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Like many seeming overnight sensations who have a substantial body of work behind them,  tap dance darling Michelle Dorrance earned her way to the many accolades she has received and is still receiving including the 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship. The Fellowship rocketed the North Carolina-native and her company Dorrance Dance to international prominence. Prior…

Self-doubt and the fear of failure are the uncomfortable partners in the creative process of many dance choreographers. Choreographic icon Paul Taylor described feeling mild terror when starting a new dance work because of self-doubt. Another plagued by it is 2015 Emmy Award-winner (and six-time Emmy Award-nominee) Travis Wall of TV’s "So You Think You Can Dance" fame. …

Two deservedly prominent Western New York arts organizations - the BPO and Lehrer Dance – combined for an impressive concert at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts with a program that combined old and new into a nearly seamless whole. While the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is used to being a heavyweight on the scene, this event was built around Jon Lehre…

1) Blizzard Ball, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (453 Porter Ave.). Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here. Commentary: The Allentown Association presents a party to celebrate Buffalo's resilience against historic winter storms, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of '77. While the open bar from 8 to midnight, two DJs and foo…

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and LehrerDance are looking east for inspiration. At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, at UB's Center For the Arts, they will be joining forces for a new interpretation of Hermann Hesse's novel "Siddhartha." Jon Lehrer, the founder and director of LehrerDance, and BPO Resident Conductor Stefan Sanders both worked to develop the piece. They read the …

"Dial M For Murder." 7: 30 p.m. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Production of Frederick Knott’s thriller. 683-1776. lancopera.org. $10-$25. Read Ben Siegel's review here. "Sophisticated Ladies." 7:30 p.m. Musicalfare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Musical revue about Duke Ellington and his music. $18-$43. musicalfare.com. Read an interview with John Fredo here…

Mr. Conrad’s Happy Hour. 5 p.m. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Piano rock and low priced drinks at happy hour. 312-9279. Free. Friday Night Heavy. 11 p.m. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Stop in for an assortment of heavy bands in a new ongoing concert series. 312-9279 buffalosmohawkplace.com $3. Joe Machi. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. “…

Ben Madoff had a good year at work. So, instead of stashing the unexpected windfall from his engineering job in his 401K or investing it in the stock market, the 36-year-old Toledo, Ohio native decided to fulfill a long-held dream: He bought a 3,000 square-foot warehouse in Larkinville to house Buffalo's growing community of circus artists and performers. "This …

To watch Misa Kuranaga and Daniel Ulbricht together on stage is a true thing of beauty. Kuranaga, principal dance with Boston Ballet, and Ulbricht, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, reunite for what has become a holiday tradition, reprising their roles in the timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” for three performances at the University at Buffalo Center…

Halloween may be over but Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet kept its blood-curdling spirit alive Thursday night at UB’s Center for the Arts with their critically-acclaimed ballet production of Dracula (1998) as part of the Center’s M&T Bank Dance Series. Murder, mayhem, love and lust mixed with a modicum of levity, made for a tantalizingly frightening and enterta…

When Anthony Bannon, executive director at Burchfield Penney Art Center, was looking to expand the dance programming at the museum, he didn’t have to look far to find the right person to help him make that happen. Bannon tapped Jon Lehrer, artistic director of Buffalo’s Lehrer Dance to curate local dance artist performances at the museum. For his third such effort, Leh…

SHERMAN OAKS, CALIF. – She just got the turndown from George Clooney, but Marguerite Derricks is beaming. Sunbeaming, to play off the nickname Debbie Allen assigned decades ago to her “beautiful and youthful and energetic” platinum-haired protégé, who was fresh out of Buffalo and hoping to build a long dance career. That happened. It happened so well that tod…

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Lehrer Dance’s performance Saturday night at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre felt like the release of a decade’s worth of pent-up dance energy. It exploded in waves of choreographic creativity and skillful dancing. The jam-packed program of vibrant, often relentlessly athletic dance, all choreograp…

In celebration of its 10th anniversary season, Lehrer Dance, Buffalo’s globetrotting professional dance company, returns to  the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Mainstage Theater on Oct. 1 to open the center’s 2016-17 M&T Bank Dance Series. Led by former Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago star and UB grad Jon Lehrer, the company has evolved from a barely known…