Noah Vinson, a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, coaches fellow company member Dallas McMurray through a section of L'Allegro's famous "Male Bird Solo," which creates character with its detailed head movements and winglike arms.
The amazing Storyboard P, who'll perform in the "Unreal Hip-Hop" program (photo Julieta Cervantes/NYTimes)
The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival just announced the lineup for its 2014 season, and whoa, you guys: It's totally fantastic.
Every summer dancers and dance companies from all over the world descend on Becket, MA for the historic festival, which is celebrating its 82nd birthday. This year more than 52 companies will perform between June 14 and August 24.
Set your DVRs, dance nerds. Mark Morris Dance Group will be featured in a new PBS "Great Performances" presentation, and you know what that means: Two hours of pure dance-viewing awesomeness, all from the comfort of your own couch. Oh, and just a little someone named Mikhail Baryshnikov(!) will be hosting it all.
Mark Morris Dance Group in L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Courtesy Kashvili)
The company will be performing one of Morris' most celebrated works, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. And when I write "celebrated," I'm not exaggerating. After a performance of L'Allegro in 2013 (commemorating the work's 25th anniversary), a characteristically tough New York Times dance critic wrote, "This is choreography that speaks to the soul." So, yeah. You might not want to miss out.
In most areas, this PBS "Great Performances" will air Friday, March 27 at 9pm. Be sure to check your local listings—some cable providers are following a different schedule, and there may be a few rebroadcasts. Can't wait another 11 days? Check out this preview:
June 19th marks the start of NYC Dance Week 2014—a.k.a. a huge perk for dancers spending their summer in the Big Apple. For 10 days (until June 28th), NYC Dance Week offers free(!!) and discounted dance and fitness classes throughout the city. So if you're in or around NYC, be sure to check out these highlights:
Contemporary class at The Ailey Extension (Photo Kyle Froman)
Channel Elle Magazine’s recent fashion feature and stop into an Ailey Extension class at the Ailey Studios. This Friday, TweetBoogie is holding a free hip-hop class from 6:30–8:30 pm. The Ailey Extension is also offering an extra free class to any studio newbies, and returning students can take advantage of discounted class cards.
STREB in rehearsal for Human Fountain. (photo courtesy City Center)
Other major studios are also getting involved: Peridance Capezio Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, Ballet Academy East and Gina Gibney Dance Center are all offering free and discounted classes. But you might consider stepping out of your comfort zone—the classes are free after all. Get your flipping, tucking and Parkour-ing on with a free session at STREB@SLAM, the home of Elizabeth Streb’s company STREB EXTREME ACTION.
Want to add in some fitness? There are countless Zumba, yoga and Pilates classes on the list—great for cross-training to prepare for your summer intensive. And if you have any questions about an injury or nutrition, bring them to one of The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries free Q&A and injury prevention seminars.
For the full list of events and classes in styles ranging from capoeira to Bollywood to tap to something called Ballet Gymnastics (um, yes please!), visit the NYC Dance Week website. See you in class!