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Dance for Me: Coming of Age on the Dance Floor and Beyond

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.18.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

What drives them, these ballroom babies with the swiveling hips, sequins and spray tans, who sacrifice family, friends, even country in the quest for fame?

DWTS: For Charlie White a Shocking End But a Classy Farewell

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.13.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Those of us who have seen some of his best ice dance routines are well aware that Charlie White was born to rock tails. But I don't think any of us were ready for his smoothest DWTS moves yet--or to see him go before the finals.

DWTS: Charlie White's World -- Winning At Life, '10s' Or No

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

We won't have White's world to drop in on every Monday night forever. So once again, I'm alerting you to this priceless opportunity to see one of the most gracious, gregarious and graceful role models we -- and our kids -- have had in ages.

Words of Wisdom From an Older Dancer

Keesha Beckford | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
Keesha Beckford

Don't worry about her feet, her extension, how many turns he does or her natural alignment. Work with what you have. Celebrate your gifts, while working your damn-est to overcome any shortcomings.

Supercalifragilisticexpiali -- DANG It!

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.15.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The judges were just dying to give Charlie White those "10s" his fans have been demanding. But...

Did Charlie White Do a Rumba on 'DWTS' This Week? No, But...

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.09.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Charlie White should be held to the same standards anyone else would be. There's only one problem: One of those DWTS deductions was based on an "illegal" lift. And Charlie White didn't choreograph the dance, he just danced it. Beautifully.

DWTS Update: So What Planet is Charlie White From Exactly?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.19.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Okay, there's the face and the smile and the laugh and the hair and the sick ice dancer thighs -- have you noticed those things when he hoists a p...

21 Things Dance Kids Want Their Non-Dance Friends To Know

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Teen

1. No, my studio is not like Abby Lee's and we don't have a pyramid in the beginning of class. 2. We did sock buns before they were cool. ...

City.Ballet Is Basically 'Center Stage' IRL

Posted 11.18.2013 | Arts

If your heart beats faster for all the drama, drive, talent and tiny buns in "Center Stage," prepare yourself for the webseries of your dreams. Th...

Speak Up With Jimmy: Project Runway's Bradon McDonald on Changing Careers From Dancer to Fashion Designer (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Jimmy Nguyen

Thinking about a career change? Watch my interview with "Project Runway" finalist Bradon McDonald about his experience going from modern dancer to fashion designer. Bradon also gives advice on how you can change careers: Plan first, and then take a dive!

10 Reasons Why I Love Dancers

Sarah Draugelis | Posted 12.17.2013 | Arts
Sarah Draugelis

Since I have moved back to NYC and am temporarily living with two dancers, I have begun to realize (or re-realize) a VAST difference between the two breeds: humans and dancers. Here is my list of the reasons why this experience has been so charming.

This Kid Will Have Your Applause. We Promise.

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.03.2013 | Entertainment

Lady Gaga would most likely give applause to 11-year-old Sean Lew and his dance crew's very fabulous dance by choreographer, Miguel Zarate. Sean L...

7-Year-Old Japanese Dancer Has A Little Too Much Energy

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.20.2013 | Comedy

Seven-year-old dancer, Ririri, is probably a little more popular than you were when you were her age. She has almost 60,000 followers on Twitter and h...

WATCH: The Dark Side Of Burlesque Dancing

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 03.05.2014 | Weird News

Lint rollers, frequent trips to Michaels, obsessive vacuuming -- these are the telltale signs that you're addicted to glitter. But do you fully gr...

Incredible Multimedia Dance Performance Wows Olympic Committee

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts

Fuma-Kai is an incredible performance by Japanese multimedia dance and martial arts troupe, Enra, directed by Nobuyuki Hanabusa. It was shown at the I...

Am I a Dancer Who Gave up?

Shawn Renee Lent | Posted 08.02.2013 | Arts
Shawn Renee Lent

I am dancing, with and for others. I am and will always be a dancer. I take that with me, in the ways I think, develop ideas, collaborate, move. I haven't been on a professional or semi-professional stage in six years, but I am a dancer. Because I say so.

WATCH: Ooh La La! These Dancers Turn Paris Into Spiceworld!

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Think you're fabulous because you sat in your bedroom and memorized every dance number to "Spiceworld?" When stressed do you imagine yourself in glitt...

PlayMusician Committed to Promoting Diverse Musical Talent

Jim Luce | Posted 09.18.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

Variety is wonderful, and that is exactly what you get at PlayMusician Jam Nights (PM-jamnites). For audiences open to experiencing an array of music...

Happy Birthday, Degas!

Posted 07.19.2013 | Arts

In honor of Edgar Degas' birthday, we are revisiting a post originally published last year honoring the artist's life and work. Today is the birthd...

ADF 2: The Cognitive Scientist in Residence - Dance and Memory

Lightsey Darst | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Lightsey Darst

"I'm interested in how the mind works," Dr. Ruth Day says. She has the enviable title of ADF Cognitive Scientist in Residence -- which makes her, so far as she knows, the only cognitive scientist in residence at any dance festival.

American Dance Festival (1)

Lightsey Darst | Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts
Lightsey Darst

If the mention of a summer dance festival and school conjures up Fame-like visions for you -- long-legged lovelies stretching in crowded halls, ragged leg warmers, bare shoulders and naked ambition -- getting to know the American Dance Festival may take a little adjustment.

Returning to Jacob's Pillow

Christopher Duggan | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

Every year, I am so excited to return to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, to photograph amazing dancers and festival life and settle back in to our cozy cabin in the Berkshires.

The Great Body Image Debate: Why Staying Quiet Isn't the Answer

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Rainesford Alexandra

To say body image and weight are sore subjects in regard to ballet is an understatement. The line for reasonable expectations continues to be blurred.

Creativity: Making a Living With Your Ideas

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Although I make my living as a film maker, I teach a class I developed about entrepreneurship called "Creativity: Making a Living With Your Ideas" at Parsons School for Design in New York City. I was recently interviewed about building and sustaining a creative career by Doug Smith.

WATCH: Groundbreaking New Film Tackles HIV/AIDS In The World Of Dance

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.16.2013 | Gay Voices

Test, a film set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985, focuses on a prestigious dance company dealing with the spread of HIV ...