Leap forward

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 at 8:00am

Gay modern dance master Doug Varone swoops into the Winspear   STEVEN LINDSEY  | Contributing Writer stevencraiglindsey@me.com 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 [...]

Tony the tiger

Posted on 14 Sep 2012 at 8:00am

The legendary club DJ brings his patented energy to TMC for Parade Day BearDance RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer Gay culture has always been ahead of mainstream society when it comes to fashion, sex and music. But the straight folks eventually catch up. Take the DJ — an exalted occupation in the gay arena. But [...]

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 gregoryisaacs@theaterjones.com 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 stevencraiglindsey@me.com 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 lifestyle@dallasvoice.com 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 stevencraiglindsey@me.com 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 jones@dallasvoice.com PAUL TAYLOR DANCE CO. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. $30–$60. 972-744-4657. EisemannCenter.com ……………………………. 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 [...]