Leaning her body off a steep ledge, a lady dived towards the ground and landed facedown over a blue foam carpet. Running at high speed, a guy evaded a swinging cement cinder block while jumping into the air. This type of dangerous dance is very rare, but STREB is not a normal dance company.
Daredevil is the name of this dangerous dance troupe and the founder of this gang is Elizabeth Streb. While studying dance in university, Elizabeth Streb felt that traditional dance styles didn’t push her body and mind much.
In 1975, Streb started a dance company, later she got a passion of learning a lot about the effect of movement on matter, and so she studied math, physics and philosophy at New York University. Using the utmost physical limits as her canvas, she started to increase her dance routine to farther extreme, using large-scale industrial prop and meticulous, more dangerous, steps. She says, in this way she has a great attraction for the achievements of Olympic athletes.
Their future performance in Vancouver will be the troupe’s first performance on Canada’s west coast. According to Streb, local viewers will never have seen a dance like it before, “This will be a great bold new form of entertainment”
Salsa dancing: Paddy Jones, a 75 years old British grandmother is the winner of Spanish ‘got talent’ show, which is equivalent of “Britain’s Got Talent” show. She won with an amazing gymnastic salsa routines. She stunned audience and judges with her flips, leaps, shimmies, spin and slide, regardless of age.
Jones, who stays in Spain, was originally from Stourbridge in the West Midlands. Actually Jones is a grandmother of seven and she learned salsa dancing five years ago, after the death of her husband.
She came with Nico, 40 years junior dance instructor and performed with a dark and tight dress.The judges were shocked as she blew the crowd away. The pair won $15,000 for their victory.
Jones said to the London Times, “I feel I’m very lucky for what I do and I will continue as long as I can and I’m the living proof to prove that age is not a barrier”.
The dance world’s equivalent of a star-studded action franchise is coming to Los Angeles.
The Kings of the Dance — which is not to be baffled with the Kings of Comedy or the Lord of the Dance — will play for two nights only at the Ahmanson Theatre on Feb. 16 and 17 as a new addition to the current Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center season.
Six well-known dancers — David Hallberg, Nikolai Tsiskarideze, Marcelo Gomes, Dennis Matvienko, Guillaume Cote and Desmond Richardson — will star in this three-act performance that includes numbers by some of dance’s top choreographers.
Local dance fans will surely recognize Gomes and Hallberg as members of New York’s American Ballet Theatre, which has made numerous visits to L.A. and Orange County. Richardson, who is co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, may be familiar to viewers of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” on which he appeared in 2008.
Various versions of Kings of the Dance have been performed all over the world, occasionally featuring different dancers. The franchise has come into sight in New York, Moscow and other cities.
This version that will appear in L.A. will contain performances choreographed by Frederick Ashton, Leonid Jacobson, Nacho Duato, Roland Petit, David Fernandez, Adam Hougland, Boris Eifman and Christopher Wheeldon.
Paying respect to late actor Patrick Swayze, dancers in New York City honored him with a posthumous honour for his contribution to the industry. The star, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year (Sept09), skilled as a ballet dancer before he began his career on Broadway with roles in hit musicals ‘Grease’ and ‘Chicago’.
His fancy footwork helped him to land his breakthrough film role in 1987 movie ‘Dirty Dancing’, reports The Daily Express. Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, was present at the annual fundraiser for Career Transition for Dancers— a aid organization which helps dancers whose careers have been cut short by injury.
She went to the stage to collect the Rolex Dance Award on Swayze’s behalf. And in a tearful acceptance speech, she said that her husband is now “dancing with the angels.”