Sometimes, dance can help one achieve what seems impossible. An article in The Telegraph, UK, profiled a four year old boy who is learning ballet and enjoying himself undeterred by the fact that he has lost both legs as well as one arm. Harvey Phillips suffered a meningitis attack when he was a baby and [...] [...more]
In an effort to tackle juvenile obesity, British authorities have initiated a scheme wherein children at primary and secondary schools will learn ballroom dancing during school hours. Influenced by the hugely popular TV show, Strictly Come Dancing, the government hopes to employ dance as a means to improve children’s health and confidence.
Piloted in 26 schools, [...] [...more]
Dance is a powerful communication tool. Its visual appeal extends beyond conventional language and culture barriers greatly enhancing its potential as a universal medium. Dance can make people ponder and reconsider established notions. This is what an unusual presentation named Informance by Jennifer Monson aspired to and achieved beautifully at the Performance Garage. Informance, a [...] [...more]
The last episode of Dancing with the Stars prior to the Season 8 finale saw one more couple being eliminated. For those of you who haven’t kept abreast of the latest DWTS news, the not so lucky two were rodeo star, Ty Murray and his pro dance partner, Chelsie Hightower.
Well, somebody had to leave and [...] [...more]
Almost everyone has heard of salsa. It’s currently one of the most popular dance forms across the world and includes several styles. Some styles are region specific. What we know as salsa today derives from many different dance forms. We cannot trace its origins to a single region or dance tradition. Salsa today embodies elements [...] [...more]
For those of you who missed it, Atlanta played host to the last chapter of Flava Invasion®, a popular cultural and dance event presented by Gordon Neil and The Revolu Experience, between April 24th and 26th. The fourth and final episode, Flava Invasion® 4 – Chaotica, saw world renowned Afro – Caribbean and Latin/salsa dancers [...] [...more]
Here’s some interesting news about hip – hop dance from the other side of the Atlantic. London just played host to Breakin’ Convention, an annual three day hip – hop dance theatre festival held at Sadler’s Wells. Every year, the event draws a huge and appreciative audience and this year was no different. The venue [...] [...more]
One of the oldest dance forms, belly dancing is still popular in several countries, particularly Egypt and Turkey. The origins of this dance are somewhat hazy but it is generally believed to have originated in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia from where it found its way to Europe and the United States much [...] [...more]
In just a few days from now So You Think You Can Dance will commence its fifth season. The FOX show features some of the best dancers competing with each other to be judged America’s favorite dancer. Over a hundred hopeful performers arrived in Las Vegas where the auditions were held, aspiring to find a [...] [...more]
Well, we’re not the only ones who love dancing. As recent research has revealed, parrots enjoy dancing too. Researchers at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego and at Harvard University have both found that parrots can dance to music. According to their studies, species that have vocal learning ability such as parrots have rhythm and [...] [...more]
Dance, it appears, has limitless possibilities. And anyone who’s willing to give dance a chance to make life better has the opportunity to experience its wonderful potential.
I first learnt about Gimp through a New York Times article. Gimp is a dance company whose members are physically challenged. Founded by Heidi Latsky, a dancer and choreographer, [...] [...more]
At the Monday night show a week before the semi finals, five teams performed with each couple dancing a ballroom and Latin sequence. There were a couple of noteworthy demonstrations by the pros featuring Dmitry & Kym, Louise & Lacey and Jonathan & Anna.
The most unexpected event on Monday night was the elimination of Lil’ [...] [...more]
According to a recent article in the Science Daily, older people who participate frequently in social dances are likely to keep better health and be cheerful. Through his research, Dr. Jonathan Skinner of Queens University in Belfast found that social dancing offers physical, mental and social benefits for the elderly. His report indicates that dancing [...] [...more]
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If you’re a dancing regular, you have plenty to cheer about. And if you’re one of those who rarely dance or not at all, there’s reason for you to put on your dancing shoes and boogie as often as you can. Because dance is much more than fun; it can actually do you a world [...] [...more]
Now here’s some good news for environmentally conscious dance and party buffs. According to an article published in Newsweek, dancing the night away at some trendy nightspot need not be contrary to eco-friendly lifestyles. We all know that standard dance clubs consume vast amounts of energy. However, the dance scene is just beginning to look [...] [...more]