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Performing Arts

Show Me The Talent!

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 12.10.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

By all accounts there is an increase in gifted applicants to performing arts college programs, and an increase in the level of preparedness. This speaks well for the students themselves, and the families who support them in pursuing their dreams of a career in the performing arts. Good work!

Know Your BFA "Must-Haves"

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 11.11.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

With so many BFA offerings, students and families can be overwhelmed with the task of compiling a college list that fits their needs.

FAFSA and the Middle Class

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Experts who know precisely how the government calculates EFCs say there's one overarching reason for this shock: the formula is so outdated--it's loosely based on a family budget from 1967--that it's no surprise many 21st Century families are astonished when they receive their EFC estimates.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Perform for America

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Mary Anna Dennard

One mother of twin sons, both majoring in performing arts at colleges in the Northwest, has used her passion to launch a petition called, Perform for America, a national movement to create a program akin to Teach for America, but for young performers.

I Got In! And Then I Dropped Out

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Most of the performing arts college applicants I advise come from middle class families. They earn too much money to qualify for federal aid, and don't earn enough to pay what they consider to be unaffordable tuitions.

Sticker Shock! College Performing Arts Costs

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 10.07.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

As you investigate colleges and costs, ask questions of admission and recruitment offices. They are more than happy to give you straightforward answers. And the department heads certainly have a point of view about the affordability of their particular programs.

Review: Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in 'PUSH'

Meghan Feeks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

For dancers, the peaks of artistry and athleticism rarely coincide. But when they do, one amplifies the other, and the result is dazzling.

Does College Name Prestige Matter for Actors?

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 09.28.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Students and families about to enter the college audition process would love to know if having a highly-recognized school's name on their resume will really make a difference. So, I asked three show biz industry decision-makers to find out.

Paying for a Performing Arts College Education

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 09.20.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Receiving training in a performing arts degree program within a liberal arts college, affords students an opportunity to learn their craft while receiving a college degree.

That's (Not Just) Entertainment: Dance As a Tool For Cultural Dialogue and Social Change

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

In 2015, DRDT returns to JOMBA! to perform a collaborative work with Flatfoot that signifies a culmination of the exchange. However, it might be said that the meat of this initiative is not as much in the dancing as in the dialogue taking shape between two seemingly disparate cultures.

Questioning Your College Student's Career Path?

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Mary Anna Dennard

When the choice of major is one that prompts concern, especially one in the arts, it can cause tension and strife among families. With uncertainties about the world economy, and a high unemployment rate, parents have legitimate worries about their child's future: How are you going to make a living as an artist?

My Conversation With Joan Rivers

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Monday night on PBS, the first of my two-part conversation with legendary comedian Joan Rivers. We talked about her longstanding career and her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva. Rivers spoke candidly about what will happen if the moment ever comes when she can no longer perform on stage.

Concert Etiquette: Get With the Program

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
Bonni Brodnick

I recently attended a senior-thesis violin recital at Juilliard, the prestigious arts conservatory in New York City. The talent before us was brilliant. The audience behavior around me was appalling.

Making Space Solutions for Making Arts and Culture

Lane Harwell | Posted 07.14.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

For others focused on making space solutions for arts and culture, I believe there is as yet untapped opportunity for building relationships both within and across sectors.

The Creative Economy's Impact on Innovation

Soren Petersen | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Soren Petersen

Economies progress through distinct stages as cultures acquire knowledge, skill and experience. The past century has seen a shift from agriculture b...

REVIEW: Ballet Preljocaj's 'Snow White' at Lincoln Center

Meghan Feeks | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

Given the story's themes of love, jealousy and obsession with youthful beauty -- so relevant to modern culture, and so conducive to physical expression -- it's easy to understand its appeal to the choreographer.

NYC Arts High School Picks Tests over Talent

Alan Singer | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

How does New York City justify keeping talented Black and Latino students out of its talent schools where they are promised academic support. As the dance program teachers at LaGuardia High School claimed, this is "discrimination, pure and simple."

Baalbeck: Marriage of History and Performing Arts

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

The briefly displaced Baalbeck International Festival is going home. The world-renowned annual event that was moved last year for security reasons f...

Closing an Opera With 'Dignity'

John M. Eger | Posted 06.14.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

After 49 years, the San Diego Opera announced a few weeks ago, it was closing its doors. Ian Campbell, the Opera's CEO and artistic director, said: "...

Hong Kong Zeros in on Creativity

John M. Eger | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

We have known for some time that public art with sculptures, statues, and murals everywhere, and buildings with their uniquely carved doorways, cornices, and columns are usually what distinguish one city from another.

The Global Search for Education: With a Capital "A"

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.12.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"It breaks my heart to think there are children out there who are not being exposed to Arts education. We have to change this!" - Ashley Brown As...

The Next Hit Show?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

"This is a story about how love changes over time...The hope is that the emotion of that theme + a twisting thriller plot + great tunes = something u...

Cultural Ambassadors to the World

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 04.15.2014 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

Known for its mix of classical ballet and modern dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, during a time when African-Americans had little access to classical dance.

Alice - The New Opera

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.21.2014 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

"Dodgson himself wrote that he imagined his work as musical theater -- an "operetta"." - Gary Bachlund Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are schedul...