The Return of Dance Theatre of Harlem
This Saturday is a very, very happy day for the dance world: The legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem will give its first performance in eight years. It's a triumphant moment for the company, which fought its way back (under the leadership of Virginia Johnson, former EIC of our sister magazine, Pointe) from a crippling debt crisis.
And the new DTH is starting out with a bang: Saturday's show, in Louisville, KY, kicks off a major international tour that continues through next June, with a stint in NYC in April. Not only will the tour include performances of masterpieces by George Balanchine and Alvin Ailey, it'll also feature a slew of premieres by Helen Pickett, Francesca Harper, Robert Garland and more.
The company's dancers are just as extraordinary. The roster includes exquisite Ashley Murphy, who was just nominated for a Clive Barnes Foundation Award*, and First Position phenom Michaela DePrince.
In other words: There's a LOT to get excited about! Click here to find out when DTH is coming to a theater near you.
*Our friend Lauren Lovette of New York City Ballet was also nominated for a Clive Barnes Award!
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.