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San Francisco Ballet founder and artistic director Willam Christensen, credited with the first complete performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet in the United States on Christmas Eve 1944, couldn’t have foreseen the love affair American audiences would have with the ballet in the decades since – making it one of this country’s most cherished holiday traditions. Now…

Unlike many dance forms in which the performers seek to have their dancing look effortless, classical Flamenco celebrates its performers’ facial expressions showing passionate physical strain, coupling it with a fiery “take that” attitude. Madrid-based Compañia Flamenca José Porcel’s production of “Flamenco Fire” had all that in spades during a performance M…

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In his 1989 hit “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” singer Billy Joel famously belts out the lyrics “We didn’t start the fire … It was always burning … Since the world’s been turning.” Dancer Jose Porcel sings a similar tune about his beloved art form flamenco. The world-renowned flamenco dancer and artistic director of Madrid-based Compañia Flamenca José Porce…

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The esteemed Dance Theatre of Harlem is returning to Buffalo for the second time since its re-launch in 2012 for a performance at 8 p.m. Friday in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). The organization, founded in 1969 by revered choreographer and dancer Arthur Mitchell, is a three-pronged outfit that boasts a ballet school, an arts education program and a per…

It may have been cold, raw and damp outside on Saturday night, but inside, in the Mainstage Theatre at the University at Buffalo’s North Campus, things were red hot. Lehrer Dance Company, the homegrown troupe that has earned worldwide acclaim in recent years, took the stage before a sold-out crowd for a one-night visit. The group, fresh off of a week of shows, performed …

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Lehrer Dance and folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs are joining talents to present an eclectic combination of dance and music to kick off the 2015 M&T Bank Dance Series on Oct. 3 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.The program by Lehrer Dance, a Buffalo-based dance company founded in 2007 by Jon Lehrer, with musical back-up by 10,000 Maniacs, includes two world-pre…

Hip-hop culture takes center stage in the family friendly event “Battle @ Buffalo Under the Lights.”The fifth annual showcase from Verve Dance Studio features B-boying (breakdancing), DJs, emceeing and graffiti – all elements of hip-hop culture – and puts them into a daylong event that runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday outside New Era Cap Company World Headquarter…

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Get out your dancing shoes – tickets for the World’s Largest Disco are going on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday and the popular event sells out fast.The 22nd anniversary of the disco is set for 9 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Buffalo Convention Center. More than 7,000 guests are expected for the event which celebrates the music of the ‘70s disco era with dancing, a light show and cel…

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The summer dance season at the Chautauqua Institution, which is already underway, kicks into high gear with the inter-arts collaboration of composer Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on Saturday (repeating Aug. 15) at the historic Chautauqua Amphitheater.Directed by Marty Merkley, the Institution’s retiring vice president and director of programming, the operatic ballet featu…

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With seven mirror balls between them, siblings Derek and Julianne Hough have established themselves as two of the best dancers to ever grace the stage on ABC’s long-running talent show, “Dancing with the Stars.” But fans might wonder, can they foxtrot their way out of Hollywood and find the same success on the road? After the first of a two-show engagement Saturday n…

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NEW YORK – Misty Copeland was fast becoming the most famous ballerina in the United States – making the cover of Time magazine, being profiled by “60 Minutes,” growing into a social media sensation and dancing ballet’s biggest roles on some of its grandest stages. But another role eluded her: She was still not a principal dancer.Until Tuesday, when Copeland becam…

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Fans of the ABC reality dance competition, “Dancing With the Stars,” will have more than fireworks to look forward to on the Fourth of July. Siblings Derek and Julianne Hough are bringing their “Move Live on Tour” show to the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center for performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.The current 33-show summer tour follows on the heels of a …

Buffalo doesn’t get too many star-studded ballet productions gracing its stages, so Thursday evening’s second annual “Dancing To Live” presented by Neglia Ballet artists at Nichols School’s Flickinger Performing Arts Center was something special.The gala-style mixed repertory evening to benefit TargetCancer Foundation and Neglia’s CityDance public schools progr…

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Looking to embrace spring? Here’s your chance. “Spring Awakening,” the six-time Tony Award-winning musical, opens Thursday in the Drama Theatre in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. Presented by the University at Buffalo Theatre and Dance Department, “Spring Awakening” is a dramatic dance musical set in Germany at the end of the 19th century. Based on…

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Marty Merkley, the Chautauqua Institution’s vice president and director of programming, is retiring after 25 years on the job. Merkley, who is credited with helping Chautauqua grow and thrive even in financially challenging times, will be stepping down at the end of September.“Chautauqua has afforded me many opportunities that I would have never imagined poss…