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Dancing Across the Atlantic

Nikolaj Hubbe and The American Friends of the Royal Danish Ballet, in cooperation with the Royal Danish Theatre, announce a magnificent new book Dancing Across the Atlantic, USA - Denmark 1900-2014, a history in words and hundreds of photos of the Royal Danish Ballet at home and in the U.S. Author Erik Aschengreen has written a comprehensive history of the renowned company which he has watched for over 60 years, and its close and longstanding relationship to the U.S. dance world.

Books available through Amazon, or by contacting wcbooks@aol.com, 908.782.2323

Dancing Across The Atlantic - Royal Danish Ballet at home and in the U.S., 1900-2014

Margaret Beals, Films and Stories
March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 and 28
Cloud House Studio
104 West 17th Street, 2nd floor

Margaret Beals, celebrated dancer/choreographer and pioneer in the art of dance improvisation, will host a series of evenings of films, culminating in a Marathon screening, showing many of her works and appearances starting in 1973. There will be 6 evenings of 7 PM showings culminating in a March 28, 2-9 PM Marathon, all introduced by Beals.

Schedule:
March 6: "Bottom Line Live" (1979) - Beals with pianist Liz Story at the iconic NY downtown nightclub, The Bottom Line
March 7: "The Teak Room" (1982) - stories from Beals' life, directed by Tony Tanner
March 13: "Impulses" (1974), film about Beals and her Impulses Company (with three musicians, a singer and monologist). This film was selected for the original PBS Dance in America Series
March 14: "MadHonor, Madonna" (1974) and "Pathways" (1977), five monologues with movements, directed by Lee Nagrin
March 20: "Bottom Line Live" (1979), repeat of March 6th program
March 21: "Four Dance Solos" (1979), "Tulips" to a poem by Sylvia Plath; "Haiku" dance improve with pianist Paul Spong; "Improvsations to Prepared Piano at St. Marks" with pianist Andre Gribou; "The Desperate Heart" famed solo danced by Beals and choreographed by Valerie Bettis.
March 28: Marathon Screening from 2 to 9 PM

www.margaretbeals.org

Margaret Beals

Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble
March 9, 10, 11, 12 at 8 PM
March 12 & 13 at 3 PM
Theater at the 14th St. Y
344 East 14th Street

The Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble presents six performances of "Room for Everyone," featuring rarely seen works by Sokolow and the world premiere of "We Remember" by guest choreographer and former company member Rae Ballard. By Sokolow is her "Ride the Culture Loop," not seen in full for over 20 years, along with "Steps of Silence" and the choreographer's tribute to her friend "Kurt Weill." All works have been staged by company artistic director and longtime Sokolow dancer and disciple Jim May, and other longtime Sokolow company members.

www.sokolowtheatredance.org

Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble

Lydia Johnson Dance
March 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 PM
Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55 Street

The company returns to the Ailey Citigroup Theater with a program of Johnson works, including the premiere of "Hindsight," set to new versions of classic jazz standards including "I'm Old Fashioned" by Jerome Kern. From the repertory are Johnson's "Night of the Flying Horses" and "Giving Way," both set to music by one of Johnson's favorite composers, contemporary Argentinian, Osvaldo Golijov, and "What Counts," to three tracks by the jazz trio The Bad Plus.

www.lydiajohnsondance.org

Lydia Johnson Dance

New York Festival Orchestra
Saturday March 12 at 8 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
346 West 20th Street in Chelsea

Under the baton of Maestro Hideaki Hirai, the New York Festival Orchestra will present "a program of musical prayers" dedicated to the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami. Special guests are soprano Asako Tamura, baritone Nobuki Momma, and organist/composer Hampson Sisler. Works on the program include Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber; Nocturne in B Major by Dvorak; compositions from the operas of conductor Hirai; and the U.S. premiere of a work by Hampson Sisler, performed by the composer.

www.NYFO.org

New York Festival Orchestra - Maestro Hideaki Hirai

Dance Parade Kick-Off Party
Sunday March 13 at 7 PM
Taj Lounge, 48 West 21 Street
(between 5th & 6th Avenues)

Originally set for January, the first party was cancelled because of the storm, but the Dance Parade folks have rescheduled for March 13, with a lively party and a performance, starting around 7:45 PM, of guest dance companies representing different styles and countries from around the world: Fusha Dance Company (Congo), Saung Budaya (Indonesia), Xianix Barrera & Sabor Flamenco (Spain), Yeah Man Lindy Hop), The Dancing Rubies (Belly Dance), B-Girl Rokafella & The Full Circle Souljahs (hip-hop).

www.danceparade.org

Laura Pawel Dance Company
Friday & Saturday, March 18 & 19 at 7 PM
Chen Dance Center
70 Mulberry Street in Chinatown

Premiere of "How are you is a greeting, not a question" and "Comfortable Silence." The longtime collaborators will be accompanied, as always, by live music by the composers Phil Stone, The Cecilia Coleman Jazz Quartet, and barebones (Gene Caprioglia on guitar and Dr. 88 on harmonica).

www.laurapaweldance.org

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition
April 25-30
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway

Dancers from around the world will dance for medals, scholarships and company contracts before a distinguished international panel of judges at the 6th Annual Kozlova Competition. Judges include Andris Liepa (Russia), Nina Ananiashvili (Georgia), Nikolai Tsiskaridze (Russia), Lawrence Rhodes (USA), Martine Van Hamel (USA), Charles Jude (France).

www.vkibc.org

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition

Keiko Fujii Dance Company
May 20-22
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue

Keiko Fujii Dance Company of Osaka, Japan, will return to New York, joined by additional NY-based dancers, in Fujii's "Soul Vibrations," a collaboration with renowned Taiko drummer Kenny Endo.

Keiko Fujii Dance Company

Dance Parade
May 21

The spectacular Dance Parade returns a Grand Marshall leading hundreds of dancers and companies from Union Square to Tompkins Square Park in this joyous celebration of all forms of dance.

Erwin Schulhoff Retrospective
Wednesday May 25 at 7 PM
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street

The Leo Baeck Institute and the American Society for Jewish Music present an "Erwin Schulhoff Retrospective," performed by the Downtown Chamber Players. Directed by pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe, the ensemble will perform orchestral and piano works by Erwin Schulhoff, (1894-1942) Jewish Czech pianist and composer who perished in the internment camp at Wulzburg in Bavaria during World War II.

www.downtownmusicproductions.org

Erwin Schulhoff

Eliot Feld's Kids Dance
June 9-12
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue

Feld's amazing young dancers, trained tuition-free at his Ballet Tech School at 890 Broadway, in a program of Feld dances created especially for them.

www.ballettech.org

Eliot Feld's Kids Dance

Andrew Jannetti & Dancers and
Jessica Lewis Arts

June 17-19
University Settlement
184 Eldridge Street

Veteran choreographer Andrew Jannetti will share a program with young dancemaker Jessica Lewis. Guest choreographer Kriota Wilberg will set her solo "Sweet Jane," for Jannetti, who will also perform "One Sunday" with longtime company member Lauren Naslund. A Jannetti premiere will feature an original score by frequent collaborator Marty Beller. Lewis's work will feature live music by composer Adam Caine and his ensemble.

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