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Ballet East Dance Company: Reclaiming the modern in a pomo world
Rodolfo Mendez wants us to remember that before there was postmodern, modern dance ruled
"...forgotten, but that looks to be what's happening in dance, according to Rodolfo Mendez. The artistic director of Ballet..."

Nov. 30, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Ballet East
The company establishes its first dance academy for students at Eastside Memorial
"...This week, Ballet East Dance Company once again provides a showcase for..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Shay Ishii Dance Company
In 'New Moon,' a dance to remind us how to let go
"...Each time the dancer Erick Hawkins saw the new moon, he was reminded..."

July 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Dawn Davis Loring

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Call them contemporary or modern, but Paul Taylor's dances are always masterful
"...The origin of modern dance is usually attributed to the barefoot dance-makers who rebelled..."

March 27, 2009 Arts Feature by Andrew Long

Ballet East: An expression of Hope
Ballet East hasn't changed its name to Alvin Ailey West, but with a fourth choreographer from the prominent dance troupe having set work on the Austin company, it could
"...Ballet East hasn't changed its name to Alvin Ailey West,..."

Dec. 1, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Ballet East: 'Tribal'
Ballet East goes "Tribal" this weekend, using movement to explore issues of belonging, the ties that bind, and how tribes can lower us to barbarism or lift us to redemption
"...Ballet East goes "Tribal" this weekend, which means that company..."

March 26, 2004 Arts Feature

Aztlan Dance Company: A Dancer's Life
Longtime Aztlan dancer Stephanie Mayorga Keeton doesn't just like to dance: She needs to dance
"...During a break in rehearsal, Aztlan Dance Company member Stephanie Mayorga Keeton confides, "We've got to..."

June 27, 2008 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Top 9 Lasting Impressions in Dance From 2009
Recalling a year in which cranes became dancers and dancers became stars
"...lit by phosphorescence against the infinity of night, harnessed dancers floated through perpendicular somersaults like rotating stars. Spectacle, yes,..."

Jan. 1, 2010 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Dance of the Century
Rhoda Winter Russell reflects on a historic life in dance and the Mary Wigman connection
"...take a summer course with Wigman, the German expressionist dancer and choreographer who was one of the mothers of..."

Aug. 10, 2012 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Ongoing Dance Events
"...Austin Ballroom Dancers play swing, Latin, rock, and ballroom classics weekly. Smoke-..."

March 14, 1997 News Feature

Sharing the Dance
A new generation of Austin choreographers is expanding our concept of dance through the combination of movement styles and traditions from across the globe, and Barbejoy Ponzio talks to them about the part fusion plays in their work.
"...a fusion of different cultures, so why shouldn't the dances she creates be the same? "I am part Italian,..."

Jan. 21, 2000 Arts Feature by Barbejoy A. Ponzio

Dance Fever
With Hot September Flurries, a corps of Austin choreographers burn up the Blue all month long
"...of choreographers working in Austin today, you'd need at least another couple appendages with full sets of digits. Or,..."

Sept. 16, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Dance
Some Austin dance artists will be getting out of town this summer – way out of town: Innsbruck, Jacob's Pillow, and Hong Kong – thanks to special invitations
"...Like most everyone, dance artists like to get out of town during the..."

June 23, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dance/USA Convenes in Austin
The national arts organization brings honors for the Butlers and big questions about the form's future
"...are as organic as rhythm itself? What responsibility do dancemakers and dance companies have to their societies and communities?..."

June 10, 2016 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Benefits Round-up: See Art, see Art run, see Art run and dance
Support your local nonprofits by buying prisoner art for the Inside Books Project, running a 5K for the Paramount and State theatres, and listening to Latino artists for the Austin Latino Theater Alliance
"...communities since the 16th century. First up is a feast of music with Cerronato, Myrna Cabello & the Gris..."

Sept. 8, 2006 Arts Feature

For His Dance (Re)current Unrest, Charles O. Anderson Keeps Moving
Through the pandemic and other obstacles, the choreographer and UT teacher continues to adapt
"...First, after years of developing and finishing a major dance project – about which Chronicle critic Jonelle Seitz wrote,..."

Oct. 16, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Movin' on Up
Melissa Villareal's life was changed by Ballet East
"...who can help her. It's summer 1987 and the Eastside teenager, fresh out of eighth grade, has just seen..."

Dec. 5, 2008 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

On the Road Again
Ballet East's Paths traces some of the many passages through life.
"...the paths taken and not taken, and this week Ballet East Dance Company will trace a number of those..."

Dec. 5, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Movers & Shakers
A guide to Austin dance
"...When the discipline under discussion is dance, it's the nature of the artists to be on..."

Dec. 4, 2015 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Lucky Seven
For seven years, Pro Arts Collective has consistently drawn an impressive and intriguing lineup of dancers, choreographers, and companies from across the nation for its annual African American Festival of Dance, and the 2003 edition continues that tradition.
"...the tough times in which we live, any arts company that can boast an ongoing event that it launched..."

July 18, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

In Memoriam: Rodolfo Mendez
Remembering the founder of Ballet East Dance Theatre
"...who devoted four decades of his life to bringing dance to students on Austin's Eastside, changing countless lives in..."

May 7, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Larkin's Journey
New York choreographer Regina Larkin keeps coming back to Ballet East
"...war with Iran, Regina Larkin had a revelation while dancers lifted her into the sky. "My head was way..."

Dec. 2, 2005 Arts Feature by Patti Hadad

Top 10 (+ 1) Dances With Big Heart in 2011
Recalling when contemporary dance and ballet showed huge heart in 2011
"...(Jérôme Bel at Fusebox Festival) Bel's performance portraits of dancers smudge the performer-audience and performer-character distinctions: The dancers address..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

'Hear Me/See Me'
Giving young immigrants and refugees a chance to tell their own stories
"...That didn't seem right to Rodolfo Mendez, so the Ballet East Dance Company artistic director created a forum for..."

July 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

In this mixed-dance program weighted with angst, skill and innovation were lacking
"...In another of Ballet East Dance Company's grab-bag programs, the presiding mood was..."

April 15, 2011 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

All Over Creation: First Flight
The thrill of seeing a young artist take that great leap forward creatively
"...It was clear from the dancer's first move – a spectacular arching of the back..."

Dec. 9, 2011 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Seven Austin arts organizations receive outreach grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, playwright C. Denby Swanson receives a McKnight Advancement Grant, and Peter Pan receives his own Amy's Ice Cream flavor.
"...Ballet East Dance Company, which received $10,000 to support the..."

May 3, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Owing to budget woes in the College of Fine Arts, the UT PAC Prop Shop is closed for business, and local choreographers and dance companies earn national awards and international gigs.
"...with departmental faculty and staff, as among the educationally least painful ways of preserving our principal priorities." Translation: You..."

Aug. 8, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
Speed talking at AMOA, Correa in as ASO ED, and Ballet East needs your toys
"...• Ballet East Dance Company will hold its annual toy drive..."

Dec. 18, 2009 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The Place Where Worlds Join
Aztlan Dance Company explores the cultural interaction of old and new in Veracruz
"...far from Texas, bordered by the Gulf to the east and the Sierra Madre to the west, where traditional..."

Feb. 20, 2004 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

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