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Holiday Dancing

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The Olga Dunn Dance Company will perform holiday shows at the Great Barrington Train Station, 46 Castle St., on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 413-528-9674.

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Learning to Fly

It was “Nutcracker” time, December 2010. At Torrington’s Warner Theatre, it’s an annual end-of-year event performed by the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. The audience swarmed with little girls dressed like princesses, and phalanxes of moms and dads and grandmothers and some grandfathers, adolescent girls, too, wearing tons of makeup and dresses that rustled, many bearing bouquets wrapped in cones of cellophane they crammed under their seats.

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When Art Can Heal

Tap-dance great Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards borrowed the title “And Still You Must Swing” from dancer Jimmy Slyde to express her frustration that, too often, tap dancers are great technicians, but they lack musicality. Watching them she asked herself, “Why don’t I feel anything?” Her response was to create an evening of tap at Jacob’s Pillow last week that was full of feeling — exuberant, joyful, and at times, full of sorrow.

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If Only They Would

Theatre: Dance

They are spectacular, these Momix dancers who draw enthusiastic crowds to the Warner in their annual visit. Company director Moses Pendleton has carved out a unique place in the dance world —performing on stage, in film and television and making commercials for Hanes underwear and Target — a place made mainly by not dancing. 

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A New Season, a New Director at Jacob’s Pillow

A summer in the Berkshires is an opportunity to take in chamber ensembles, a variety of plays and the best of the dance world, and I do mean world, as companies from all over the globe make their way to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA.

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My Swing Dance Journey, and Where You Can Start Yours

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never, ever, thought I would get into partnered dancing, or any formal dancing for that matter. But sometimes hobbies sneak up on you. After returning from a freshman year abroad, I was at a loss as to how to make new friends at my home school, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. One day, my roommate and I came across the swing dance club, and the members were twirling and jumping all over the floor in front of the booth, with big  smiles and jazz in their bones. 

I was awestruck.

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The Nutmeg Ballet Prepares for an Annual Event

Dance: ‘The Nutcracker’

Nutmeg Ballet’s artistic director, Victoria Mazzarelli, is focusing these days on the conservatory’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.” When I arrived at the studio, Mazzarelli was coaching partners featured in the Arabian scene in Act II. Four pairs of dancers will cover the six shows.

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Kaatsbaan Celebrates 25 Years

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Ella Baff Takes Her Leave Of the Pillow

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She’s a familiar sight at Jacob’s Pillow, greeting audiences and then, finishing her intro with the words, “let’s dance,” she swirls away behind the curtain. 

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Finding a Place To Make Dances

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Troy Schumacher, founder, director and choreographer of BalletCollective, and his  troupe of seven dancers, have been in residence at Millbrook School for the last two weeks, rehearsing new ballets that are scheduled to debut in November at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Three Millbrook residents, Karin Kingsley, Claire Mann and Darren

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