Sat. Oct 31st, 2020

Dance Scenes | 1980-5-6

… Spring has swept away the last remnants of winter to make way for the greening of Gotham. Dance rehearsal studios all over town are packed with ballerinas and their partners as they sharpen their technique, practice turns and leaps—ail in preparation for the big spring dance season in New York City. This year’s spring brings to New York some of the most important dance companies to be found anywhere in the United States. Where but in New York can you see the American Ballet Theatre, the Alvin Ailey dancers and the New York City Ballet all within the same month!…

The New York City Ballet returns to the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center for what promises to be a glorious two-month engagement April 29-June 29. …The City Dance Center remains alive with the best in contemporary American dance. The Paul Taylor Dance Company has been in residence since the middle of April and will be followed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, which opens a three-week engagement May 7. For those who missed their last season, the company remains a one-of-a-kind troupe, with stars like Judith Jamison Donna Wood, Dudley Williams and Clive Thompson, along with newcomer Daniel Clark and Dance Theatre of Harlem alumnus, Roman Brooks. The Ailey team recently completed a cross country and Canadian tour, and it will be fun to welcome them back…

. All eyes are awaiting the season opener of the American Ballet Theatre at the Met next month. A who’s who of the dance and theatre world will be on hand to welcome back the cream of American dancers, who recently settled their strike against the ABT management. We’ll expect to see great things from Anne Benna Sims, the ABT’s only black ballerina who kept in shape during the strike, walking the picket line and performing with the Puerto Rican Dance Theatre. The ABT will premier at the Met May 5. The company will be in residence through July 12, Monday through Saturday evenings and matinees on Saturday.

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