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Misty Copeland Is Promoted to Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater

Misty Copeland, whose openness about race in ballet helped to make her one of the most famous ballerinas in the United States, was promoted on Tuesday by American Ballet Theater, becoming the first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history.

Her promotion — after more …

Performing Arts

Simple Two-Layer Chocolate Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Ganache

Icing on top and in the middle, sides left bare: This modern-looking style shows off the cake’s decadent (and perfectly even) chocolate layers.


Preheat oven to 350˚. Butter two 9"-diameter cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper rounds. Butter parchment and dust with flour, tapping out …


Recipe: Chocolate Mint Marshmallow Slice



Royal Ballet’s Focus on British Choreography Exposes Its Limits

In recent years a remarkably high number of British choreographers have been working internationally: Richard Alston, David Bintley, Christopher Bruce, Michael Clark, David Dawson, Wayne McGregor, Ashley Page, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon. I’ve even heard New Yorkers suggest that there …

Performing Arts

The ballet dancers growing older gracefully

“I started dancing at three, but it was only when I reached 12 that they found I had curvature of the spine,” says Wendy Whelan, one of America’s greatest ballerinas. “The orthopaedist lined me up, then put me in traction, casts and in a brace. Until I was finished growing I was in a brace.”

Whelan …

Performing Arts

Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe From ‘Eat in My Kitchen’

Every week, we’re spotlighting a different food blogger who’s shaking up the blogosphere with tempting recipes and knockout photography. Below, Meike


Ballet BC kicks off Jacob’s Pillow festival with flair

BECKET — Joy upon joy: The annual international dance smorgasbord that is the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has begun, and Ballet BC (that’s British …

Performing Arts

There are a lot of medieval paintings of cats licking their butts

It turns out that cats have been licking their butts since (basically) the beginning of time — and humans have always watched them, like big ol' weirdos.

A collection of images from early illuminated manuscripts, dating back to the middle ages, is featured on the Tumblr Discarding Images. Every …

Middle Ages

How to Make Chocolate Éclairs - WSJ


Philippe Conticini’s espresso eclair Photo: La Patisserie des Reves

June 25, 2015 4:09 p.m. ET


THE AVERAGE 11-YEAR-OLD’S first attempt at baking tends to be a slapdash affair. Not Philippe Conticini’s. Under the watchful eye of his mother in their kitchen outside Paris, he crafted a …


The real reason Jon Snow will return to Game of Thrones

Will Jon Snow return to Game of Thrones? I have argued that he will, and now Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson has rounded up various tidbits from recent …

Jon Snow

Favorite Dishes #83: Perry St's Chocolate Pudding With Candied Violets

Jean-Georges Vongerichten himself created the Valrhona chocolate pudding at Perry St (176 Perry Street, 212-352-1900), a confection topped with a …


Review: The Royal Ballet Returns to New York With ‘The Dream’

The Royal Ballet remains one of the world’s finest ballet companies. The season it’s presenting at the David H. Koch Theater — the first time in that theater, and its first visit to New York in 11 years, the city that was its second home from 1949 to 1976 — is in some ways problematic. But at the …

Performing Arts

Albert Evans, Ebullient City Ballet Dancer, Is Dead at 46

Albert Evans, a retired principal dancer with New York City Ballet who was praised by reviewers and sought after by choreographers for his almost singular combination of fluid elegance and sinewy muscularity, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 46.

His death, at Mount Sinai Hospital, was announced …

Performing Arts

Wherefore art thou pepper pot? Shakespeare's plays retold with household objects

It’s sometimes said that British theatre is “the envy of the world”. Without wishing to rain on anyone’s parade, this is news to the rest of the world. But, if theatre really is some sort of absurd jealousy contest, it often feels that we Brits can only compete at all for two reasons: 1) the plays …

Shakespeare's Plays

Emilia Clarke Talks ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale and That Supposed Death

Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the “Game of Thrones” season five finale.Even the stars of “Game of Thrones” aren’t immune to …

Emilia Clarke

Add a bit of ice cream and you've got one great dessert.

Every now and then I get into a situation with some over-ripe bananas, and it usually begins like this. Someone who shall remain nameless says, "Mom, …


Coffee Cake with Chocolate Streusel

This recipe comes from Test Kitchen contributor Jessie Damuck’s grandmother, Kathy. The story goes that in a house devoid of sweets, this was the only dessert she ever made. It remains a family—and Bon Appétit Test Kitchen—favorite.

Chocolate Streusel

Combine walnuts, chocolate chips, brown sugar, …


Get Your Chocolate Fix With This 150-Calorie Smoothie


1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Vega Performance Protein)
8 raw almonds
3 ice …


4 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Just 4 ingredients and no baking are all it takes to achieve fudge nirvance

Vegan Recipes

Dance This Week: Misty Copeland, the Royal Ballet and Ashton’s ‘Cinderella’

Misty Copeland’s Debut as Odette-Odile

When I started to watch American ballet companies in London and New York in the late 1970s, one of the four ballerina roles in George Balanchine’s “Symphony in C” at New York City Ballet was filled by the African-American dancer Debra Austin. Suzanne Farrell, …

Performing Arts

Kirill Petrenko elected as Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor designate | Classical Music


Kirill Petrenko has been announced as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s chief conductor designate and artistic director of the Berliner …

Classical Music

Misty Copeland's Possible Promotion Is Talk of Dance World

Promotions usually mean higher pay, maybe a fancy title. But for Misty Copeland, it means breaking a color barrier in the elite world of ballet.

Ms. Copeland is a soloist, a notch just below principal dancer, with American Ballet Theatre. If promoted to principal, she will be the first …


Colette Marchand, Glamorous International Ballet Star, Dies at 90

Colette Marchand, a French ballerina whose long-legged glamour made her an international star in Roland Petit’s ballets in the 1940s and 1950s, and who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in John Huston’s “Moulin Rouge,” died on June 5 at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France. She was 90.

Laurent …

Performing Arts

Seriously Simple: White chocolate apricot scones sweeten up your day

Surprise your mom with scones for brunch or tea this year. These crumbly gems are from author Rosie Daykin's book, "Butter Baked Goods" (Appetite by …


Here Are The 61 People Who’ve Died on Game of Thrones

And how likely they are to return

Plenty of people have lost their lives on Game of Thrones, and most have met a violent end. While this list doesn’t record every named soldier who’s had his throat slit, it is a comprehensive account (in chronological order) of now deceased characters who had some …

Jon Snow