Why Do Dancers Say "Merde"?

Why Do Dancers Say "Merde"?

The dance world is brimming with superstitions. One of the most common is never to say “good luck” before a show, since everyone knows uttering the phrase is, in fact, very bad luck. Actors say “break a leg” instead. But since that phrase...
How Can Dance Thrive If We Don't Care About Its History?

How Can Dance Thrive If We Don't Care About Its History?

When I was a young dancer in Louisville, Kentucky, my ballet teacher used to speak a lot about Merrill Ashley. She brought neoclassical technique to exquisite new heights under Balanchine, and as a technician, she famously paved the way for today’s balletic whiz...
5 Books Every Dance Teacher Should Own

5 Books Every Dance Teacher Should Own

American Dance: The Complete Illustrated Historyby Margaret FuhrerVoyageur Press; 288 pages; $45Legendary dancers and choreographers like Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Martha Graham jump off the pages of this beautiful coffee-table book on the history of...
Get to Know the Man Who Changed Broadway

Get to Know the Man Who Changed Broadway

Michael Bennett is best known for the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Chorus Line (1975), now considered the quintessential concept musical, in which the choreography, dialogue, music and staging support a central theme. The musical’s intimate subject matter—the...

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