Center Stage: Dance Camp is currently in production with Sascha Radetsky, Ethan Stiefel, Peter Gallagher, and Kenny Wormald all reuniting for a third time for a gig on the Lifetime channel at a still to be announced date. Someone named Chloe Lukasiak from Dance Moms will join them.
The plot involves a directive for the academy to incorporate more contemporary and modern training into its program. Sounds like we can expect a lot of big hair tossing around, splits in second position, and rolling on the floor - and don't forget the dramatic penche arabesque in barefeet with hair dragging on the ground. Nothing makes contemporary dance accessible like a big head of messy hair blowing around on top of a pair of chunky splits.
It's doubtful that this Dance Camp will teach Brandenburgs, In the Upper Room, or Biped -- all damning examples of how American modern dance has become too elitist.
Our cynical attitude may change if it turns out that the shadowy blogger, whose filmed brilliance was apparently left on the cutting room floor by the editors of Flesh and Bone, turns up with a significant presence in this new Center Stage.
New Orleans is in for a treat this Nutcracker Season when Joe Phillips and Irina Sapozhnikova from the The State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater in Vladivostok, Russia join the Delta Festival Ballet for three performances at Tulane University. They will dance two roles in each performance: Prince & Nutcracker and the Snow PdD. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will also star. Performances will be held at Tulane Univerisity's Dixon Hall on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.deltafestivalballet.com.
The Bolshoi in Cinema rebroadcast of Balanchine's Jewels from January 2014 will be in theaters on November 15th and in some places again on November 17. This was a magnificent performance - one totally worth seeing again. Check the website for show details at your local cinema. Here in Manhattan, the screening will be at the Empire on 42nd Street, Kips Bay 15, and Union Square Stadium 14 on Sunday, November 15 at 12:55pm. It will show on Tuesday, 7:00pm at The Beekman Theater on the Upper East Side, and at BAM on Sunday, November 29 at 2:00pm.