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Rachel Hagan

Rachel Hagan is a dance artist originally from Slidell, Louisiana. She graduated from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's High School division in 2010 and is currently studying dance and journalism at New York University. Rachel plans to remain in New York and continue work as a dancer, choreographer, and dance journalist after graduation. In her free time Rachel enjoys reading, exploring the city, and seeing as much dance as possible.

Hofesh Shechter Company in "Political Mother"| Photo Julieta Cervantes Hofesh Shechter Company in "Political Mother" | Photo Julieta Cervantes

REVIEW: Hofesh Shechter’s ‘Political Mother’ at BAM

It is rare that a viewer can describe a dance performance as a full-bodied experience, but that is exactly what occurred for those seated in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, during Hofesh Shechter’s Political Mother. Israeli born, British based musician turned choreographer, Hofesh Shechter, engulfs viewers with…

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Darrah Carr Dance Company in Dingle Diwali | Photo Matthew Murphy Darrah Carr Dance Company in Dingle Diwali | Photo Matthew Murphy

PREVIEW: Bessies Nominees Sean Curran and Darrah Carr

“Speaking an old language in a new way with a contemporary accent,” are the words that come to mind for Bessie nominee Sean Curran while discussing collaborations happening in New York’s dance scene. Curran’s own collaboration with Darrah Carr Dance Company earned both the company and guest choreographer a Bessie…

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Brian Brooks Moving Company | Photo Matthew Murphy Brian Brooks Moving Company | Photo Matthew Murphy

REVIEW: Brian Brooks Moving Co. At Gotham Dance Festival 2012

When it comes to Brian Brooks Moving Company, endurance is an understatement.  In the opening of the Joyce’s Gotham Dance Festival, the company commanded attention with smooth, seamless movement and an ability to take and give weight with ease.  In its New York premiere, the company’s most recent work Big City mirrored the constant…

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Ballet Hispanico | Photo Eduardo Patino Ballet Hispanico | Photo Eduardo Patino

REVIEW: Ballet Hispanico Program A at the Joyce Theater

Ballet Hispanico holds a great luxury in their diverse and vibrant company members. Known for a colorful blending of classical and contemporary vocabularies with the grounded and passionate traditions of Latin dance, the company moves to further stretch boundaries with the works presented in their current season. The key to success for the evolving company lies in presenting their dancers as the athletic movers they are without losing the subtlety that draws audiences in. This balance was achieved to various degrees in program A of their current Joyce season.

Angel Corella stars in Barcelona Ballet | Photo Erin Baiano Angel Corella stars in Barcelona Ballet | Photo Erin Baiano

REVIEW: Barcelona Ballet at New York City Center

In 2008, American Ballet Theater star, Ángel Corella , stepped beyond the role of dancer and added Artistic Director to his resume. Now four years later, Barcelona Ballet (formerly Corella Ballet) will gain Corella’s full-time devotion when he retires from his principal role at ABT at the end of this season.

In its second visit to New York City Center, the newly renamed company looked to merge the worlds of classical ballet and traditional Spanish dance in the world premiere of Pálpito (Spanish for “hunch”). A lengthy program note tells us of “a main character who is trying to free himself from the strings that have bound him to his former role of a dancer,” naturally played by Corella who will say goodbye to American Ballet Theatre this June. But before the ballet begins, I can’t help but to worry how the dramatically written synopsis will unfurl onstage.

Sidra Bell Dance New York in "STELLA" Sidra Bell Dance New York in "STELLA"

PREVIEW: Sidra Bell Dance New York at Baruch Performing Arts Center

Sidra Bell Dance New York is thick in preparation for the opening of their New York Season next week at Baruch Performing Arts Center. The season’s works together are entitled, Duel, consisting of two evening length works to be presented for two consecutive weeks between March 22 and April 1.
When I visited the company’s New York Live Arts rehearsal, there was a clear collaborative atmosphere as the dancers fiddled with costumes and discussed them with Bell and costume designer Erin Schultz. Collaboration plays a role in Bell’s work from start to finish with both dancers and designers. “I enjoy creating worlds onstage. The lighting, the costuming, all play in from the beginning of the process,” Bell explained.