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Dance can have a robust voice, especially when raised in community to air aspirations, polemics, achievements. As witnessed June 17 to 20 in Miami at the seventh annual conference of Dance/USA, this national service organization provides a major forum for empowerment by facilitating communication among hundreds of professionals in the field. They took on the topics of finance and dev..

Sometimes when life closes a door on an opportunity, it instead opens….a dance floor. That is exactly what happened for the artists of Dance Hack at the Rift Black Box Theater on Saturday, June 20. Produced by Pioneer Winter of Pioneer Winter Collective and Jared Sharon of Rift Blackbox, Dance Hack presented dance and film creators introduced by Winter as “contemporary, progressive, and..

Dance/USA, an annual conference of dance leaders from around the country, attracts administrators, organizations and artists to engage in discussion about the field of dance. Each year, Dance/USA is held in a different city and in 2015 it’s Miami’s turn. The conference will be held this week from Wednesday through Saturday, thanks in good part to the work and funding of the Miami-Dade De..

Dance Now! Miami closes its 15th Anniversary season at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, inviting audiences to get “Into the Heat” of summer by cooling down with the Florida Premiere of Winter’s Breath, one of several dances in the closing “Heat” program. Like previous seasonally themed offerings such as Random Patterns of Falling Leaves and S..

In conversations with local choreographers over the past few months, many have said that the strength of live dance performance is the potential for mistakes. Imperfections make a space for the audience to enter into a shared experience with the dancers on stage. Consider a virtuoso musician, slipping on one note and then recovering. With this rift, the performer’s mastery -- and humanity -- b..

Local choreographer Rosie Herrera, one of Miami’s notable creative offspring, is known for a particular style of snarky and darkly humorous dance theater. But for Cookie’s Kid, her newest project with Miami Light Project opening this weekend, Herrera is turning inward to a more vulnerable creative space. We had a chance to speak with Herrera about her creative process and the final produ..

Beneath the wrought iron roses on the arch of the Colony Theater’s stage, two rows of dancers lay is if meditating, heads toward the audience. Glued in a tight embrace, Janine Maffucci and Luis Vivas step among them, Vivas kicking his foot in an occasional gancho, a tango step where the foot flicks into the flash of space that opens between a dancer’s legs. As the bandoneon solo from Pia..

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa brings the work of Swedish playwright August Strindberg to life in dance. “El Padre,” which has its world premiere this weekend, is based on Strindberg's “The Father.” “What I'm doing is pure flamenco, authentic flamenco,” said Ilisa Rosal, artistic director of the North Miami-based company. But flamenco ballet? “The word ‘ballet’ means a work of dance,” R..

While the performance season is coming to a close, Miami still has more to celebrate as Augusto Soledade’s Brazzdance turns 10 years old. “Wow,” he says. He hopes Miami audiences will say the same when Brazzdance honors this anniversary with a program called “Oduns” -- stories of finding one’s path is a rough translation of the Yoruban word -- featuring two of Soledade’s most important w..

Karen Peterson and Dancers, one of Miami’s cultural treasures, is celebrating its 25th birthday this May. When the group was gathered together a quarter of a century ago, the idea of a “physically integrated” dance company -- one comprised of both physically able and the so-called physically “disabled” -- was virtually unknown here in the States. Twenty-five years later, Karen Peterson’s p..

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The career of Puerto Rican pianist, composer, and arranger Jose Negroni exemplifies the predicament -- and options -- of the musician of the 21st Century. The impact of new technologies in the music business, which among other things brought about the collapse of the old structures, has opened unexpected possibilities but also poses great challenges. Being an excellent instrumentalist or a..

Many people look at an evening of chamber music as the kind of torment only to be suffered when trying to impress first dates. Marina Radiushina, artistic director of the Mainly Mozart Festival, knows this. She explains that the innovations programmed into the festival’s finale on June 21 at the Arsht Center have been done with an eye to showing this potential audience member their torment..

The name Bang on a Can brings to mind a robust cacophony of sound. Far more than noisy spectacle, the New York-based band produces a lush landscape of music running the gamut of orchestral to jazz and everything in between, with a rhythmic vitality that hits the listener in a visceral way. Audiences in Miami will get to experience the signature sound of the Bang on a Can All-Stars on Sat..

There were a few big bangs that happened when Carson Kievman, Ph.D., first began work on his chamber opera, Intelligent Systems, 35 years ago. For starters, there was Stephen Hawking’s research on the Big Bang theory and the transformative nature of the universe. There was a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980 (“when the NEA funded those kinds of things,” remarks Kievman) an..

It is true that music is soothing and relaxing, that it is comforting and helps us reminisce. Music is an indulgence, but more importantly, it builds relationships and communities, making people think, learn, and grow. “Everything I know about the world I learned through music,” Elaine Rinaldi says in a recent phone interview, “it opens up new worlds for us, and provides something in our l..

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El pianista, compositor y arreglista puertorriqueño José Negroni es un prototipo del músico del siglo XXI. El impacto de las nuevas tecnologías, incluyendo el desguace de las viejas estructuras de la industria de la música, ha abierto nuevas posibilidades pero también grandes desafíos. Ser excelente tocando un instrumento, o ser un compositor capaz es, más que nunca, sólo parte de los re..

Suena a desafío. Conjugar una obra literaria austera y trágica con una expresión musical y bailable de gran riqueza y pasión, buscando unirlas de manera coherente y emotiva. El reto, sin embargo, no detuvo a llisa Rosal, directora artística del Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, compañía de danza de proyección internacional que ella fundara en Miami en 1985 y que se ha dedicado a promover el f..

Bajo agua. Así se estima quedará Miami Beach a fines de siglo si no se toman medidas drásticas. De ahí que la organización artística sin fines de lucro FUNDarte y el grupo activista sobre sustentabilidad de vida Earth Learning (, hayan tomado la iniciativa de compartir con el público la urgencia de los problemas ecológicos que afectan la región mediante un evento..

La guerra no necesariamente termina sólo porque uno vuelve a casa. Eso queda claro en una pieza teatral como Basetrack Live (, en la que se pone en relieve el hecho de que el proceso de reinserción de quien regresa a la vida civil puede ser difícil, hasta traumático. Cualquier persona que haya servido en las fuerzas militares en alguna c..

En los años 1970, la salsa alcanzó su pico como expresión sociocultural latina. Hoy día, para la coreógrafa y bailarina cubano americana Ana María Álvarez (, ese pasado como grito urbano poético de las calles sigue más relevante que nunca. Gracias mayormente al sello disc..

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Artburst is a multi-platform media bureau for the arts in Miami-Dade. We hire seasoned journalists with experience covering the arts to write articles, reviews, previews and features on dance and music performances and events. We will also write feature articles on local artists and arts executives. In addition we produce videos and radio spots.