The 42nd annual Dance on Camera Festival, co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association, will be held January 31–February 4 at Lincoln Center in New York City. There’s plenty on tap for teachers looking to supplement a dance history course, including director Greg Vander Veer’s opening night film Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter, which gives an in-depth look at Martha Hill, Juilliard’s first dance director. Kate Geis’ Paul Taylor: Creative Domain studies another modern dance pioneer and details the creation of his 133rd work.
For ballet lovers, there’s Mary Jo Doherty’s Secundaria, which follows the ballet training of a high school class enrolled in Cuba’s National Ballet School. The Man Behind the Throne, directed by Kersti Grunditz, is focused more on commercial dance: It profiles Vincent Paterson, the director and choreographer of Madonna’s and Michael Jackson’s tours. Many of the films presented will be available for viewing on DFA’s Vimeo channel or for purchase on DVD at the festival. For tickets to the festival and more information, see dancefilms.org.