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Fiddler on the Roof Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

Jay Weston | Posted 09.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I must admit that my eyes were tearing as I left the theatre. Yes, it is still powerfully moving. So may I suggest that you order or rent a copy of the film and spend three happy hours immersed in this wonderful story.

CultureZohn: Tiler Peck And Robert Fairchild: Dancing As Fast As They Can

Patricia Zohn | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

"You have to practice finishing," Tiler reminds the toe students after a series of turns, "you can't just stop in mid-step and freeze." A good lesson for life as well as ballet.

Ricardo Bustamante: Profile of a Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Last week's premiere at San Francisco Ballet proved to be an all-around artistic feat - again for Ratmansky, for the entire company of San Francisco Ballet and, yes, for Shostakovich who had not penned these compositions for the ballet stage.

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Francis Levy | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

What does it feel like to be loved for one's beauty or perfection? Naturally, it's something that everyone who has never had that kind of beauty or t...

Afternoon of a Faun: A Life of Dancer Tanaquil LeClercq

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Tanaquil LeClercq was a lithe, angular beauty, a dancer who graced ballet until polio struck, paralyzing her and ending her career at age 27. Nursing ...

Anna Sokolow Way Honors Modern Dance Great - December 4-8

Adria Rolnik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Through From the Horse's Mouth "talk/dance" format, Anna Sokolow Way will offer a firsthand look at the personal experiences of dancers, actors, critics and musicians who worked with Anna over the course of her 60-year career in dance.

Aisle View: Lenny's New York in the Berkshires

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

On the Town with youthful high spirits from the music, empathy from the actors, and comedy firing on all cylinders. "New York, New York" in Pittsfield, well worth the trip up the Taconic.

Introducing Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber as San Francisco Symphony's Tony & Maria in West Side Story

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

"it's a timeless story. Different classes, different backgrounds all of that stuff rings true and always will. And the fact that I'm going to be representing Tony for a lot of folks is not lost on me."

En Pointe! An In-Depth Look at the Pointe Shoe

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

The National Museum of Dance has an exhibit about pointe shoes that dancers and dance-lovers will want to check out. We reached out to Assistant Director Sarah Hall Weaver to learn more about it and are excited to share some of the details with you here.

The Possibilities of the Art: Ashley Wheater and Jazz at the Joffrey

Johnny Nevin | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

2013-02-19-NEVINPULL.JPGThe more dramatic the movement, the harder it is to stay balanced; the higher the leap, the more difficult it is to land it gracefully. Those may sound like universal principles of motion, but you'd never know it from watching Ashley Wheater move.

Is Beauty Enough, or Do We Need Meaning? (An Adventure at the Ballet)

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Ballet To The People lured her date to a performance of San Francisco Ballet's season opener with the promise that she would sit through the Super Bowl with him the next day.

Complacency in AIDS Fundraising?

Mike Smith | Posted 04.01.2013 | Arts
Mike Smith

Dancers Find their Voice at DRA Broadway Cares Event The "Dance from the Heart" event in New York this week, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fight...

Review: Joffrey's 'Spring Desire' Program

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home
Catherine L. Tully

Love, longing and sensuality are at the core of the Joffrey Ballet's "Spring Desire" program. Age of Innocence opens the evening with its tense, formal underpinnings -- expertly juxtaposed with moments of passion.

Paul Taylor Dance Company's New York Season

Margaret Fuhrer | Posted 04.03.2012 | Arts
Margaret Fuhrer

Paul Taylor's greatest gift is shading -- adding a stroke of darkest charcoal to a brilliant moment, a sweep of white to a dusky one. His choreography...

WATCH: 'West Side Story' Flashmob Hits Times Square

Posted 01.12.2012 | Gay Voices

The film version of "West Side Story" may be half a century old, but its ardent fans are clearly still a force to be reckoned with. A flashmob inv...

City Center: A Remarkable History

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ghosts of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey and too many others to name are hopefully still in residence, inspiring a new generation of artists to create great works.

Movie Review: Footloose Remake - Why?

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.11.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Geez, Footloose sucked when it was a Kevin Bacon movie in 1984. Who thought remaking it, almost scene for scene and song for song, would improve it?

Rita Moreno Stars in a World Premiere of Her Own Life Story

Erika Milvy | Posted 11.11.2011 | Arts
Erika Milvy

Rita Moreno is having a Betty White year. She is back on TV, back on the stage and although she might not be as ubiquitous as Betty White (she has yet to have a calender made about her) she certainly has better gams.

First Nighter: South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone Cheerfully Commit The Book of Mormon to Broadway

David Finkle | Posted 05.26.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The production is hardly a surprise attack by the nose-thumbing partners. It could be said they're going after Christianity as a whole with the appearance of a slang-spouting Jesus in a lustrous blond wig.

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.

Revisiting West Side Story (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Although I did not see the original production of West Side Story, I've been lucky to see several others.

American Master Choreographer Jack Cole Feted at Jacob's Pillow

Debra Levine | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

A top-gun choreographer in his time -- feared, respected, and awed -- Cole's enormous contribution is puzzlingly little known, even inside the dance world.

Culture Zohn: The Architecture of Dance Festival Begins at New York City Ballet

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Patricia Zohn

2010-05-03-outsidepull.jpg It's no wonder Alexei Ratmansky is in such great demand. He is the real deal, making his own dance architecture out of thin air.

First-Nighter: The Maude-like, Un-Maude-like Maude Maggart

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

What's truly appealing about Maude Maggart is that what you initially see--and hear--isn't what you eventually get. She fools you seven ways to Sunday and plainly gets a kick out of it.

George Chakiris: A Star 48 Years After His Oscar (VIDEO)

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Gregory

In 1962, George Chakiris' portrayal of Bernardo in West Side Story took the silver screen by storm, earning him an Academy Award. George talked to me about life lived under and out of the spotlight.