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12 beautiful dancers from Alvin Ailey

See the dancers who will be heating up the stage in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s latest engagement

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American Ballet Theatre Spring 2016

The company—including dancers Stella Abrera, Roberto Bolle, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Maria Kochetkova, Alban Lendorf, Gillian Murphy, Veronika Part, Hee Seo, Daniil Simkin, Cory Stearns, Diana Vishneva and James Whiteside—returns for its spring season. ABT resident choreographer Alexei Ratmansky dominates the lineup with two triple bills of repertory pieces (May 17–23) and two full-length works: The Golden Cockerel (June 6–11) and The Sleeping Beauty (June 27–July 2). Other highlights of the season include two ballets by Frederick Ashton, Sylvia (May 9–14) and La Fille mal gardée (May 24–30). 

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River to River Festival

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's wide-flung free celebration has many exciting offerings in 2016. The first week includes works by John Heginbotham, Eiko Otake, Ephat Asherie and Will Rawls; the second features pieces by Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey, Jillian Peña and luciana achugar.

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An American in Paris

The arrival of two big musicals derived from classic 1950s movies located in the City of Light (see Gigi) indicates either a resurgent interest in the early film oeuvre of Leslie Caron or a lack of producer imagination. Or maybe it’s just random, unintentionally reflected in the patchwork—if also lavish and classy—quality of An American in Paris. There’s much gorgeous ballet to admire in choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s Broadway directorial debut, set against attractive, painterly backdrops by Bob Crowley, but the overall effect is of a dance concert with a semiserious musical squeezed into the cracks. Book writer Craig Lucas takes the bones of Alan Jay Lerner’s 1951 screenplay, which sent the great Gene Kelly leaping through postwar Paris after Caron to the hooting, swooning strains of George Gershwin, and concocts a story tinged by Nazi-occupation guilt and soldiers with PTSD. Adam Hochberg (Brandon Uranowitz) narrates the story of his pal, GI artist Jerry Mulligan (Robert Fairchild), and their shared passion for ballerina-muse Lise (Leanne Cope). The leads are charming and the score’s divine, but mainly there’s middling singing and loads of dance. Hollywood made it look so easy, but simple amour can be hard to translate. Palace Theatre (see Broadway). Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. Book by Craig Lucas. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. On

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National Ballet of Canada: The Winter's Tale

Canada's leading ballet troupe presents choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's enchanting danced version of Shakespeare late romance. The creative team unites the talents who made such a visual smash with 2011's Alice in Wonderland.

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Twyla Tharp tells us about her 50th Anniversary Tour

The superstar choreographers who make the leap into the pop culture stratosphere can be counted on a hand and a half. In that way, Twyla Tharp is a throwback: She's our Jerome Robbins (famous for her Broadway razzle-dazzle like Movin' Out); she's our Agnes de Mille (taking serious dance to the masses in film after film); she's our Martha Graham (an iconic revolutionary who suffers no fools). But after having choreographed nearly 150 works, winning a Tony, a Kennedy Center Honor and 19 honorary doctorates, she's not resting on her laurels. In fact, she’s on fire—for her 50th Anniversary Tour, the 74-year-old Tharp has built another pair of works that ask her customary questions about the interrelatedness of dance forms: Preludes and Fugues (set to Bach) and Yowzie (set to jazz titans like Fats Waller). The “Tharpian” is a melting-pot style, characterized by precision and vaudevillian showmanship—the liquid hips from jazz seducing the elegant lines of ballet. How will the mix work this time? The only thing you'll know to expect: The dances will be ebullient, contagious, athletic. Tharp herself speaks with a wry growl. She makes you back up if you give her a compliment—“Let's hear that again”—and she has a wonderfully tart way of making you feel like an unproductive snoozer. Tharp still works out for two hours every morning; she doesn't really understand why you don't too. She spoke with us from Chicago, from the tour. What inspired the two shows that make up this 50th Annive

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Exclusive: Watch a behind-the-scenes video from Broadway's An American in Paris

The most exciting new offering for dance fans has been An American in Paris

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Leanne Cope trades in the Royal Ballet for Broadway

The ballerina stars in An American in Paris, directed by Christopher Wheeldon

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Ralph Lemon reflects on his multiplatform work Scaffold Room

There’s something infinitely puckish about Ralph Lemon. Even as the visual artist and choreographer is discussing his challenging work Scaffold Room, which plunges into a whole host of erotic, transgressive and radical aesthetics, he’s smiling. Beaming even. “Look closer!” he urges with a delighted chuckle, and you find yourself nose-to-nose with a mysterious pornographic postcard or approaching a doghouse that seems to have a tiny glowing giraffe living inside.Despite his stature as a major modern choreographer (most recently in the elegiac How Can You Stay In the House and Not Go Anywhere), Lemon slips free of the title for Scaffold Room. Here he is simultaneously movement maker, fine-artist, animating spirit, director, lecturer, documentarian and writer. In similarly sprawling fashion, Room has seemingly taken over the entirety of the Kitchen. Up staircases and behind columns, there are photographs, hidden paintings, installations, votives—look for the African ancestor idols that are dressed like Beyoncé and Jay Z—video and live performance. At certain hours, you might even stumble across a certain Judson Dance titan reading aloud from an S&M classic. (“She said, ‘You choose what I read, Ralph!’ So I chose!” Lemon laughs.)In the conventional performance space on the ground floor, Lemon has constructed the Scaffold Room itself, a movable platform where Okwui Okpokwasili and April Matthis perform a kind of “solo piece for two” about the performance of black womanhood (shows

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Take a look at Jaamil Olawale Kosoko's daring new performance #negrophobia

The Detroit native and performance art explorer makes a poetic foray into identity and erotic anxiety

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Let your heart leap at these images of Batsheva's Young Ensemble in Decadance

Ohad Naharin's legendary company sends in an impressive team with a work that reveals the joy of generational change

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See photos from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's latest image-rich work

Take a look as the Taiwanese company visits BAM with the video-saturated Rice, which grafts martial arts into classical and modern dance

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Check out pictures of the Evening of Colombian Dance in Battery Park

The Battery Dance Festival took viewers on a dance-filled vacation to South America, all without leaving New York harbor

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Try to keep from dancing while looking at DanceBrazil’s 2015 season

The 30-year-old company returns to the Joyce Theater for a program about brotherhood

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Stunning sunset images from the Battery Dance Festival

Five companies danced the night away in front of the Statue of Liberty

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