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Published: January 31, 2017
Category: review

Israeli Dance Troupe L-E-V Is OCD

By Rachel Straus, MusicalAmerica.com

The 10-year-old Israeli troupe L-E-V takes its name from a word that can be translated as “heart.” Which is ironic, for in the group’s OCD Love (2015), six dancers’ hearts appear mangled, like partially melted pieces of corrugated iron. Created by L-E-V co-founders choreographer Sharon Eyal and the multi-media artist Gai []

Published: August 27, 2015
Category: history

In Remembrance: Maggie Black

By Rachel Straus

It is a rare teacher who develops a loyal following among ballet and modern dancers, but such was the case with Maggie Black (1930-2015) who died at age 85 in May on Long Island. This fiercely independent ballet teacher’s transformative effect on dancers’ abilities was famously dubbed “Black Magic” by none other []

Published: December 6, 2013
Category: review

Famed Spanish Troupe Struggles for a Stylistic Core

By Rachel Straus

Nacho Duato

MADRID–Three years ago, former Paris Opera Ballet principal dancer José Carlos Martinez took over the decidedly un-balletic national dance company of Spain (the Compañía Nacional de Danza). Back then, the Madrid-based troupe’s identity was synonymous with the works of Nacho Duato [pictured], whose two-decade leadership and ballet-meets-modern, folk-inflected choreography []

Published: April 1, 2012
Category: history

Maggie Black's transformative approach to ballet training

By Rachel Straus

At the height of her popularity from the late 1960s to the 1990s, Maggie Black could be found teaching a sea of professional dancers, six days a week in her New York City studio. The petite and always charismatic Black was known to demonstrate in pink fuzzy slippers with her hair in []

Published: April 11, 2003
Category: review

Now, that's Chicago: Hubbard Street Dance

By Rachel Straus

Western Europe and the Midwest now have more in common, thanks to Jim Vincent, the new artistic director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which performed Saturday at Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center.

Since taking the helm of the 25-year-old company in 2000, American-born Vincent – who speaks four languages, got his dancing []