Four Young Dancers Are Presidential Scholars

Four dancers have been selected as 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, an annual award to 20 National YoungArts Foundation finalists for outstanding achievement in academics, in addition to artistic excellence in dance, theater, music, visual arts and...

An Exciting Spring for USC BFA Students

William Forsythe teaching ballet class to BFA students It’s a good time to be a USC dance major. The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s inaugural class of BFA students have some exciting opportunities coming their way this spring. Check out the agenda: – This...

Fire Island Dance Festival Sets a New Fundraising Record

Al Blackstone’s Not For Me For its 21st annual gathering in July, the Fire Island Dance Festival raised a record-breaking $544,555 for Dancers Responding to AIDS. Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founder Desmond Richardson hosted the festival this year, which...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Ashley Mayeux

Now in her fourth season with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ashley Mayeux values co-artistic director Desmond Richardson’s hands-on help with tricky partnering. “I can always count on Des to come in and try movement with me. Then, I can go back and tell my...

New Dance Film Addresses Age in Dance

Sections of Fall to Rise were filmed at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. The impending retirement of New York City Ballet’s 46-year-old star Wendy Whelan (who this morning announced her final performance date), has, over the past few months, sparked many...

Desmond Richardson: What My Teacher Taught Me

As teachers and dancers, we’ve all fallen victim to needling perfectionism that can derail our confidence, and Desmond Richardson is no exception. Although he’s now co-artistic director of the hugely successful Complexions Contemporary Ballet, he was once...

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