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I am student anthropologist. I wish to explore how ballet dancers experience performing from a personal perspective – the connection between mind, body and space (embodiment). I am thinking about possible theoretical approaches including habitus and phenomenology but these may change.

I am looking for dancers and choreographers who are interested in helping with my research. To find out how to help, go to my blog. thks... Mike

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The next audition for the professional course with Ballet Junior will be held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2012.

This audition is aimed at young dancers between 17 and 23 years old.

An excellent level in ballet and contemporary dance is required as well as an interest in today's choreographic world.

More information on our website.


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Peridance Capezio Center's Certificate Program

Have you heard about Peridance Capezio Center’s newCertificate Program? It is a two-year training program designed for serious dance students 17-28 years old, looking to invest 2 years into an intensive quality training program. Students have daily interaction with top dance instructors and choreographers. The program is currently auditioning for the Spring Semester beginning January 31st.

For more information visit the website:

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Hardly two months are left in the Christmas Eve to come and preparations have already started. On one side people are seeking more fun from their Xmas holidays while on the other side entertainers want to make every moment of their holidays full of excitement. People living in the western countries love to attend the most popular dance format of today’s era, the ballet dance and The Nutcracker is the most famous form of presenting the Ballet dance around the whole world. The Nutcracker shows are specifically presented during the Christmas season and different schools and other dance training institution leave no effort in producing ballet dancers who in future could become a part of the Nutcracker ballet team. The Nutcracker shows are now presented as dancing concerts while traditional theater presentation of the Nutcracker is still continue.
The Nutcracker ballet is presented by different entertaining companies and almost every notable theater of a city presents this traditional ballet concert in its own style. Just like previous years the preparations for The Nutcracker have begun and ballet dancers are doing intensive rehearsals by adding new techniques in their dancing styles. During the Christmas season theaters impatiently seek the new ballet talents with highest dancing performances and auditions have already started. There are great opportunities for kids 8 to 14 years and elder dancers to attend the auditions for the different roles. The best thing is that no previous experience is required for the kid roles but the right dancing skills. The local theaters prefer the local youngster as a part of their team but some are now also looking for ballet dancers in other countries just like Moscow Ballet Prima Ballerinas who hunted USA for ballet dancers. The River City Ballet has announced Oct. 23rd as a day for the audition for child 6-9 years old at the Central Texas Ballet Conservatory.
The dates of their Nutcracker ballet concerts from different theaters are coming. The Lavrova Classical Ballet Academy will debut their North America Nutcracker tour on November 4th at Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. The famous Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker concert will be presented at the Auditorium Theatre of Rochester on 7th December at 7:30pm. The Brooklyn College will present the Nutcracker on Dec. 12, 2010 at 2 pm at their Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. The famous SA Ballet Theatre along with the SA State Theatre has announced a series of 23 Nutcracker shows from November 19th to the December 19th 2010. The American Ballet Theatre is the leading ballet company around the world hired the famous ballet dancer Alexei Ratmansky to choreograph for the premium of their new The Nutcrackers show on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Buy cheap Nutcracker tickets from our site to enjoy all the shows live in theater.

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Tiradentes square, subway stations and, of course, the main theaters in Rio de Janeiro, São Gonçalo and Baixada Fluminense. These are the "stages" of the 18th edition of Festival Panorama de Dança. This year, the program goes from 5th to 15th November, bringing to the public dance shows of more than 30 artists, from Brazil and abroad, and also a video installation by William Forsythe, a seminar on the economy of dance, a university showcases, a project of audience development for training the public, dance workshops and "Panoraminha”, a program dedicated to kids. The activities have popular prices or free entrance.Panorama’s opening night on November 5th is a tribute to the Brazilian critic and curator Roberto Pereira, who died in June, at age 43, leaving a legacy of solid academic research and appreciation of dance history.A small but precious program, with the pianist Cadu Pereira as a special guest, is set to remember the beginning of the movement in film, something that Roberto would love to share once again.The opening night goes on with CNN Ballet de Lorraine (photo) and its Répertoire, a journey through the multiple possibilities and conceptual breakthroughs that helped to set down contemporary dance as we see it today, with pieces by Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, William Forsythe and Maguy Marin."More than 18 thousand people were attended in 2008. What sets us apart from any cultural event held in the city is our ability to expand the circuit of dance to underprivileged neighborhoods with popular prices" said Nayse Lopez, Festival Panorama de Dança’s curator.Stay tuned! Visit for more information and follow @panoramafest on twitter.
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TenduTV announces the launch of the digital Dance on Camera Festival on Hulu, at The digital Dance on Camera Festival is an extension of the Dance Films Association's Dance on Camera Festival (DOCF), which it has produced annually for the last 38 years, the last 14 of which have been co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

"This new venture presents an exciting opportunity for dance film artists to expand their audience. The bulk of today's viewers consume their media digitally. Our partnership with TenduTV widens our distribution while offering an excellent, new venue for our participating artists," said Deirdre Towers, artistic director of Dance Films Association.

"We're excited to take this first step forward towards meeting the needs of the dance field. Finally, dance audiences can begin to get the access they eagerly desire. The Dance Films Association is a great partner and we're looking forward to doing all we can to help them fulfill their mission," said Marc Kirschner, General Manager of TenduTV.

TenduTV will be adding new films on a regular basis, providing viewers with a diverse range of dance on screen. While the initial films primarily represent contemporary works from prior editions of the festival, the Dance Films Association and TenduTV will also curate focused collections of dance films. Planned themes include "Past Masters," "Africa" and "Animation."

The first six films are available now, and feature dancers from some of thedance world's most renowned companies, including Tanztheater Wuppertal, Frankfurt Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Armitage Gone! Dance.

These films are:

Arcus, a jury prize nominee, DOCF 2004
directed by Alla Kovgan and Jeff Silva

Arising,from DOCF 2009
directed and choreographed by Ben Dolphin

FoliesD'Espagne, a jury prize nominee, DOCF 2008
directed by PhilipBusier
choreographed by Austin McCormick

Madrugada,from DOCF 2005
directed by William Morrison
choreographed byDeborah Greenfield

Vanishing Point, DOCF 2009
directedby Patrick Lovejoy

Wiped, Jury Winner, DOCF 2002
directedand choreographed by Hans Beenhakker

TenduTV also announced the addition of Cory Greenberg to its advisory board. Ms. Greenberg is Director of Operations & Special Projects for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as Ailey's in-house counsel. She received her undergraduate degree cum laude in Art History from Duke University and her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow and a recipient of the Vanderbilt Medal for Public Service.

About TenduTV

Founded in 2008, TenduTV seeks to deliver dance to audiences through the highest quality digital distribution network available to the art form today. Through TenduTV's platform partners, dance artists and organizations will be able to transport their vision beyond the physical theater and engage audiences through computers and 200 million digital devices including internet-enabled televisions, portable video players and mobile devices. By empowering artists to connect with audiences on a global scale, TenduTV believes that the dance field can be as strong financially as it is creatively.

About Dance Films Association, Inc.

Dance Films Association, Inc. (DFA) is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources,
DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. DFA was founded by Susan Braun in 1956, and included Ted Shawn, the founder of Jacob's Pillow, as its charter member, as well as modern dance pioneer Jose Limon and ballerina Alicia Markova as members of its first Board of Directors. A tireless advocate, Ms. Braun devoted her life to finding, showcasing, preserving dance films and videos until her death in 1995. Today, DFA seeks to carry on her spirit of creativity and collaboration in a time of extraordinary transformation.

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Hiroaki Umeda was certainly one of the most interesting performers I saw this year at Dance Week Festival. Being completely aware of all possibilities and consequences of our modern society, Umeda strikes you directly in your mind if you are enough opened to recognize or perceive the voices, soundz and flashing of today’s digitized generation.You know that I was writing about him almost two months ago and I promised then to publish soon all the interviews I did with some dancers. So, the first interview from that series is here…Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Hiroaki Umeda…

Photo: Fred Villemin (c)

Since you’ve studied photography and then started to work intensively with your body, what I’m interested in is how you managed to connect those two disciplines? They certainly interact on many levels…U: I actually drop out photography (laughs). To me it is the same thing to express something because when I was studying photography I’ve tried to find what I can’t express with photography. Actually, I think that after ten years of studying dance I find it very difficult to work only with photography and I wanted to express changes in some circumstances. Since photography doesn’t have a time and dance have a time… This is for me the main difference between dance and photography. I can’t express the same thing I want in both of them.What do you think is right NOW more essential for your work… kinetic or visual aspect? … and why?U: My pieces don’t have a meaning in a way to say something. So, for me the important thing is to feel the experience of my piece. I mean, I want to stimulate the sense for the audience to feel my dance with eyes, heart, ears, so… I think… Also, I want to stimulate a reaction in their bodies.

Could you please describe me a little bit your working process from the very beginning?U: I make a drawing… Well, actually I am starting making music first, because music has a time. So this is very easy, to define the time. Then drawings; and dance comes the last.So, dance is then the latest accent in you artwork…U: Yeah, that’s right.

Photo: Dominique Laulanne (c)

You have a strong background in ballet, hip hop and butoh which are all different in social, physical and even, psychological meanings… Can you tell me what particularly fascinates you in street culture on one hand and the subtle powerful inner silence of butoh on the other hand? How do you connect them, as different techniques or as a source of inspiration?U: Basically, I’m very selfish, ok? I ’steal’ everything and put it in my pieces (laughs). Actually, I use butoh because I’m only influenced by Japanese culture, something like that…

Today’s use of technology and modern urban cyber punk society seems to be something that is occupying you? Staying a human being in modern ‘skyscrapers’ oriented landscapes looks like a hard quest… it reveals many questions…U: Yes, yes… Because I am a human being and I am nature.

Photo: Getty Images (c)

How do you use then technology in your artwork, as an equal performer, an extended part of you or only as a tool?U: I use computer only as a tool. But it is possible that it can become a part of me. The most important thing for using technology in my work is to use it to expand my possibilities as dancer. But I don’t want to be used by technology. No, no.

You have started recently with blogging on your site, having a kind of your personal diary with working processes. Obviously you are supporting this kind of expression…U: Yeah, it’s a great tool. I want to communicate with people. Because I don’t speak about my pieces in public, so sometimes is important to put something to a web site about your work and share it with the public.

Photo: Shin Yamaga (c)

Which artists had the most influential impact on you? Do your influences include manga and anime?U: Yeah, I like manga and anime. I was very influenced by the Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama when I was starting studying photography. And also painting… music… For example, in painting I like the work by Gerhardt Richter.Mr. Umeda, tnx 4 ur time!This interview was originally posted on Personal Cyber Botanica
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