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Links - Friday 01 January, 2021






Feature - Best of 2020: dance:  Jenny Gilbert, Arts Desk


Feature - Dance memories of 2020 - London:  Lynette Halewood, DanceTabs


Feature - The year in dance - Portland:  Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Arts Watch


Preview Feature - Australian Ballet in 2021:  Michelle Potter, ... on dancing


Feature - Dance Diary for December:  Michelle Potter, ... on dancing



New Year Honours 2021 full list:  New Year Honours List 2021  and Dance honourees:  BalletCo Forum

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Links - Saturday 02 January, 2021



Streamed Review - Stuttgart Ballet, Sleeping Beauty:  Charlotte Kasper, Seeing Dance


Streamed Review - Dutch National Ballet, Christmas Gala:  Deborah Weiss, Dance for You Magazine


Feature - Bolshoi dances on through the pandemic with Nutcracker:  Diana Magay, Sky News


Feature - Rudolf Nureyev:  Charlie Connelly, New European


Feature - Shevelle Dynott, ex-ENB:  Andy Fox, Brixton Blog


Featurette - The filming of the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker tribute:  Emma Ferguson, Falmouth Packet

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Sunday 3 January 2021


Stream Review - Sarasota BalletDigital Program 3: Marina Harss, Sarasota Herald-Tribune


And, in the earnest hope that things will improve:


Best ballet and dance in 2021, from The Great Gatsby to The Car Man: Marianka Swain, The i    See also: Sunday Times    Guardian   (Scroll deeply on both)


Meet Our 2021 "25 to Watch": Staff, Dance Magazine

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Tuesday 5 January 2021


Obituary – Othella Dallas, Dancer & Singer: Staff, The Times



Feature – US Dance School lessons learned in a pandemic summer - and how Intensives might adapt this year: Hannah Foster, Dance Magazine


Stream Review – Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Breathing at the Boundaries: Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes


News – Stijn Schoonderwoerd to be new General Director Dutch National Opera & Ballet: Staff, BWW NL

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Wednesday 6 January 2021


Stream Review - Ballet BlackLike Water: Maggie Foyer, SeeingDance


Streaming News - Monte-Carlo Ballet launches a streaming platform: Nassima Errami, Monaco Tribune


Feature – Commercial choreographers not getting the credit they deserve: Alison Feller, Dance Magazine


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Thursday 7 January 2021


Obituary - Sunil Kothari, Eminent Scholar of Indian Dance: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times



Feature - The Royal Academy of Dance: From Music Hall to Ballet Royalty: Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times


News - Helgi Tomasson to Step Down at San Francisco Ballet: Peter Libbey, NY Times    also at SF Examiner  and elsewhere


Stream Reviews:

Stuttgart BalletThe Sleeping Beauty (Haydee): Deborah Weiss, DanceTabs


Staatsballett BerlinNew Year Gala: David Mead, SeeingDance


Vienna State BalletThe Nutcracker (Nureyev): Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard


Streaming News - English National Ballet has launched an online dance studio: Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut London


Other News - 24 Productions Announced For The First Half of 2021 at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen: Staff, BWW Belgium



And finally:

Stunning New Aerial Photography Of Ballet Dancer Inspired By Vintage Image From 1935: Joanne Shurvell, Forbes


The sordid truth behind Degas's ballet dancers: Julia Flore, CNN Style

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Friday 8 January 2021


News - Georgian prima ballerina & State Ballet of Georgia director, Nina Ananiashvili, to lead Russia’s Novosibirsk Ballet company: Staff, Agenda.Ge


Live Reviews:

New National Theatre Tokyo, The Nutcracker (Eagling), Tokyo: Paul McInnes, Fjord Review


Force MajeureThe Last Season, Sydney: Jo Litson, Limelight


Stream Reviews:

Sarasota Ballet, Digital Program 3: Jann Parry, DanceTabs


Quick steps: dynamic dance shorts to watch online: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian


Stream News - Ballet Hispánico, 'B Unidos' Series Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Archival Performances: Staff, BWW



And possibly stretching a point:

There’s Dance All Over, No Matter Where You Look: NY Times

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Saturday 9 January 2021


Feature - The other Nijinsky: the forgotten choreography of Bronislava Nijinska: Nadia Beard, Calvert Journal



Ballet purists in a spin as Paris Opera takes aim at ‘colonial’ works: Adam Sage, The Times


Kiwi dancers stranded by Covid-19 reunite in capital: Andre Chumko,  Dominion Post


Costumes stolen from San Jose Dance Theater studio: Rob Roth, KTVU


Stream Review - Ballet du Capitole Toulouse, In the Footsteps of Nureyev: Charlotte Kasner, SeeingDance


Stream News:

Unlimited Festival Dance, Southbank Online; Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


DanceHouse/Paris Opera BalletCrystal Pite's Body and Soul: Steve Newton, Straight.com



Something for those working-out at home:

Dance workouts got me through lockdown – here are 10 of the best: Abigail Radnor, Guardian

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Links - Sunday 10 January, 2021



Feature - Ballet dancers in lockdown hear patter of tiny feet:  Emily Kent Smith & Tony Allen-Mills, Times


Feature - Can pandemic be catalyst for new global arts ecology?:  Zenetta S Drew, Wallace Foundation


Streaming News - National Ballet of Japan’s New Year Ballet to stream for free:  News Desk, Broadway World


Streaming Review - Tokyo Ballet, Don Quijote:  Alessandro Bizzotto, Dance for You Magazine


News - National Ballet of Canada wins best international short film in Milan:  Michael Vincent, Ludwig van Toronto


News - Novosibirsk ballet company temporarily suspends contract with Ananiashvili:  Staff, Agenda.ge

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Links - Monday 11 January, 2021



Feature - John Lam, Boston Ballet:  Roxanne Ray, International Examiner


Feature - Royal Danish Ballet in Covid-19 time:  Eva Kistrup, Danceview Times


Book Review - Mary Li (McKendry), Mary’s Last Dance:  Deborah Jones, Limelight


Film Preview - Sketch Films, What the body holds:  Jim Provenzano, Bay Area Reporter


Video News - Costumes stolen from San Jose Dance Theatre:  Dion Lim, ABC 7 News


Featurette - Recollections of an Anna Pavlova performance in Medford, Oregon:  Bill Miller, Mail Tribune


Feature - Emily Skubic, dancer in Netflix’ Tiny Pretty Things:  Joe Belanger, London Free Press

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Links - Tuesday 12 January, 2021



Streaming News:


Streaming suggestions for January:  Penelope Ford, Globe and Mail


Boston Ballet, BB@YourHome: Look Back, Focus Forward:  News Desk, Broadway World


Feature - Meseret Yirga, Ethiopian choreographer:  Jane Coyle, Stage


Feature - Misty Copeland’s children’s book Bunheads:  Joshua Barajas, PBS


Video featurette - Ballet dancer and pianist team up during pandemic to learn from each other:  CBC


And finally...


List - 30 Essential dance movies:  Chloe Angyal, Rotten Tomatoes

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Links - Wednesday 13 January, 2021



News - Opéra National de Paris cancels performances (due to pandemic):  News Desk, Broadway World


Streaming Review - Vakhtangov Theatre (Moscow), Anna Karenina:  Charlotte Kasner, Seeing Dance


Feature - Susan Jones, Regisseur American Ballet Theatre:  Jennifer Stahl, Dance Magazine


Feature - Why playwright Mark Ravenhill took up ballet after his Mum died:  Chris Wiegand, Guardian


Feature - Madds Mikkelsen, actor & dancer:  Gia Kourlas, NY Times


Feature - Ballet, politicians & national consciousness:  Veronika Malinboym, Messenger.ge


Feature - Sarasota Cuban Ballet:  Abby Weingarten, SRQ Magazine


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Links - Thursday 14 January, 2021



Obituary - Sir Robert Cohan:  Chris Wiegand, Guardian


Obituary - Barbara Weisberger, founder Pennsylvania Ballet:  Anna Kisselgoff, NY Times



Feature - Reflections on Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments:  Michelle Potter, ... on dancing


News - Jacob’s Pillow is alive and dancing this winter/spring:  Jeffrey Borak, Berkshire Eagle


News - Novosibirsk Ballet cancels contract with Ananiashvili:  Staff, Agenda.ge


Streaming News - Ballet Arizona, Ballet under the virtual stars:  News Desk, Broadway World


Streaming News - Diablo Ballet presents Balanchine and Beyond programme:  News Desk, Broadway World


News feature - Amputee ballet dancer appeals for “en pointe” prosthetic foot:

Staff, BBC

Lucy Bannerman, Times

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Links - Friday 15 January, 2021



Obituaries - Sir Robert Cohan:

Jane Pritchard, Guardian

Lyndsey Winship, Guardian



Feature - Yasmine Naghdi, Royal Ballet:  April Deocariza, Pointe Magazine


Streamed Review - National Ballet of Japan, New Year Ballet:  Naomi Mori, Bachtrack


News - Wayne McGregor offered Prix de Lausanne lifetime achievement award:  Staff, Dance for You Magazine


Feature - Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre:  Virginie Dolata, Elle


News - Baryshnikov Arts announces digital season:  Peter Libbey, NY Times


Feature - Paris Opéra tackles race cliches in repertoire:  Rana Moussaoui, Yahoo News


News - Date set for Jerome Robbins Dance Division 6th Annual Symposium:  News Desk, Broadway World

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Links - Saturday 16 January, 2021



Obituary - Diana Payne-Myers, dancer:  Matthew Hawkins, Guardian



Feature - Poul Gnatt, founder Royal New Zealand Ballet:  Brittney Deguara, Stuff


Feature - Jean Grand-Maitre, AD Alberta Ballet:  Eric Volmers, Calgrary Herald


News - Royal Danish Ballet cancels Romeo & Juliet live performances:  Eva Kistrup, Danceview Times


Netflix Review - Tiny Pretty Things:  Gia Kourlas, NY Times


News - Milwaukee Ballet announces revamped 2020-21 season:  Staff, On Milwaukee


News - Renato Zanella takes over as Director of Ljubljana Ballet:  Staff, Dance for You Magazine


Featurette - Albert Bartlett factory hosts potato inspired ballet routine:  Jerome Small, Food Manufacture


Feature - Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas on Save the Last Dance’s iconic dance scene:  Kim Renfro, Yahoo News

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Sunday 17 January 2021



Separate Together: Hong Kong Arts Festival 2021: David Mead, SeeingDance


L.A. dance company wins $970,000 Mellon Foundation grant: Makeda Easter, LA TImes


Five arts venues share £3m funding rescue package from Scottish Government:

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman

Stephen Mcilkenny, Glasgow Herald


Wellington’s spaces to come alive in months-long arts programme: Andre Chumko, Stuff.co


Interview – Bijayini Satpathy on her Transformative Year: Marina Harss, Fjord Review


Stream Review – Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Box of Dreams: Valentina Bonelli,  Fjord Review


Stream News - Sydney Dance Company - new digital commissions: Angus McPherson, Limelight


Quick Q&A - Matthew Ball, Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet: Staff, Educate


Podcast Feature - Pacific Northwest dancer crossing gender norms: Martha Ann Overland, N P R

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Monday 18 January 2021


Feature - How the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired the Dance Theatre of Harlem: Walter Rutledge, Playbill



Korea - A look ahead at ballet performances in 2021, Bolshoi, Korea National, Universal: Park Ji-won, Korea Times


Scottish Ballet seeks people with neurological conditions: PA via STV News

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Tuesday 19 January 2021



Is multi-view streaming the future for the performing arts? Laura Cappelle, Financial Times


Dancing While Black: 8 dancers on how ballet can work toward racial equity: Gabrielle Salvatto, Dance Magazine


Stream Reviews:

San Francisco Ballet Gala, Leap Into the New Year: Janice Berman, SF Classical Voice


Ballo del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Vivaldi Suite: Jenifer Sarver, Bachtrack


Live Review – Sydney Festival, The Last Season, Explicit Contents: Geraldine Higginson, Dance Australia


News/Review – Royal New Zealand Ballet – Claire Cowan’s Hansel and Gretel soundtrack:

Kirsten Johnstone, Stuff.co

Deborah Jones, Limelight


Book Review – Falling Into Flight: A Memoir of Life and Dance by Kaija Pepper: Charlie Smith, Straight.com



And all you need to know about the pointe shoe market; NeighbourwebSJ

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Wednesday 20 January 2021


Stream Reviews & Previews:

Kyle Abraham, A.I.M, and JlinUntitled commission to Mozart’s Requiem: Susanna Sloat, DanceTabs


La MaMa Festival Is Still Moving, if Somewhat in Place: Brian Seibert, NY Times


Joffrey Ballet announces ‘Boléro’ as streaming world premiere: Doug George, Chicago Tribune


RAWdance Moves to Heal: Lou Fancher, SF Classical Voice



San Francisco Ballet’s Grand Jeté Into a New Year of Challenges and Promises: Janos Gereben, SF Classical Voice


Bangarra Dance Theatre returns to the stage with Spirit: a retrospective 2021 at Sydney Festival: Harriet Cunningham, Sydney Morning Herald



And much as in The Times 10 days ago:

Royal Ballet baby boom!  Jo Tweedy, Mail Online

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Thursday 21 January 2021


Obituary – Sir Robert Cohan, Choreographer & Dancer: Staff, Telegraph



Feature - Alistair Spalding on Sadler's Wells-BBC dance festival, Dancing Nation: Kate Wyver, The Stage


Stream Reviews & Previews:

San Francisco Ballet, Online season premieresPaul Parish, Bay Area Reporter


The Place OnlineCare Weekend: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


LaMama Moves Online - Annabella Lenzu & Kari Hoaas: Tom Phillips, Danceviewtimes


Live Review – Sydney Festival, The Complication of Lyrebirds: Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald


Interview - New AD of Phoenix Dance, Dane Hurst - the power of dance and why he's optimistic about the future: Yvette Huddleston, Yorkshire Post

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Friday 22 January 2021


Sydney Festival Review – Bangarra Dance Theatre, Spirit: A Retrospective: Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald


Stream/Film Reviews & Previews:

Boston BalletYakobson gems & Ossola preview: Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Globe


Ballet Hispánico¡Si Senor! ¡Es Mi Son! Watch Party: Staff, BWW News


Modeun CompanyTete-A-Tete: David Mead, SeeingDance



And should you need them:

Francesca Hayward’s Beauty Truths: George Driver, Elle  (+ video)

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Saturday 23 January 2021


Obituary - Charlene Gehm, Dancer With the Joffrey: Anna Kisselgoff, NY Times



Stream/Film Reviews & Previews:

San Francisco Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Balanchine): Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs


San Francisco Ballet, Gala - Leap into the New Year: Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes


Sarasota Ballet, Paul Taylor’s ‘Brandenburgs’ & ‘Company B’: Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Sadler's Wells & BBC Arts, Dancing Nation: Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper



Celebrating the RAD centenary - a pioneering British ballet institution: Nick Smurthwaite, The Stage


‘Slowing Down to Feel’: Moving Our Minds Around Our Bodies: Gia Kourlas, NY Times



News - Ten UK Ballet Schools Pledge Continued Support For Students During 2021 Audition Process: Staff, BWW UK

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Links - Sunday 24 January, 2021



Obituaries - Bob Avian, director and choreographer:

Mark Kennedy, LA Times

Georgia Snow, Stage



Feature - Stella Abrera, ex-ABT principal:  Marina Harss, Fjord Review


Streamed Review - Nederlands Dans Theatre, I wonder where the dreams I don’t remember go:  Valentina Bonelli, Fjord Review


Feature - Bronislava Nijinska:  Nadia Beard, Calvert Journal


Feature - Helgi Tomasson on his retirement from San Francisco Ballet in 2022:  Roman Gokhman, Riff Magazine


Feature - Sarasota Contemporary Dance: dance makers adapt for long-distance choreography:  Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald Tribune


News - 10 UK ballet schools pledge continued support for students during 2021 audition process:  News Desk, Broadway World

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Links - Monday 25 January, 2021



Streamed Reviews - San Francisco Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

Lyndsey Winship, Guardian

David Mead, Seeing Dance


Book Review - Wendy Perron, The Grand Union: Accidental Anarchists of Downtown Dance:  Gay Morris, Danceview Times


Featurette - Maria Tallchief remembered in her quotes:  Mina Dragani, L'Officiel

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Links - Tuesday 26 January, 2021



Streamed Reviews:


San Francisco Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream:  Jim Munson, Broadway World


Stuttgart Ballet, Don Quixote:  Maggie Foyer, Seeing Dance


Vakhtangov Theatre (Moscow), Anna Karenina:  Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide


Preview Feature - Dancing at the Drive-In: Dance Camera West on the big screen:  Lou Fancher, San Francisco Classical Voice


News - Milwaukee Ballet announces plans for rest of season to June:  Margaret Naczek, Milwaukee Business Journal

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Links - Wednesday 27 January, 2021



In Memoriam - Charlene Gehm MacDougal, dancer Joffrey Ballet:  Barbara Forbes, Dance Magazine


Obituary - Juan Carlos Copes, tango dancer:  Marina Harss, NY Times



Streaming Previews:


Sadler’s Wells/BBC Arts, Dancing Nation Festival - 28th Jan:  Emily May, Dance Magazine


San Francisco Ballet, Program 2:  News Desk, Broadway World


Feature - Herman Cornejo, American Ballet Theatre, creates immersive onscreen dance experience with Steven Sebring:  Marina Harss, NY Times


Luca Silvestrini, May Contain Food:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


ABT Studio Company, Winter Festival:  Staff, Town Topics


Feature - Javier Torres, Northern Ballet, gives the recipe for his favourite sandwich:  Melinda Gaskin, HK Dance Magazine


Live Review - QL2 Dance, My Place, Braddon (Canberra):  Michelle Potter, ... on dancing

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Links - Thursday 28 January, 2021



Feature - Akram Khan and Alistair Spalding on the effects of Covid and the Dancing Nation event:  Marianka Swain, Telegraph


Feature - Isabella Boylston, American Ballet Theatre, says her home dance studio keeps her inspired:  Angela Melero, The Zoe Report


News - Sustainable ballet wear made from recycled ocean plastics goes on sale:  Matthew Hemley, Stage


News - Greenwich Dance conceives Covid-proof plan ‘to tour ideas rather than people’:  Georgia Snow, Stage


Feature - Boston Ballet keeps dancing with  BB@yourhome series:  Nicole Bartuch, Daily Free Press


Feature - Ballet West breaks the continuous line:  Heather Hayes, Salt Lake Magazine

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Links - Friday 29 January, 2021



Feature - Manuel Legris, new AD La Scala Ballet:  Valentina Bonelli, Fjord Review


Streaming Reviews:

Sadler’s Wells/BBC Arts, Dancing Nation:  Brian Siebert, NY Times


Dance at LaMama:  Tom Phillips, DanceView Times


Tai Gu Tales Dance Theatre, Heart Scenery:  David Mead, Seeing Dance


Streaming Previews:

Royal Ballet, Raymonda Act 3:  Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper


Smuin Contemporary Ballet, Long Distance Love:  News Desk, Broadway World


Feature - Mikhail Baryshnikov, a dancer whose flight to freedom brought him cult status:  Valeria Paikova, Russia Behind the Headlines


Video News Feature - Joffrey Academy of Dance Director talks bringing to dance classes:  News Desk, Broadway World


Feature - Martha Graham & Trisha Brown Archives at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library:  Chava Pearl Lansky, Dance Magazine


Live Review - Ballet Theatre Queensland, Cinderella, Brisbane:  Federica Caso, Performing Arts Hub

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Links - Saturday 30 January, 2021



Obituary - Sir Robert Cohan:  Roslyn Sulcas, NY Times



Feature - How the Royal Ballet is using sports science:  Daniel Davies, Yahoo


Streaming Reviews - Sadler’s Wells/BBC Arts, Dancing Nation:

Lyndsey Winship, Guardian

Episode 1:  Gerard Davies, Dancing Review

Episode 2:  David Mead, Seeing Dance


Streaming Review - San Francisco Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream:  Rita Felciano, Danceview Times


Streaming P/Reviews - Royal Ballet, La Fille Mal Gardee:

Teresa Guerreiro, Culture Whisper

Debra Craine, Times


Feature - David Hallberg takes the reins at the Australian Ballet:  Candice Thompson, Dance Magazine


News - Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures to launch free YouTube classes:  Matthew Hemley, Stage


News - Garry Stewart stepping down as AD of Australian Dance Theatre:  Suzie Keen, In Daily

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Sunday 31 January 2021


Stream/Film Reviews & Previews:

Sadler’s Wells/BBC Arts, Dancing Nation Part 3: David Mead, Seeingdance


BalletX, Heal, Two X Two, Thaw: Camille Bacon-Smith, Broad Street Review


Sarasota Ballet, Digital Prog 4, Brandenburgs, Company B: Marina Harss, Sarasota Herald-Tribune



Interview – Shaun Keylock Company: Dancing the past into the future:  Elizabeth Whelan, Oregon Artswatch



Live Reviews:

When Chunky Move turned street fighting moves into a dance: Andrew Fuhrmann, The Age


Unity Dance Company, Unity in Adversity, Wellington: Greer Robertson, Theatreview



Dance Diary - January 2021: Michelle Potter, ... on dancing

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