Dance Beat: PBT, Daniel, DAT

EN POINTE. It was PBT’s season afterparty, with music by DJ Ed Cyphers and plenty to eat and drink in the exposed brick space above Bossa Nova. Best of all, PBT invited the orchestra members, a terrific idea, and it looked like a number of the musicians took the company up on the invitation. Costumier Janet Groom created a sensational ball gown for the silent auction and versatile corps member Nick Coppula donated a number of his photos. A good time had by all!

A GOOD CAUSE. New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht continues on a busy path after his successful appearance here in Pittsburgh last October. He put together Dance Against Cancer, a benefit for the American Cancer Society yesterday at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. The event was inspired by his mother who was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2007 and had a relapse early in 2010. The star-studded list of dancers included NYCB’s Wendy Whelan, Maria Kowroski, Craig Hall, Janie Taylor, Sterling Hyltin, Amar Ramasar, Robbie Fairchild, Tyler Angle and Daniel, of course, plus Alvin Ailey’s Matthew Rushing, Lar Lubovitch’s  Attila Joey Csiki, Top 10 Finalist of So You Think You Can Dance Alex Wong and Keigwin + Company. You can still contribute at http://community.acsevents.org.

JUICED UP. Dance Alloy Theater member Jasmine Hearn is turning into a budding Greer Reed-Jones. She has been seen around town at performances, dancing with The Pillow Project and, earlier this month, expanded her own improv jam into The Citrus Project at DAT’s main studio. While a visit at the 8 p.m. start showed more improvers than audience members than, that was okay because the whole concept probably evolved, at a later hour, into an event where audience and performers were one and the same. Jasmine and friends decked the space with lights and rearranged the platforms with cushions, encouraging the informal approach, so suitable for a whole array of young Pittsburgh dance artists who have the urge to move all night long.

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