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Monday Morning Roundup

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE: This weekend, Dance Planet 17 will get North Texans movin’. That’s because, unlike other dance festivals, Dance Planet encourages the audience to participate in classes, learning steps from around the world. Chris Vo is the headliner for this year’s event; you might be familiar with his work on the show Smash. And the Booker T. Washington High School graduate tells theaterjones.com that you might even remember his first paying gig. “My first job as a professional dancer was through TITAS. I’m forever grateful for the incredible experience. To share the stage with the crème de la crème of the dance world at the Command Performance during my senior year of high school was beyond my wildest dreams.”

TRANS-ATLANTIC TREAT: Over the last few weeks, we linked to a lot of Scott Cantrell’s coverage of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s European Tour. And from the first concert in Amsterdam to the last one in Hannover, he seemed pretty pleased with what he was hearing. Over the weekend, he summed up his feelings about the tour on dallasnews.com. “Again and again, van Zweden proved himself one of the most compelling conductors around these days. You or I might quibble with a tempo or a dynamic here or there, but there’s never a note on autopilot. His performances throb, or explode, with visceral intensity. Few conductors are so attentive to fine details of tone, balance and shape.”

A DISCOVERY: Art museums discover little factoids about their collections all the time. But it’s rare when they discover that they have a piece in their collection they didn’t even know they had. That’s the case at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, where the library staff recently unearthed a rare illustrated book by Raymond Lufkin. You can take a look at the discovery on the museum’s blog.