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Nominees Announced for 13th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

Goldstar has announced the nominees for the 13th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only award honoring live performances of The Nutcracker nationwide. More than 50 productions are vying for a cash prize to go towards education and accessibility programs, as well as the coveted title of Best Loved Nutcracker in the U.S. As has become tradition, the nominees represent a wide variety of genres, styles and creative themes. They include well-known ballet companies like San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet...

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News & Noteworthy (Week of July 27)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! Facebook Loses 4 Twitters Worth of Value: After reporting disappointing earnings, Facebook's stock shares dropped 19.6 percent in a day. The numbers are pretty staggering, but Tech Crunch's Romain Dillet helps us visualize them: "$123,400,000,000 is a big number. It’s hard to...

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News & Noteworthy (Week of June 14)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! Shaking Up London’s Donmar Warehouse: Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham, artistic directors at the Donmar, have staged three all-female Shakespeare plays: Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest. In her Guardian article, Charlotte Higgins quotes Pakenham: "The Shakespeare trilogy has a feminist...

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News & Noteworthy (Week of May 24)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! Who's Funding "Highbrow" Arts? Mike Scutari reports for Inside Philanthropy that, "While the tech monied classes may be cool to the arts, other Bay Area funders have been stepping up over the past few years." He cites The Koret Foundation; the William...

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Miami City Ballet Makes “Huge” Debut in NYC

This month, Miami City Ballet made its debut at New York City's David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, which is "huge," reports Ana Sofía Peláez for NBC News. Goldstar members raved about this NYC performance in their reviews: "Fabulous, electrifying dancing!" wrote one member, and "I was blown away by the program with superb dancing, music, and astonishing production and choreography," wrote another. Since 2012, Miami City Ballet has been led by artistic director Lourdes Lopez, a former principal dancer...

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Marketing

Bobblehead or Sweater, Just Immortalize It

Drake’s dance moves in his "Hotline Bling" video are so epic, they've been captured on a sweater (see images below), reports this Entertainment Weekly post. It's a clever promotional idea, and it reminds us of Jim's post about breakthrough ideas, specifically the Newsies bobblehead, which is a promotional item widely used in sports but was a first for Broadway. Jim wrote: "People doing work that’s very different from yours may think in ways that are very different from you. ... That’s...

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#instaballet Brings Audience Interaction to a New Level

Typically, going to the ballet is a passive event. You settle down in your seat and watch a beautiful dance unfold on stage. But the Eugene Ballet Company in Oregon is turning this idea on its head. During their offseason the company has started a "crowd-sourced choreography" event they're calling #instaballet. During the event, the audience can suggest moves, typically based around a theme, and together with the dancers they'll put together a choreographed performance (there's also a jar with...

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Spotlight On … fireWALL Dance Theater

How do you rewrite the cliché story of dancers running off to New York and Los Angeles once they finish school? You create your own company to support a growing local dance scene. Sara Bauknecht at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently featured three such fledgling companies that are making moves in the Pittsburgh area. One of the companies is fireWALL Dance Theater, run by the same wife-and-husband team behind Off the Wall Productions theater company. According to the article, "The mission of...

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Rag & Bone Clothing Kicks Off Fall/Winter 2015 Season With Dance

"I believe very strongly in learning from people in other fields, even far off fields," Jim wrote in his post, Want Some Breakthrough Ideas? Just Do What Other (But Different) People Have Already Done. He continued: "People doing work that’s very different from yours may think in ways that are very different from you. Professions and industries develop patterns, and, being human, we get a little stuck sometimes. Things that are obvious and easy in one field may be very...

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Promo of the Week: Straz Center Synchronized Cubicle Dance Company (Video)

We don't think you've ever seen Swan Lake performed like this before: More Fun Videos: • “Drunk Broadway” With Rock of Ages Cast • Monty Python’s Mick Jagger Ad • Tony Nominees Share Pet Peeves, Crazy Auditions and More

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