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Dancing on the Radio

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We love working with Pilobolus for our live show In the Dark--they're a brain-bending dance troupe that makes for a rockstar team of collaborators. We first discovered them when we stumbled across an interactive music video they did with OK Go -- it's called "All Is Not Lost," and it's crazy fun.

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Features

Culture Report Ranks World Cities

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Is New York the cultural capital of the world? The World Cities Culture Report, commissioned by the Mayor of London, takes a look at how 12 world cities compare in their cultural offerings. Vote on what cities you think rank as the most cultural.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Salute to Gene Kelly

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Gene Kelly’s widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, discusses the Film Society of Lincoln Center's special 23-film salute to the great dancer/choreographer, “Invitation to the Dance: Gene Kelly.” The series runs July 13–26 and explores Gene Kelly’s role in creating a particularly American dance form and his innovative use of cinematography, choreography, and animation.

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Features

'Oklahoma!' Actress Celeste Holm Dies At 95

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Academy Award-winning actress was a star on both stage and screen, best known for roles in Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve and Oklahoma!

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Features

City Ballet Appoints New Chair, President

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jay S. Fishman, the chief executive officer of the insurance giant Travelers, will succeed John Vogelstein, who has held the post since 2008. Robert I. Lipp, who has been on the board for more than 25 years, will become its president. The changes will take effect on July 1.

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Features

New Arts Space to Open in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Brooklyn Academy of Music unveiled its new performing arts space on Thursday. The 40,000 square-foot Richard B. Fisher Building, or BAM Fisher, sits in the footprint of the old Salvation Army building at 321 Ashland Place in Fort Greene. The space, which has its official opening on Sept. 5, will be devoted to showing the work of emerging and established artists.

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Features

60-Second Stir-Fry: Leda Meredith

Friday, June 08, 2012

Once again, we're tossing wild edibles into the 60-Second Stir-Fry, talking about burdock with forager Leda Meredith on this week's Last Chance Foods. But Meredith is a former dancer, and that's what got her sizzling on the hot seat for our 60-second lightning round of questions.

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Features

First Cultural Non-Profit to Move to Lower Manhattan Post-9/11 Signs New Lease

Friday, June 01, 2012

Community members and elected officials gathered at the company's theater on Friday to hear the terms of the new agreement -- which lowers DNA's monthly rent and rental debt.

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Schoolbook

Students Tap Tribute to Bojangles

Friday, May 25, 2012

Students at P.S. 51 tap their way through a physical education program, and will perform their new skills at a show honoring tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

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Features

City School Students Practice Tap Moves for Bojangles Tribute Show

Thursday, May 24, 2012

About 100 elementary school kids will dance their way into the hearts of audience members when they honor tap legend Bill Bojangles Robinson with a performance Friday on what would have been his 134th birthday. It is also National Tap Dance Day. Listen to students practicing their moves.

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Features

Balanchine, Sufjan Stevens and Wheeldon Highlights of Upcoming City Ballet Season

Monday, May 21, 2012

New York City Ballet announced its 2012-'13 season — which features 150 performances of 65 ballets and musical scores by 44 composers — on Monday.

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Soundcheck

Music and motion in concert

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dancing in concerts: John Schaefer feels strongly both ways.

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Dance Craze: Teach Me How to Dougie (and Cat Daddy and Spongebob)

Friday, May 04, 2012

Wrapping up our week-long series on dance, we look today at some of the most recent dance crazes to arrive via hip-hop, from the Dougie to the Cat Daddy. To help school us in the latest moves, we’re joined by New York-based dancer and choreographer Joey Dowling, as well as California-based hip hop dancer Brice Johnson, who teaches the masses about the latest street dance crazes via YouTube under the alias "Professor Lock." Plus, we’ll take your calls about the various dance crazes you’ve lived through over the years.

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Soundcheck

Dance Craze: Mosh Pits

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

In the early ‘80s, audiences at hardcore punk shows began pushing, shoving and slamming into each other – in the friendliest way, of course. Musician, critic and author Michael Azerrad joins us to talk about the evolution of moshing - plus we hear from Jack Rabid, editor of the music magazine The Big Takeover.

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Soundcheck

Dance Craze: Dancing on Air

Monday, April 30, 2012

Longtime TV host Dick Clark’s death last month reminded many of the Twist - perhaps the most notable of the many dance crazes (from The Stroll to The Watusi) that were sparked by American Bandstand’s shimmying teenagers. But Bandstand was just one of many dance floor-driven shows on the air in the latter-20th century – and in fact, there are still a few around today. We examine television’s important role in dance fads with Jake Austen, author of “TV-a-Go-Go” and founder (and co-host) of Chicago’s public access all-ages dance show, “Chic-a-Go-Go.”

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Soundcheck

Dance Craze: Everybody Do The Twist Now

Monday, April 30, 2012

We kick off our series on dance crazes with a half-century look back at the Twist – a simple dance floor move that came to represent so much more. Dance historian and Florida State University dance professor Sally Sommer joins us to examine the many cultural implications of the hip-shaking phenomenon.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dancer Natalia Makarova

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Legendary ballet dancer (and Tony-winner) Natalia Makarova, considered the best ballerina of the 20th century, talks about her life and career. She defected from the Soviet Union in 1970 and was the first artistic exile to be invited back to perform in the Soviet Union. Makarova will be honored at special tribute evening on April 28 by Youth America Grand Prix, the world's larges student ballet scholarship competition.

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Features

Bobby Womack, Big Daddy Kane and UCB to Perform at SummerStage

Monday, April 23, 2012

Soul legend Bobby Womack, hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane and improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade are among the artists who will be performing at this year's SummerStage. The free outdoor performance series, now in its 27th year, will feature more than 110 shows, including 16 theater and dance premieres, at 18 city parks this summer.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Bob Sherman interviews Natalia Makarova, 1977

Monday, April 23, 2012

WQXR

This week the Leonard Lopate Show interviews Natalia Makarova. Listen to a WQXR interview Bob Sherman did with Makarova in 1977, when she was prima ballerina at American Ballet Theatre.

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On Being

Ernie LaPointe and Cedric Good House — Reimagining Sitting Bull, Tatanka Iyotake [remix]

Thursday, April 19, 2012

As some Lakota make an annual pilgrimage on horseback to Wounded Knee in memory of Sitting Bull's death, we'll pull out some of the lesser known threads of the legacy of this complex leader and American icon. And we'll explore why his spiritual character

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