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Dance news and analysis from The Nation

  • May 10, 2007

    The Brown Decades

    In an engaging new memoir, Carolyn Brown recollects her work with modern dance legends Merce Cunningham and John Cage.

    Rachel Cohen

  • August 31, 2006

    Let’s Dance

    In Tango: The Art History of Love, Robert Thompson traces the dance’s roots in Afro-Argentine history. Tomas Eloy Martínez’s The Tango Singer appropriates its music to explore the recent past.

    Marina Harss

  • November 6, 2003

    Diaghilev in Perm

    Few Westerners have ever heard of Perm. A former czarist administrative center, rustbelt Soviet city and gateway to the gulag, Perm was long off-limits to foreigners.

    Lynn Garafola

  • February 13, 2003

    One Step Removed

    Those of us who have followed the New York City Ballet and the repertory of the world’s greatest choreographer, George Balanchine, since the mid-1950s are filled with spine-tingling memories of

    Diane Rafferty

  • February 6, 2003

    Street-Dancing Man

    In classical dance, the art of imbalance–the pirouette, the jeté or the mere ethereal, alighted walk that alone makes audiences feel they are getting their money’s worth–is the purview

    Ginger Danto


  • December 23, 2002

    Tap Roots

    It’s a shame that Savion Glover is trying so hard to hide from the world, because he’s the greatest tap dancer who ever breathed.

    Diane Rafferty

  • December 5, 2002

    Is It Still Rock & Roll to You?

    A lot of nonsense has been written about the choreographer Twyla Tharp and her hit Broadway show, Movin’ Out, since it opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 24.

    Diane Rafferty

  • March 4, 1999


    I grew up on dance films, although they weren’t known as such; they were called musicals.

    Valerie Gladstone