After Bruce

Posted on 12 Jun 2015 at 6:30am

A year after its founder’s death, the Bruce Wood Dance Project continues to spread a legacy of art ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The news hit almost exactly a year ago. Two weeks before the world premiere of a new piece called Touch, Bruce Wood — the renowned North Texas choreographer — had […]

Wall of Sound

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 6:15am

Out dancer-choreographer Travis Wall brings Shaping Sound troupe to NT Travis Wall was just 18 years old when he shot to the national spotlight as one of the most popular contestants ever on So You Think You Can Dance, becoming the runner-up on the second season of the show. That was nine years ago, though, and […]


Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:25am

Dallas’ performing arts scene has been growing tremendously in the past recent years, and although that momentum has mainly been propelled by theater, dance is on its heels. “We have seen a surge, over the past four years, and it’s wonderful,” says Gayle Halperin about the dance scene. “There are more dancers here now, and […]

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 […]