Dark Circles Dances Into Bigger Space for Its Annual Winter Series

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Stephanie Crousillat
Critics of the Morning Song; Dancers featured Joshua Peugh and Alex Karigan Farrior

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance is back with their annual Winter Series, but don't go to their usual performance location, because they've moved. Get your phones out and type this in to Google Maps: Erma Lowe Hall, 3000 S University Drive, Fort Worth. Dark Circles will be premiering two new pieces -- one from Artistic Director Joshua Peugh, and one from guest choreographer James Gregg -- and restaging a duet that first premiered in October, at this newly renovated black box theater on the campus of Texas Christian University, January 29-31.


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Rhythm in Fusion Festival Taps into Dallas this Weekend

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Sharen Bradford

In her early 20s, at the beginning of her career as a professional dancer, Katelyn Harris thought she knew everything there is to know about tap dance. Then she started attending festivals. Part dance workshops and part performances, these weekend long events aren't just places to work with some of the dance form's most talented performers, but also a place to see what's new on the scene. Believe it or not, tap dance isn't just the stuff of Gene Kelly Broadway musicals.

So when Harris started Rhythmic Souls, the professional tap dance company she runs with her sister, Jackie, she knew she'd eventually want to incorporate a festival so that she could share that festival experience with young dancers. "I wanted to give them a place to see what's happening around the country, but for our festival we were interested in the other dance forms that can fuse with tap," says Harris. That's why you'll also see workshops in clogging and body percussion on the Rhythm in Fusion Festival schedule this weekend, alongside tap classes taught by the likes of Chloe Arnold and C.K. Edwards.

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Ronald K. Brown Brings Evidence, His Dance Company, to Dallas

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Julieta Cervantes
Ronald K. Brown originally thought he would be a journalist or a playwright. Growing up surrounded by writers, it made sense; he had a knack for it too. But when he started doing musicals in high school, the dance passion took hold.

During his childhood in Brooklyn's Bedford Stuyvesant, he took classes in the Police Athletic League Dance Program, and began to study under Mary Anthony, whose technique was a combination of Martha Graham and Hanya Holm. Anthony's studio eventually became the place of Brown's first performance. By 1985, he was ready to start his own company, Evidence, A Dance Company. It was Brown's way to represent family--his family, our family--ancestors, and teachers; to explore what community was, is, and can be. And this weekend, his company will be in Dallas, as part of TITAS.

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Choreographer Bruce Wood's Work Dances Offstage and into Arlington Museum of Art

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Daniell Georgiou
Costumes from "Mistletoe Magic" (2013)
"Everyone asks me what kind of dancing we do. If you asked a ballet dancer what I do, he would say that it is modern dance. If you asked a modern dancer what I would, he would say that it is ballet. I feel that at the edge of each type of dance they intersect a little. Where they intersect is the fertile ground for the new. Hopefully, that is where this dance company lives: in the place between places."

That quote, which comes from a program note written at the beginning of the seventh season of the Bruce Wood Dance Company (2003), seems to be the most concise definition of late choreographer Bruce Wood's aesthetic. He wanted to create works that were classic in their narratives and simple in their gestures to reach audiences at their emotional cores. He was successful in that endeavor, and as his company continues his work, that statement rings far truer than it ever has before.

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Dallas Theater Center Wants to Make You a Singular, Healthier Sensation

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Exercise top hats and gold togs available at Dick's, Academy and other fine sporting goods stores.
It's Monday. The weekend went by too fast, and you're not jazzed about being back at work. You started your countdown to 5 p.m. the moment you walked in. But when 5 hits, you don't really want to go straight home, and you did make that new year's resolution to work out more. The idea of going to the gym and running on the treadmill next to a gym rat is depressing. Or worse, you'll be stuck next to a Chatty Cathy who wants to talk about leggings. Also, the music at the gym sucks.

Well, the Dallas Theater Center has just the thing to pull you from your slump, and it involves a little song and dance -- because that makes everything better.

No, seriously. It does.

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Dance Into 2015 With These Six Shows in Dallas

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Dark Circles is a company to keep an eye on.

2014 was an incredible year for dance in Dallas, but it did have its ups and downs. We had the rebirth of the Dallas DanceFest, Ann Williams, who founded and ran Dallas Black Dance Theatre, retired after 37 years (not down, but sad); yet, we gained the experience and expertise of former Alvin Ailey principal dancer April Berry in her place, and then there was the untimely and unexpected death of Bruce Wood. But what 2014 showed us is that Dallas has a strong community of dancers who are determined to make the city a successful home for dance.

So, as 2015 starts, everything is looking positive, and if you've haven't gotten on board with dance yet, let this be your year.


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2014: A Year in Dallas Dance

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre at Dallas DanceFest

The Dallas dance scene is alive and well, and if 2014 is any indication, 2015 is going to provide us with a lot of entertainment, opportunities to perform and chances to expand the community.

In an effort not to sugarcoat anything, I will say that we are still facing issues of sustainability, funding, training, location and visibility. Money will always be an obstacle for dancers and dance companies, especially in a city like Dallas. Based on population, we're a large city -- one of the largest -- but when you look at how much local grant money and public arts funding is available, the city shrinks. We're all grappling to win over the same people and the same performance venues, and that can be problematic. While there are many venues to choose from, many of them are costly to rent. Yet, from my own experiences this year and from what I have witnessed as an audience member and writer, the future is looking brighter.

2014 saw the reemergence of festivals, and the advent of new companies, programs, dancers, directors and spaces. Let me start with the Dallas DanceFest.


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10 Reasons We Love to Hate The Nutcracker

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Dallas Ballet Company
We can help it if we're still jealous 20 years after we ditched our pink slippers.
Thanksgiving is over and you're stuffed to the brim. But all you can think abut is that delicious Christmas dinner waiting to fill you up again in just a few weeks, and probably what you're going to do with all that free time you'll have since vacation time is just around the corner. After you do all your holiday shopping and requisite couch-sitting/reality TV show watching, you might be craving some actual culture, and lucky for you, Dallas is full of performances of the most popular holiday show, The Nutcracker.

It's the quintessential holiday ballet: instantly magical and instantly able to get you into the holiday spirit. The plot revolves around Christmas, sure, but that's not what makes it a holiday classic; it's the fact that we all have our own Nutcracker story. Either you've danced in it every season since you who were six, your parents took you and your brothers to it to show you art in motion, your girlfriend loves the snow ballet, or you've never seen it at all and want to know what the fuss is all about, the tradition of the ballet has continued and evolved into a must-have event on everyone's holiday wish list.


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13 Dance Shows to See in Dallas this December, Including Six Nutcrackers

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Dallas Ballet Company
December means Nutcrackers galore Yes, it's true, pretty much any weekend this month you can find a showing of The Nutcracker at your neighborhood theater, any regional theater, or down in the Arts District. We've selected our top picks here, so get out your calendars and start planning.

But if you're done with The Nutcracker and are looking for a little something else to do during the holiday season, we have some other choices--one that is just for adults, and a couple that are family-friendly.

All the Nutcrackers you could want:

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Brian Brooks Moving Company Explodes Onto the Dallas Scene This Weekend

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Erin Baiano

Brian Brooks. Maybe you've heard of him; maybe you haven't. Don't be surprised if you find your self in the latter category. Even the dance world is still getting acquainted with the choreographer coming to the Dallas City Performance Hall this week as part of TITAS' 2014-2015 dance season. Though Brooks has been creating work for more than a decade--and dances that have received both national and international attention--he hasn't become a name common amongst dancers and dance critics; at least not yet.


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