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A Swing Styles Lexicon

Want to check out some awesome dance vocabulary of the branch of body knowledge we know as SWING? Here are a few dance terms in the language inventory, styles and steps that have evolved and grown over the years but will never fade!   via GIPHY Savoy Swing: a style of Swing popular in the […]

Dancetime Publications’ Newest Film Release: Where We Danced and Three Reasons Why You should Check It Out

This winter, we are releasing our latest film, Where We Danced, directed by Brian “Lucky” Skillen and produced by 1881 Films. The project was originally released by the production company in 2011 and and Dancetime Publications has joined in on distributing the film, the first in its trilogy! Ahh, American Social Dance. Ever heard of […]

The Elegance of Baroque Social Dance in Our Time

As Dancetime Publications revisits some of their wonderful videos – providing a look at how dance has evolved and existed throughout time – I am inspired to continue and help facilitate the conversation regarding its role and relevance in our contemporary world. Carol Téten’s work in developing How to Dance Through Time Volume IV: The Elegance of Baroque Social Dance brings to the viewer an introduction to Baroque dance by focusing on the dance forms allemande, minuet, and contradance (country dance).

The New Dance Group: Transforming Individuals and Community

The New Dance Group was a pioneering force in dance field for over three quarters of a century, providing a haven for dance to flourish both recreationally and professionally through their school and through sponsoring performances. The group was founded in New York City by Miriam Blecher, Fanya Geltman, Edith Langbert, Edna Ocko, Rebecca Rosenberg, Pauline Schrifman, and Grace Wylie in 1932 during the Great Depression that followed the stock market crash of 1929.

In the Studio with Yauri: 3 Pieces of Advice from Dance Scholar & Professor of Dance Elizabeth McPherson

Sometimes when you get a good content idea, you just know it. This month, I sought out to interview movers and shakers in the field of dance who are by all means, living dance. Art and culture have their way of being one, and perhaps only a handful can easily speak this language through the […]

In the Studio with Yauri: Andrew Nemr, Co-Founder of The Tap Legacy Foundation

In our second In the Studio with Yauri installment, I had an opportunity to sit down with Andrew Nemr, tap dance artist and one of the researchers and the narrator for our film Tap Dance History: From Vaudeville to Film which debuted in the month of June as one of our first streaming options on our Dancetime Publications’ site.

[INFOGRAPHIC] 4 Vital Elements for Reconstructing Right

Earlier in the year, just after I stepped on as Head of Product here at Dancetime Publications, I wrote a piece on dance archiving and touched a little bit on dance reconstruction in, Dancers and Dance Historians: 4 Clear Cut Ways to Help You Keep Dance Alive. I thought it would be cool to put […]

[INFOGRAPHIC] Ballet Influence on Social Media

In our day and age, just about everyone has a social media account. Or two. Or three or more. For many of us, platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc… came of age during our adulthood. For others, these platforms were born not long after we were. Regardless, most of us use social media to […]

[INFOGRAPHIC] What’s in your dance bag?

Basic Essentials Every Dancer Needs for a Summer Dance Intensive! I love myself a good intensive. This summer is my fourth summer living outside of New York City after living in the Big Apple for 14 years. With the exception of some summers spent in Italy and Spain dancing and studying abroad, a summer back […]

PREVIEW: Tap Dance History – From Vaudeville to Film

As we recently announced, we have launched streaming on the Dancetime Publications site! Our first streamable film Tap Dance History: from Vaudeville to Film, can be previewed and purchased for streaming access in the below video. To read more about the film and get a behind the scenes look, check out our following links! WHAT […]

INTRODUCING: Dancetime Publications’ June 2016 On-Demand Films!

As the new Head of Product at Dancetime Publications, I am happy to announce the launching of our streaming platform on the Dancetime Publications website! Over the next several months, we will be launching an Video On Demand experience for our customers. Each month we will share articles, videos, photos and other content about and […]

What is: the New Dance Group Gala Historical Concert – Retrospective 1930s – 1970s

This mid-20th century period of dance, while not so long ago, produced many fascinating and artistically significant dances worthy of meticulous preservation. Members of the New Dance Group were idealistic artistic innovators that aimed to make dance a viable statement about the social injustices of the world. This film presents some of the most influential […]

What is: How to Dance Through Time vol IV The Elegance of Baroque Social Dance

The fourth volume of the How to Dance Through Time series teaches the famously patterned dance steps from the French Baroque courts and countryside. These forms are the precursor to ballet and ballroom dance. Learn the Minuet, danced as a romantic courtship ritual and the intricate Allemande, known for its kaleidoscope of handholds. Next, take […]

Favorite Dancetime Publications’ Dance Quotes of the Month

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” – Martha Graham “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a […]

In Four Words Can you #TheorizeThis?

Theorize what you see in four words or less in the comments section below! Look out for ongoing posts here on our site, on our Facebook page and on Twitter of dance clips, dance photos and clips about the power of dance, and what it means to you! We’d love to hear from you! We’ll […]

What is: TAP DANCE HISTORY: From Vaudeville to Film?

Edited by Stuart Math, Tap Dance History – From Vaudeville to Film is a one-of-a-kind collection of rarely seen original film footage from Soundies and short films of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The films come from the private collection of Mark Cantor’s Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive, a collection of the National Museum of American […]

In Three Sentences Can You #TheorizeThis?

Theorize what you see in three sentences or less in the comments section below! Look out for ongoing posts here on our site, on our Facebook page and on Twitter of dance clips, dance photos and clips about the power of dance, and what it means to you! We’d love to hear from you! We’ll […]

A Peek at Hill’s “The Missing Scholarship of American Tap Dance”

We recently published Dances and Dance Historians: 4 Clear Cut Ways to Help You Keep Dance Alive on our Dance Culture Editorial suggesting ways one can go about archiving dance and why it is so important. The piece briefly explores ways to archive dance as well as the importance of archiving dance in order to […]

Favorite Josephine Baker Quotes and the Danse Sauvage

Josephine Baker has always been one of my greatest heroines. Her dancing, beauty, talent, glamour, intellect and courage has been an example of exceptional grace. Here is a list of some of my favorite Josephine Baker quotes as featured on Josephine Baker’s Official Site.

Dancetime Publication’s “History and Concept of Hip Hop Dance” Director, Moncell Durden

Dancetime Publications produced our exciting documentary, History and Concept of Hip Hop Dance: The Street Culture That Became a Global Expression, conceived and directed by Moncell Durden, recognized for his research on African-American social dance.

3 Tips to Finding the Perfect Ballet Flat and VOGUE’s List of “Ballet Inspired Shoes to Indulge Your Inner Romantic”

Many dancers wear styles and clothes we take class, rehearse and perform in as everyday wear, indulging in our inner-dancer outside of the studio. Leggings and off the shoulder sweaters, a pair of cozy leg warmers over boots and skinny jeans or those long flowing dresses made of chiffon and lace, easily fit the bill.

The Savoy Clarified

Bobby White, international swing dance instructor and writer digs deep to uncover the history of one of America’s most beloved ballroom dance halls, The Savoy.

Dancers and Dance Historians: 4 Clear Cut Ways to Help You Keep Dance Alive

As a dancer, choreographer, dance anthropologist or dance historian, you know there are huge benefits to preserving dance both short and long term. As current research suggests and unanimous best practices for reconstructing dance trends among many, we find accessing dance archives integral to reconstructing works and fundamental to teaching and learning about dance and movement within a historical, cultural and social context.