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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 today, some…

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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 choreographed …

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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 upst…

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One of the world’s oldest dance forms, Indian classical dance has survived for the past 3,000 years by adhering to its traditions. One important tradition is dance students honoring their guru (teacher) in performance. Graduates and alumni of Buffalo’s Natya School of Indian Classical Dance will pay homage to their guru, Tejaswini Rao, in “Abhinandanam,” an evening of clas…

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One of the world’s oldest dance forms, Indian classical dance has survived for the past 3,000 years by adhering to its traditions. One important tradition is dance students honoring their guru (teacher) in performance. Graduates and alumni of Buffalo’s Natya School of Indian Classical Dance will pay homage to their guru, Tejaswini Rao, in “Abhinandanam,” an evening of clas…

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National Live Creative Day is a newly minted national holiday. Make it a good one. Wear a splashy hat. Pack a creative lunch. Do a chalk drawing. Pick up a cheap notebook and start a bullet journal. Then, think big. Buffalo is a creative town.  The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has art classes. ("Paint Like Picasso," anyone?) Michael's Crafts or JoAnn Fabrics have classes -…

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The minstrel boy to the war has gone. Twenty years ago, “Riverdance” took Irish music and dance and made it thunder with military precision. The drums, pipes, fiddles, rock star lighting, clouds of smoke and dry ice, and leather-clad dancers took the world by storm. They spawned a number of knock-off acts, all loud and successful. It also led to more high-wattage fiddling …

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The title of “The Yeats Project” implies something workmanlike and studious, while the reality of “The Yeats Project” on the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s stage is the exact opposite. The show literally has wings. Through an inspired collaboration with Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theater, the spiritual voice of Yeats’ vision of Ireland comes vividly to life in two sho…

Proof of the adage “Good things come to those who wait,” Thursday night’s long-awaited performance by Richmond Ballet and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in “The Rite of Spring” at UB Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre had everything: excitement, drama, pathos, thrilling music and exceptional dancing. The production, postponed due to 2014’s “snow-pocalypse,” was the…

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Postponed by Buffalo’s November storm of 2014, “The Rite of Spring” will finally take the stage at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 21. A collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Ballet, the concert was initially organized as a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Center for the Arts. The perform…

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Postponed by Buffalo’s November storm of 2014, “The Rite of Spring” will finally take the stage at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 21. A collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Ballet, the concert was initially organized as a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Center for the Arts. The perform…

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It will be a homecoming for Batavia natives Joseph Cotler and Robert Tyler when Koresh Dance Company makes its debut at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 15. Cotler and Tyler, both former students of Cotler’s mother Robin’s studio, Images in Dance, are now members of Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company. Also on hand will be company…

The story of Chinese immigrants who came to the American South in the 18th and early 19th centuries is one of hardship, discrimination and segregation. Their plight serves as the inspiration for New York City-based HT Chen and Dancers latest work, “South of Gold Mountain.” Excerpts of it, along with other repertory pieces, will be performed by the company Saturday at Nich…

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A celebration of Chinese New Year will be hosted by the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The event is organized by the Chinese Club of Western New York, the largest nonprofit promoter of Chinese culture around, and UB’s Confucius Institute, which promotes artistic and language-based production in classrooms around Western New York. This wil…

You’ve been impressed by their dancing watching from the comfort of your couch - imagine how much more dazzling “Dancing with the Stars” is live.The new “Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Dance All Night Tour” visits the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center in Niagara Falls for performances at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. The 90-minute show features dance numbers from the popular T…