Dance World News (Jan. 18, 2017)

  • The dance and photography worlds mourn the loss of renowned photographer Martha Swope. Known for her images of Martha Graham and George Balanchine, Swope herself was a former student of the School of American Ballet whose career spanned nearly four decades. Swope’s works were honored with a special Tony Honor for Excellence in Theater (2004) and a lifetime achievement award from the League of Professional Theater Women (2007). Read more here.
  • The Bessie Awards recently held an event where Phoebe Pearl, the Rockette who initially spoke out against performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration, gave a rousing speech. “It’s our obligation to use our platforms to do what’s right,” she said.  “This isn’t political, this is about human rights. No matter where you come from, your sexual orientation or race, you deserve respect, you deserve love.” Other big names in dance including Yvonne Rainer and dance writer Eva Yaa Asantewaa were also in attendance. Click here to learn more.
  • Justin Peck is debuting a new work for the New York City Ballet titled, “The Times Are Racing,” which will featured the famed dancers in sneakers. Learn more here.

Watch Kate Hudson and James Corden take dance lessons from toddlers and see if you can keep up!





Ryan Gosling recently watched an old video of him dancing hip hop and was about as embarrassed as anyone would be after watching an old dance video. It’s okay, Ryan. We’ve all been there.


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