DanceMedia Pirouettes to New Ownership

No immediate staff changes are expected.

There are five publications in all: Dance magazine; Dance Spirit magazine; Pointe magazine; Dance Teacher magazine; and Dance Retailer News, a business-to-business publication. Macfadden Communications Group, which had owned Dance magazine since 2001 and the rest of the DanceMedia portfolio since it was created in 2006, has sold the lot to Frederic M. Seegal.

From today’s announcement:

Seegal, vice chairman of Peter J. Solomon Company, has made his career advising major media, telecom and internet clients. He brings to DanceMedia a seasoned knowledge of and passion for the performing arts, having served as president of American Ballet Theatre’s Board of Trustees, and as trustee for New York City Center, San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. Currently, he is a trustee for Gallim Dance, based in New York.

“I’m very excited about the potential for growth represented by these highly respected publications and the tremendous content they’ve created over the years,” says Seegal. “These magazines have enjoyed exceptional stability during a time when there has been sweeping change in the publishing industry, as they have continued to be the authoritative voice for the entire dance world.”

Dance magazine, which is overseen by editor in chief Jennifer Stahl, will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2017. Macfadden Communications Group will continue to provide digital services, print management, circulation and accounting. No immediate staff changes are expected.

Pictured: September 2016 Dance magazine cover (click to enlarge)