Belly up

Posted on 10 Aug 2012 at 8:00am

Trans man Draconis von Trapp explains transitioning … to belly dancing You might think there is no common ground between the transgender and Middle Eastern dance communities. But actually, they do have two things in common: Both are slowly gaining more mainstream popularity and acceptance (though most people get tongue-tied if you bring either up [...]

Get Bruce Wood

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 at 7:55pm

One of Texas’ artistic treasures, choreographer  Bruce Wood continues to amaze the dance world   GREGORY SULLIVAN ISAACS  | Contributing Writer The three male dancers are all entwined as they gracefully move under and around each other. “Keep moving. Don’t let go. Keep moving,” Bruce Wood shouts, “or you’ll get stuck.” Wood — for [...]

Diavolo made him do it

Posted on 03 May 2012 at 5:40pm

Jacques Heim, founder and artistic director of the fanciful dance troupe Diavolo, creates poetry from motion STEVEN LINDSEY  | Contributing Writer When Jacques Heim founded Diavolo Dance Theater in 1992, he probably wasn’t expecting it to become an officially recognized cultural treasure by the city of Los Angeles. And now, for two performances only, [...]

Let’s get ready to rumba!

Posted on 14 Jul 2011 at 7:51pm

SO THEY KNOW THEY CAN DANCE | Lewis and Fridmanovich, who teamed up last year, bring professional ballroom to North Texas. For fleet-footed Ryan Lewis and partner Natalia Fridmanovich, ballroom dancing is still an underground gay scene in Dallas JEF TINGLEY  | Contributing Writer For those of us with two left feet, just the [...]

Stepping up

Posted on 09 Jun 2011 at 5:02pm

BACK IN FRONT | Bruce Wood, above, has launched a new contemporary ballet company which debuts Friday. He will continue his signature pairings of male dancers, including former company member Doug Hopkins, below center. 4 years after closing his acclaimed dance troupe, Bruce Wood is back — this time in Dallas, and more defiant than ever MARK [...]

On Edge

Posted on 18 Nov 2010 at 5:10pm

Hubbard Street Dance’s gay leader Glenn Edgerton brings a dancer’s perspective to contemporary troupe STEVEN LINDSEY  | Contributing Writer MOTION, EMOTION | Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance Company, led by Glenn Edgerton, continues to evolve after 33 years as a leading contemporary dance troupe. HUBBARD STREET DANCE Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Nov. 19 [...]

Taylor made

Posted on 28 Oct 2010 at 7:04pm

A legendary choreographer, bisexual octogenarian Paul Taylor brings his muscular, gender-bending moves back to North Texas ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor PAUL TAYLOR DANCE CO. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. $30–$60. 972-744-4657. ……………………………. Paul Taylor has been exclusively a choreographer for longer than he [...]

Pyles announces line-up for celeb chef dinner

Posted on 25 Oct 2010 at 5:19pm

For 10 years, Stephan Pyles has hosted an autumn harvest dinner and auction to raise money for his culinary scholarship fund, attracting top talent to join him in the kitchen for an Iron Chef-like cook-off. This year’s star cooks are: Blaine Staniford of Grace in Fort Worth (formerly with Scene and Fuse); Matt Raso of [...]

500 days of Samir

Posted on 08 Oct 2010 at 10:54am

Male dancer Samir breaks the chains of Cirque du Soleil to blossom as ‘the guy’ with Bellydance Superstars RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer GRACE LAND | Samir adds a different flair to bellydancing as Bellydance Superstars’ first and only male dancer. BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS Palladium Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St. Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. [...]

Body art

Posted on 09 Sep 2010 at 7:00pm

Gay dancer Rob Laqui finds therapy in the fantasy of MOMIX’s ‘Botanica’ RICH LOPEZ | Staff Writer AU NATUREL | ‘Botanica’ turns nature into art through dance with cast member Rob Laqui, below. MOMIX: BOTANICA Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St. Sept. 10–11. 8 p.m. $19–$125. According to Rob Laqui, he’s pretty easy [...]