On Stage: Attack-ing the Holidays

December 3, 2016


Take in Attack Theatre’s spirit-driven (holiday, uplifting, etc.) Unbolted. Click on Attack.

On Stage: Dance Africa

July 21, 2016

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Dance Africa’s Erin Perry and staff have put together a  rich look at traditional ethnic dance and more. It’s also a great opportunity for artists to immerse themselves in the sophisticated and alluring rhythms of West African and Caribbean drumming. And the marketplace — you can’t forget about that! Read about it in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

On Stage: Inside Women

July 9, 2016

ELISA MARIE FACESWe all know that women wear many faces while they perform many things — nurture children, run a home, hold down a job and create new and wonderful things. But it’s great to see younger women realizing this, as in Elisa-Marie Alaio’s feminist-inspired Eff.Ul.Gents. Read about it in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

On Stage: Dance Recitals 2016

June 22, 2016
Wexford Dance Academy

Wexford Dance Academy

Congratulations to all the dance studios in the Pittsburgh area for another stellar year. Dance Showcase made its recital Destination Dance, while West Point Ballet followed the yellow brick road to its own destination with a new production of The Wizard of Oz.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, meanwhile, performed an encore of one of my favorites, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and created a selection of dances for the various class levels around the music from The Sleeping Beauty. And Movements in Dance took a Step Right Up, along with guest artist Sophie Silnicki, a student at San Francisco Ballet.
Carnegie Performing Arts Center may have named its recital Sugar and Spice. That could also apply to graduates Megan Blackwell, who will attend Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh for Business, and Adrienne Elion, who will go to Shenandoah University in Virginia for Dance. Wonder which is which?
And Wexford Dance Academy had a versatile recital with not only the signature classic, Paquita, but a Rhinoceros Tap. The graduating seniors are versatile as well: Haley Raphael, Hamilton College, Biochemistry, Dance minor; Natalie Gardinier, Ohio State University, Biology (pre-med), Dance minor; Morgan Beaver, Case Western, Business Management; Kyra Launcher, Butler University academic scholarship in the Butler Honors Program, Dance Performance & Ballet, Art & Design and French minors.

April 30-May 1: Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh, Independence Middle School in Bethel Park, 412-343-9333. or http://www.balletacademypgh.com.

May 12-14: Chartiers Valley High School Performing Arts Department, Chartiers Valley High School, 412-429-3712 or http://www.showcase.cvsdtheatre.com.

May 13-15: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Pre-Professional Showcase, George Roland White Performance Studio at Point Park University, 412-281-6727 or http://www.pbt.org.

May 14: Dancing Classrooms, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School,

May 21: Sandra Lynn’s School of Dance, Franklin Regional High School, 412-287-0515 or http://www.sandralynnsdance.com.

May 22: The Dance Company for the Performing Arts, West Mifflin Area High School, 412-672-2200 or http://dancecoperformingarts.com.

May 21-22: The Thomas Studio of Performing Arts, West Allegheny High School, 412-257-2000 or http://www.thomasdance.com.

May 17: Dance Showcase (Jeffrey and Reserve), Shaler Area High School, 412-860-7764 or http://www.danceshowcasell.com.

May 20-21: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Byham Theater, 412-456-6666 or http:// http://www.pbt.org.

May 21: Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Byham Theater, 724-969-6000 or http://www.pybco.com

May 21: Sandra Lynn’s School of Dance,Franklin Regional High School, 412-287-0515 or http://sandralynnsdance.com

May 22: Movements in Dance, East Fairmont High School, West Virginia, 304-288-3081.

May 26-27: West Point Ballet, Pittsburgh Masonic Center, 412-872-8325 or http://www.westpointballet.com.

May 29-30: Dance Showcase (Jeffrey), Shaler High School, 412-512-1187 or http://www.danceshowcasell.com.

May 28: Allegro Ballet, Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, 412-973-5500, allegroballetpa@gmail.com or http://www.allegroballetpa.org.

May 29: The Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh, Shady Side Academy, 412-344-3900 or http://www.dcpdance.com.

Wexford Dance Academy

Wexford Dance Academy


June 4: Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts, Norwin High School, 412-856-7713 or http://www.cervi-school.com.

June 4-5: Carnegie Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, 412-279-8887 or http://www.carnegieperformingartscenter.com.

June 4-5: Dance Workshop By Shari, Upper St. Clair High School, 412-884-5099 or http://www.danceworkshopbyshari.com.

June 4-5: Karen Prunzik’s Broadway Performing Arts, Carlynton High School Auditorium, 412-920-1841 or http://www.prunziksbroadwaydancestudio.com.

June 4-5: The Thomas Studio of Performing Arts Petite Performer Recital, Chartiers Valley Intermediate School, 412-257-2000 or http://www.thomasdance.com.

June 5: Wexford Dance Academy, Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel, 724-934-9233 or http://www.wexforddance.com.

June 6: Lisa DiGorio School of Dance, Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, 412-650-9986 or http://www.dance4lisa.com.

June 10: Dance Factory, Jeannette Senior High School, 724-527-6190 or dancefactorydancers@yahoo.com.

June 11: Laurel Ballet, The Palace Theater in Greensburg, 724-837-7776 or http://thepalacetheatre.org.

June 11-12: Arena’s Performing Arts Centre, Moon Area High School, 412-264-9925 or http://www.arenaspac.com.

June 11-12: Ken and Jean Dance Studio, Norwin High School, 412-823-2753 or http://www.kenandjean.com.

June 17-18: Kickline Dance Center, Baldwin High School, 724-941-9839 or

June 17-18: Starlight Dance Academy, Deer Lakes High School, 412-767-0400 or http://www.starlightdanceacademy.net.

June 18-19: Michele’s Dance Center, North Catholic High School, 412-366-4134 or http://www.michelesdancecenter.com.

June 25: Mary Ann & Company Dance Studio, West Mifflin Area High School, 412-461-7229 or http://www.maryannandcodance.com.

June 26: Cynthia’s School of Dance and Music, Carson Middle School, 412-418-7498 or http://www.cynthiasschoolofdance.com

On Street: Spawning an Ellipses Condition

June 8, 2016

ELLIPSES CHALK DRIZZLEPearlann Porter and John Lambert threw out a colorful and meticulous tease of their fall series of events designed to puzzle and delight onlookers in Downtown Pittsburgh. Pearlann talked about it in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and John apparently chalked himself into, not a corner, but a circle or two (with some help, I assume) along Strawberry Way. Were they the thought pockets in question?

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On Stage: Stephen Petronio Brings RainForest Home

May 7, 2016

The Pittsburgh Dance Council season comes to a close with a performance of Merce Cunningham’s historic work, RainForest. For those of you who think that there are a lot of silver clouds just floating around, the Petronio company has to apply formally to use the exhibit that is usually on display at the Andy Warhol Museum. Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dance Beat: Tripping on Cuba

May 1, 2016



With Cuba opening up its relations with the United States, we’ll certainly be hearing more about its storied dance companies. Here is an article from Huffington Post featuring photographer Omar Robies following his passion for dance in Havana.