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Live Review: TopShakeDance, A-bout

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“Put those elbows in!” the coach shouts at the wrestler on the mat who, pinned to the floor and in a headlock, shakes in struggle. Her opponent holds the pose tight before being suddenly knocked onto the floor with an unexpected move, and the crowd chatters amidst shrill whistles and cheers.  This isn’t the scene at some Friday night wrestling match—instead, it’s the opening sequen...   More
 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Polaris Dance Theatre, Word

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Is the pen mightier than the score? That’s a question that surfaces during Polaris Dance Theatre’s season opener, Word, which plays with movement set to the cadence and rhythm of spoken word. The texts are by the likes of Maya Angelou and Samuel Beckett, as well as by local writers including Claire Willett and high-school student...   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: BalletBoyz, Serpent and Fallen

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For a company called BalletBoyz, the dancers aren't really what you'd expect. Either bringing to mind cheesy '90s dance routines or rigid, classical all-male ballet, the United Kingdom-based dance company—founded by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt—instead opts for something entirely different. Neither cheesy nor ri...   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Rocket 3

Burn (Self-Released)


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[POP ROCK] The fun of Rocket 3’s debut album, Burn, is in its contrasts. Framed by singer Ramune Nagisetty’s crunchy power chords and sweet, hazy vocals, the album leans toward rock-inflecte   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

A-Bout (TopShakeDance)

Dancing themselves black and blue.


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TopShakeDance is about to hit the dance floor hard. Literally: To explore competition and groupthink, the company’s newest work, A-bout, employs wrestling mats, mixed martial arts-inspired choreog   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Togetherness (Danielle Ross and Stacey Tran)

Uniting the melodramatic and the mundane.


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How would you move if you were a Greek god? That’s just one question posed during Togetherness, a new dance piece by choreographer Danielle Ross. In the piece, dancers strike iconic poses of    More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Purse Candy

Visions of a Healed Kingdom (Self-Released)


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[DISCO POP] Purse Candy’s debut album will bring to mind a few questions, chief among them: “When did I start dancing?” It’s an album laden with simple grooves, but it will make you move   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, New Now Wow!

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Northwest Dance Project’s season opener showcases three world premieres from local and international choreographers, incorporating contemporary movement with classical elements. The title of the show, New Now Wow!, might be a little hacky, but in this case, it's a name well-deserved. The evening opens with Yin Yue’s Between...   More
 
Saturday, October 25, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Allie Hankins, Like a Sun that Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth

Dance Review: Allie Hankins, Like a Sun that Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth

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Experimental dancer Allie Hankins might be quick to stress the differences between herself and Vaslav Nijinsky, the notoriously troubled 20th-century Russian ballet dancer who inspired her latest performance. But her hourlong solo, titled Like...   More
 
Saturday, October 25, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

All That Glitters

Allie Hankins channels one of the greatest dancers of the 20th Century.


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By the time he was 29, legendary Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was calling it quits. Allie Hankins, on the other hand, didn’t start dancing until college. Now 30, the local dancer-ch   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 KAITIE TODD
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