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Michael Uthoff

right to left, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Alicia Graf-Mack, Jamar Roberts and Kirven Douthit-Boyd in Alvin Ailey performance
Andrew Eccles

St. Louisans will get to see three former Alvin Ailey dancers — who now live in the Gateway City — in a Dance St. Louis showcase next February.

The performance will feature St. Louis native Antonio Douthit-Boyd, his husband, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, and dancer Alicia Graf-Mack. Last January, the Douthit-Boyds announced they were leaving the prestigious Ailey company and moving to St. Louis to work at COCA. Graf-Mack had already made a new home in St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 27, 2011 - Female dancers not only get tutus and toe shoes, they also get something else males don't: acceptance.

Little girls who dance are called graceful and talented. Little boys are sometimes called sissies and worse. In "Billy Elliot the Musical," opening at the Fox Theatre Nov. 1, young Billy tries to hide his dancing from his father and brother, British coal miners on strike in 1984. He ultimately suffers their ridicule and that of their poor mining community.

Cosima von Bonin, MISSY MISDEMEANOUR #02 (THE BEIGE VOMITING CHICK, MISS RILEY[LOOP #02, 2006], MVOS VODOO BEAT & MVOS ROCKET BLAST BEAT), 2011. Installation at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
Whitney Curtis | Provided | Beacon archives

This article first appeared in St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 29, 2011 - Is a velvet Elvis painting, art? What about a guitarist playing on the street for tips?

Polling local performance and visual artists, the Beacon found a pretty good consensus: Art doesn't have to cost money or be vetted by an institution.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2008 - Katherine Dunham was a 20th century renaissance woman. Although she's known primarily for her contributions to the world of dance, she was also a humanist. She diligently studied the human condition and worked for social justice and civil rights. This aspect of her life is celebrated at the Missouri History Museum's exhibit - "Katherine Dunham: Beyond the Dance" that runs through Nov. 8, 2009.