Dance

December 15, 2021

Authors Share Their Insights Into the Rich History of the Dance Theatre of Harlem [Interview]

After years of meticulous research, authors Judy Tyrus and Paul Novosel have brought the rich history of the Dance Theatre of Harlem to life in a new book. Dance Theatre of Harlem: A History, A Movement, A Celebration brings together the stories and incredible visuals of the Company to paint a picture of its inspiring 50-year history. Tyrus and Novosel both have intimate knowledge of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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October 27, 2021

Watch a Mesmerizing Hand Ballet Performed for the 2020 Paralympics Hand Off Ceremony

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games had a special, choreographed performance as part of its closing handoff ceremony. Choreographed by Sadeck Waff, the beautiful hand ballet was executed perfectly in sync by 126 professional and amateur performers in wheelchairs. Each person donned a black shirt that made their arm movements—folding, unfolding, and an “x” formation—all the more mesmerizing.

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January 29, 2021

A Brief History of Ballet From European Courts to Modern Dance

Every winter, millions flock to see The Nutcracker, perhaps the most famous ballet of all time. Ballet's beginnings actually began centuries before little Clara began capturing hearts as she flew through a world of sweets with her gallant nutcracker. While the oldest ballets performed today date from the 19th century, choreographed dances in a style known as ballet were actually performed in the Italian Renaissance.

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November 10, 2020

Former Ballerina With Alzheimer’s Hears Music and Remembers Her Routine To ‘Swan Lake’

Music can awaken the deepest parts of our memories—even if those moments seem gone forever. Marta C. González proves this in a poignant video that has recently gone viral. It shows González—a former New York City Ballet prima ballerina living with Alzheimer’s disease—as she recognizes Tchaikovsky’s classic Swan Lake. Upon hearing the music, González begins to move her arms and dance the routine she performed so long ago.

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