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Discover Ballroom Dance Styles

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America's Ballroom Challenge
PBS


Learn the history of the waltz, tango, cha-cha, foxtrot and other dance styles featured on America's Ballroom Challenge. Continue


GP at the Met: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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Great Performances
PBS


Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as the tortured poet unlucky in love in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 10 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Offenbach based the opera on three stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The production is by Broadway director Bartlett Sher. Soprano Deborah Voigt hosts the broadcast. Continue


American Ballet Theatre: A History

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American Masters
PBS


Ric Burns’ documentary on the 75-year history of the preeminent ballet company combines rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with ABT's key figures including Alicia Alonso and the late Donald Saddler and Frederic Franklin; Susan Jaffe and Julie Kent, Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomez, Hee Seo, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Continue


Mr. Selfridge, Season 3: Episode 4

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Masterpiece
PBS


When Locksley makes a surprise move, Harry ups the stakes. Princess Marie makes her own move. Victor and Violette are caught off guard. Continue


Wolf Hall: Episode 3

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Masterpiece
PBS


With the cardinal dead, it falls to Cromwell to orchestrate a marriage between the king and Anne Boleyn. The king rewards Cromwell for his loyalty, but he is being closely watched by his enemies. Continue


Norm Lewis: Who Am I?

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


Star of "Porgy and Bess," "Les Miserables" and most recently "The Phantom of the Opera," Norm Lewis is a performer of breathtaking range and power. The many facets of his artistry shine forth in this concert special, which charts a musical course from gospel to Marvin Gaye. Continue


Chautauqua 2015 Season Preview

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Chautauqua - An American Narrative
PBS


The Chautauqua Institution, now in its 142nd year, is one of America’s crowning cultural jewels. WNED's Peter Hall welcomes members of the Chautauqua Institution to share the exciting plans for the 2015 season. Stimulating events fill the schedule all summer long with lectures, classes, entertainment and recreation for the entire family. Visit ciweb.org and plan your Chautauqua experience. Continue


Waterfall at Millennium Bridge

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Born to Fly, choreographer Elizabeth Streb debuts her dance troupe’s “Waterfall” performance at Millennium Bridge as part of her One Extraordinary Day in London, in tandem with the Summer Olympics. She tells a skeptical reporter who worries it’s unsafe, “Anything that’s too safe is not action.” Continue


Artificial Gravity

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Born to Fly, “extreme action” choreographer Elizabeth Streb introduces us to her dynamic piece called “Artificial Gravity,” in which her dancers, through extraordinary balance and agility, are in constant movement both on the ground and in the air, as a wheel spins under their feet. Continue


View Images From America's Ballroom Challenge

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America's Ballroom Challenge
PBS


Shot at the world’s largest ballroom dancing competition, America's Ballroom Challenge features all four major styles of competitive ballroom dancing. See the professional dancers who competed in the American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard and International Latin divisions. Continue


Designing a dress of rose petals and horse hair

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


From dresses made of horse hair, swan feathers, and red roses, Enzina Marrari creates garments that bridge fashion design and sculptural art. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art Continue


Michael Fabiano: From Umpire to Opera Star

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


Tenor Michael Fabiano's magnificent voice is just the most recognizable expression of his many passions. This profile piece, aired on "Richard Tucker Opera Gala: A New Century," looks at how the consummate kid from New Jersey traded in baseball and a business degree for a place in the opera houses of the world. Continue


Lin-Manuel Miranda on "Hamilton"

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Charlie Rose The Week
PBS


Award winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose musical productions include "In the Heights," talks to Charlie Rose about his hit: a hip-hop musical about the unlikeliest of the founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Miranda calls the play, "the story of America then, told by America now." Continue


Episode 1: American Smooth and American Rhythm

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America's Ballroom Challenge
PBS


The series kicks off with the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions. Finalists in each style compete first as a group, with all the dancers on the floor at once, as judges gauge their mastery of the required dances. Then each couple has a chance to shine: a showdance solo with all eyes on them alone. In the end, two couples are crowned champions and advance to the grand finale. Continue


1000-year-old dance tradition the Khmer Rouge nearly killed

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Charya Burt trained in and taught classical Cambodian dance in Phnom Penh, where her family suffered oppression by the Khmer Rouge. Now in the Bay Area, she's passing on her art -- and pushing it in new directions. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art Continue


Wolf Hall: Episode 2

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Masterpiece
PBS


Cardinal Wolsey has been forced to move to York. Cromwell remains in London, seeking to return the cardinal to the king’s favor. As Cromwell’s relationship with Henry deepens, there is unexpected news from the north. Continue


Wolf Hall: Episode 1

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Masterpiece
PBS


Having failed to secure the annulment of the King Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon, Cardinal Wolsey is stripped of his powers. His hopes of returning to the king’s favor lie with the ever-loyal Thomas Cromwell. Continue


Elizabeth Sees the Doctor

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Born to Fly, choreographer Elizabeth Streb visits her knee doctor and discusses (and shows) various injuries she has gotten over the years. Dr. Rose discusses the difference between traditional athletes and STREB dancers while acknowledging that both put their bodies at risk. Continue


Reunited

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Kumu Hina, Hina travels from Hawai’i to Fiji to reunite with her husband, a headstrong Tongan man. For all her trepidations, Hina says, “I really can’t wait to see him.” They share a moving reconnection at the airport. Continue


The Appel Room (according to Norm Lewis)

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Live From Lincoln Center
PBS


With its large windows overlooking Columbus Circle, the Appel Room, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, can be a beautiful place to perform - if you aren't intimidated by having to compete with the gorgeous view. Continue


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