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Bad Book Reviews: One Author's Reaction

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

It is a truth widely known fact that if you're fortunate enough to have written and published a book and lucky enough to have people talk about it, comments will run the gamut from good to bad, with many shades of mediocre in between.

Black and White Photography: Dancers in the Dark

Erica Simone | Posted 11.13.2014 | Arts
Erica Simone

Over the last ten years as a photographer, it's been a beautiful pleasure to work with incredible dancers from around the world. The following images from my ongoing series Dancers in the Dark feature two extraordinarily talented couples: World famous and Redbull-sponsored BBoy, Neguin, with his enrapturing wife, Amy Secada, as well as the uniquely brilliant Leandro Silva and Janete Silva from the Silva Dance Company, both featured in Kiesza's viral Hideaway music video.

Just Do the 'Thing'

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 10.30.2014 | Small Business
Johnathan Cardillo

"Fear is debilitating" -- as cliché as this phrase may be, it's something you should remind yourself of every day of your life if you are or want to be a business owner. This post was inspired by a good friend who told me exactly what I needed to hear a few years ago when I was looking to launch a business.

Music Turns Me On: Find Out What Turns On This Justin Timberlake Dancer

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 11.27.2014 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

I was over the moon excited when one of my clients invited me to see Justin Timberlake in concert. My client's step daughter is dancer Lindsay Richard...

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

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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.