Monthly Archives: January 2013

HISTORY: bernice and isadora

Found this little gem on the Maine Memory Network with the description: “Young women dressed in classic style togas are part of the Bernice Ham Summer School of Dancing in Harrison” The photograph is from 1922 and Bernice Ham Summer School of Dancing was located in Harrison, a historic resort area located squished between two […]

VIDEO: ladies love

OKAY THIS IS A BIG DEAL GUYS. What you’re about to see if footage of LL Cool J from 1985. Five months before his debut album Radio dropped. LL Cool J was 17 years old. But the most amazing part? IT IS FROM A SHOW IN WATERVILLE. Did your mind just explode? Because mine did. […]

VIDEO: dance on film

Yesterday The Criterion Collection posted a spotlight on Martha Graham –  sharing a video clip from A Dancer’s World (a 1957 television documentary).  Criterion released the doc as Martha Graham: Dance on Film on DVD – along with two complete Graham ballets: Appalachian Spring (1958) and Night Journey (1961). Click the pic below to watch […]

VIDEO: bike dancing

I love a good cheesy dance flick.  Centerstage, Flashdance, Save The Last Dance: YES PLZ. But let’s be honest,  as long as a movie has one, maybe two, epic dance scenes – I’m satisfied. Let’s take Quicksilver, for example. In this 1986 drama, Kevin Bacon plays a stock market whiz kid who makes a bad […]

VIDEO: bandaloop

Portland, CAN WE PLEASE DO THIS: A pioneer in vertical dance performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. Founded by choreographer and artistic director Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP’s work has been presented in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical […]

HISTORY: anti-dance manifestos

Visit the dancing woman the day “after the ball is over;” hear her weak voice, and look into her listless eyes; note her general lassitude, observe that she has scarcely any life and you will get some idea of the physical effect of the dance. Or so says Dr. R.A. Adams in The Social Dance, […]

DANCE NIGHT: shake it like a bowl of soup

This Saturday come join me and deejay Tremendous Cream at Slainte from 9:00pm-1:00am for some epic dancing. We play soul, pop, garage … aka ALL THE GOOD STUFF.

CLASS: modern technique

Starting tonight, Gwyneth Jones is teaching an intermediate modern technique class at Terpiscore Dance.  Gwyneth Jones performs with Portland, Maine based modern dance company Berg, Jones & Sarvis. She was a member of NYC’s Dan Wagoner and Dancers for five years, worked as a guest artist at London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and performed with Ram […]

HISTORY: for teenagers only

The Dave Astor Show: For Teenagers Only was broadcast on Saturday nights from 1956 to 1971 and featured local teenagers dancing and singing along to the popular music of the day. It first broadcast on WGAN (now WGME) and moved to WCSH by 1963. The Dave Astor Show: For Teenagers Only began when WGME executives […]

PERFORMANCE: a canary torsi

a canary torsi creates site-adaptable, installation-based performance projects – and in April they will bring their latest work The People to Come to SPACE Gallery. I met with choreographer Yanira Castro this summer – and this project sounds seriously dope. Basically the dance will be composed from people’s images, videos, or text  in response to […]