Boogie down in Charlotte, NC, this month with North Carolina Dance Theatre and a live bluegrass band! The company will perform Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Shindig as well as Twyla Tharp’s ballroom dance masterpiece, Nine Sinatra Songs and Alonzo King’s MAP. Sept 17–19; ncdance.org
Tap It To Me
Tapping sensation tap kids will be taking the stage at The International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna, VA, this month. These talented dancers have wowed audiences across the U.S. and internationally with their energizing passion and performance. By the end of the show you’ll be tapping your feet right along with them! Sept 19–20; internationalchildrensfestival.org
Fall in Love with Fall for Dance
Don’t miss your chance to see 20 groundbreaking companies—including Batsheva Dance Company, The Australian Ballet and Ballet West—at NYC’s Fall for Dance festival. At just $10 a ticket, everyone can afford to fall for dance this season! Sept 22¬–Oct 3; nycitycenter.org.
San Francisco Ballet is hitting the road this month! The company was invited to tour China in honor of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 30th anniversary of the nation’s diplomatic relations with the U.S. The three-week tour to Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing will include two programs with a total of eight performances of Swan Lake and a mixed-repertory program that includes works by George Balanchine, Helgi Tomasson and Christopher Wheeldon. Sept 22–Oct 3; sfballet.org.
Can’t Beat a Classic
Romance is in the air as Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet performs Jean-Christophe Maillot’s rendition of the classical ballet Roméo et Juliette. This is a great opportunity to see the breathtaking beauty of PNB at its best. Sept 24–Oct 4; pnb.org.
Calling all contemporary dancers! LehrerDance, a contemporary dance company based in Buffalo, NY, hits the road with its unique choreography and organic style. This month, Jon Lehrer’s group will perform at the Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, IL. Sept 26; lehrerdance.org.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.