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The Spirit of Dance: Dance Umbrella

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On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Dance Umbrella, a presenter of dance in the Boston area, its founder and director Jeremy Alliger looks back at its origin and history. Among the activities he discusses are residency programs for artists in Boston, the commissioning of new works, the presentation of underrepresented dance forms, the educational outreach program, working with other presenters, bringing companies from abroad, and plans for an international festival of wheelchair dance. The many video excerpts include an a cappella tap solo by Gregory Hines ; Mark Morris in a solo from his work Three preludes ; the Mark Morris Dance Group in an excerpt from Morris's Gloria ; the American Indian Dance Theatre ; Elizabeth Streb's Ringside company ; an aerial dancing piece titled [...]
DVD
2000; 1996; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Spirit of Dance Ballroom Dancing [electronic resource]: A Conversation About Dance

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Tribute to Julius Kaiser, a much respected and beloved ballroom teacher, coach and adjudicator in the Boston area. Kaiser himself traces his career from his beginnings as a folk dancer and notator in his native Hungary ; his study of ballet in Vienna ; his immigration to the U.S., where he was sponsored by the Arthur Murray Studio in Washington, D.C., and received a scholarship to Boston Conservatory of Music through the offices of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York ; his activities as a ballroom teacher and judge ; his current work with collegiate ballroom dancers. He also discusses the changes he has observed in ballroom dancing over the years, and the prospect of ballroom dancing (renamed dance sport) becoming an Olympic sport. Melissa Eisensmith and Bhak Tanta-Nanta, students [...]
Online
1997
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The Spirit of Dance Dance in College [electronic resource]: A Conversation About Dance

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Yasuko Tokunaga, artistic director of the dance division of Boston Conservatory of Music, and Gretchen Ward Warren, professor of dance at the University of South Florida in Tampa, discuss the dance programs at their respective institutions: curricula, degree programs, students, auditions and entrance requirements, and their graduates' achievements. They also offer advice to dancers debating the choice of college or professional career. A student's point of view is provided by Libby Stackhouse. Warren and Tokunaga also describe their dance backgrounds and the paths that led to their present positions ; Warren also talks about her two books, Classical ballet technique (1989) and The art of teaching ballet (1996). Video excerpts depict students of Boston Conservatory of Music in Michel [...]
Online
1998
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The Spirit of Dance Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works [electronic resource]: A Conversation About Dance

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Paula Josa-Jones discusses her training in theater and dance, her beginnings as a choreographer, and the formation of her company. She offers some advice on how to view dance works, and discusses her dancers' approach and contributions to her choreography. In describing her choreographic process, she discusses why she choreographs, sources of ideas, and her interest in collaborative interaction with her dancers, composers and designers. Tonya Lockyer, a member of her company, provides a dancer's point of view on developing and performing Josa-Jones's choreography. The program includes video excerpts of Josa-Jones's works Eine kleine Nachtmusik, The yellow wallpaper, and Skin, plus complete footage of her videodance work Branch, created in collaboration with composer-videographer Elle [...]
Online
1996
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The Spirit of Dance Prometheus Dance Company [electronic resource]: A Conversation About Dance

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Discussion of Prometheus Dance Company, a modern dance theater company founded in 1986 and based at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, Mass. Artistic directors Diane Arvanites-Noya and Tommy Neblett discuss the company's aims, which include addressing social issues, and define dance theater as practiced by their company. Much of the discussion centers on Impromptus and intrigues, choreographed in collaboration by Arvanites-Noya and Neblett to the music of Franz Schubert, and seen in several video excerpts. The guests also discuss the company's past and future projects.
Online
1998
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The Spirit of Dance Training a Ballerina [electronic resource]: A Conversation About Dance

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Discusses different training systems and approaches to teaching ballet, showing clips from two schools, the Cape Cod Dance Center and the Walnut Hill School. Annie Hart, producer of Ballet New England, describes Ballet New England, a company formed to give these students performing experience. Emily Hantman, a recent graduate of Walnut Hill School, describes that school's combination of arts and academic studies. Donna Silva, instructor of the Boston Ballet School, recalls her performing career with the Joffrey Ballet and the First Chamber Dance Company, and the difficulties of making a transition to teaching. Concludes with advice for aspiring dancers.
Online
1995
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The Spirit of Dance Boston Dance Alliance and the Dance Complex [electronic resource]: A Conversation About Dance

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Discussion of Boston Dance Alliance, the Dance Resource Center, and the Dance Complex, three related dance organizations sharing space in Central Square, Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass. Each provides services to the dance community in the Boston area: the Boston Dance Alliance as a network uniting dancers and choreographers ; the Dance Resource Center as a clearinghouse for information ; and the Dance Complex as a source of class, rehearsal and performance space, and a meeting point for artists and community members. Video excerpts include a montage of classes for adults and children at the Dance Complex ; and performance excerpts from Nicola Hawkins's Jane's dream, Richelle Dupont's In Monet's garden, and a shared choreographers' concert co-produced by Hilary Ross.
Online
1995
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The Spirit of Dance Ethnic Dance Arts [electronic resource]: A Conversation About Dance

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In separate interviews Martha Carr and Malena del Mar, former members of La Meri's dance company, discuss her work on Cape Cod, where she ended her career, and talk about their desire to preserve her choreography. With this purpose they have co-founded their own dance company, named Ethnic Dance Arts after La Meri's company. Carr and Del Mar are seen in video clips of dances from Tahiti, Hawaii and India ; Del Mar is also seen in a flamenco dance. Carr, in the studio, discusses some distinguishing characteristics of ethnic dance forms (hand gestures, use of the face and eyes, storytelling function) and displays dance costumes and implements from Hawaii, Tahiti, Java and India.
Online
2004; 1996
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The Spirit of Dance The Boston Ballet Production of "Sleeping Beauty" [electronic resource]: A Conversation About Dance

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Discussion of the Boston Ballet's production of The sleeping beauty, staged by Anna Marie Holmes. Parts of the discussion refer to Holmes's first staging of the ballet for the company in 1993. Holmes summarizes her own experience in the role of Princess Aurora, gives a synopsis of the ballet, and describes how her staging differs from Petipa's original. Philip Jordan and Amy Persky Gross describe the company's purchase and refurbishing of the scenery, costumes and wigs designed by David Walker for the Royal Ballet's 1977 production. Video excerpts recorded on location depict the Boston Ballet's costume shop ; its wig room (with Paula Kelly as guide), scenes of dancers in studio rehearsals, and performance footage.
Online
2006
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The Spirit of Dance Scottish Highland Music and Dance [electronic resource]: A Conversation About Dance

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Laura Scott, a dancer specializing in Scottish Highland dances, discusses the different types of Scottish dancing, of which Highland dancing is one ; Highland dancing competitions ; Scottish dance technique ; costumes ; her blend of traditional and original choreography ; her dance school, Highland Soles, in Portland, Me. In video clips, she performs several Scottish dances, including a traditional sword dance and sailor's hornpipe ; a Scottish version of an Irish jig ; a Cape Breton step dancing solo ; as well as examples of her own choreography. Her husband, fiddler Ed Pearlman, appears in some of the clips.
Online
1998
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The Spirit of Dance: Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works [electronic resource]

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Paula Josa-Jones discusses her training in theater and dance, her beginnings as a choreographer, and the formation of her company. She offers some advice on how to view dance works, and discusses her dancers' approach and contributions to her choreography. In describing her choreographic process, she discusses why she choreographs, sources of ideas, and her interest in collaborative interaction with her dancers, composers and designers. Tonya Lockyer, a member of her company, provides a dancer's point of view on developing and performing Josa-Jones's choreography. The program includes video excerpts of Josa-Jones's works Eine kleine Nachtmusik, The yellow wallpaper, and Skin, plus complete footage of her videodance work Branch, created in collaboration with composer-videographer Elle [...]
Online
1996; 1994
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The Spirit of Dance: Amaya, Flamenco Sin Limites [electronic resource]

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Discussion of Omayra Amaya's dance company Amaya, Flamenco Sin Limites, which seeks to blend flamenco dancing with elements of modern dance, jazz dancing, and ballet. Kavoos Deilamian, a company administrator, describes the historical background of flamenco ; he and dancer Sabrina Aviles discuss the non-traditional nature of Amaya's work. In a pre-recorded interview Amaya talks about her family heritage as Gypsy flamenco dancers ; her studies of other dance forms at Boston Conservatory ; the formation of her own company in 1993, and its goals. She also discusses the different rhythms used in flamenco ; the contrasts between classical and regional Spanish dancing and flamenco ; the improvisational element in flamenco dance and music ; her artistic goals, which include attracting a wid [...]
Video Other
2003; 1996
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The Spirit of Dance: Ballroom Dancing [electronic resource]

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Tribute to Julius Kaiser, a much respected and beloved ballroom teacher, coach and adjudicator in the Boston area. Kaiser himself traces his career from his beginnings as a folk dancer and notator in his native Hungary ; his study of ballet in Vienna ; his immigration to the U.S., where he was sponsored by the Arthur Murray Studio in Washington, D.C., and received a scholarship to Boston Conservatory of Music through the offices of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York ; his activities as a ballroom teacher and judge ; his current work with collegiate ballroom dancers. He also discusses the changes he has observed in ballroom dancing over the years, and the prospect of ballroom dancing (renamed dance sport) becoming an Olympic sport. Melissa Eisensmith and Bhak Tanta-Nanta, students [...]
Online
1997
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The Spirit of Dance: Boston Dance Alliance and the Dance Complex [electronic resource]

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This program profiles the Boston Dance Alliance and the Dance Complex, two organizations that offer resources for the dance community in Boston. It looks at classes and includes performances of Nicola Hawkins' Jane's Dream and Richelle Dupont's In Monet's Garden.
Online
1994
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The Spirit of Dance: Dance in College [electronic resource]

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Yasuko Tokunaga, artistic director of the dance division of Boston Conservatory of Music, and Gretchen Ward Warren, professor of dance at the University of South Florida in Tampa, discuss the dance programs at their respective institutions: curricula, degree programs, students, auditions and entrance requirements, and their graduates' achievements. They also offer advice to dancers debating the choice of college or professional career. A student's point of view is provided by Libby Stackhouse. Warren and Tokunaga also describe their dance backgrounds and the paths that led to their present positions ; Warren also talks about her two books, Classical ballet technique (1989) and The art of teaching ballet (1996). Video excerpts depict students of Boston Conservatory of Music in Michel [...]
Online
1998
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The Spirit of Dance: Ethnic Dance Arts [electronic resource]

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Online
2004; 1996
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The Spirit of Dance: Exit Dance Theatre [electronic resource]

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Fontaine Dubus, a co-founder and artistic director of Exit Dance Theatre, a modern dance company based in Newburyport, Mass., discusses the company's founding, the origin of its name, and its special approach to choreography, which often involves collaboration and improvisation. She describes the qualities the company seeks in its dancers, the music and sources of inspiration for its choreography, its outreach activities in public schools, and its plans for the future. Works seen in video footage are Putting on airs, Vida nostra, Bathroom suite, and an untitled improvisational duet.
Online
2005; 1998
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The Spirit of Dance: Ballroom Dancing [electronic resource]

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Tribute to Julius Kaiser, a much respected and beloved ballroom teacher, coach and adjudicator in the Boston area. Kaiser himself traces his career from his beginnings as a folk dancer and notator in his native Hungary ; his study of ballet in Vienna ; his immigration to the U.S., where he was sponsored by the Arthur Murray Studio in Washington, D.C., and received a scholarship to Boston Conservatory of Music through the offices of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York ; his activities as a ballroom teacher and judge ; his current work with collegiate ballroom dancers. He also discusses the changes he has observed in ballroom dancing over the years, and the prospect of ballroom dancing (renamed dancesport) becoming an Olympic sport. Melissa Eisensmith and Bhak Tanta-Nanta, students a [...]
Online
1997
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Spirit of Dance: Dance in College [electronic resource]

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Yasuko Tokunaga, artistic director of the dance division of Boston Conservatory of Music, and Gretchen Ward Warren, professor of dance at the University of South Florida in Tampa, discuss the dance programs at their respective institutions: curricula, degree programs, students, auditions and entrance requirements, and their graduates' achievements. They also offer advice to dancers debating the choice of college or professional career. A student's point of view is provided by Libby Stackhouse. Warren and Tokunaga also describe their dance backgrounds and the paths that led to their present positions ; Warren also talks about her two books, Classical ballet technique (1989) and The art of teaching ballet (1996). Video excerpts depict students of Boston Conservatory of Music in Michel [...]
DVDOnline
1998