First things first… Happiest of Birthdays to the O.G. Dance Momma, whose truck (R.I.P. Chrysler Aspen) became a bus to and from Orlando for competitions and a home for lost dance shoes, my Mom!!! Love you so much!
And now…on to the news of the world, the dance world that is.
- From the corps to choreography: Alvin Ailey Alum (one time for alliteration) Jamar Roberts will be premiering his first choreographic work for the company “Members Don’t Get Weary” during the company’s upcoming season on Dec. 8. Set to the music of saxophonist John Coltrane, the work is, “a response to the current social landscape in America [and] takes an abstract look into the notion of one ‘having the blues,'” Roberts said in a statement. Learn more here.
- The Boston Ballet Goes Black: The Boston Ballet recently accepted three new Black Members into its corps. Dancers Daniel Durrett, Chyrstyn Fentroy and Tyson Clark will be joining the company during its 2017-2018 season. On the whole according to the Bay State Banner, the company is comprised of people representing 15 nationalities.
- Cast your votes for Dance Magazine‘s Readers Choice Award!
- With its new location in Memphis’ midtown entertainment district, Ballet Memphis hopes to bring ballet out of the suburbs and position it as a relevant urban cultural fixture. Learn more here.
This video shows a troupe of robots dancing in perfect sync. At 1,069 they have also taken home the Guinness World Record for most robots dancing simultaneously (which I didn’t even know there was a record for…)