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Dance news and analysis from The Nation

  • July 30, 2015

    Elements of Style

    The legendary Balanchine dancer Violette Verdy embodies the alchemy that turns music into meaning.

    Marina Harss

  • December 23, 2014

    Dancing With Shiva

    Shantala Shivalingappa smolders as she dances the lives of the gods.

    Marina Harss

  • April 22, 2014

    Song and Dance

    Why a production of Prince Igor was a missed opportunity to call a truce between opera and dance.

    Marina Harss

  • December 30, 2013

    Shelf Life

    In 1924, Lidia Ivanova, George Balanchine’s “lost muse,” disappeared on the eve of their company’s first European tour. Was her death an accident?

    Marina Harss

  • December 13, 2013

    Justin Timberlake’s Union Tour

    JT’s backup dancers have made history by winning a union contract for touring artists.

    Jessica Weisberg


  • December 4, 2013

    Plainspoken: On Mark Morris

    How a choreographer’s love for the basic truths of the body has remained uncompromising.

    Marina Harss

  • July 16, 2013

    Running Like Shadows

    Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy renders the composer’s world and life in the Soviet Union through dance at American Ballet Theatre.

    Marina Harss

  • May 21, 2013

    Shelf Life

    Ralph Lemon’s Come Home Charley Patton

    Marina Harss

  • September 12, 2012

    A Form of Order: On Paul Taylor

    Paul Taylor Dance Company has sustained a signature style, and without having left modern dance behind.

    Marina Harss

  • February 29, 2012

    Life After Merce

    Can the work of Merce Cunningham survive his death and the closing of his dance company?

    Marina Harss