BREAKING NEWS- White House Dance Party

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BREAKING NEWS– White House Dance Party

Today, the First Lady’s office announced plans for the White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison. The September 7 event will honor Jamison, the former dancer and outgoing artistic director (after 20 years) of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Link to WSJ articles here and here.

Good news for Dance

This Program will also include the cast of Billy Elliot. Dayton Tavares, Alex Ko, Jacob Clemente and Liam Redhead will perform at The White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jameson, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, on September 7. The event will honor Broadway vet, choreographer and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director Jameson, and will feature ballet, hip hop, Broadway and modern dance performances. This events fallows the Broadway night. I watched the live web-cast of this event. I thought is was great and despite the great Elaine Stritch forgetting the lyrics to her song I’m still here. It was a great moment and look forward to seeing the PBS edit of the event.

The pundits in camp Rush will have a hay-day with this, I applaud this. Obama is taking note and stressing the arts, lets hope this shows a long-term commitment to arts growth and education.


On the Boards Weekly round up

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Broadway Grosses for week ending 8/22

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC $539,005 6,602 88.64% $81.64
AMERICAN IDIOT $707,740 8,761 64.08% $80.78
BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL $1,039,995 10,878 95.69% $95.61
CHICAGO $534,347 6,853 79.32% $77.97
COME FLY AWAY $635,399 9,049 70.21% $70.22
FELA! $482,416 6,378 77.40% $75.64
IN THE HEIGHTS $634,335 8,462 78.70% $74.96
JERSEY BOYS $1,020,157 9,643 98.16% $105.79
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES $602,152 6,678 78.97% $90.17
MAMMA MIA! $886,815 10,184 84.98% $87.08
MARY POPPINS $1,052,470 12,781 88.91% $82.35
MEMPHIS $854,846 9,610 81.72% $88.95
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET $450,851 5,633 58.00% $80.04
NEXT TO NORMAL $298,132 4,903 79.39% $60.81
PROMISES, PROMISES $966,150 10,901 78.00% $88.63
RACE $274,787 4,149 49.02% $66.23
ROCK OF AGES $511,836 6,442 80.77% $79.45
SOUTH PACIFIC $626,513 7,284 99.96% $86.01
THE ADDAMS FAMILY $1,125,749 10,417 85.72% $108.07
THE LION KING $1,632,627 13,425 100.07% $121.61
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $857,575 10,778 83.42% $79.57
WEST SIDE STORY $726,347 9,982 73.53% $72.77
WICKED $1,688,034 14,472 100.00% $116.64
TOTAL $18,148,273 204,265 81.51% $85.69

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Yesterday we saw the billboard charts for this week here are the top Broadway recordings:


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  • Wicked, Original Broadway Cast Recording
  • Jersey Boys, Original Broadway Cast Recording
  • Promises, Promises, The New Broadway Cast Recording
  • American Idiot, Original Broadway Cast Recording
  • Memphis: A New Musical, Original Broadway Cast Recording
  • Fridays Fance Footwork

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    I will take fridays to look at topics in dance and dance education. I can’t dance, not a lick but in the spirit of last months National Dance Day, I did a little turn on the catwalk. This day to get up and go was in conjunction with Dizzy Feet Foundation a great organization to help underprivileged young people realize their dream of becoming professional dancers and to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States.