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Published: February 1, 2010
Category: profile

Broadway Soul Mates: Elizabeth Parkinson and Scott Wise

Elizabeth Parkinson and Scott Wise momentarily consider the most challenging part of leaving behind their Tony and Astaire Award-winning performance careers. Now full-time teachers at their school FineLine Theatre Arts, the married couple look into each other’s eyes and simultaneously reply, “Three-year-olds!”

Wise: “Those three-year-olds don’t care who you think you are.”

Parkinson: “It’s []

Published: January 7, 2006
Category: career talk

The new gypsies: ballet dancers who call their own shots and carry their own bags

By Rachel Straus

“And you Gypsies who speak the language of horses and make a quest of roaming the world, you will live in the open, wandering by chance, sleeping in trees or besides the rivers, watching reflected stars.” — From a Portuguese fable translated by Sophia Healy

Traveling by foot, train, and bus, Bonnie Pickard distinguishes []

Published: December 6, 2004
Category: review

An Electrifying Debut: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

By Rachel Straus

Known for electrifying stages worldwide, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brought maximum voltage to City Center last Friday night with the company’s premiere of Donald Byrd’s “Burlesque.” In Mr. Byrd’s dance satire, eight Ailey dancers pose as vaudeville-era performers, shooting out from a line of chairs as though their limbs are charged []