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At 42, Matthew Rushing Might Just Be The Peyton Manning Of Dance

Dancers typically retire at a relatively young age. Rushing, however, is still going strong — and he's about to kick off a 20-city tour.
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Chinese New Year Celebrations Across D.C. Region To Welcome Year Of The Monkey

From Falls Church to D.C.'s Chinatown, groups will gather this weekend to celebrate the Chinese New Year — and the Year of the Monkey it will usher in.

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From Streets To Stage, Two Dance Worlds See Harmonization And Chaos

When a San Francisco-based choreographer decided to take turf dancers off of the streets and trains of Oakland and put them on stage with ballet dancers, chaos ensued. Until she let them all improv together.
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100 Years On, Cleveland Play House Stays True To Its Regional Mission

It's been called the oldest professional regional theater in the United States. The Cleveland Play House was founded in 1915 by a group of artists and social activists dissatisfied with the commercial fare that dominated theaters at the time. The theater has had its ups and downs, but it's stayed true to its original mission of presenting challenging work with a primarily local cast and crew.
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The Diane Rehm Show’s 12 Favorite Moments From 2015

With two hours of live radio every day, it’s pretty much impossible to make a succinct “best of” list for any given year, but the show's producers have pulled out 12 of their favorites.

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HBO Documentary Explores Dark Underbelly Of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet

Russia's Bolshoi Ballet was rocked following the 2013 acid attack on the company's artistic director. A new documentary airing Monday on HBO, Bolshoi Babylon, looks at the culture of the company and how things got to that point. NPR explores how the paranoia and distrust of management within the ranks of the company is both very Russian and a symbol of the Bolshoi Ballet.
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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Boston Museum Exhibit Celebrates Legacy Of Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College was only open for 24 years, but it helped foment the work of several artists, musicians, dancers and filmmakers, including John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Cy Twombly. Now it's the subject of the first major museum retrospective at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 18, 2015

You can let the rhythm get trapped in your soul this week at two performances blending dance and music.

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The Queen Of Swing Takes Old Age In Stride

At 95, Norma Miller is the last living member of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, the pioneering group that helped popularize swing dancing. These days, though, she's swapped dance floors for a standup's mic.

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