Magic in motion

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 6:00am

Chadi El-Khoury is a relative newcomer to the world of dance, but his company is starting to move MARK LOWRY  | Special Contributor Chadi El-Khoury’s trajectory as a choreographer is not far removed from his, and his family’s, immigrant story. His parents moved from their native Beirut in the late 1990s, when he was in […]

Keep on Trockin’

Posted on 04 Apr 2014 at 6:30am

Tory Dobrin with the cross-dressing Trocks, keeps the ‘balls’ in ballets   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor From their roots in the gay underground, where some gay men gathered their skills for what was probably thought at the time as being a one-shot season, to their position as one of the most popular troupes […]

Culture clash

Posted on 20 Sep 2013 at 8:30am

Gay choreographer and SMU alum Joshua L. Peugh returns to Texas with his Korean troupe’s U.S. debut ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor When Joshua Peugh graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in dance in 2006, he accepted a plum position with a renowned ballet company. The thing was, the troupe was in Korea. […]

Old Lang syne

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 10:20am

Todd Burnsed hoped joining Jessica Lang Dance would lessen his touring, but the troupe is too hot to slow down ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor They say in business “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Well, it doesn’t hurt in the dance world, either. Todd Burnsed was a freshman at Juilliard […]

On their toes

Posted on 21 Jun 2013 at 8:30am

Bruce Wood puts his dancers through their paces — and they love him all the more for it ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, redheaded, freckle-faced 22-year-old Harry Nathan Feril isn’t what you’d call a “typical” male dancer. And he knows it. “It’s hard to miss me when I’m next […]

Heel to heal

Posted on 26 Apr 2013 at 8:15am

As the nation recovers from recent tragedies, out dancer Daniel Harder of the Alvin Ailey company says people find hope in the art of dance RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer The American people have been tested as disaster plagued April: Flooding weather in the Midwest, the devastating explosion in West, the bombing at the […]

Cedar Lake effect

Posted on 08 Feb 2013 at 9:30am

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s Benoit-Swan Pouffer keeps dance alive Benoit-Swan Pouffer spent seven years with the Alvin Ailey troupe as a dancer prior to joining Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet as its artistic director. Since then, the French-born choreographer (he still speaks in a thick, charming accent), has helped bring the company national recognition, from tours […]

Staying en pointe

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 at 8:30am

As the Joffrey returns to Dallas to mark a century of ‘Rite of Spring, ‘TITAS’ director Charles Santos examines the need for dance in North Texas GREGORY SULLIVAN ISAACS  | Contributing Writer When we sat down to talk about the visit of the Joffrey Ballet, TITAS director Charles Santos was unsure what TITAS actually […]

The speed of sex

Posted on 09 Nov 2012 at 8:30am

After nearly 30 years, Stephen Petronio — known for his fast-paced, homoerotic choreography — finally brings his dance company to Dallas   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor A lot of choreographers are known for the their style (modern, classical, experimental) or the dancers they work with, but for Stephen Petronio, musicians fuel his muse. […]

Leap forward

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 at 8:00am

Gay modern dance master Doug Varone swoops into the Winspear   STEVEN LINDSEY  | Contributing Writer For award-winning choreographer Doug Varone, dance has always been his calling. “I feel as if I was always choreographing, even as a young kid,” he says. “I always had a visual sense of seeing things in space and […]