Dance

REVELATIONS: Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Comes To Jacksonville For One Night Only

It’s early Sunday afternoon and Michael Jackson Jr. has just hopped in a cab on his way home from a short video shoot. In the morning, the dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater begins a new tour. There is still much to do, and the energy is high, especially for Jackson. As the face of the 2018 tour, his image represents one of most distinguished brands in the world of dance. “It’s a mix of emotions to be honest. At first, I was definitely shocked. Along with happiness and excitement, there is a little bit of pressure. Ever …

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Cirque Dream Holidaze: Array of Gravity-Defying Feats

Cirque Dream Holidaze, FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville, Florida

PRESENTED BY FSCJ ARTIST SERIES If you could filter all of the magic of the holiday season through a kaleidoscope, it wouldn’t equal the dazzling display of Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Imagine if penguins could fly, if toy soldiers marched in unison on wires strung at dizzying heights, if angels soared above a landscape of oversized holiday gifts? Cirque Dreams Holidaze is everything you imagined and more. The 10th annual Cirque Dreams Holidaze is presented by the Nov. 18-19 at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). This season of the traveling wonderland is bigger and better than ever, according to Jill Winters. As the Creative …

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Duets for Valentine’s Day

On February 12, join at the (101 W State St) as they present their third annual “Duets for Valentine’s Day” concert. The dance company, founded only five years ago in 2012 to prevent “talent-flight,” has established a reputation for bringing exquisite contemporary dance to stages both in Jacksonville and across the country. Billed as a “unique, exciting alternative to the typical dinner and a movie option,” couples will be captivated by the intimate and theatrical performances. “We were inspired by a Chicago-based dance company that does a similar evening of duets around Valentine’s Day. JDT has a lot of duets …

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The Spirit of Modern Dance

Saturday, June 25th, the Jacksonville Dance Theatre performed its fourth annual concert at the Florida Theatre. As the audience arrived, the lobby was buzzing with admiring students and supporters of the company’s Artistic Director and co-founder Rebecca Levy. A group of preteen girls still in their dance studio jackets from their afternoon classes were giddy at the thought of one day dancing under Levy at FSCJ’s danceWorks program or even with Jacksonville Dance Theater. At the other end of the lobby, two of Levy’s past danceWorks students reverently nostalgic about studying under the dancer extraordinaire. Levy was careful to note …

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FINE ARTS HONORS SHOWCASE — Episcopal School of Jacksonville

by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] The is celebrating its 50th Anniversary all year long in 2016. On April 28, they continued their celebration by presenting “Fine Arts Honors Showcase” in the Munnerlyn Theatre on its Southside Campus. The two-hour show featured students in band, theatre, dance, chorus and visual arts. The evening started at 6 pm with the Senior Art Exhibit in the Berg Gallery, located in the theatre. The very imaginative work displayed included drawings, paintings, photographs, clay sculptures, and ceramics. The Eagle Ensemble, with ten participants, featured mainly wind instruments along with piano and drums. Four …

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“Mamma Mia!” All about Having a Good Time

It’s a travel day for the cast of  and has traded in her dancing shoes for her running shoes. Despite giving herself an extra hour and a half to prepare for press after for the bus ride from the airport, she’s still behind schedule and apologetically flustered. “We were flying into Florida and then had an hour bus ride. We literally just got to the hotel,” she says. “I fell asleep on the bus, and when I woke up it was so much later than I thought it would be. I feel so bad.” Smith is a consummate professional, and …

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“42nd Street” has it all

DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The in Jacksonville opened 2016 with “,” a Tony Award winning musical and dance extravaganza. This musical about a backstage musical, which is based on a famous 1933 film of the same name choreographed by Busby Berkeley, opened on January 12th and will be on stage at the in downtown Jacksonville through Sunday, January 17th. If you read no further than this, let it be known that if you like musical theatre, this lavish production of “42nd Street” has it all and you are going to love it. Magnificent and precision tap dancing and …

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The Artist Series Celebrates 50 Years of Broadway with a Month of Shows

Fifty years after making its local debut, the has become the primary source for Broadway musicals and plays, concerts, comedy, and dance in the Southeast. Originally developed as a vehicle to make the arts more accessible to students, the FSCJ Artist Series brings quality entertainment to individuals of all ages and all tastes with its unique blend of musical and dramatic presentations. The FSCJ Artist Series complete listing of 2016 shows will feature Broadway, Off Broadway, International Dance, International Opera, Family, and the Concert & Variety Series. Performances will be held at the and the . The New Year begins …

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Dreams Come True: Caitlin Ehlinger chats about 42nd Street

Growing up in Houston, dreamed of one day performing in a national tour under the direction of renowned choreographer Randy Skinner. When she moved to New York to pursue her dancing career, her dreams came true. Ehlinger mirrors her character, the hungry young dancer Peggy Sawyer, in the musical comedy . Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, the production tells the story of Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the lead breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes …

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A Imaginative Farce “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] The presented the Broadway hit musical, “.” The show ran during November 18 – 22, 2015 at DA’s campus in the San Marco neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. The plot focuses on the meteoric rise of J. Pierrepoint Finch from window washer to mailroom clerk to the head of World Wide Wickets within a matter of weeks. He uses a book on how to succeed (narrated by ) as his guide, along with charm, flattery, and manipulation to reach his goals. The leading character of Mr. Finch (and …

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