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Bolshoi Director Makes First U.S. Visit Since Acid Attack

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin is in the U.S. for the first time since he was injured last year. He says he hopes ballet will help soothe international tensions.

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VIDEO: BLACK WOMEN IN CLASSICAL BALLET W/ MISTY COPELAND

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We sat down with legends and luminaries in the field of classical ballet: Virginia Johnson, who is also Dance Theatre of Harlem's Founding Principal Dancer; Raven Wilkinson, legendary ballerina formerly of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and character actress for the New York Metropolitan Opera; Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre Soloist; and Ashley Murphy, Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Ballerina. WATCH NOW!

They shared individual stories that reveal universal narratives about the intersecting and contradictory artistic, aesthetic and cultural elements that continue to shape the world of ballet. 

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Studio 360

A Dance Piece That Takes You Inside The Heart

Friday, March 14, 2014

If you’re one of those people who’s shy about audience participation, you should steer clear of Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects’ “4Chambers.” Or better yet, don’t. One of the dancers will pull you in, and take you on an intimate trip through a metaphorical heart. “I love it when people come in ...

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Busting Stereotypes To Become A Prima Ballerina

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Misty Copeland is one of the few African-American solo dancers with the American Ballet Theatre. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Copeland about her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.

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Soundcheck

Why We Move To Music; Ladysmith Black Mambazo Plays Live

Monday, March 03, 2014

In this episode: One! Two! Three! Four! Everybody loves a good toe-tapper. But have you ever wondered why we humans move to music? And why some unfortunate people can’t seem to find the beat? Columbia University music professor Mariusz Kozak tells us what he’s learned about why we physically respond to sound.

Then: The globetrotting South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo is best known for its work on Paul Simon's Graceland. The group, which now includes the founder’s grandson, performs songs from its beautiful new album in the Soundcheck studio.

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Jenifer Ringer: 'Dancing Through' Two Decades Of Ups And Downs

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jenifer Ringer recently retired from the New York City Ballet, where she was a principal dancer. She talks about her nearly 23 years as a professional ballet dancer, which she chronicles in her new book Dancing Through It: My Journey In The Ballet.

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Smackdown: Ukulele Edition; Ballet Dancer Jenifer Ringer; Parker Millsap Plays Live

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In this episode: It seems like everywhere you look these days, someone’s thoughtfully strumming a ukulele: in the Spike Jonze film Her; on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother; or, in like 2.6 million videos on YouTube. After a decade of building ukulele enthusiasm, the uke has officially hit the mainstream -- and it’s high time that we throw the tiny guitar (and soon-to-be official state instrument of Hawaii?) into the Smackdown ring.

Then: Jenifer Ringer recently retired from the New York City Ballet, where she was a principal dancer. She talks about her nearly 23 years as a professional ballerina, which she chronicles in her new book Dancing Through It.

And: Parker Millsap’s voice was once described by a reviewer as “like velvet laid over gravel.” We have to agree. The Oklahoma-bred singer-songwriter and guitarist has a heck of a voice for someone who’s still unable to drink legally in the United States. Hear Milsap perform with his band in the Soundcheck studio.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Kicks Off New Tour

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the most renowned performing arts companies in the world. They've kicked off their 2014 North American tour and they're blending old favorites with new performances. Host Michel Martin speaks with the company's artistic director Robert Battle.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Good and Evil; the Story of Dancer Tanaquil le Clercq; Roddy Doyle's Novel, The Guts; Brothers Who Shaped History

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

On today’s show: Cognitive scientist Paul Bloom explains why he thinks that a moral sense of good and evil is hardwired into our brains from birth. Director Nancy Biurski talks about her documentary about Tanaquil le Clercq, the ballet star who was a muse to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins before she was paralyzed by polio at the age of 27. Roddy Doyle discusses his new novel The Guts, which picks up the story of his bestseller, The Commitments, almost 30 years later. And we’ll look at how John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen Dulles led the United States into foreign conflicts in the 1950s and how we’re still feeling the aftereffects today.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Tanaquil le Clercq: The Tragic Ballerina

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The great American ballet star was a muse to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins and was the foremost dancer of her day—until she was struck down by polio and paralyzed at the age of 27.

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NYC D.I.Y. Scene Says Goodbye To Brooklyn's 285 Kent

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Another year, another vanished venue. This weekend, Williamsburg's D.I.Y. music space 285 Kent closed its doors for the final time with a rousing sendoff party. New York Times pop music critic Jon Caramanica was in the audience for the farewell show, and he explains why 285 Kent was a special spot on the NYC music map. 

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New Sounds

Score One for Dance

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sample music from unusual dance scores on this New Sounds program.  Listen to music from the New York trio, Spanish Fly - consisting of slide trumpet player/composer Steven Bernstein, slide guitar mastermind Dave Tronzo and tuba genius Marcus Rojas- which draws on famous American folksongs. Some of that trio’s music was used for the production of “Fly by Night” by the San Francisco Ballet.

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Fosse: The Man Behind The Moves

Friday, November 15, 2013

The legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse forever changed the way America dances. He's the only person to win an Oscar, a Tony, and an Emmy in the same year. And according to Sam Wasson, author of the new biography Fosse, he revolutionized the American musical twice.

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The Story Of Fosse; Princess Music Plays Live; Cochlear Implants

Friday, November 15, 2013

In this episode: In Fosse, a new biography of the legendary dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse, author Sam Wasson reveals the insecure, insanely brilliant man who forever changed the way we dance.

Then, Colorado chamber-pop quintet Princess Music play songs from Odobenidae -- the band's new album named after the marine mammal family that includes the walrus -- in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Since the 1970's, cochlear implants have allowed more than 200,000 deaf people to hear. But it might surprise you to hear that the implants do not allow for hearing music -- at least the way that those with normal hearing do. Dr. Charles Limb explains why, and what some researchers are doing to change that.

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WNYC News

Amateurs Dance with Professionals in a New Show

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

It takes years of training to become a professional dancer. But one choreographer in Brooklyn is challenging that idea. 

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A Male Belly Dancer, Social Activism On Instagram, 'Thriller'

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about an Instagram artist with a social conscience, one man breaking into the world of belly dancing, and the timeless innovation of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

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Buke And Gase: Punk-Infused Postmodern Dance

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Watch Buke And Gase's latest video for its song "Revel In Contempt," a collaboration with Susan Marshall & Company's evening-length dance work, Play/Pause.

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Studio 360

Drone Art

Friday, September 27, 2013

Movies and TV are absorbing drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles as they are properly called) as plot devices in The Bourne Legacy and Homeland, for example. But some fine artists are also trying to sway this national conversation. Adam Harvey designs burqas and hijabs that make the wearer invisible ...

Video: Dancing with Robots

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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Choreographer Takehiro Ueyama

Saturday, September 21, 2013

There are thousands of artists in New York City. Some are famous internationally. Others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements or on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

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Billy Crystal, Up Since 1948

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Comedian Billy Crystal has long suffered from insomnia. He tells NPR's Scott Simon his mind is constantly racing, and jokes that he sleeps like a baby — he's up every two hours.

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