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Selections of NYC's diverse holiday traditions; plus, a chance to see The Merce Cunningham Legacy Tour, before the group disbands this month.

There are so many talented dancers in New York City that, sadly, it’s easy to take even the finest ones for granted. New York Live Arts speaks to this in a program called "Dancer Crush."

The end of an era began two years ago when Merce Cunningham passed away. After an intense period of mourning, plans were unveiled by the company for the ominously titled "Legacy Tour," which is in its final stages, after which the company will disband.

A year ago, in one of the most memorable performances I’d seen the company give, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performed in Battery Park City, just after the choreographer’s passing. The weather—the epitome of summer—was so perfect, it seemed to mock the sadness that hung over the vast audience, emotions still raw from Merce’s absence. [...]

Two titans of dance gone within a month. First Pina Bausch, and now Merce Cunningham at the age of 90. The effect of their deaths paralleled the nature of their work. Pina’s was surprising, traumatic, emotionally wrenching. Merce’s was, if not exactly expected, and just as sad, then logical—a final step into a dark pool [...]

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