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Royal Danish Ballet
Kate Snedeker
reports from Copenhagen

Nikolaj Hübbe's final performance
The Royal Danish Ballet has bid farewell to one of its greatest dancers, and bid welcome to their next artistic director. It's fair to say that while this was his last dancing performance, Nikolaj Hübbe's proper farewell to the stage was several months ago in New York City. This evening was more of a welcome - a warm greeting to the next artistic director.

'Don Quixote' - March 31

'Onegin' - April 10

'Don Quixote' - March 26
The key to enjoying the ballet "Don Quixote" is not to worry about the storyline—it’s the dancing that counts. On Wednesday evening, the Royal Danish Ballet was more than satisfactory in that regard.

'Lost on Slow' and 'La Sylphide' - March 28
In one of the Royal Danish Ballet's finest programs in recent seasons, the company paired the newest piece in the repertoire ("Lost on Slow"), and one of the oldest ("La Sylphide").


'Onegin' - April 9
This evening veteran dancers and talented newcomers combined for a stunning re-premiere of John Cranko's poignant "Onegin".

Pacific Northwest Ballet
Dean Speer
reports from Seattle

Dream's Teams - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Seeing three different performances of this lovely and charming Balanchine ballet prompts several responses. One is praising it and another is to report how each cast was “there” in the moment and the differences between the shows in general and between each cast and individual cast members.

Humor Me - PNB's Laugh Aloud Festival
Humor in the arts can be a tricky thing. How much? How little? What type? When does light go over the edge into camp or low-brow? Is broad humor okay to accompany high art, and if so, can these complement each other?

Gaines' Gains - Whidbey Island Dance Theatre's Dance & Choreography Showcase 2008
A new ballet by the compositionally gifted Kiyon Gaines made its Whidbey Island (Washington) debut on April 25, 2008 as performed by its commissioning RDA (Regional Dance America) company, Peninsula Dance Theatre, under the direction of Lawan Morrison.

They Lit Up My Life - Tribute to Departing Pacific Northwest Ballet Dancers 2008
I am distressed and a little saddened to learn that some of my favorite PNB dancers will not be returning to light up the stage of McCaw Hall next year (2008-09).

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Bare Bones - ‘Meccanico’, ‘Magnification’, ‘Container’
by David Mead

'Meccanico’ was an improvisation structured by DanceXchange Artistic Director, David Massingham. I've performed in structured improv in the past and remember how difficult it is to get right in performance in the sense of making a connection with the audience. This was no exception.

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Remembering Alvin Ailey: Through the Eyes of Dana Hash-Campbell
Retold by Elizabeth McPherson, PhD
I entered the Ailey school as a scholarship student in 1986. It was very different then – smaller and more intimate. We were in the old Minskoff building. There were maybe 12 of us on scholarship. It was personal. Alvin knew everybody. He would stroll the halls and walk in, and sit and watch somebody’s class for a while, and then he’d get up and walk on. He would run up behind you and put his hands over your eyes, and say “Guess who?”

Mirror Neurons in the Brain: How They Help Dancers As They Train
by Meagan Simpson

With the growing popularity of dance and its many styles in Australia – thanks to the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance” – we have all seen the physical effort put in by the dancers every week to perform a dance routine.


Cas Public - 'Diary' ('Journal intimé)
by David Mead -- May 8, 2008, Patrick Centre, Birmingham, UK
“Diary” (or “Journal intimé” as it was originally known in Québec) was originally commissioned with adolescent or teenage audiences in mind. As choreographer Hélène Blackburn explained after the show however, that wasn’t exactly at the forefront of her mind when making the piece. As she quite rightly said, it can be difficult to trace a dividing line. And although you can see why it might work especially well with teenagers, it equally works pretty well on other levels too.

The Tehreema Mitha Dance Company - 'Across All Borders: A Choreography with Freedom'
by Carmel Morgan -- April 27, 2008, The Lyceum Museum, Alexandria, Virginia
Tehreema Mitha came to the United States in search of choreographic freedom. She had pushed the envelope as far as she could in her native Pakistan, where she headed the country’s only dance company. Mitha learned classical Indian Bharatanatyam-style dance from her mother, Indu Mitha, a noted teacher and performer. She is a gifted performer with a hunger for experimentation as well as traditional dance.

'Phantom Rose' -- a hybrid Chinese Afro-Caribbean Dance
by Margaret Chan -- February 14-16, 2008, The Al Green Theatre, Toronto, Canada
On February 14 – 16, 2008, the Little Pear Garden Collective presented three nights of dance performances to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rat. Showcasing traditional and contemporary Chinese dance, six dances were performed each night at the Al Green Theatre, Toronto.

225th Anniversary of the Mariinsky Theatre - 16th Annual White Nights Festival
by Catherine Pawlick -- May 13, 2008, Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg

Bay Area Response - 'Identity Shifts'
by Toba Singer -- May 8, 2008, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet - New Works Festival Program B: Mark Morris, James Kudelka, Stanton Welch, Julia Adam
by Becca Hirschman -- April 26, 2008, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet - New Works Festival Program C: Margaret Jenkins, Val Caniparoli, Jorma Elo
by Becca Hirschman -- May 3, 2008, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

Word Dance Theater - 'The Dances of Isadora Duncan'
by Carmel Morgan -- May 1, 2008, The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, Bethesda, Maryland

Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Coppelia'
by Lori Ibay -- April 26, 2008, Merriam Theater, Philadelphia

Oregon Ballet Theatre - Mom, Apple Pie, and Art: OBT's American Program
by Dean Speer -- April 26, 2008, Portland, Oregon

'Carlos in Cuba'
by Stuart Sweeney -- April 9, 2008, Coliseum, London

Ballet Kelowna
by Leland Windreich -- February 22, 2008, Norman Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver, B.C.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre - 'Moon Water'
by David Mead -- April 16, 2008, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

Leine & Roebana - 'Sporen' ('Traces')
by Carmel Morgan -- April 19, 2008, Dance Place, Washington, DC

Richard Alston Dance Company
by Annie Wells -- April 2, 2008, Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK

Doug Varone and Dancers
by Becca Hirschman -- April 20, 2008, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

editors' choice

· 2008 Vail International Dance Festival
July 27 - August 10, 2008, Vail Colorado
The Festival presents a fantastic array of dance: from Paul Taylor Dance Company to Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, from Pacific Northwest Ballet to Noche Flamenca, from Keigwin + Company to Buckets and Tap Shoes, and from the brilliant stars of the International Evenings to the thrilling champions of Ballroom’s Best.

· New York City Ballet in Saratoga
July 8 - 26,
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, New York
NYCB will once again perform outdoors in Saratoga.



For ballet-dance magazine

Executive Editor
Kate Snedeker

Executive Editor 2003-2005
Mary Ellen Hunt

Focus Editor
Elizabeth McPherson

Senior and Supervising Editors
Lori Ibay, Holly Messitt, Catherine Pawlick, Azlan Ezaddin

Associate Editors & Compositors
Katie Rosenfeld, Dean Speer, Francis Timlin, Toba Singer, Lisa Claybaugh, Elizabeth McPherson, Mike Wyne

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