I am a former critic at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where I primarily wrote about dance, along with occasional forays into classical music and theater, for 34 years. During that time, I have served on the board of the Dance Critics Association, written for Newsday, Ballet Review and The Chautauquan Daily and appeared as a panelist at the first National Performing Arts Convention. Favorite interviews have included international figures such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Merce Cunningham, Jiri Kylian, Jean-Christophe Maillot and Paul Taylor. But local artists in Pittsburgh’s vibrant landscape have also tapped issues that reach to the heart of dance and, as a result, I still find great pleasure both in theater performances and the creative process to be found in the studio.

CrossCurrents is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, beginning with the unparalleled nighttime view of the city from atop Mt. Washington, surrounded by the tricky currents of its three rivers. The images associated with the title can also tap into the choreographic act itself, where dancers move in sometimes strange and often wonderful ways. It also opens the door for outside opinions and/or guest blogs on virtually any dance topic.

Blog design by Rebecca Himberger.

9 Responses to About

  1. Kiesha Lalama-White says:

    Hi Jane!
    Congratulations on this new project! This site is fabulous! I will spread the word. Best wishes for continued success…

  2. Mary Louise Wotring says:

    How do I subscribe to your blog?

    • jvranish says:

      Hi Mary Louise — I’m looking into that, but it might take a while with the opening of the dance season. However, I’m on Facebook (Jane Vranish) and occasionally write teasers. Thanks for your inquiry — Jane

      • Mary Louise Wotring says:

        Thanks for the info…I’ll bookmark your site for now and send you a Facebook friend-quest…when you do add a subscription feature or create a Facebook site that I can be a “fan” of, add me to your subscriber list if possible…thank you – Mary Louise

  3. Bonnie Crosby says:

    A new chapter of NSAL has been formed. Juanita Jackson, a former Washington, D.C. chapter member is President, Steve Crosby, formerly of the Pittsburgh chapter is V.P. and Bonnie Crosby former Pittsburgh chapter President and Region I Director, is Dance Chair. The 2011 competition will be in Dance (choreography).
    To see the National website go to http://www.arts-nsal.og. Click on Competitions. The names of Dance Chairpersons for each chapter is available on this site. Details of the Chautauqua Area competition is forthcoming.

  4. Adam Butkus says:

    It is always a pleasure to read your columns and opinions. I enjoyed your recent review on PBT’s Dracula. Keep up the great work!

  5. Really enjoy reading the reviews and analysis. Thanks for maintaining a local voice for dance!

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