Dance Beat: On the Pillow, Point Park and Flamenco

THE PILLOW — JACOB’S THAT IS. Jacob’s Pillow just announced it’s 2010 season and has commissioned a work from Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham along with two other young artists, Monica Bill Barnes and Camille A. Brown. Also on tap are star attractions like Nina Ananiashvili, Karole Armitage, Trey McIntyre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Lucy Guerin, who was part of the Australia Festival here in Pittsburgh two years ago. For more information, click on Jacob’s Pillow. For more on Kyle, he’s at the Kelly Strayhorn this weekend. Check Listings.

POINT PARK NEWS. Ann Reinking had to pull out of the premiere of the new musical, “Time After Time” due to health reasons and Trey McIntyre had to cancel due to a conflict with the Byham Theater program. But dance activity is still way up in preparation for February’s Byham concert with its sleek line-up of dance. Former Joffrey Ballet principal Maia Wilkins came in to set Gerald Arpino’s “Light Rain” and former Hubbard Street dancer and Point Park alum Cheryl Mann staged Daniel Ezralow’s “SUPER STRAIGHT is Coming Down.” Daniel Charon came in with Doug Varone’s “The Constant Shift of Pulse” and popular Point Park instructor Jason McDole, a former dancer with David Parsons, was readily available for Parsons’ “Nascimento.” See Listings.

FLAMENCO WORKSHOP. The Guitar Society of Fine Art is sponsoring Flamenco Tangos workshops Feb. 9 at PNC Recital Hall, Duquesne University and Feb. 10 at Simmons Hall, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts with flamenco dancer Cihtli Ocampa and guitarist/singer Ethan Margolis. For more information, click on Guitar Society.

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