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Jacob's Pillow Is Expanding

Jacob’s Pillow, the Berkshires host to nationally and internationally acclaimed dance companies for 85 summers, is expanding to add year-round programming at its Becket campus, as well as an intensive community-based dance program in Pittsfield. Pamela Tatge has been the executive director for only 18 months, but she’s leading the venerated venue into some dramatic changes. A just-announced $300,000 grant from the Ford Foundation will help launch Pittsfield Moves, led by choreographer Paloma McGregor. 
 

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SummerScape Kicks Off With Ballet

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Bard College’s impressive SummerScape season — which features seven weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film and cabaret — opened last weekend with the fantastic festival debut of New York City Ballet MOVES, a rotating roster of the company’s dancers and musicians.

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A Summer Season Of Dance At Jacob’s Pillow And Beyond

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Summer in the Berkshires is overflowing with options for recreation, entertainment and artistic experiences, more so every year. Dance lovers have to travel a little farther, but whether you prefer classical ballet, edgy urban dance, big names or undiscovered treasure, there are plenty of options. 

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Holiday Dancing

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The Olga Dunn Dance Company will perform holiday shows at the Great Barrington Train Station, 46 Castle St., on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 413-528-9674.

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Learning to Fly

It was “Nutcracker” time, December 2010. At Torrington’s Warner Theatre, it’s an annual end-of-year event performed by the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. The audience swarmed with little girls dressed like princesses, and phalanxes of moms and dads and grandmothers and some grandfathers, adolescent girls, too, wearing tons of makeup and dresses that rustled, many bearing bouquets wrapped in cones of cellophane they crammed under their seats.

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When Art Can Heal

Tap-dance great Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards borrowed the title “And Still You Must Swing” from dancer Jimmy Slyde to express her frustration that, too often, tap dancers are great technicians, but they lack musicality. Watching them she asked herself, “Why don’t I feel anything?” Her response was to create an evening of tap at Jacob’s Pillow last week that was full of feeling — exuberant, joyful, and at times, full of sorrow.

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If Only They Would

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They are spectacular, these Momix dancers who draw enthusiastic crowds to the Warner in their annual visit. Company director Moses Pendleton has carved out a unique place in the dance world —performing on stage, in film and television and making commercials for Hanes underwear and Target — a place made mainly by not dancing. 

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A New Season, a New Director at Jacob’s Pillow

A summer in the Berkshires is an opportunity to take in chamber ensembles, a variety of plays and the best of the dance world, and I do mean world, as companies from all over the globe make their way to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA.

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My Swing Dance Journey, and Where You Can Start Yours

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never, ever, thought I would get into partnered dancing, or any formal dancing for that matter. But sometimes hobbies sneak up on you. After returning from a freshman year abroad, I was at a loss as to how to make new friends at my home school, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. One day, my roommate and I came across the swing dance club, and the members were twirling and jumping all over the floor in front of the booth, with big  smiles and jazz in their bones. 

I was awestruck.

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The Nutmeg Ballet Prepares for an Annual Event

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Nutmeg Ballet’s artistic director, Victoria Mazzarelli, is focusing these days on the conservatory’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.” When I arrived at the studio, Mazzarelli was coaching partners featured in the Arabian scene in Act II. Four pairs of dancers will cover the six shows.

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