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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Texture dancers trade ballet slippers for tap shoes in new show 'Unmeasured Rhythm' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The music coming from the rehearsal at Studio 19 Dance Complex in Adams was a mashup of Broadway, rock, disco and just about anything else under the sun. But that’s nothing new for Texture…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Pittsburgh-area young dancers glide into recital season by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dance recital season, usually between April and June, is big business. With an estimated 100 studios located in Western Pennsylvania, thousands of teachers and students are busy these days p…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: Arts festival's focus on diveristy in dance seems to be working by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In the early years of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the most memorable and compelling dance focused on experimental artists like composer/mover Meredith Monk, spinning queen Laura Dean and…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre leaves it all on the dance floor in finale featuring 'West Side Story Suite' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre might have closed its season at the Benedum Center this weekend with the birthday centennial of a great American choreographer in Jerome Robbins, as well as compose…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dance review: VR, unusual venue make 'If | Maybe | Then' one of Attack Theatre's most ambitious shows by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Instead of browsing the artificial flowers at Michael’s, shoppers at The Waterfront in Homestead might be lured away by a dance encounter for the next few weeks.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Sessions Upstairs will go behind the curtain of The Pillow Projects by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Most people like to linger in their comfort zones, knowing the dimensions of their spatial blueprint and its corresponding boundaries.

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Dance preview: Los Angeles dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC pays its first visit to Pittsburgh by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tina Berkett was in the middle of a homecoming for her Post-Gazette interview last Saturday. The native of Queens had accompanied her Los Angeles-based repertory company, with the oh-so-appr…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

'PBT: New Works' includes rare humor, stylish dancing, and a stunning 'total package' debut by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With March Madness upon us, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre could have created its own artistic turmoil by presenting no less than seven world premieres, all created by company members.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Preview: Glue Factory Project heads to Mattress Factory an intimate approach to dance by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Forty may be the operative number for the latest Glue Factory Project. Not only is this the 40th year in artistic director Beth Corning’s vast dance journey, but also her host and collabor…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Review: New scenic design adds romantic touch to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 'Swan Lake' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tales of doomed lovers amid castles and forests and seductive mists — it’s the perfect setting for a classical ballet, particularly around Valentine’s Day. There are a few choices to b…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Music preview: Diavolo, as seen on TV, brings multisensory performance to Byham by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

We know that the Pittsburgh Dance Council tries to stay ahead of the trends. But executive director Randal Miller couldn’t have predicted that Diavolo: Architecture in Motion, a Los Angele…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Maria Caruso takes on challenge of daunting Martha Graham solo work by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“I’d come to that point of my career where I was feeling stale,” says Bodiography artistic director Maria Caruso, who was closing in on 100 choreographic works in her career. “I want…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Preview: Grupo Corpo dances its past and future by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Grupo Corpo takes to the Byham Theater stage on Wednesday, it will celebrate both past and present. For over 40 years, the company whose name translates as “Group Body” has been a s…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

'Dancing with the Stars' has come a long way since 2005 by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It started with six celebrities and became a national phenomenon,” stated a television ad about the upcoming finale of “Dancing with the Stars” during its first year in 2005.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: Holiday spirit soars in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” is undeniably a family treat, it’s the matinees that truly bring out Marie wannabes and Sugar Plums aplenty in th…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

'Second Saturday' dance/art series ends after 10 years of shows by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Choreographer Pearlann Porter and partner John Lambert were up until 5 a.m. for a nightlong brainstorming session, leaving her with a “jazz cold.”

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Attack Theatre taps into gritty writings by Pittsburgh policeman-turned-poet Jimmy Cvetic for new show by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Once a Marine, always a Marine.” Pittsburgher Jimmy Cvetic is all that and more — a retired policeman (uniformed, detective and undercover), founder of the Western Pennsylvania Police…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Choreographer Kyle Abraham shows off a formidable stage presence upon return to his native Pittsburgh by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There was a reception committee for native son and international choreographer Kyle Abraham onstage Friday night at the August Wilson Center. Along with Pittsburgh Dance Council executive di…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Stage review: Pittsburgh Ballet's 'Dracula' is cinematic and tantalizing by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s opening production, “Dracula,” is obviously inspired by Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel, allowing audiences to view a sampling of the count’s reign of terror…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Creator of Alonzo King LINES Ballet opens the Dance Council season on Saturday by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Alonzo King LINES Ballet opens the Pittsburgh Dance Council season at the Byham Theater, it won’t be the only local organization to be attracted to the distinctive San Francisco-based…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dance preview: Texture Contemporary Ballet weaves personal connections into 'Boundless' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dance is built on connections. We see them onstage, as performers link and unlink in choreographic ways. But others are behind the scenes, where even the national dance community seems small…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Dance review: Attack Theatre's 'Some Assembly Required' is ever-changing, still moving by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Attack Theatre began its 23rd season by throwing all the rules out the window … for the umpteenth time. The vehicle was their art interaction program, “Some Assembly Required,” which h…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dance review: 'Six A Breast' rich with off-kilter absurdity about gender roles by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Beth Corning has always offered a deeply personal approach to dance theater, delving into her family history and bringing thoughtful responses to social issues. But the success of those prod…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Arts Preview: The fast-moving world of dance by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For 2017-18, Pittsburgh Dance Council will come swiftly out of the season’s gate with Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham and San Francisco-based Alonzo King, covering the United States in one …

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to dance in Chautauqua's new amphitheater by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It was inevitable that Interstate 79 would be built in 1975, given the well-worn path that Pittsburghers had carved to the Chautauqua Institution in New York State, over the years.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: The Blanket mesmerizes in debut at Point State Park by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An ugly drenching rain may have forced the cancellation of The Blanket’s debut on Friday at Point State Park, but Pittsburgh’s newest dance company could not have asked for a more pitch-…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Preview: Texture Contemporary Ballet pays tribute to music in 'Resounding Sound' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Texture Contemporary Ballet’s Alan Obuzor is absolutely submerged these days.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Self discovery takes center stage in 'Stroking its Ego' by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Choreographer and dancer Elisa-Marie Alaio, now in the opening throes of a young and impassioned career, has taken up the banner of a young feminist full of bravado, self-discovery and, with…

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Curtain Call: Recital season brings last dance for teaching icon Larry Cervi by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At 81 years “and still counting,” Pittsburgh dance icon Larry Cervi saw his name come down this month from the last marquee of what was once his network of six studios.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Dance review: Blue Lapis Light's aerial dance leaves audiences awestruck by Jane Vranish / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For an event often drenched by showers and thunderstorms, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival had a perfect opening Friday night for its 58th edition, capped by the appropriately titl…

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