let there be even more dance!
December 26 – January 28
West Park Presbyterian Church
The renowned flamenco company, Nocha Flamenca where live music and principle dancer Soledad Barrio is a staple returns with premieres and the critically acclaimed works. La Ronde (Dec 26 – Jan 7) inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 play, “La Ronde” in a series of duets that explores desire, humiliation and loneliness; and Creación following the life-journey of two female dancers in a fusion of Flamenco and hip-hop. Select performances of Creación will feature hip-hop legend TweetBoogie who alternates the role with Nubian Néné,a nd Antigona Artistic Director Martín Santangelo’s adaptation of Sophocles’ “Antigone” (January 10 – 28). Find out more here
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT)
New York City Center
November 30 – December 31
For the final two weeks of their annual New York City Center five-week season, AAADT, under artistic director, Robert Battle, there will be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day performances, as well as a Season Finale on New Year’s Eve featuring excerpts of the season’s premieres and new productions. Slated for these last weeks are: Battle’s Ella, a tribute to jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald in time for the centennial of her birth, Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream, Kyle Abraham’s Untitled America, and Mauro Bigonzetti’s Deep, and a host of repertory including Alvin Ailey’s signature Revelations. Be sure to check out the many parties and other celebrations in support of the season. Find out more here
The 29th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance returns to Dallas, Texas for “Boundless Excellence in Dance,” where they are honoring dance industry trailblazer Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Robert Battle is the recipient of the prestigious Founder’s Award to be presented during the conference’s Awards Luncheon where he will deliver the keynote address. The conference and festival takes place January 25 - 29, 2017 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, Texas. Following the Awards Luncheon Battle will take part in a panel discussion.
The Founder's Award is given to an individual who is one of a kind and consistently explores new and ground breaking approaches to dance in our community. The award recognizes exceptional choreography, performance, and uniqueness of the Dance Artists creative voice. This award recipient has demonstrated a genuine commitment to the mission of IABD and its philosophy which emphasizes the continued responsibility of "carrying the torch" by preserving and promoting dance by people of African ancestry or origin.Robert Battle became the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in July of 2011. He is only the third person to head the dance company since its inception in 1958. Battle was a frequent choreographer and artist-in-residence at Ailey since 1999, where he set many of his works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II and The Ailey School. Mr. Battle also instituted the New Directions Choreography Lab to help develop the next generation of choreographers. Battle founded his own Battleworks Dance Company in 2002. He was honored as one of the “Masters of African-American Choreography” by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2005. Battle trained at The Juilliard School. Battle has successfully continued to push boundaries and expand the conversation around what defines the Black Dance experience. He has done so by exposing audiences to an eclectic and non-traditional range of choreographers that have set commissioned works on the Ailey company. Robert Battle's diverse career as a performer, choreographer, artistic director, philanthropist and visionary make him an ideal speaker for the multigenerational dance artists of color that will have the privilege of experiencing his keynote address.
2017 Summer Internships - Early Bird Deadline is January 15th!
"Working at the Yard has allowed me to experience a whirlwind of professional dance while also honing my skills as an administrator and learning the ins and outs of a renowned nonprofit arts organization." - Aria Roach, 2016 Artist/Intern
Internships focus both on the administrative facets of an art non-profit as well as an opportunity for skilled dancers and artists to partake in performance and choreographic experiences.
Media and Communications Internship
Community Programs and Education Internship
Artist Services Internship
Technical Production Internship
Development and Marketing Internship
Internship dates: May 15th - September 8th, 2017
Sneak Peek of some of the 2017 Yard Arts Season Artists
Can you name these performers that interns will be working with this summer?
Answer correctly and receive a free tote bag!
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
First correct answer wins!
Sign Up for ShowDown by December 26!Sign up to share your choreography at ShowDown, our performance and feedback series for works-in-progress at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at 280 Broadway.
Artists sign up to present their work through a non-curated lottery process. From the pool of artists who sign up, 15 will be selected at random to present work at ShowDown this season.
Sign-ups for ShowDown Winter-Spring 2017 are open today through Monday, December 26 at 6:00 pm.
Sign Up Here
Don't Wait . . .Apply now to WestFest 2017! Present your original choreography in either WestFest Top Floor or the site-specific All Over Westbeth in a historic building in the West Village April 27-30, 2017.
Applications are due January 5th but you know you don't want to work on them over the holidays - so get them in now!
Find out more information and apply here!
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Workspace Residency Program
A nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines, LMCC’s Workspace program offers space for experimentation and dialogue with peers and arts professionals, as well as career-advancement opportunities. Workspace encourages creative risk-taking, collaboration, learning and skill-sharing at a critical early stage of an artist’s career and serves between 25 and 30 individuals or collaborative groups annually.
For further information about what is provided to Workspace participants and how the application process works, please read the guidelines below and note that applications will only be considered if they are complete, on time, and adhere to all guidelines. A complete application includes complete submission of the Online Application AND the Work Sample by the deadline. Read more here
Classes are Tuesday evenings @ 6 - 9pm
Facilitated by Karen Bernard with invited guests:
WHO: Rennie Harris, “…the Basquiat of the US Contemporary dance scene, Rennie Harris has literally embodied the history of hip hop dance.” The Times London
WHAT: Rhythm House Master Class and Lecture series-including classes in Foundation/Rhythm House “Eights”, House Floor/Loft, Choreography Combinations, and Hip Hop & Street dance history lectures including an intro to the marriage of Street Dance Vocabulary for the Theater.
WHEN & WHERE: January 13-15, 2017 Friday, January 13, 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday January 14 9:00-6:30pm, Sunday January 10, 2:30-5:15-ODC Theater main stage, 3153 -17th Street San Francisco, CA 94110
$300.00 for weekend and $200.00 for locals with state ID, return students and students of University of Colorado Boulder and UCLA. Participants must commit to the entire workshop. In addition if you bring a friend who has never attended or isn't a current student of mine you will receive an additional 100.00 off the fee. To pre-register, go to rennieharrisinc.com Please specify you are registering for RHI. Thanks!
To receive local resident or returned student discount ($100.00 off) partipants must show proof of residence (i.e. driver’s license, local bill with name as recipient) and name used for registration in 2015 at the ODC Desk or welcoming table.
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a faculty member at Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member of The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."