Dancer's Turn

Dancer's Turn A holistic view of dance artists as whole, thoughtful, active persons in relationship to the world & their communities. Longform profiles of artists, offering an accessible, powerful insight into the world of dance, one artist at a time!

Editor in Chief: Eva Yaa Asantewaa Managing Editor: Troy Ogilvie Art Director: Jazzmen Johnson Social Media Director: Eva Yaa Asantewaa

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Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) in Ontario, Canada by Jadwiga Dabrowski‎.

Dancer's Turn: See. Site. Dance: A talk with Tom PearsonTom Pearson(photo by Darla Winn)See. Site. Dance.A talk with Tom...
05/03/2014
See. Site. Dance: A talk with Tom Pearson

Dancer's Turn: See. Site. Dance: A talk with Tom Pearson

Tom Pearson
(photo by Darla Winn)



See. Site. Dance.

A talk with Tom Pearson of Third Rail Projects



by Melanie Greene



See. Site. Dance.

Site-specific work is never that simple, yet those words--See. Site. Dance.-- instantly come to mind whenever I recall my conversation with Tom Pearson, Co-Director of the award-winning Third Rail Projects.

Site-specific work takes dance or movement exploration out of traditional proscenium …

Dancer's Turn: Dance chose me: choreographer Stephen Petronio writes his lifeAbove: choreographer and Aries, Stephen Pet...
04/13/2014
Dance chose me: choreographer Stephen Petronio writes his life

Dancer's Turn: Dance chose me: choreographer Stephen Petronio writes his life

Above: choreographer and Aries, Stephen Petronio
Below: Stephen Petronio Company dances
I Drink the Air Before Me (2010)
(photos by Sarah Silver)

Confessions of A Motion Addict
by Stephen Petronio (self-published, 2014; 288 pp.)
ISBN-13: 9781492736547

reviewed by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody




I should not have been surprised to learn that Stephen Petronio self-published his memoir, Confessions of A Motion …

Dancer's Turn: Kazu Kumagai: Catalyst of TapKazu Kumagai(photo by Leslie Kee)Kazu Kumagai: Catalyst of Tapby Eva Yaa Asa...
04/10/2014
Kazu Kumagai: Catalyst of Tap

Dancer's Turn: Kazu Kumagai: Catalyst of Tap

Kazu Kumagai
(photo by Leslie Kee)



Kazu Kumagai: Catalyst of Tap

by Eva Yaa Asantewaa



It’s no small matter when a tap expert like Tony Waag, American Tap Dance Foundation’s Artistic and Executive Director, feels comfortable agreeing with The Village Voice who hailed you as “the Gregory Hines of Japan.”

“Kazu Kumagai is not just a great tap dancer,” Waag says. “He is also a very kind, conscientious and devoted advocate for tap dance and knows …

Dancer's Turn: Wendy Perron: Capturing Movement in WordsDancer/dance journalist Wendy Perron(photo by Cliff Roles)Wendy ...
03/04/2014
Wendy Perron: Capturing Movement in Words

Dancer's Turn: Wendy Perron: Capturing Movement in Words

Dancer/dance journalist Wendy Perron
(photo by Cliff Roles)

Wendy Perron:

Capturing Movement in Words



by Melanie Greene

You can’t beat a book.

I know you’re reading this from a computer screen or smartphone, and I thank you, but nothing beats the tangibility of a good ol' fashioned book. Flipping the pages of progress…feeling the weight of the words…supporting the contents bound within a strong spine, the center, the glue holding …

Dancer's Turn: Jookin’ in its Prime: A Snapshot of Ron MylesRon "Prime Tyme" Myles(photo courtesy of the artist)Jookin...
12/20/2013
Jookin’ in its Prime: A Snapshot of Ron Myles

Dancer's Turn: Jookin’ in its Prime: A Snapshot of Ron Myles

Ron "Prime Tyme" Myles
(photo courtesy of the artist)



Jookin’ in its Prime: A Snapshot of Ron Myles



by Alejandra Emilia Iannone



He told me I could call him “Ron,” but he’s probably better known as “Prime Tyme.” Dubbed Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles by a friend from his hometown neighborhood of Orange Mound, in Memphis, Myles admits that he has always been one looking to “shine in front of a camera.” Now based in Los Angeles, he is a …

Dancer's Turn: Helen Simoneau: Movement Across BordersHelen Simoneau in rehearsalfor among the newly familiarPhoto: Rach...
12/08/2013
Helen Simoneau: Movement Across Borders

Dancer's Turn: Helen Simoneau: Movement Across Borders

Helen Simoneau in rehearsal
for among the newly familiar
Photo: Rachel Shane


Helen Simoneau: Movement Across Borders

by Melanie Greene



Leaves rustle and gently connect with the scratchy pavement. The air whisks a cool crisp breeze underneath the lining of my jacket, while I mentally negotiate the best combination of layers to complement the changing season. The sun’s rays warm the molecules of cool air around us....

One modest …

Dancer's Turn: Christina Jane Robson: A Bud in BloomChristina Jane Robson(photo by David Gonsier)Christina Jane Robson: ...
11/27/2013
Christina Jane Robson: A Bud in Bloom

Dancer's Turn: Christina Jane Robson: A Bud in Bloom

Christina Jane Robson
(photo by David Gonsier)

Christina Jane Robson: A Bud in Bloom



by Sarah Elizabeth Lass

I first saw Christina Jane Robson dance when we both took Alexandra Beller’s intermediate modern class at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) in March 2013. Her strong body and languid movement captivated me but, more than that, I was struck by her delightful, friendly energy and joyful spirit. She warmed not only the room but the people in …

Dancer's Turn: Jacqueline Green: A Clean SlateAlvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jacqueline Green in Wayne McGregor's ...
11/14/2013
Jacqueline Green: A Clean Slate

Dancer's Turn: Jacqueline Green: A Clean Slate

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jacqueline Green
in Wayne McGregor's Chroma
Photo by Paul Kolnik
Jacqueline Green: A Clean Slate



by Sarah Elizabeth Lass

As one of five children, Baltimore-native Jacqueline Green grew used to being in the company of others. However, in 2011, this versatile, talented, long-limbed beauty who has now captivated so many joined a different kind of company: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Since then, she …

Read Sarah Lass's new profile of the Ailey troupe's wonderful Jacqueline Green @DancersTurn http://dancersturn5678.blogs...
11/13/2013
Dancer's Turn: Jacqueline Green: A Clean Slate

Read Sarah Lass's new profile of the Ailey troupe's wonderful Jacqueline Green @DancersTurn http://dancersturn5678.blogspot.com/2013/11/jacqueline-green-clean-slate.html

Dancer’s Turn promotes a holistic view of dance artists as whole, thoughtful and active persons in relationship to the world and their communities. We publish longform profiles of artists, offering the world-at-large an accessible, powerful insight into the world of dance, one artist at a time. The…

Sister blog InfiniteBody arts blog has a page at facebook.com/ibevaya!
11/05/2013
Infinitebody/Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Sister blog InfiniteBody arts blog has a page at facebook.com/ibevaya!

InfiniteBody--arts, culture and the creative mind by Eva Yaa Asantewaa [Please note that while FB requires me to list name this page Infinitebody, the actual blog name is InfiniteBody.]

Dancer's Turn: Vicki Igbokwe: To Keep Me Sane
10/22/2013
Vicki Igbokwe: To Keep Me Sane

Dancer's Turn: Vicki Igbokwe: To Keep Me Sane

Vicki Igbokwe (photo courtesy of the artist) Vicki Igbokwe: To Keep Me Sane by Anita Gonzalez I’m sitting with 32-year-old British choreographer Vicki Igbokwe in the café at The Place, a contemporary performance center in London that nourishes creative dance work. I’m thrilled to be in the...

The latest from Dancer's Turn--a great interview of London choreographer Vicki Igbokwe from one of our founding writers,...
10/22/2013
Dancer's Turn: Vicki Igbokwe: To Keep Me Sane

The latest from Dancer's Turn--a great interview of London choreographer Vicki Igbokwe from one of our founding writers, Anita Gonzalez. http://dancersturn5678.blogspot.com/2013/10/vicki-igbokwe-to-keep-me-sane.html

Dancer’s Turn promotes a holistic view of dance artists as whole, thoughtful and active persons in relationship to the world and their communities. We publish longform profiles of artists, offering the world-at-large an accessible, powerful insight into the world of dance, one artist at a time. The…

Dancer's Turn: Beth Gill: The Elusive "Why"
10/10/2013
Beth Gill: The Elusive "Why"

Dancer's Turn: Beth Gill: The Elusive "Why"

Beth Gill Performance of Electric Midwife at The Chocolate Factory (photo by Steven Schreiber) Beth Gill: The Elusive “Why” by Komal Thakkar Bessie Award-winning choreographer Beth Gill came to dance at age 3 when, after sitting through an entire PBS broadcast featuring Baryshnikov, she informed...

Dancer's Turn: Body Stories: the choreography of FIVE DANCES
10/06/2013
Body Stories: the choreography of FIVE DANCES

Dancer's Turn: Body Stories: the choreography of FIVE DANCES

Reed Luplau (left) and Ryan Steele in FIVE DANCES Body Stories: the choreography of FIVE DANCES by Melanie Greene Limbs spiral around a quiet calm torso. Hands pierce the space like sharp blades. Movement is blanketed by silence…a silence that is suddenly broken by the vibrations of a cello. He...

Dancer's Turn: Monica Bill Barnes: Awkward Singularity
09/18/2013
Monica Bill Barnes: Awkward Singularity

Dancer's Turn: Monica Bill Barnes: Awkward Singularity

Monica Bill Barnes (photo by David Wilson Barnes) Monica Bill Barnes: Awkward Singularity by Komal Thakkar Seeing a performance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, you might be surprised by how much you laugh. When I saw Barnes & Company perform Luster, Mostly Fanfare, and Everything is getting...

Dancer's Turn: iele paloumpis: Craft of living, healing, making
09/18/2013
iele paloumpis: Craft of living, healing, making

Dancer's Turn: iele paloumpis: Craft of living, healing, making

iele paloumpis iele paloumpis: The Craft of self and body by Eva Yaa Asantewaa [Editor's note: On their request, iele paloumpis will be referred to by their full name instead of the surname, "paloumpis." As a matter of respect, this blog's style calls for the initial use of an artist's full name...

Dancer's Turn interviews iele paloumpis--trans/queer dance artist and educator http://dancersturn5678.blogspot.com/2013/...
09/18/2013
Dancer's Turn: iele paloumpis: Craft of living, healing, making

Dancer's Turn interviews iele paloumpis--trans/queer dance artist and educator http://dancersturn5678.blogspot.com/2013/09/iele-paloumpis-craft-of-living-healing.html

Dancer’s Turn promotes a holistic view of dance artists as whole, thoughtful and active persons in relationship to the world and their communities. We publish longform profiles of artists, offering the world-at-large an accessible, powerful insight into the world of dance, one artist at a time. The…

"In human society, art has several definite purposes, and it has served them in every culture going back as far as trace...
09/08/2013
Dancer's Turn: Dance lives in the world: a Dancer's Turn project

"In human society, art has several definite purposes, and it has served them in every culture going back as far as traces of humankind can be found. Poetry, by showing us that other human beings feel exactly as we do, educates our sense of empathy and teaches us to live in a society. Art is the very opposite of the sociopathic. An artist always bears witness to the world, and that act of witness has the potential of endlessly increasing the reader's, viewer's, or listener's own sense of the world." -- Stephen Dobyns, Next Word, Better Word: The Craft of Writing Poetry http://dancersturn5678.blogspot.com/2013/09/dance-lives-in-world-dancers-turn.html

Dancer’s Turn promotes a holistic view of dance artists as whole, thoughtful and active persons in relationship to the world and their communities. We publish longform profiles of artists, offering the world-at-large an accessible, powerful insight into the world of dance, one artist at a time. The…

Dancer's Turn: Dance lives in the world: a Dancer's Turn project
09/07/2013
Dance lives in the world: a Dancer's Turn project

Dancer's Turn: Dance lives in the world: a Dancer's Turn project

Dance lives in the world At Dancer's Turn, we seek to locate dancers in real-time, real-life context, as witnesses and active players not insulated within intellectual gated communities. What does it mean for the art of dance to live and play its part in the world? How do dancers listen to that...

Join this special Dancer's Turn project. We want to hear your ideas! http://dancersturn5678.blogspot.com/2013/09/dance-l...
09/07/2013
Dancer's Turn: Dance lives in the world: a Dancer's Turn project

Join this special Dancer's Turn project. We want to hear your ideas! http://dancersturn5678.blogspot.com/2013/09/dance-lives-in-world-dancers-turn.html

Dancer’s Turn promotes a holistic view of dance artists as whole, thoughtful and active persons in relationship to the world and their communities. We publish longform profiles of artists, offering the world-at-large an accessible, powerful insight into the world of dance, one artist at a time. The…

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09/06/2013
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Dancer’s Turn promotes a holistic view of dance artists as whole, thoughtful and active persons in relationship to the world and their communities. We publish longform profiles of artists, offering the world-at-large an accessible, powerful insight into the world of dance, one artist at a time. The…

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09/05/2013
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What is Dancer’s Turn? Launched in June 2013, Dancer’s Turn blog presents long-form interviews and profiles of dance artists as whole, thoughtful and active persons in relationship to the world and their communities. Founders include students of the Spring 2013 “Writing on Dance” workshop series at…

Dancer's Turn: Coco Karol: Journey of a Female Voice in Dance
09/03/2013
Coco Karol: Journey of a Female Voice in Dance

Dancer's Turn: Coco Karol: Journey of a Female Voice in Dance

Coco Karol photo by Joseph Victorine Coco Karol: Journey of a Female Voice in Dance by Melanie Greene 4 o’ clock in the afternoon. The air is thick and hot. Eying a table and bench made of wood, we find a cozy spot underneath a covered patio. Condensation forms on the outside of my plastic cup...

This holiday weekend, catch up on Dancer's Turn! A dancer's life and mind are as big as the world. http://dancersturn567...
08/31/2013
Dancer's Turn

This holiday weekend, catch up on Dancer's Turn! A dancer's life and mind are as big as the world. http://dancersturn5678.blogspot.com/

Dancer’s Turn promotes a holistic view of dance artists as whole, thoughtful and active persons in relationship to the world and their communities. We publish longform profiles of artists, offering the world-at-large an accessible, powerful insight into the world of dance, one artist at a time. The…

Dancer's Turn: Joe Bowie, Jr.: The Stuff of Life
08/28/2013
Joe Bowie, Jr.: The Stuff of Life

Dancer's Turn: Joe Bowie, Jr.: The Stuff of Life

Joe Bowie, Jr.: The Stuff of Life interviewed by Eva Yaa Asantewaa Joe Bowie, Jr. (photo by Amber Star Merkens) You can tell people, over and over, how much you love something, but when they see you doing it, they see the love. Bread is life, and it's living. I'm a real bread nerd. SUBURBAN DAYS...

Dancer's Turn: Keith Hennessy: performing resistance, embodying reconstruction
08/28/2013
Keith Hennessy: performing resistance, embodying reconstruction

Dancer's Turn: Keith Hennessy: performing resistance, embodying reconstruction

Keith Hennessy: performing resistance, embodying reconstruction by M. Soledad Sklate Keith Hennessy Keith Hennessy, the Canadian-born, San Francisco-based performance artist, dancer, choreographer, singer, juggler, teacher, queer dance pioneer, sex healer, ritual conductor, anarchist and activist...

I'm delighted to share that Dancer's Turn has three new dance artist profiles up today--Keith Hennessy, Alberto Denis an...
08/28/2013
Dancer's Turn

I'm delighted to share that Dancer's Turn has three new dance artist profiles up today--Keith Hennessy, Alberto Denis and Joe Bowie, Jr.--and perhaps another in the works! I love this so much, and I invite you to visit DT blog at http://dancersturn5678.blogspot.com and catch up on these new pieces as well as our archive of interviews with Wendy Whelan, taisha paggett, Ben Asriel and Edisa Weeks. More, more, more to come. Join in!

Dancer’s Turn promotes a holistic view of dance artists as whole, thoughtful and active persons in relationship to the world and their communities. We publish longform profiles of artists, offering the world-at-large an accessible, powerful insight into the world of dance, one artist at a time. The…

Dancer's Turn: Alberto Denis: On becoming GoGo Gadget
08/28/2013
Alberto Denis: On becoming GoGo Gadget

Dancer's Turn: Alberto Denis: On becoming GoGo Gadget

Alberto Denis...or should we say GoGo Gadget? (photo by Mike Dennis) Alberto Denis: On becoming GoGo Gadget interviewed by Eva Yaa Asantewaa About two or more years ago, I thought I was all but done dancing for anyone but myself...I'd considered that perhaps the dance world, for the most part,...

08/19/2013

Dancer's Turn welcomes new writers, new editors and especially arts admin types with good skills in fundraising or e-newsletter production. We love it when you show good communication skills and reliability! Please get in touch with us soon! dancersturn[at]gmail[dot]com.

Dancer's Turn: Ben Asriel: A Shift at the Right Time
08/06/2013
Ben Asriel: A Shift at the Right Time

Dancer's Turn: Ben Asriel: A Shift at the Right Time

Ben Asriel (photo courtesy of Kevin Kwan) A Shift at the Right Time by Evan Teitelbaum “I like playing second fiddle. But I still like having a fiddle.” Ben Asriel laughs playfully, but he’s pointing out a critical aspect of his work as a dancer. He dances for choreographers who use their...

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