Five Dance Shows to Catch in Dallas this Spring

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Spring has been flirting with us all winter, but it finally feels like it's here to stay. OK, yesterday it might not have, but today it's sunny. And let's focus on today, shall we? Stepping outside into the sunny 75-degree weather is enough to put a spring in the step of any cube-dweller. But let's leave the dancing to the professionals. With that in mind, we over here at Mixmaster have put together a round-up of the dance shows you won't want to miss this season. Sure, you can't watch them while drinking on the patio, but it won't be long before you're craving the air conditioning at City Performance Hall.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Beyond Borders, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Why aren't there more lovers of dance performance? Is it because they associate dance with the rigid, abide-by-the-rules genre of classical ballet, reinforced by school-days lessons? Even modern dance--what may seem more natural and free--has a core study of form, and is inherently athletic. But this is why to see dance, to experience it live, is to witness actual magic. When performed perfectly, all of those constructs seem broken down by the human form and fluidity of motion. Gravity defied, bones stretched. That's why even on the very surface, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Dancing Beyond Borders seems so appropriately named. The production breaks the mold even more by featuring choreography by company dancers (Katricia Eaglin, Richard A. Freeman, Jr., and Nycole Ray). Change your perception of dance, or if you're already a fan, expand your love. Tickets are $30, available at attpac.org. --Merritt Martin

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There's a Crazy Dance Show in Fair Park. You Should Go.

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Alisa Levy

Nobody likes dance shows. It's an arts statistic we don't like to talk about. People will wander through free museum exhibits; they'll show up with their bottles of wine for Shakespeare in Park; they'll even sell out operas like Carmen and Turandot. But nobody sits through dance anymore, except reluctant parents at their kid's annual Christmastime Nutcracker. Modern dance? Fuggedaboutit.

Then how the hell did Danielle Georgiou Dance Group sell out the Friday night performance of Dirty, Filthy Diamonds? Because it's pretty freaking cool, that's how.


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Delilah Buitron on The Rise of Flamenco, Her Career and Dallas' DNA

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Valentine's Day aside, The Rise of Flamenco would be a sexy way to spend any Friday night. Lucky for romantics, Orchestra of New Spain, Dallas Flamenco Festival and Danielle Georgiou Dance Group collaborated on a show for this weekend, just in time to save your previously lackluster dinner plans.

This weekend, Dallas City Performance Hall transforms into 1920s Spain, with inspiration from some of the country's great artists -- poet Federico Garcia Lorca, composer Manuel de Falla and painter JoaquĆ­n Sorolla. In anticipation of the show, we spoke with Delilah Buitron, artistic director of Dallas Flamenco Festival and 2013 Dallas Observer Mastermind.

Tell us a little bit about the show this weekend
The Rise of Flamenco will be an enchanting evening of great Flamenco and Spanish folk music, song and dance. We will transport you to 1920's-30's Spain emoting sentiment, passion and power on stage. The deeper we are in rehearsals, we have realized that it is really an opperetta- with a hot cast!

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This Dallas 11-Year-Old Is Already a Better Dancer Than You'll Ever Be

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The children are indeed the future. Local preteen KJ Takahashi is competing in a video contest, Marquese Scott's Shut Up and Dance: Dance Among Dragons, in which he's currently ranked third.

This isn't a kid-specific contest. KJ's competitors are grown-ass adults, and he's closing in on the second- and first-place holders. Rankings are determined entirely by Youtube likes, so if you want to kick some support his way then be sure to give him a thumbs up.

Dance on, KJ. Dance on.


Danielle Georgiou Dance Group Will Preview 'Dirty Filthy Diamonds' at Artopia

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That's Danielle Georgiou with her leg really high in the air.

She's the Program Coordinator and Visiting Scholar in Dance at Eastfield College, the Director of University of Texas at Arlington's Dance Ensemble, a guest choreographer for Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, and a dancer at Contemporary Ballet Dallas and the Big Rig Dance Collective. Phew! Such is the life of Danielle Georgiou.

Wait, I didn't even tell you why we're featuring her on the Dallas Observer. She is also the artistic director of an eponymous dance group, which will be performing at Artopia on Saturday.

She founded Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, or DGDG for short, after performing a piece at the National Performance Network's annual conference in 2010. It was called "Roam," and featured a dance video matched to live dancers, working together as partners on identical choreography. Teatro Dallas' artistic director Cora Cardona saw the piece at NPN and commissioned a two-week run. At that point, Georgiou needed to give her cohort a name.

"The dancers immediately chimed in DGDG," Georgiou says. "They said it was my fate, my initials meant 'dance group,' and therefore, it only made sense."


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Ochre House Stages a Bloody Sexy Flamenco Show with El Conde Dracula

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Karlos X. Ramos
Put some masterminds together and you're bound to ignite sparks of creative genius. Ochre House's Matthew Posey and flamenco artist Delilah Muse both have been awardees in the Observer's annual Masterminds round-up. Dancer Danielle Georgiou was a runner-up this year. You can experience the trio's latest artistic collaboration this week at El Conde Dracula, a four-night-only drama with dance based on Bram Stoker's vampire story.

Inspired by Muse's suggestion of a flamenco-dancing Dracula, Posey wrote and directed the one-hour show, performed in Spanish and English, as the showcase piece for the Dallas Flamenco Festival. "I had never read Bram Stoker's novel," says Posey. "I didn't realize what a wonderful structure it has. It's all told through travel diaries of the witnesses and what they report. I thought it would be a wonderful platform for flamenco. The only problem is that we're trying to cram a 325-page novel into a one-hour show with eight dances."

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"Toons & Tease" Plans to Take Your Saturday Morning Memories Far Away from TV Territory

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Is that a carrot in your pocket, doc?
Guys, admit it. Part of you thought it was kind of hot when Bugs Bunny dressed up like a woman to trick dumb ol' Elmer Fudd. Perhaps it's because you subconsciously felt bad for Mr. Fudd since he's clearly lonely and in need of companionship thanks to years of inadequacy and pent up sexual aggression.

The point is that Saturday morning cartoons weren't as pure as our parents probably thought they were or even would have liked them to be. Back then, they may have been designed with kids in mind or the young at heart but they still came from the mind of a human, usually males with drives to propagate the species just like the rest of us. Some of the classic Tex Avery shorts featured a sultry, short skirted woman using what the good Lord of hand drawn animation gave her to outfox a wily wolf. Sweet, loveable Doug Funnie carried a torch for the typical girl next door, Patti Mayonnaise -- if your girl next door had massive feet and wore the same outfit everyday. April O'Neal is the only logical reason why so many young boys spent so many hours turning a bunch of anthropomorphic turtles into a massive media franchise.

This makes it the perfect territory for burlesque to tackle, and Saturday's Toons & Tease show aims to do just that. Pin-up model and comic culture aficionado Taffeta Darling will host this cavalcade of looney lusciousness at 8 p.m. at Three Links on Elm Street in Deep Ellum. The show will feature burlesque babes such as Femme Vivre LaRouge, Angi B. Lovely and Black Mariah doing signature dances based on your Saturday morning favorites and a post-performance by Iron Belly OD.

Those who are planning to attend are also encouraged to wear their pajamas or favorite character costumes to relive their childhood and remember when getting up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday was something you actually looked forward to.

Ann Williams on Retiring from Dallas Black Dance Theater after 37 Years as a Dance Enabler

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The Dallas Black Dance Theater and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, teamed up in 2008.
"It was never my intention to die at this place. If so tell me to wake up and walk out of here."

That's how Ann Williams, the founder and artistic director of the Dallas Black Dance Theater, succinctly sums up her thoughts on her pending retirement. It must be apt since she uses it often. She said the same "intention to die" line in an interview with The Dallas Morning News when she announced her retirement in July.

Founded in 1976, the company now has five dance troupes and has performed in 14 countries on five continents, even appearing alongside names like Nina Simone. This is officially Williams' last season with the company, but people seem to think that means she's already checked out and put up her feet. While she's trying to get all the groundwork laid for the last year of programming she'll be responsible for she's also fielding calls from people who think she's out the door.

"Friends were calling saying, 'Oh Ann, I heard you had a condo in St. Maarten,'" referring to her retirement plans in the DMN article. "'I wanna go with you, I wanna come down and visit.' I said, 'I did not say I have a condo down there, I said I have a timeshare. Y'all don't read.'"

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There Was a Mardi Gras Burlesque Party at the Lakewood Theater, No Beads Needed (NSFW)

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Mike Brooks
Viva Dallas Burlesque at the Lakewood Theatre.
The first Friday of every month brings Viva Dallas burlesque to the Lakewood Theater, and this past Friday included an extra helping of sauce: a Mardi Gras theme.

Hosted by Violet O'Hara, the show included performances by Iris Le Mour, Ruby Joule, Jolie Goodnight, Honey Cocoa Bordeaux and Pearl Lux, and live jazz from Club Wood. See photographer Mike Brooks' visual dispatch from the event at dallasobserver.com/slideshow.

The Joffrey Ballet Will Dance Itself to Death at the Winspear This Weekend

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Herbert Migdoll
Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is like the Beethoven's Fifth of 20th-century classical music. It's such an iconic work that even if you don't know it, you probably know it.

In 1940, Walt Disney's animators, inspired by the primitive undertones of Stravinsky's aggressive, pulsating music, set to the score visions of a prehistoric world of floating fireballs, bubbling globs of lava, roaming dinosaurs and earthquake-cracked continents. The opening scenes of Fantasia made the Rite of Spring accessible to the masses, but Stravinsky's original plot was a bit more disturbing.

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