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The Leonard Lopate Show

From Louis XIV To St. Petersburg To Lincoln Center: The History of Ballet

Friday, December 05, 2014

In this week's Please Explain, we learn about the history of ballet with the Director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU and the Artistic Director at ABT.

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Documentary Recalls The Talented, Difficult Life Of Bing Crosby

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bing Crosby has long been the voice of the Christmas season, and now he's the subject of a new American Masters documentary. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Kathryn and Mary Crosby about his legacy.

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WNYC News

Not Your Mama's Christmas Show: A Burlesque Twist on Holiday Classics

Friday, November 21, 2014

New York City is home to two Christmas shows that come with comedy, and some strip-tease. 

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All Things Considered

How Hema Ramaswamy Found Healing Through Traditional Indian Dance

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Down Syndrome and two major surgeries couldn't stop Hema Ramaswamy, who turned to classical Indian dance as a form of artistic and physical healing.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: A Sneak Peek at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's New Season

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WQXR's Terrance McKnight sits down with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Robert Battle and choreographer Matthew Rushing. Featuring a performance excerpt of the ballet, ODETTA.

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Studio 360

Sarah Jessica Parker's Documentary Series on New York City Ballet Returns

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker's documentary series on New York's famed ballet company has new episodes just as good as the first season. 
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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Bono and Belly Dancing

Friday, October 31, 2014

She gave up ballet, but Yillah Natalie discovered her life’s work in U2’s “Mysterious Ways”: belly dancing.

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Studio 360

The Story Behind The Greatest Halloween Video Ever In The History Of The Internet

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Matt Geiler didn't know what he was doing when he donned a pumpkin mask and a unitard on Halloween night 2006, but he created one of the internet's best viral videos. 
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All Things Considered

At 83, Dancer Carmen De Lavallade Looks Back At A Life Spent Onstage

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

De Lavallade's husband of 59 years, dancer Geoffrey Holder, died on Oct. 5. "He was my biggest fan and I was the same way with him," she says. De Lavallade's one-woman show is called As I Remember It.

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Today's Irish Dancers Step Away From Stereotype

Monday, October 27, 2014

If you haven't been paying attention to Irish dancing since Riverdance, you might be surprised by the ethnic diversity on display as the All Ireland Dancing Championships kick off this week.

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Morning Edition

Poetry In Motion: Prima Ballerina Retires After 3-Decade Career

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wendy Whelan, 47, will give her final performance with the New York City Ballet on Saturday. NPR spent time with the dancer as she prepared for her goodbye.

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'This Impromptu Dance': Geoffrey Holder's Son Tells One More Story

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Dancer, choreographer, director, actor and painter Geoffrey Holder died Sunday. His son, Leo, writes about the remarkable last night he spent with his father.

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Soundcheck

A Week-Long Festival Celebrates Tango

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A week long festival in New York is celebrating the culture and history of tango. Festival founder Polly Ferman talks about the bandoneon, tango history and notable tango composers. 

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Soundcheck

Marlon James' New Novel Takes Inspiration From Bob Marley; Stars Plays Live; Shall We Tango?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Marlon James' new novel is loosely based on the real-life assassination attempt on Bob Marley. Stars performs in the Soundcheck studio. Learning to appreciate tango with Poly Ferman.

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Morning Edition

Tony Award Winner Geoffrey Holder Dies At 84

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A legend of the dance world has died. The multi-talented Geoffrey Holder was also an actor and a visual artist. He died Sunday of complications from pneumonia. He was 84.

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Studio 360

Khandi Alexander Choreographs Her Career

Friday, September 26, 2014

When Khandi Alexander started her career, there weren't very many parts for black female actresses. She explains how that’s changing — and why it’s so important.

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PRI's The World

BollyX combines Bollywood dance moves with aerobics to make you more fit

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Have you ever done the "screw in the light bulb" dance move? How about the "picking fruit?" You'll learn them and more moves at the new BollyX fitness class.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top 5 Classical Music and Dance Collaborations This Fall

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This fall, a substantial number of projects being presented in New York offer potential excitement for both for both dance and music lovers, including these five.

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Community

WNYC in the Community: Brooklyn Museum

Monday, September 22, 2014

WNYC in the Community at the Brooklyn Museum for the Beat Festival and our event "Brooklyn Bound" featuring a panel of emerging Brooklyn authors. 

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