Body Basics: Massage Therapy, Self-Care for Dancers

Body Basics: Massage Therapy, Self-Care for Dancers

Fateema Blackwell

Dancers’ bodies are the medium they use for expression. From plies to high jumps, dancers’ are constantly putting their bodies under stress and strain. Washington, D.C.-based massage therapist Nicky Waller says that it is important for dancers to make time for …

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BDM EXCLUSIVE PART 1: Desmond Richardson, 20 Years of Complexions

BDM EXCLUSIVE PART 1: Desmond Richardson, 20 Years of Complexions

Norma Porter

We sat down with Desmond Richardson, Artistic Director/Co-Founder of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, to discuss the Company’s 20th anniversary. Founded in 1994 by former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre principal dancers, Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, Complexions is known for its diverse …

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Organizing and Mobilizing through the Dance: The CDSM

Organizing and Mobilizing through the Dance: The CDSM

Norma Porter

“There’s strength in numbers” is one of the successful approaches utilized to overcome some of the age-old, systemic roadblocks we encounter as people of color in America. Institutional racism permeates every facet of our experience. The only way to fight …

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BDM Media: Support needed for animated film about Janet Collins

BDM Media: Support needed for animated film about Janet Collins

Norma Porter

New York, New York - When it comes to the preservation and promotion of little known stories of African American history, actress and writer Karen Parsons has taken on this important task with her nonprofit Sweet Blackberry. Parsons, who is most-famous …

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Ngoma Center For Dance: 10-Day Contemporary Ballet Intensive Workshop

Ngoma Center For Dance: 10-Day Contemporary Ballet Intensive Workshop

Norma Porter

Rockville, Md. – Shawn Short, founder, producing artistic director and principal choreographer of Ngoma Center For Dance/Dissonance Dance Theatre, is hosting an “intensive-care” Ballet workshop in July. The two-week workshop will take place at the Adventure Theatre-MTC in the Wintergreen Plaza in …

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Dance/USA hosts its 6th annual conference

Dance/USA hosts its 6th annual conference

Norma Porter

Minneapolis, Mn. – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, is hosting its 6th annual conference in Minneapolis, Mn. from Wed., June 18 – Sat., June 21. The four-day conference will provide professional dancers with a plethora of industry-related …

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New York Foundation for the Arts honors choreographer Dwight Rhoden

New York Foundation for the Arts honors choreographer Dwight Rhoden

Norma Porter

New York, New York – The New York Foundation for the Arts presented Dwight Rhoden, Artistic Director and Co-founder of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, with the 2014 Hall of Fame Award for choreography on Tues., April 22. The ceremony, which also serves …

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Pittsburgh dance academy enriches students with Black traditions, professional mentoring

Pittsburgh dance academy enriches students with Black traditions, professional mentoring

Denise LaRosa

Young dancers bring Pittsburgh’s Hill Dance Academy Theatre’s studio rooms alive with a flurry of pirouettes and jetès. Surrounded by images of African-American leaders such as President Obama, dancers at the Hill Academy pay homage to their history while firmly …

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Crowd-source funding needed for dance theatre X

Crowd-source funding needed for dance theatre X

Norma Porter

When you think of the perfect blend of socio-political commentary, high-energy movement and kinetic storytelling, you tend to think of Charles O. Anderson’s dance theatre X. Anderson is the Founder and Artistic Director of dance theatre X, and an associate …

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre extends search for artistic director

Dallas Black Dance Theatre extends search for artistic director

Norma Porter

Dallas, Texas – After leading the helm of the longest-running professional dance company in Dallas for 37 years, Dallas Black Dance Theatre Founder/Artistic Director Ann M. Williams announced her May 2014 retirement plans in July of 2013. But, one month before she …

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