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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 features …

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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 night a…

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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 became the firs…

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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 successf…

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 program, was jam-…

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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 Frank Wed…

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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…

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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 Jon Lehrer moved his eponymous dance troupe to Buffalo in 2008, he was determined to build the company into an internationally recognized touring outfit with a diverse global audience.What he never envisioned was that he and his tight-knit group of young dancers would become powerful instruments of American foreign policy.But over the past two years, on trips to teach…

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“Dancing with the Stars” is packing up its ballroom and hitting the road. And the first stop is in Niagara Falls. The long-running ABC competition show, which pairs celebrities with professional dancers, is launching a 33-city tour called “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” The show opens Dec. 27 in the Seneca Niagara Casino’s Events Center. Tickets are $40 to $80 and are on…

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An amalgamation of rock opera and dance recital electricity filled venerable Shea’s Performing Arts Center Saturday night, when Shaping Sound jolted onto the stage with acts of athleticism and eroticism. The troupe, led by its four male founders, followed a program with a thin – but gorgeous – narrative thread.The nearly sold-out Shea’s was pack…

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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…