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‘Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls’ Asks Even Bigger Questions

“It’s about damn time.”

That’s the first thought that came to mind after I watched the first episode of Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls on Amazon Prime. This binge-worthy reality series—which has been nominated for numerous Emmy nominations including in the Outstanding Competition Show category—follows a group of 13 aspiring plus-size dancers.… read more.

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Martha Anne Toll: Watching Dancers Rehearse Left a Huge Imprint

FF2 Guest Post by Reanne Rodrigues

Before finding her voice on paper, Martha Anne Toll sought it through movement and music. Now, after having written dozens of fiction pieces, essays, and book reviews, Toll’s debut novel, Three Muses, is set for release this September. I caught up with Martha to discuss how she masterfully puts her own experiences with music and movement into words.… read more.

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Gavin Larsen on the Agony & Ecstasy of Being a Ballerina

FF2 Guest Post by Martha Anne Toll

I spent long years tilling the writing vineyards before my debut novel, Three Muses, found its home with Regal House Publishing. (See link below!)

Having written a prima ballerina as a main character, I made it my business to read ballet books, particularly before and after I wrote my novel.… read more.

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Burlesque Performers Keep Strutting Through the Pandemic

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When the pandemic first hit, many artists and performers had to rethink how they connected with their audiences. Burlesque was no different.
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Meet Alvin Ailey — “Pied Piper of Modern Dance” — in Jamila Wignot’s BioDoc

In Ailey, a touching look at the life and work of American choreographer Alvin Ailey, director Jamila Wignot excels at mixing archival footage with contemporary clips from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances. (NBA: 4/5)

Review by FF2 Associate Nicole Ackman

When Alvin Ailey was celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, Cicely Tyson described him as “a choreographer of the heart” and “a Pied Piper of modern dance.”read more.

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‘Testament’ is a Beautiful Example of How Dance Can Adapt

With theaters closed, dance companies have had to find ways to adapt if they wish to continue creating in this strange time. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary of Revelations with a virtual season. Ailey was an African-American director and choreographer who founded the AAADT in 1958 as a place for Black dancers to create.read more.

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