RISE Dance Troupe Performs

There won’t be a dance technique that’s not included in the RISE Vineyard Performing Arts student upcoming recital, Americana! The students will perform ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, acrobatics and a little hip-hop and creative dance as they celebrate all things American at the Performing Arts Center in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, June 22, beginning at 6 p.m., and again on Sunday, June 23, beginning at 2 p.m.

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Optimism, Grace Fuel New Season at the Yard
Remy Tumin
Every dance has its own vocabulary or its own “it-ness” as choreographer David Brick refers to it. For the past three weeks at the Yard, Mr. Brick’s job has been to draw out this “it-ness”, harness it and help three up and coming choreographers dig a little deeper into their work.
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Talking Dance in Edgartown With World Choreographer Institute
Remy Tumin

This past weekend the World Choreography Institute arrived in Edgartown to have a conversation about dance. On the final day of the think tank, dance masters and interested Islanders sat on couches and pillows on the floor in the living room of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts, formerly the Point Way Inn. They were dissecting a recording of George Balanchine’s ballet, Jewels, in particular the second movement of the piece, known as Rubies.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem Returns
Remy Tumin

When the Dance Theatre of Harlem was created in 1969, its mission was straightforward: change the world through dance. Now, after an eight-year hiatus, the mission is evolving from its Civil Rights-era roots to embrace what ballet can mean today. And the evolution of this new company is beginning right here on the Vineyard. The three week-old new company has been in residence for the past two weeks at the Vineyard Arts Project and will perform this weekend.

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Summer School for Dancers Stretches To Other Artforms
Nicole Galland

You’ve almost certainly seen the shingled building, sitting obvious yet unobtrusive between the dentist and the hair salon on Upper Main street in Edgartown. Perhaps you have heard the skinny: that it’s a dance studio built by a fabulously wealthy man so his daughter, an aspiring ballerina, would have a place to take private lessons for two weeks every summer. According to this tale, the hotel-sized building sits empty the other 50 weeks of the year, and the daughter gave up dancing to study political science anyway.

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Curving Around Classical Ballet’s Free Revolution
Remy Tumin

B allerinas dance with their feet, balancing on pointe shoes with their limbs elongated to expose the intricate workings of muscles, or leaping across stage, leaving only a slight noise on the floor. But this week at the Vineyard Arts Project, they were dancing with their hands. Wrists became entangled, thumbs circled other digits, and knuckles discovered unexplored crevices.

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Art of Human Experience Takes Many Forms
Remy Tumin

Artists communicate in different forms. But whether the message is through visual or performing art, it always comes back to the essence of the human experience.

Two groups have been in residence for the past two weeks at the Vineyard Arts Project, working to highlight both the dark and exhilarating sides of the human experience. This weekend they go public with their work.

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