Dance Beat: Tome, Roberto, Alloy, Attack

STRO! An update on Pittsburgher Tome Cousin, who often sets Susan Strohman’s “Contact” around the world. On Feb. 28, he will be participating in a star-studded salute to the award-winning choreographer, working with Boyd Gaines and the cast of “Contact.” Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane host with an array of Broadway stars, including Karen Ziemba, Veanne Cox, Craig Bierko and others. Set for the Millenium Broadway Hotel, it’s surprising to see tickets coming in at $75, $125 and a “limited number” at $300. Below you’ll find Tome in a green shirt and brown pants with Boyd and Deborah Yates on the “Tonight!” show.



CHECKING IN. Former Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre ballet master Roberto Munoz was in town recently holding auditions for the Saratoga Springs Dance Intensive that he runs with wife Melinda Roy, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet. He was thrilled that he and Melinda were in demand at several local schools to teach during their stay. Teachers at SSDI will include Sean Lavery, assistant to the Ballet Master in Chief, NYCB; Jock Soto, faculty, School of American Ballet;  and NYCB principals Yvonne Bouree, Ashley Bouder, Maria Kowrowski and Daniel Ulbricht. A strong Pittsburgh connection, besides Roberto, will feature Dana Arey (Pennsylvania Ballet principal, PBT ballet master), Stephen Hanna (NYCB principal, Billy Elliot), Simon Ball (Pittsburgh native, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet) and PBT artistic director emeritus Patricia Wilde. The program runs June 20-July17. For more information, click on

SUMMER FUN. Speaking of summer programs, the Jones Summer Dance Intensive has announced auditions at Dance Alloy Theater studios in Friendship on Mar. 20 from noon-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Sixty students will be selected for the two week, pre-professional all-scholarship program, which will run Aug. 8-21. Students 15-25 may participate and must have a $20 audition fee. For more information and to register, call 412-363-4321.

ON THE MOVE. Attack Theatre may have finished up “Show #58,” but the workaholic  dance group subsequently took part of its “Show” on the road. They showed up at Dave Eggar’s Music on the Edge concert in “Trapped,” with music by Japanese composer Somei Satoh and subsequently traveled to New York for an encore over St. Valentine’s Day weekend at St. Mark’s Chamber Music Series. When did Dave and Chuck Palmer have time for the Grammies?



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