dance

4:39pm

Wed August 29, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The Sharing Economy: Dancing it forward in Berkeley

Zach Pine

When it comes to “going out dancing,” most people think of it as a Saturday night type of affair—a chance to get dressed up and show off some sweet moves, staying up until the wee hours. Well, it’s 11am on Sunday morning now, and for the dancers gathered at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, this is the perfect time to get their groove on.

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2:39pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Arts & Culture

Anna Halprin’s Planetary Dance: People power for peace

Planetary Dance Participants
photo by John Kokoska

It’s early evening, and Anna Halprin is leading one of her weekly dance and improvisation classes at her Marin County studio. She guides the dancers across the wood floor, gracefully demonstrating movement after movement. Her voice fills the room as she encourages students to dig deeper. She is calm, but energetic. She is 91 years old.

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4:00pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Arts & Culture

Dancers’ Group celebrates 30 years of art and service

Katie Faulker's We Don't Belong Here, part of Dancers' Group's OnSite commissioning program
photo by Pak Han

The Bay Area has one of the largest and most active dance communities in the country, with many movement styles represented, from ballet, to hip hop, to tango, to contact improvisation. These different kinds of dance all find a home at the dance service and advocacy organization called Dancers’ Group, which turns 30 this year.

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1:44pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Arts & Culture

Century-old ballet still pushing boundaries

Sonsheree Giles, Was It A Dream I Loved
Heike Liss

One hundred years ago, on a late May evening in Paris, an 11-minute ballet so scandalized audiences that it’s still making waves today.

“Afternoon of a Faun” was choreographed by then-23-year-old Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballet Russes. The dancers were barefoot and the angular movements of the dance rejected the formal constraints of classical ballet. Then there was the issue of the subject matter, which was overtly sexual in a way that audiences of the time had never seen. 

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4:31pm

Mon January 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

Identity, immigration, and family anchor local dancer's latest piece

Lenora Lee, a native San Franciscan dancer and choreographer, makes large-scale interdisciplinary work that tells the stories of Asians in America – stories that she says aren’t represented in the mainstream media or in art. And her latest piece, "Reflections," is a response to what Lee says she witnessed as a Chinese American growing up in San Francisco.

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