Dance World News (Jan. 11, 2017)

Back on schedule and back in the news!

  • Dance Theater of Harlem will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with their piece “Changes.” Choreographed by Diane McIntyre, the piece will feature music performed by the Spelman Glee club and will have the dancers, who typically dance en pointe, to dance in a more grounded, modern/african based style of movement.
  • Viral dance challenges may have found their next muse with a seven-year-old remix of Evelyn “Champagne” King’s disco hit “Love Come Down.
  • After years of being told “no,” former Beyoncé back-up dancer Akira Armstrong is saying yes to body positivity with her Pretty Big Movement Dance Company.
  • In the upcoming dance documentary Reset or Rélevé (in New York and L.A. theaters on Jan. 13), Benjamin Millepied describes the racism he encountered as director of the Paris Opera Ballet and other issues that ultimately led to his departure from the company in 2016 after just over a year in the role.
  • The winners of the prestigious Clive Barnes Award were announced Monday.

Finally, for our video of the week, watch this pair of newlyweds nail their version of the final dance from Dirty Dancing. Try not to smile, I dare you.

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