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Merce Cunningham Dance Company Returns to NYC for Final Performances

Monday, July 18, 2011

After nearly 60 years of performing its contemporary choreographic collages worldwide, the company will return to New York for the final performances of its farewell Legacy Tour. On Monday, the Park Avenue Armory announced that it would host the company's last shows.

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New York Live Arts Announces Inaugural Season

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Over the course of its 2011-2012 season, the group will present an ambitious mix of programming ranging from brand new productions by young talent to classic choreographies that helped launch the career of the company's executive artistic director Bill T. Jones.

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City Arts Groups Relieved After Restoration of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Department of Cultural Affairs had faced $43 million cuts in the mayor’s original proposed budget, which would have reduced operating funds to major museums, theaters and zoos by 50 percent and caused some 1,000 employees in the cultural sector to be laid off.

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Dance Magic: Ballet Nacional de Cuba Comes to Brooklyn

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Starting Wednesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Cuban dance will be less about conga drums and hip isolations and more about soaring grand jetés and arabesques.

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City Council Debates Mayor Bloomberg's Proposed Arts Cuts

Monday, May 23, 2011

On Monday, City Council committees held hearings on the mayor’s proposed $43 million cuts to the Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Get Your Dance Shoes On: From Samba to Circus, the Dance Parade Shimmies Downtown

Friday, May 20, 2011

From Bulgarian folk dance to New York pole dancing, the New York Dance Parade will be shimmying, swinging and pirouetting downtown on Saturday.

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Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties Kick Off City's Summer Outdoor Music Season

Thursday, May 12, 2011

On Thursday night, a new concert series kicks off in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which involves three free nights of what looks to be rockin' (and raucous) public dance parties.

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Robert Battle Takes Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe in New Directions

Thursday, May 12, 2011

HIV through hip-hop, a new choreography residency program, Indian Kathak dance, and the work of a female choreographer. These are some of the themes that make up the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 2011-12 season, announced on Thursday.

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What Do I Want? I Wanna Be A Rockette.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Even though most of us are just beginning to bring out the summer frocks and flip-flops, some folks are already planning for winter. This Tuesday's open casting call for The Rockettes in Radio City's Christmas Spectacular drew hundreds of women, all of them vying to take to the stage as members of the high-kicking, high-energy dance team.

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Cuban Dance Group Makes US Debut

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More than fifty years since its founding, Cuba's premier modern dance troupe hits U-S soil for the first time. On Tuesday evening, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba begins a twelve-night stint at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea as part of the Si Cuba! festival.

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City Ballet and Dancers Settle Union Contract

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

After a marathon 12-hour session, the union representing dancers and orchestra members at the New York City Ballet and the company's management have settled their contract.

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No Contract, No Dancing? City Ballet Fails to Reach Agreement with Dancers

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Contract negotiations between the union representing dancers at the New York City Ballet and the company's management are "headed for disaster," according to the American Guild of Musical Artists.

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Uptown and Downtown, a New Take on Old Music

Thursday, March 24, 2011

In the age of YouTube, sometimes it seems like everyone is a cover artist. This weekend, two groups of young artists take on music from the past at Harlem Stage and the Joyce Soho Theater.

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Downtown Arts Festival Springs Forth

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

With warm weather on its way, New Yorkers are coming out of hibernation and going out to plays and concerts. At least, that’s the idea behind Spring Downtown, an arts festival that begins this week at selected venues, all below Houston street.

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Walker Center Acquires Merce Cunningham Dance Group Costumes and Décor

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Walker Center in Minneapolis purchases work from Merce Cunningham's 70-year career, with sets, costumes and backdrops by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and others.

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Experiencing Dance, Blindfolded

Friday, March 11, 2011

This month, the New York Public Library hosts free shows by Dana Salisbury and her dance troupe the No-See-Ums. The choreographed dances of movement, scents and sounds require audience members to be blindfolded and are meant to give a sense of what it feels like to lack sight. Listen to an audio montage of Staten Island residents reacting here.

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'Black Swan' Helps Sell Seats for 'Swan Lake'

Monday, February 21, 2011

The New York City Ballet has already sold out its run of "Swan Lake." Some say that's due to the Oscar-nominated film "Black Swan."

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New 9/11 Time-Lapse Documentary Debuts at Sundance

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Though it may not have won the big documentary award at Sundance, Jim Whitaker's "Rebirth" is likely to be of special note to New Yorkers: it's a new documentary about 9/11 and Ground Zero.

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Study Finds Arts in America Are Ailing

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A new report from the National Arts Index reported that the vitalty of the arts in the U.S. has reached a 12-year low. However, NYC arts groups have found signs of hope.

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Baryshnikov Arts Center Seeks New Leader

Friday, January 21, 2011

The center has announced that Stanford Makishi will leave his post as executive director at the end of February. Makishi says he's leaving to consider his next steps in the field of dance.

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