More than 800 dancers and teachers will participate in the 24th annual Jazz On Tap festival at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA, this month. The 2011 festival includes master classes in tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop with teachers such as Jay Fagan, Katee Shean and Jared Jenkins, among others. Jazz On Tap culminates with four performances showcasing the festival’s top talent. Mar 3–6; dancefestinc.com
World Premiere for Hope Mohr Dance
Now in its fourth season, San Francisco’s Hope Mohr Dance presents the world premiere of Artistic Director Hope Mohr’s The Unsayable. Featuring music composed by Paul Haas, the work uses spoken word and movement to tell the true stories of war veterans. Mar 3–6; hopemohr.org
85 Years of Graham
This month, Martha Graham Dance Company marks its 85th anniversary with performances at Lincoln Center in NYC. The company celebrates the legacy of its founder by performing several of Graham’s iconic works, including Maple Leaf Rag—the last piece Graham choreographed before her death in 1991. Fashionistas in the audience should keep an eye out for stunning costumes designed by Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta. Mar 15–20; marthagraham.org
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago breaks from an extensive touring schedule this month to present a full evening of works from two esteemed Israeli choreographers at the Harris Theater in Chicago. The company’s spring series promotes cultural expression through movement, featuring world premieres by Ohad Naharin, the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, and Sharon Eyal, Batsheva’s resident choreographer. Mar 17–20; hubbardstreetdance.com
Honoring a Legend
The New York International Ballet Competition pays tribute to its late founder Ilona Copen with a dinner and gala performance this month at New York University’s Skirball Center. Following performances by dancers from the nation’s major ballet companies, Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux will receive the first Ilona Copen award for their contributions to the artistic development of young dancers. Mar 22; nyibc.org
Photos top to bottom: Jazz on Tap festival students in class with Dustin Phillips, by Katrina Rodabaugh; Hope Mohr Dance, by Annie Day.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?