In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Congrats to this year's Outstanding Choreography Emmy nominees, announced yesterday morning in Hollywood! It's a pretty stellar list of names, with "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" choreographers earning four of the category's five slots. (Rockstar Mandy Moore was actually nominated for her work on both shows. 🙌 )
Congratulations to our June 2017 Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Brooke Cox! Here she is performing her solo, Creep. Enter the Cover Model Search at dancemedia.com.
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company members (photo by Karli Cadel)
Being the savvy dancers that you all are, you already know it’s a good idea to scope out hot, interesting choreographers, to discover who and what you really like—and what you like…less. Being informed about what’s happening in the dance world will help you choose which auditions to go to and who to take classes from once you’re on your own as a professional.
One of the best ways to see several different companies at once is to attend a showcase. This weekend, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company is sharing a program with three other NYC dance companies: SynthesisDANCE, Mettin Movement and :pushing progress. These companies are small but mighty—they regularly perform world premieres in some of NYC's coolest venues.
PCDC company member Eoghan Dillon (photo by Dekel Hamatian)
“Our group of dancers are all stand-outs, but during rehearsal we were pushed to our limits—both artistically and physically,” says full-time Peridance company member Eoghan Dillon. “I feel really connected to this work, and I’m itching to get out and perform it.”
If you're itching to see it, click here to buy tickets.
Nederlands Dans Theater. Batsheva Dance Company. RUBBERBANDance Group. These companies top the dream-job list of many contemporary dancers, thanks to their amazingly inventive choreography and culturally specific approach to dance. They're part of the wider world of contemporary and all its innovations—a world that extends far beyond the U.S. We rounded up boundary-pushing troupes from different continents so you can sample what contemporary dance looks like the world over.
From August 4–7, Broadway Dance Center in NYC will host a contemporary intensive for dancers 16 and up. Tracie Stanfield, the highly sought-after teacher and artistic director of Synthesis Dance Project, will head the intensive, with guest artists like former Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet dancer Billy Bell and director/choreographer Wes Veldink. In addition to daily barre classes and technique and rehearsal with Stanfield, Bell and Veldink, the four-day workshop will include a series of master classes, a concert dance Q&A panel, an in-studio presentation and video shoot and three drop-in classes.
To apply, fill out the online form, submit the application fee of $25 and email your dance resumé, headshot and a video of you in a contemporary class or performance to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer, you can audition in person during one of Stanfield's classes at BDC. Email info@SynthesisDance.org to set up a time. To access the online applicatio, click here. Good luck!
One of the workshop's master classes will be with Stanfield's Synthesis Dance Project. (Photo by John David Pittman)
Raise your hand if you've ever had a clueless (but well-meaning) friend ask you to explain contemporary dance. Raise your hand if you've ever had a friend avoid your performances because she was afraid she wouldn't "get" it. Good, so...everyone?
As you know, your DS editors are diehard dance nerds, and we never miss out on an opportunity to get more people excited about dance. Defining and explaining dance styles is one of the ways we define and explain ourselves as artists, but it can feel completely futile when you're talking to someone who doesn't know a tendu from a tilt.
Cue London's The Place and their GENIUS new series of animated shorts that help dance n00bs understand what contemporary dancers are trying to say when they do freaky things like roll on the ground or pull their leg behind their head. We love it when dance and animation go together, and this is even more spectacular because it's beautiful and educational.
The first video introduces an unfamiliar visitor to "Planet Dance," where there are two hemispheres: Social Dance and Performance Dance. Contemporary dance is located in the Performance Dance hemisphere, along with its neighbors ballet, street dance, etc.
The following three videos cover what The Place calls Body Talk—that is, how to communicate with a dancer when she doesn't use words. Think of it as your go-to cheat sheet for the next time a friend tries to dodge your shows. Remind her that she already has a lot of tools to appreciate performance, and then sit her down in front of one of these (GENIUS) videos.
Let's talk about dream companies. It's safe to say that for many of you, Still Motion Dance Company, Shaping Sound Dance Co. and Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance Company are at the top of your lists. They're all fantastic—but there's one thing they don't offer: a second company. And you know how much we love second companies.
So here's a quick question: Have you ever considered Nederlands Dans Theater 2? If you're like me (#obsessed), then you probably YouTube-stalk them on the daily. I mean, is it really too much to ask the mind-blowing contemporary dance troupe to put up new videos every week? But I digress...
Katarina Van Den Wouwer and Gregory Lau in POSTSCRIPT (photo by Rahi Rezvani)
Nederlands Dans Theater is one of the top contemporary companies in the world, and there's no better way in than through the ranks of its little sister company, NDT2. These kids are good. And I'm not just saying that because basically all of the Americans in the company are Julliard alums and YoungArts or Princess Grace nominees (or awardees). I'm saying that because I saw them perform at the Joyce Theater on Tuesday night—and I had to scrape my jaw off the ground.
Dancers of NDT2 in Sara (photo by Rahi Rezvani)
The company performed four pieces, my favorite of which was the creepy, uncomfortable, amazing Sara, by Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. Want to get in on the magic? NDT's summer program registration is now open.