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SHAWN HARPER

With a dazzling smile and exquisite technique, former cheerleader and cruise ship performer Richard Oaxaca gives up a lucrative commercial performing career to explore modern dance with Kanopy. Read more

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Stephanie Hofmann

From art exhibits to documentaries, stage plays and floating parades, you’d be a fool to miss these wonderful spring events. Read more

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Shawn Harper

Despite a scaled-back ballet season, Madison still had plenty of dance performances that challenged and delighted Isthmus dance critic Katie Reiser. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Li Chiao-Ping Dance performed a concert of collaborative works at the historic Madison Masonic Center on Dec. 1. It’s a shame the program didn’t have a longer run. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Celebrated choreographer and dance professor Jin-Wen Yu celebrates 20 years on UW-Madison’s dance faculty with “Page 20.” Even though he’s announced it’s his final solo performance, Yu is still creating dynamic, thought-provoking works. Read more

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Shawn Harper

Madison is a creative city. Want proof? Here’s our guide to upcoming highlights in theater, dance, visual arts and classical music. Read more

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James Gill

“Production camp” for UW-Madison’s swing choir involves 12- and 14-hour days of grueling rehearsal for 18 days straight. The hard work will make every move look effortless for the group’s 50th anniversary show. Read more

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Justin Sprecher

Shruti Parthasarathy’s parents introduced her to classical Indian dance when she was 5 as a way to connect her to the culture of the country they left behind. Nearly a decade later, she’s one of the top dancers in the nation. Read more

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Darren Lee

After being rocked by financial woes, Madison Ballet has regrouped and is enjoying experimentation and intimacy at the Bartell Theatre. The season closer, “Primavera,” opens March 31. Read more

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Andy Manis

The Chicago-based contemporary dance troupe the Seldoms packed the Fredric March Play Circle for two performances of “Power Goes,” an exploration of the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Read more

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Although it didn’t pack the Capitol Theater, on Jan. 10, the audience witnessed a powerful performance from five extraordinary dancers at “Citizen,” choreographed by Milwaukee native Reggie Wilson. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Li Chiao-Ping Dance opens the season with “Weight of Things” a powerful and sometimes heavy-handed look at sexism, nationalism and our threatened planet. Read more

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Post-election reflection is inspired by Kanopy Dance Company's concert of solemn modern dance works. Read more

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Beth Skogen

The list of choreographers for Liz Sexe’s “TWO: exploring duos” is a who’s who of Madison’s female choreographers. The show plays Oct. 15 at Madison Circus Space. Read more

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James Pederson

Madison’s burlesque scene is growing in popularity. Anchored by a regular show at FIVE Nightclub, the performers are reclaiming an old art form. Read more

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Sarah Rose Smiley

Fans of feminist art-pop icon Kate Bush re-created the music video from her debut single, “Wuthering Heights,” July 16. It was the Madison installment of a worldwide public art movement celebrating the cult classic. And it was magical. Read more

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Companhia Urbana de Danca performed at the Isthmus office on Thursday, April 26, 2016. Read more

Isthmus Live Sessions

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Shawn Harper

Despite the flurries, Kanopy Dance’s “Bloom” provides an eclectic, fresh program for a new season. Juan Carlos Díaz Vélez is a standout in Ravel’s “Bolero.” Read more

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Yi-Chun Wu

"in medias res" is the final show in a series celebrating Li Chiao-Ping Dance's 20 years in Madison. For those who haven’t seen her work, it’s an excellent overview. Read more

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Kat Cameron

Dance professor Christopher Walker, a native of Jamaica, explores homophobia in West Indian culture in his new collaborative piece, “FACING Home: Love & Redemption.” Read more

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