Friday, June 14, 2024

Dance

Collaborative culmination

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A very special event to be hosted by Pathways Arts this weekend is, as of this writing, in the process of percolating in the hive mind of more than a dozen artists working in...

Off-season dancing and music gets us moving

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As a child, I loved to dance. I took ballet lessons for a while, but quit because I was afraid of the dance instructor who taught the older students, one room over. He had...

Rise Vineyard Performing Arts: ‘Season’s Greetings!’

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Spirits were running high at the Performing Arts Center last weekend as the Rise dancers presented their annual holiday dance performance. There wasn’t a parking space to be had during the two shows. Dancers, ages...

Dance partners

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Stephanie Pacheco, who arrived as the new executive director at the Yard in June, had to jump right into the full-on wild ride of the summer season. However, her extensive background in presenting organizations...

Dance and so much more

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Abby Bender is once again leading the charge of this summer’s engaging and always fun dance extravaganza. She, along with Anna Luckey, began Built on Stilts in 1997 as a welcoming, grassroots performance outlet...

Dance partners

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Internationally acclaimed dance company Urban Bush Women performs “Haint Blu,” an ensemble dance-theater work seeped in memory and magic, presented by the Yard at the Orange Peel Bakery in Aquinnah. The title references the...

Dancing on the dock

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The docks at Memorial Wharf are again buzzing every Tuesday with the energy and sound of Dock Dance Band — an Island band made up of six musicians keeping a decades-long tradition alive on...

Free to dream

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I am excited about the Sean Dorsey Dance company’s upcoming performance at the Yard on Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8. Dorsey is clearly a person bursting with creativity. And he did so...

‘All Rise:’ Land of a Thousand Dances

Rise Vineyard Performing Arts performed “Land of 1000 Dances” last Sunday on the stage at the Performing Arts Center. This was the dance company’s 16th annual recital, and offered two different shows at the...

50 years at the Yard

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The Yard’s 50th summer anniversary is just about here, and there is a lot to celebrate. The roster of this Chilmark-based institution is full of exciting and groundbreaking dance residencies, performances, workshops, and classes. The...

Kids Do Dance

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Any kids who are interested in the intersection of dance, nurturing their creativity, and Island history are in for a treat if they sign up for the Yard’s weeklong spring break program, Kids Do...

Tango comes to town

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During the week of March 13 to 17, tango music and dance will take the Vineyard by storm, thanks to the combined forces of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (MVCMS) and the Yard....

Language of dance

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Leonardo Sandoval has rhythm. And I mean a lot of it. This superb artist has brought his talents as a Brazilian tap dancer and choreographer in hands-and-feet-on workshops for the youth and adult English...

Rising to the occasion

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“Season’s Greetings! A Holiday Dance Celebration,” performed by over 200 Rise Vineyard Performing Arts students was, once again, a smash hit. The Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center was filled with an appreciative audience who...

‘We Still Dance’

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We will all have a chance to see something very special at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 3 pm. Danza Orgánica and members of the Wampanoag Tribe of...

‘Creative playground’

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A beloved Island tradition, the Built on Stilts festival, is back again August 11 through 13 and August 20 through 21, filling Union Chapel with creativity and fun for — and largely by —...

Storytelling on ice

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Don’t expect something like Disney on Ice or the Ice Capades, or competitive Olympic-type figure skating in Brownbody’s upcoming show, “Tracing Sacred Steps.” In fact, although brought to us by the Yard, the performance...

Get moving

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If you want to get out of your head, fully into your body, and get a gentle stretch and nice aerobic workout as well, then Hallie Brevetti’s new “Broadway through the Ages” beginner dance...

Collaborative dance

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Abby Bender and Jesse Jason have been doing fabulous collaborations since the fall of 2020. Right after last year’s Halloween show, which was in an old, eerie house, the pair originally thought that they...