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 lopez@dallasvoice.com 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 lopez@dallasvoice.com 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. TITAS.org According to Rob Laqui, he’s pretty easy [...]

Not-so-strictly ballroom

Posted on 10 Jun 2010 at 1:26pm

By RICH LOPEZ | Staff Writer lopez@dallasvoice.com It takes two to tango — and now same-sex couples can learn how together DANCING QUEEN | Shorena will usher couples into same-sex ballroom with classes starting Thursday. (Rich Lopez/Dallas Voice) DANCE LESSONS Gocha & Shorena Center of Dance, 2507 Knight St. Classes begin June 17 at 8 [...]

Dance revolution

Posted on 29 Apr 2010 at 10:33am

By RICH LOPEZ | Staff Writer lopez@dallasvoice.com For his graduate thesis, Gregory King created ‘Spit’ to challenge homophobia and heterosexism ‘SPIT’ TAKE | Gregory King choreographed ‘Spit’ to express himself as a black gay man. SPIT At the Bob Hope Theatre, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. April 30–May 1 at 8 p.m. May [...]

Keeping up with Mr. Jones

Posted on 07 Jan 2010 at 10:40am

By RICH LOPEZ | Staff Writer lopez@dallasvoice.com Dance legend Bill T. Jones starts off 2010 by looking back to the Age of Lincoln STROKE OF GENIUS | Bill T. Jones turns history on its head with his dance works depicting the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. HISTORY LESSON Serenade/The Proposition, at Winspear Opera House, [...]

It must be belly cuz jam don’t shake like that

Posted on 07 Jan 2010 at 10:39am

We all have our images of belly dancing. Shakira might seduce us in her "Hips Don’t Lie" video or maybe Saida woos James Bond in The Man With The Golden Gun. As ancient as the dance is, it has moved its way into our pop culture. But one idea behind it is a tough hurdle: [...]

Complexions of (the way life ought to be)

Posted on 23 Jan 2009 at 12:34am

By ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Dance icons — and former life-partners — Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden’s innovative work will inaugurate dance at the Winspear MOTION, EMOTION Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St.  October 29–30 at 8  p.m. $19–$127. Titas.org. ON YOUR TOES Complexions’ co-artistic director Desmond Richardson continues to dance for [...]

Daring young man

Posted on 05 Jun 2008 at 5:44pm

By Daniel A. Kusner – Life+Style Editor Ariel artist Neal Everett swoops into Dallas for Metro Ball ’08 LIKE A SUPER-TALENTED GO-GO BOY. Everett can hang upside down while slithering all around. As patrons fill Station 4 on Saturday, they’ll witness a gravity defying ballet. During MetroBall, an annual benefit to support the Greg Dollgener [...]

Get in step

Posted on 22 May 2008 at 4:48pm

By Daniel A. Kusner – Life + Style Editor Texas Twisters seek dance team members GOTTA DANCE: In 2000, team captain Tony New helped form the Texas Twisters. The Texas Twisters, a country-western-flavored LGBT dance group, is gearing up for its club membership drive. The Twisters are a performance and competition team that busts out [...]

Swan in love

Posted on 08 Feb 2008 at 12:33am

By Arnold Wayne Jones – Staff Writer Benoit-Swan Pouffer, artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, hopes to bring modern dance to the Dallas mainstream You grew up in Paris but saw a tape of Alvin Ailey that made you move to the U.S. Why was he such an influence on you? As a teenager, [...]