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SUNDAYARTS VIDEO : Dance

Celebrate 75 years of modern dance at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in this documentary featuring Doug Varone and Dancers and other acclaimed artists. With interviews and stunning footage, the film chronicles the rich history of this pioneering cultural institution and offers a behind-the-scenes look at its contemporary life.

In 1952, a 22-year old athlete with little training or experience won a work scholarship to the American Dance Festival. Powerfully built, he immediately captured the attention of dance giants Martha Graham, José Limón, and Doris Humphrey. This young dancer had a commanding presence, instinctive talent, and a unique way of moving. Taylor was invited [...]

Since the first production The Nutcracker in St. Petersburg more than century ago, its charming story, dazzling choreography and magnificent Tchaikovsky score have combined to make it one of the most popular and enduring ballets the world over. San Francisco Ballet makes the beloved ballet its own, resetting it during the 1915 Panama Pacific International [...]

Ballet Hispanico explores, preserves, and expands the passion and joyous theatricality of Latino dance through the work in its three core divisions: the Company, the School of Dance, and Primeros Pasos. Its mission is to celebrate and further interpret the moving and beautiful aesthetic of this dynamic culture and to share it with all people. [...]

Dancers of Jacques d’Amboise’s stature often move on to start their own performance companies, but in 1976, this New York City Ballet legend started the National Dance Institute, an organization that teaches dance to public schools kids of all abilities in 32 schools in the New York City area. The Institute teaches kids about the [...]

Over a career spanning more than six decades, groundbreaking choreographer George Balanchine made ballet a modern art. From his early days in Russia to his trailblazing role as co-founder of New York City Ballet, Balanchine became one of the primary visionaries to shape the history of 20th-century dance. Premiering in 1967, “Jewels” is the choreographer’s [...]

Launched in 2000, Wolf Trap’s Face of America commissions dance makers, musicians and performing artists from across the nation to explore the relationship between the natural stage and the creative process; and celebrate fellow National Parks and their cultural heritage using the language of the performing arts. The multi-year initiative of the Wolf Trap Foundation [...]

DANCE IN AMERICA follows the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) during a pivotal period in its history, when the company ventured abroad and established new roots at home. The documentary marks a moment of both growth and reflection: the company travels to Russia after an absence of 15 years; moves into a state-of-the-art custom [...]

Judith Jamison is artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. She joined the company in 1965, and was its principal dancer for many years. Learn more about Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at their Web site.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.