It's Almost Time to Fall for Dance
If you have friends who aren't really sure about this whole dance thing, you take them to a Fall for Dance performance. The annual NYC festival—celebrating its 10th birthday this year!—puts together deliciously appetizing samplers of all different styles of dance, from hardcore ballet to hardcore tap. Everyone's pretty much guaranteed to find something they connect to. Oh—and tickets are just $15.
This year's Fall for Dance programs were just announced, and they're pretty spectacular. Kicking off with two free performances hosted by the Public Theater at Central Park's outdoor Delacorte Theater (September 16-17), the festival will then settle into New York City Center for two weeks of shows (September 25-October 5) featuring 20 companies from around the world. The popular Lounge FFD, which transforms the atrium next to City Center into a party-ready food/drink/dance venue, will also be back this year.
The complete lineup is below. Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 8 at 11 am. As usual, they're sure to sell out pretty much instantly, so mark your calendars!
Delacorte Theater Performances
New York City Ballet: Red Angels (1994) by Ulysses Dove
Paul Taylor Dance Company: Esplanade (1975) by Paul Taylor
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence: Upside Down (1998) by Ronald K. Brown
Streb Extreme Action Company: Human Fountain (2011) by Elizabeth Streb
Richard Alston Dance Company: The Devil in the Detail (2006) by Richard Alston
Gabriel Missé and Analía Centurión
Sara Mearns and Casey Herd: festival commission by Justin Peck
DanceBrazil: Fé do Sertão (2013) by Jelon Vieira
Nrityagram: Vibhakta (2008) by Surupa Sen
605 Collective: Selected Play (2013) by various choreographers
HeadSpaceDance: Light Beings (2012) by Mats Ek
Dance Theatre of Harlem: Gloria (2012 by Robert Garland
American Ballet Theatre: The Moor's Pavane (1949) by José Limón
Colin Dunne: The Turn (2013) by Colin Dunne
Ballet Hispanico: Sombrerisimo (festival commission) by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Introdans: Sinfonia India (1984) by Nacho Duato
Dorrance Dance: SOUNDspace (2013) by Michelle Dorrance
Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc.: Mo(or)town/Redux (2012), Doug Elkins
The Royal Ballet: festival commission by Liam Scarlett
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Sadler's Wells London: Faun (2009) by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
BODYTRAFFIC: o2JOY (2012) by Richard Siegal
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Black Swan Pas de Deux
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Home (2011) by Rennie Harris
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night: