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Mayo Alanen danced eight years ago on ABC-TV's smash hit "Dancing with the Stars" with actress Lisa Rinna, as well as fellow professional dance instructors Kym Johnson and Anna Demidova. He has taken the ballroom dance circuit by storm during the last year with a different partner, Lauren Walier, a 20-year-old college freshman with cerebral palsy and deep Western New Yo…

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Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

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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…

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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…

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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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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 …

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By Tim O’SheiNEWS CONTRIBUTING REVIEWERIt was the fast-food version of “Dancing with the Stars”: tasty in small bites, served up to a crowd that swallowed every last morsel, and one that especially liked the most prominent packaging: a shirtless Val Chmerkovskiy.It was a happy meal, but not necessarily a substantive one.The “Dancing with the Sta…

I first saw “The Nutcracker” performed live more than 30 years ago, and my hazy recollection of that elementary school auditorium performance could be summarized in two words – creepy mice. Suffice it to say, a lot has changed in three decades, chiefly my appreciation for one of the greatest holiday tales of all time. The American Academy of Ballet bri…

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When is dance more than dance?When it is Shaping Sound. That’s the name of a group of dancers who are going beyond the basics to give shape and sound to the form as “visual musicians.”Emmy-nominated choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson – all seen on such shows as “So You Think You Can Dance” a…

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“Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” means “The Middle-Class Gentleman.” The playwright Moliere wrote the broad comedy in 1670 as a private entertainment at the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV. It was performed with music by the French Baroque master Jean-Baptiste Lully.The farce, a bonbon for the French nobility, skewered a doltish nouveau-riche merchan…

For the third year running, Buffalo’s LehrerDance opened the M&T Bank Dance Series in University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. The internationally touring professional dance company presented six works by artistic director/choreographer Jon Lehrer, including two world premieres Saturday night on the Mainstage Theatre. The vibrant program opened with “Fused by 8…

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The cutting-edge, internationally touring dance company LehrerDance is performing Saturday on its Buffalo home turf. For the third year in a row, the company is kicking off the M&T Bank Dance Series with a colorful slate of pieces that are sure to draw comment. Two world premieres are planned, called “Cash or Check?” and “Femeie de Lume” (Romanian for “Woman…

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One reason why the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts is beloved among Western New Yorkers is its sheer variety of events. The 2014-15 season is no different, as a press release includes dates for myriad genres of music, theater, dance and comedy. We've selected a few highlights from the calendar, which ranges from Sept. 4, 2014 through April 22, 2015, and then p…

The newly renamed Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre) in residence at the Chautauqua Institution on July 31, showed that whatever the company calls itself, artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and dancers bring the same high level of dancing and dance works to every performance. In “Dance Innovations” in the Institution’s Amphitheater, the com…

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Dancers Nancy Hughes and Scott Slocum, two of Buffalo's most experienced practitioners of contact improvisation -- a kind of free-form dance in which dancers strive to maintain physical contact with one another throughout the performance -- have been branching out into other kinds of dance during this year's festival. On Sunday afternoon, the pair presented a site-s…