From Jennifer Stahl/Dance Magazine's Editor in Chief:
Since 1954, Dance Magazine has celebrated the living legends among us with the Dance Magazine Awards. This year, in light of deep reflections on racial equity inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the selection committee decided to take a close look at exactly who the magazine has honored over the past seven decades. Unsurprisingly, the list is overwhelmingly white. Although it's grown more diverse in recent years, many brilliant artists of color have been left out for far too long.
So for 2020, in order to reckon with and take a step toward repairing that history, the committee chose an outstanding group of all-Black artists. I'm delighted to announce our incredible honorees for 2020:
Camille A. Brown
Chairman's Award: Darren Walker
Harkness Promise Awards: Kyle Marshall and Marjani Forté-Saunders
Read more here
The Dance Rising Collective, a new collective of artists and administrators created in partnership with Kinesis Project dance theatre, The Field as fiscal sponsor and advised by Lucy Sexton of New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, presents Dance Rising: NYC, a hyper-local dance out across all five boroughs October 1 and 3 from 5:00-5:30pm. NYC professional dancers will take to the parks, windows, streets, and rooftops to dance, focusing public attention on an industry that remains largely on pause due to COVID. Everybody identifying as a professional dancer, choreographer or teacher is invited to take part.
Dance Rising: A Hyper-Local Dance Out taking place on October 1 and October 3rd from 5:00 - 5:30pm EST. NYC dance professionals are invited to take to the windows, rooftops, stoops, or wherever and DANCE!
WHY? Because our life's work and economic livelihood has been deeply impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are rising up to be more visible in our communities, connect with our neighbors, and begin important conversations about how dance and dancers will survive in a post-pandemic reality.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? It means that we are making dance visible in a reopening landscape and showing that there is dance in every home, heart and borough of the City. We are an integral part of the culture and economy of the city and we want to be SEEN and HEARD.
WHAT DO I DO?
1. Go to the Dance Rising NYC website: https://www.dancerising.org/
2. Read more about what we are doing.
3. SIGN UP to participate!
4. TELL FRIENDS, colleagues, dancers, teachers, etc. so they can join in too! Please spread the word to your networks! All styles and traditions of dance are welcome.
5. On OCT 1 and/or OCT 3 between 5:00-5:30pm, grab a friend to film you and dance indoors or outdoors. We will send you a link to upload your video and/or you can share on your social media platforms; these videos will continue to live on in a phase 2 project that will bring dance to the public spaces of NYC via video.
Find out more and sign up HERE
A world premiere dance event, streamed live
Draw from Within
Sat, Sep 26 at 8pm
Rambert breaks new ground with its first live stream performance, created with Bessie Award-winning choreographer and filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus (Always the Same Lies, 1991 Next Wave). Incorporating the camera into the heart of the action, the UK-based dance company transforms its studio in London’s South Bank into a series of contrasting, vivid theatrical worlds for an exhilarating performance that traverses dreams, nightmares, and inverted realities.
This is a live event available only via streaming at the designated time.
Rambert’s company of artists, production staff, and technical teams have taken extensive precautions in order to work together safely and look forward to bringing the vitality—and uncertainty—of live performance directly to your home.
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From Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects
From Shaina and Bryan:
Hello BAIRA Community!
We are excited to introduce an upcoming Community event we are co-hosting with Motor City Street Dance Academy and The Music Hall Center for Performance Arts! We are implementing the utmost COVID-19 Safety precautions for this full day of dance in Detroit. Check out our website for event details and safety procedures that will be in place. If you are unable to attend please consider supporting below!
Hope to see you at the end of the month!
Strength and Love, Shaina and Bryan
Read more HERE
READ ABOUT COVID SAFETY PROTOCOL HERE
NYC Dance in Sacred Places Program Info Session Friday 9/25 at 12 pm
With the possibility of losing some key dance studios and performance venues in New York City due to COVID-19, Partners for Sacred Places is hosting a series of free online workshops dedicated to drawing connections between artists and sacred places that could play a key role in maintaining and revitalizing the dance scene – keeping it alive by providing much needed affordable creation space.Join Dance in Sacred Places on Friday, September 25th at 12 pm to learn more about how faith-based organizations can help sustain your local dance community.
I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member at The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), 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."