The recital theme of the studio where I teach, Holly Springs School of Dance, from this past June was Evolution of Dancer. This is a fitting theme for my summer of photos, as well. They include everything from a little dancer's first time on the stage to professional ballet dancers honing their skills in class. Here … Continue reading Evolution of a Dancer – Summer Favorites
Here's an idea akin to the book club but much more fun! 1 - Get together with friends (bring wine) and read Shakespeare's play Macbeth aloud. If you've never read aloud with others, I highly recommend you give it a try! Here's a link to the play: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/macbeth/full.html 2 - Take your friends to the reception … Continue reading Support art and be smart!
Heidi Latsky Dance opened their "Triptych" Sunday with "Somewhere," dressed in all white, under hanging lights that lit the stage like stars, some dangling lower and some shining brighter, standing on a surface of wide black and white stripes. They started moving without music, holding stillness then springing into motion simultaneously. Atonal music created by … Continue reading Heidi Latsky Dance at the American Dance Festival
The week before the American Dance Festival opened I had a dream that Shen Wei Dance Arts performed inside a fish tank. I thought it was a strange and funny dream until from the audience at the season opening performance I was reminded of their fluid movement. The dancers move as easily and dreamily as … Continue reading The liquid art of Shen Wei
What a great show! The first thing I want to say in case you don't usually stay until the end of a thing, is stay to the end! Cinderella is just the first half. The traditional fairy tale is followed after intermission by two world premiers. This program contains a sampling of all the best things … Continue reading Carolina Ballet’s Cinderella Program: from A to Zali
Teal Darkenwald, assistant professor at ECU 's School of Theatre and Dance, always creates imaginative pieces that are among my favorites at the department's dance showcases. I missed this year's spring performance, but I got to enjoy Darkenwald's piece, Quantum, while editing the video for the Greenville Guardian. With original music by Erich Keil, a lighting and sound technician … Continue reading ECU’s Teal Darkenwald
In a review, I try to not make a list of dances with ratings, which means I don't mention every dance or every dancer, even if the choreography or performance were exceptional. In a dense program like Master Composers with two and half hours of new and exciting choreography, with a full-company cast bringing it … Continue reading There’s more to say about Carolina Ballet’s Master Composers