La Meri and Her Life in Dance

“As a revolutionary performing artist whose interests and achievements were truly groundbreaking, La Meri built a life and career deeply deserving of our attention. Ruyter brings a specialist’s knowledge and sensitivity to a subject that demands closer study.”—Norton Owen, director of preservation, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival “A detailed chronicle of the touring, performing, choreographing, teaching, … Continue reading La Meri and Her Life in Dance

In Celebration of Merce Cunningham’s 100th Birthday

In celebration of Merce Cunningham's 100th Birthday, we're pleased to share this excerpt from Marianne Preger-Simon's Dancing with Merce Cunningham, her memoir of one of the most influential companies in modern American dance and the brilliance of its visionary leader.    ~ ONE STEP LEADS TO ANOTHER In late spring of 1949, I learned that Merce Cunningham was giving … Continue reading In Celebration of Merce Cunningham’s 100th Birthday

Broadway, Balanchine, and Beyond

“A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the fascinating and challenging world of New York City Ballet under Balanchine. It is also a compelling portrait of a dancer’s career and a testament to the many places a love of dance can take you.”—Suzannah Friscia, former assistant editor, Dance Magazine and Pointe “A gift to everyone who cares about the professional and … Continue reading Broadway, Balanchine, and Beyond

Dancing with Merce Cunningham

“In her insightful debut, former dancer Preger-Simon, a close friend and contemporary of the late choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919–2009), gives readers an unparalleled view of a modern dance genius. . . . A sweet treat for dance and theater aficionados, as well as anyone interested in the arts."—Publishers Weekly “Many dancers find that they understand better … Continue reading Dancing with Merce Cunningham

Book Tour Recap: Dancing in Blackness

Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir By Halifu Osumare   Author Halifu Osumare has just concluded a three-month series of speaking engagements for her new book, Dancing in Blackness. Between March and June, Osumare traveled from California to New York to Barbados. She enjoyed reading from her book, talking about her experiences as a professional dancer who … Continue reading Book Tour Recap: Dancing in Blackness

Perspectives on American Dance

The Twentieth Century and The New Millennium “Unpredictable. Counterintuitive. Stunningly conceived. So you think you know dance history? These anthologies are full of revelations.”—Mindy Aloff, editor of Leaps in the Dark: Art and the World   “This is a picture of American dance—and a picture of America through dance—as we have not conceived of it before, … Continue reading Perspectives on American Dance