29.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2012-03-29-Screenshot20120329at10.10.20AM.jpgBallet fans will want to get their hands on Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, a thrilling new documentary.

Director Of Alvin Ailey To Resign

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.25.2012 | Arts

According to a press release from the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, executive director Sharon Gersten Luckman will step down in 2013 to pursue other p...

Alvin Ailey Dance Show Gets Audience Out Of Their Seats

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 03.04.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Imagine you're in the audience at, say, "Swan Lake," and the ballerinas you've been watching suddenly swoop over to your seat, envelo...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Alvin Ailey's New Artistic Director Is Raising The Barre With His Modernized Repertory | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 11.24.2011 | Black Voices

"The crux of every work is the transition," choreographer Rennie Harris said, reflecting on his new work, "Home," dance in general, and -- almost unwi...

Amy Lee

A Look Inside An Alvin Ailey Rehearsal | Amy Lee | Posted 11.28.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- At the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in midtown Manhattan, an unfinished performance is about to begin. A small group of press an...

GAME CHANGERS: Innovators Remixing And Rethinking The Way We Live

Posted 10.03.2011 | Black Voices

The Age of Obama has been called "the End of Black Firsts" and the end of race. Although neither of those things are true, the discussion about what i...

An Uplifting Fourth of July

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.10.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While I had entered the Los Angeles Children's Chorus rehearsal feeling tired from a long season, put upon by budget cuts, I realized once again why I do this work, why all arts managers do their work.

What Is Wrong With the Arts?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The arts are in a parlous state, but contrary to popular belief, it isn't the fault of unions or the absence of arts education in our schools. The arts are in trouble because there is simply not enough excellent art being created.

Astoria Characters: The Saw Lady

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Does Natalia Paruz's tune come from heaven or hell? It emanates from a saw -- the carpenter's tool that's used to cut wood.

Remembering Denise Jefferson

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The dance world lost a giant on when Denise Jefferson passed away. I would venture to say that thousands of dance lovers, who may not even know her name, have great reason to celebrate her memory.

Robert Battle Take Judith Jamison's Place In Alvin Ailey Dance Company

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Alvin Ailey's artistic director has announced a successor, a 37-year-old choreographer with a decade-long history with the world-reno...

Our Annual Symposium for Arts Organizations of Color

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Kaiser

Every March, a group of executives from 30 arts organizations of color gather at the Kennedy Center for an annual symposium. We created this group be...

Homo-Harlem: Learning How to be Gay from Movies

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Henry Adams

Yesterday, I saw the season's gay hit move of the summer, Sex in the City II, which has received such bad reviews, but my friends and I quite enjoyed ...

Why I Worry About Modern Dance

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Virtually every great modern dance company was founded more than 40 years ago. Where is the current, not to mention next, generation of great modern dance companies to carry the torch?

Obamas' Date Night: First Couple To Attend Kennedy Center Performance Friday Night (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

WASHINGTON — Life in the White House isn't keeping Barack and Michelle Obama from holding onto date night. The president and first lady are att...

Jill Biden, 'First Granny' Marian Robinson Step Out Together For Alvin Ailey Celebration

WWD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Gala honorary co-chairman Michelle Fenty, who lunched with her husband Mayor Adrian Fenty and the Obamas recently at Georgia Brown's, said she was sur...

Dancing With the Stars Needs to Do Something Other than Add Social Dances and a Non-Ballroom Judge to Spice Up the Show

Tonya Plank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tonya Plank

Is it just me or is this the most boring season thus far of Dancing With the Stars?

Consciousness Rising

Russell Simmons | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Simmons

Obama's spiritual concern underlies a deep compassion and toughness that comes from being in touch with and at ease with himself. This is what mindfulness is all about. It makes you strong in every way.