dance

Dancing in the Middle ages was one of the most popular pastimes. There are some medieval and Renaissance dances that have come down to us. Unfortunately quite a few of the popular dances were not written down because it was assumed that everybody knew them. On this Continuum you’ll hear some of the 45 or so dances that we do have available from early written sources. Recordings used are: A Dance in the Garden of Mirth (The Dufay Collective) - Chandos CHAN 9320, and Istanpitta II (New York’s Ensemble for Early Music) - Lyrichord LEMS 8022.

Dancing Grounds

Simply the word gentrification is enough to spark heated debate, especially in a city as steeped in history and as fiercely loyal to its neighborhoods as New Orleans. A young dance troupe is addressing the issue in a singular way. NolaVie’s Brian Friedman invited Jeremy Guyton, youth program director for Dancing Grounds, as well as Akelah Sabreen, a student in the program, into the studio to discuss their upcoming festival, which is called Dance for Social Change.

 

Sixteen-year-old Akelah Sherman (center) and her fellow dancers warm up before rehearsing for their performance.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

For many, the teenage years are a time when you start to realize the world isn’t fair, and life can be tough. Facing issues like income inequality, racism, and violence, can be overwhelming. One unique program in New Orleans is helping students engage with tough social issues through dance.

Bayou Movimiento

If there is one thing we can say for certain that New Orleanians love to do, it is move their hips. Dancer, choreographer, and teacher Sergio Zelaya is teaching them how to do just that. He is the organizer and instructor of Bayou Movimiento and holds dance socials around the city. Sergio joined NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford in the studio to talk about all things salsa.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.  

Joe Mabel / Century Ballroom

In a world that is increasingly connected digitally, we are probably getting more and more disconnected socially. Oswald Cooper, better known as "Oz The Dance Doctor," is out to change that. Oz leads the Who Dat Steppers of New Orleans. Stepping is a type of social dance rooted in African-American history, and it’s making a comeback across the country.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.  

Max Trombly

What do Bourbon Street, the film Cabaret, and the word “extravaganza” have in common? They are all linked in some way to the art of burlesque dancing. NolaVie’s David Benedetto recently dove into the art form with longtime performer Bella Blue. Bella is a member of the Foxglove Revue and serves as the Headmistress of the New Orleans School of Burlesque.

Cheryl Gerber / Unprisoned

In the last few years, powerful images of police interacting violently with African Americans -- usually men, or teenagers, or even children -- have been on the news, all over the world.

In these images, black men are getting shot or choked or hauled away in handcuffs. There are others too, memorial photographs from happier times: of young boys with plump cheeks or wearing graduation caps. Photographs of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald – the list goes on.

Photo Credit: Rahav Segev

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with renowned violin virtuoso Regina Carter. The multi-genre violinist will perform works from her most recent release, Southern Comfort, in concert at the Contemporary Arts Center.

JustUs Repertory from India

    Coming up on Inside the Arts, conversation with Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan, artistic director with JustUs Repertory from India. The company's U.S tour lands in New Orleans this week with Fire and Ash, a dramatic theater production that questions our relationship to Mother Earth.

Inspired by ancient scriptures and Indian poems, Fire and Ash blends dance, music, theater and paintings in this performance. It is presented by the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans. 

Daniel Ulbricht

This week on Inside the Arts, ballerina Wendy Whelan joins Stars of American Ballet in town for a one-night-only performance. We talk with New York City principal dancer and director Daniel Ulbricht.

Then, we explore the connections between New Orleans and Ireland as the city hosts the International Irish Famine Commemoration with a bevy of cultural events.

And, we round out with an exhibit that highlights home, place and architecture as RHINO Contemporary Crafts Gallery presents Location, Location, Location.

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