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Steps Toward Diversity: Youth America Grand Prix

Phil Chan | Posted 03.05.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

Low-income families and geographically underserved students (disproportionately students of color) who have little access to local resources receive few opportunities to explore the important benefits of the arts. This sends a very strong message: Classical ballet is not for you.

The Taming of the Tutu: A Call for Restraint in Today's Ballet Stars

Risa Gary Kaplowitz | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home
Risa Gary Kaplowitz

Sadly, many ballet schools and companies do not seem to be doing enough to preserve ballet's greatest asset -- its ability to transport an audience into their world. Ballet technique that explodes with meaning instead of fireworks is vastly lacking.

Ballet Hits A High Point In Pop Culture

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 08.29.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — "I'm really digging it," says Ronnie Underwood, a buff, tattooed motorcycle enthusiast, auto racer and former football player who als...

They Call Her Cartoon Girl

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.19.2012 | Home

Anyone who's seen Bess Kargman's "Spellbound"-esque dance documentary "First Position," knows who Gaya Bommer Yemini is. The Israeli dancer's journey ...

Film Smuggled Into Cannes Via Cake Screens In Miami

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 05.21.2012 | Miami

Screening at the Miami Beach Cinematheque is the controversial "This Is Not A Film," which was made illegally by imprisoned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Pa...

First Position Will Keep You on Your Toes

Carole Mallory | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Carole Mallory

As I watched First Position I was reminded of my friendship with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

This Week In Indie Cinema: Spurlock Takes On Comic Cons

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 05.21.2012 | Miami

Comic book fans, rejoice! This week at O Cinema, the theater is hosting a comic con experience of its own with the screening of popular comic books tu...

Real Life 'Black Swan'

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 04.16.2012 | Home

We're not ashamed to say it: we here at HuffPost Culture love dance movies unconditionally. Even the most mediocre ones are addictive (see: "Center St...

With Fierce Dedication To Their Art

George Heymont | Posted 12.16.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In the past year Americans have witnessed a new phenomenon that astounds and profoundly revolts me: the degradation and demonization of the teaching p...