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Dance

  • Modern Love

    Did you know William Shakespeare's Mercutio might be gay? ''Perhaps Mercutio is bisexual, who knows? He's a sexual provocateur, let's put it that way,'' says...

  • Raising the Barre

    ''The dance world is relatively small, and many people know each other, so this is like a reunion,'' says Meg Booth, lead organizer for Ballet...

  • Flashdance

    Piers Morgan of America's Got Talent has become an unlikely inspiration for female impersonator Shi-Queeta-Lee. ''A bunch of lip-synching old drag queens who can't dance...

  • Mozart Moves

    ''I love choreography,'' says The Washington Ballet's Jared Nelson, adding with a laugh, ''When I can't kick my legs up anymore, I hope to do...

  • Puppet Master

    Until just a few years ago, Joe Goode considered himself a ''puppetphobe.'' ''Puppets seemed like children's theater,'' says the innovative choreographer. ''The cuteness factor was...

  • Shape Shifters

    Defying stereotype and tradition, Brian Simerson of MOMIX thinks dance is becoming less gay. ''There do seem to be fewer gay men and lesbians in...

  • Flamenco Power

    Miguel Marin helped start the Flamenco Festival in 2000. ''The idea from the beginning was to have a date with Spain,'' the festival's director says...

  • Music Man

    Mark Morris Dance (Photo by Gene Schiavone) As Gene Kelly belts out in Singin' in the Rain, ''Gotta dance!'' Mark Morris does too, but his...

  • Passage to India

    Aniruddhan Vasudevan started dancing when he was 6 years old. Twenty years later, it's become a vocation. ''My family is very interested in the arts,...

  • Dancing Duality

    Economic turmoil. War. Chaos and totalitarianism. You think things are bad now? Let the In Series and the Washington Ballet transport you back to a...

  • Dancing on the Fringe

    Choreographer Daniel Phoenix Singh wanted to pay respect to what he's seen at Chaos, Zanzibar and Town. ''Just take some ideas you see in a...

  • Hi Tech

    Should you attend any of this weekend's performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, you will upon entry be handed an iPod Shuffle. You don't...

  • Reynolds Rap

    ''There is no more Hollywood,'' bemoans screen legend Debbie Reynolds. ''It's a sign on a hill but there are no more studios, no more heads...

  • Cutting Edge

    Matthew Bourne doesn't mind if you mistake Edward Scissorhands, his dance adaptation of the 1990 Tim Burton film, for a musical. ''You can forgive people...

  • Bourne Different

    ''It's known wrongly as the all-male Swan Lake,'' says British choreographer Matthew Bourne of his inventive reinvention of a classical dance staple that, a decade...

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