News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

OK, so a dance company isn’t exactly news. But one where the dancers are humans and horses certainly got our attention. The New Haven-based Equine Dance Company has been teaching and performing for the past four years, said the Addison County Independent. “Equine Dance Company first emerged from the idea that riders and horses and dancers train in similar ways,” said Wimberley-Hartman, dancer and choreographer. “We hone our technique in similar ways…and the evolution of riding is almost the same as the evolution of dance.” This year’s final performance at Selby’s stable in New Haven Aug. 9 will see riders and costumed dancers going through routines with music ranging from jazz to whimsical instrumentals. This year it’s a mostly local cast who also will be involved in the filming of a documentary which follows the company through the creative process of inventing, choreographing, and executing a performance. Maybe TV’s 1960 star, Mr. Ed, has some advice for budding four-legged waltz kings.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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