Aspiring dancers must choose entrepreneurship or the arts

Aspiring dancers must choose entrepreneurship or the arts

Shawn Short

“You know it’s hard out here for a pimp, when he’s trying to make the money for the rent.” Those lyrics, featured in the Grammy-winning movie “Hustle and Flow,” made perfect sense for star Terrence Howard’s character. But for many …

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Ask J. Arch: I’m one of the most advanced dancers in the program, but my college dance company did not pick me! Now what?

Ask J. Arch: I’m one of the most advanced dancers in the program, but my college dance company did not pick me! Now what?

Jennifer Archibald

Jennifer Archibald has been chronicling dance life internationally since 2005. She is the Artistic Director of Arch Dance Company; holds residencies at the country’s top Universities and Colleges; and teaches contemporary and Hip Hop in NYC at Dance New Amsterdam, …

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Dancing abroad: Seeing the world through boundless passion

Dancing abroad: Seeing the world through boundless passion

Brittain Jackson

“Limitless” I remember the day dance leaped its way into my world. Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody” was the summer anthem, and as usual, everyone was more excited about the choreography than the actual song. I was no exception. I …

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Dance/USA opens conference with focus on diversity, inclusivity

Dance/USA opens conference with focus on diversity, inclusivity

Norma Porter

Dance/USA, the national organization that supports and advocates for professional dancers, began its 2013 conference in Philadelphia, Pa. on Wednesday, June 12 at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. Professional dancers, dance students, professors and arts administrators journeyed from near …

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Bridging the gap: How history can unite the dance world

Bridging the gap: How history can unite the dance world

Ava Bernstine

“Why Walk When You Can Dance?” Black dancers’ and choreographers’ influence on the dance world spans many genres of dance. But much like the dance world itself, their impact are limited to certain regions and seemingly disconnected as a whole. …

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Umkhathi Theatre Works brings Zimbabwe to Dance Africa 2013

Umkhathi Theatre Works brings Zimbabwe to Dance Africa 2013

Norma Porter

Zimbabwean group Umkhathi Theatre Works made its U.S. debut at the 26th annual Dance Africa festival. The festival began at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre in Denver, Colorado in early May traveled to the Brooklyn Academy of Music New York City …

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Rejuvenate your skin in time for summer with a good ‘spring cleaning’

Rejuvenate your skin in time for summer with a good ‘spring cleaning’

Mischelle Avant-Moody

How to let your beach body shine with healthy skin. You know when it’s spring: The grass grows green, once barren trees sprout leaves and flowers burst open with color. Spring is nature reconstructing itself after a long winter. Dry …

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Editor’s Movement: Create More Dancing Spaces in Urban Places

Editor’s Movement: Create More Dancing Spaces in Urban Places

Norma Porter

Since the launch of Black Dance Magazine, I find myself in a great deal of movement spaces. I left the dance world years ago to pursue a career in journalism. I covered everything from politics to education to careers and …

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Director-to-Director

Director-to-Director

Shawn Short

I am Shawn Short, hailing from the East coast, Washington, DC to be exact. I am a former dancer with the Adrian Bolton Dance Company, Bolton/Smith, El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea El Salvador, and a guest artist with Dance Alloy. …

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DC/Philadelphia-based Raedient Movement Brings “DanceHall Sweat”

DC/Philadelphia-based Raedient Movement Brings “DanceHall Sweat”

Norma Porter
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