"So You Think You Can Dance" tag
Natasha Gooden in Message in a Bottle.© Helen Maybanks. (Click image for larger version)

Kate Prince and Sting – Message in a Bottle – London

★★★✰✰   The idea of setting a story about a refugee family to the songs of Sting was inevitably an enforced marriage of his diverse lyrics with a narrative for which they were never intended.

Zeleidy Crespo and Carlos Luis Blanco in Juliano Nunes's Mundo Interpretado.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Acosta Danza – Up Close bill – London

★★★✰✰   This was indeed a case of Up Close and personal with five intimate pieces variously dosed with Cuban fire and flair…

ZooNation in Some Like It Hip Hop.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company – Some Like It Hip Hop – London

★★★★✰   Some Like it Hip Hop is full of quirky humour, great music and dance, enjoying top-notch performances throughout the whole cast of sixteen.

The Finale of Dance Proms 2016.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Proms 2016 – Royal Albert Hall, London

★★★★✰   …the event is less about showing off the talents of dancers and their teachers than celebrating their hard work and dedication.

Michaela DePrince in Balanchine's Tarantella.© VAM/ Siggul. (Click image for larger version)

Youth America Grand Prix – Gala 2016 – New York

★★✰✰✰   Like all galas, this was quite a mixed bag. Over 200 students trooped on and offstage in a veritable tornado of activity before the veteran YAGP dancers stepped out for the showstopping stuff…

RAW Dance Company in Untapped!.© Amanda Brenchley. (Click image for larger version)

RAW Dance Company – Untapped! – New York

★★★✰✰ “Untapped! is a cheap and cheerful, mildly rowdy show which puts a spring in one’s step.”

Rika Okamoto and Matthew Dibble in Yowzie publicity image.© Ruven Afanador. (Click image for larger version)

Twyla Tharp – 50th Anniversary Tour: First Fanfare, Preludes and Fugues, Second Fanfare, Yowzie – New York

…one can’t help but admire the torrent of ideas bouncing around Tharp’s brain…

Renako McDonald and Nicolette Whitley, of Alleviate, in FLASH MOB.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

FLASH MOB – London

Including a low-key pilot at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of 2012, the ‘Flash Mob’ brand is now into its third iteration, and I must immediately confess to liking this show less than either of its predecessors.

Virgil "Sky Chief" Dey in Blaze.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Blaze – London

It would appear that Blaze is to hip hop as Burn the Floor has been to the popularity of ballroom and Latin…

Darrin M. Wright, Luke Miller, Ching-I Chang, Christopher Adams and Kristin Clotfelter in Play/Pause.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Susan Marshall & Company – Play/Pause – New York

The gulf between commercial dance – the kind one sees in TV ads, music videos, and on shows like So You Think You Can Dance – and theatrical dance is disconcerting….

ZooNation in Unplugged.© ZooNation. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation – Unplugged – London

In short, it was foot-tapping fun!

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