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Review: American Ballet Theater’s ‘Giselle’ Bounds as Past Giselles Watch

Every year, American Ballet Theater announces, more than half a year in advance, not only some eight or nine programs for its eight-week May-July season at the Metropolitan Opera House but, for some of them, as many as eight casts. This establishes a climate of balletomania, where dancers matter as …

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Three American Ballet Theater Dancers Plan Their Last Steps

This season, three principal dancers will bid American Ballet Theater farewell: Paloma Herrera and Xiomara Reyes dance their final performances, both in “Giselle” on Wednesday (Ms. Herrera in the afternoon and Ms. Reyes in the evening), while Julie Kent follows suit in “Romeo and Juliet” on June …

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Sacramento Ballet Cancels Shows, Lays Off Dancers; Board President Says Ballet Will Return This Fall

Correction: 12:45 a.m. May 21: The Sacramento Ballet plans to return in Fall 2015.

UPDATE 3:55 p.m.:

Capital Public Radio Arts Contributor Jeff Hudson …

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Lauren Santo Domingo, Giovanna Battaglia, Indre Rockefeller Celebrated American Ballet Theatre’s 75th Anniversary

Last night, American Ballet Theatre celebrated its 75th anniversary with a stunning retrospective performed by what felt like all of the most talented ballet dancers in America. The Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House was filled to the brim, not only with everyday ballet lovers, but with a …

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Boston Ballet Caps Season With A Classic Balanchine And Comical Robbins

The Boston Ballet ends its 52nd season with “Thrill of Contact,” an engaging and varied quartet of dances at the Opera House through May 24. A …

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Misty Copeland celebrates 75 years of American Ballet Theatre

The charismatic, extraordinarily gifted and physically flawless Misty Copeland, only the third African-American soloist with the world-renowned …

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Review: ‘Don Quixote’ Ballet Unites Lovers, Dryads and Toreadors

Don Quixote, viewing the world through the lens of his fantasies, mistakes a windmill for a giant and has visions of what isn’t actually there. But during the vision scene of “Don Quixote,” which Gelsey Kirkland Ballet presented at the Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University on Thursday, …

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Watching Maya Plisetskaya

The great Bolshoi ballerina Maya Plisetskaya died on Saturday at 89. I saw her only once, in 1988, at a gala in her honor in Boston; an announcer proclaimed the priceless words: “And now Maya Plisetskaya will dance her immortal Dying Swan” — which she validated by dancing it twice. And that’s what …

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Amar Ramasar’s Unlikely Path to Becoming a Prince for City Ballet

Amar Ramasar was 11 when he first saw ballet. It was a video of the New York City Ballet dancers Heather Watts and Mel Tomlinson, in Balanchine’s radical 1957 ballet “Agon,” the dancers clad in minimal leotards and tights, performing spiky, extraordinary movements to Stravinsky’s astringent score. …

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Be Mesmerized by These Incredible Ballet GIFs

In honor of A.B.T’s 75th anniversary, see the twirling stars of the ballet company like you never have before: as GIFs!

When the American Ballet Theatre was founded in 1940, not much was expected from the fledgling company—after all, ballet was an art dominated by Paris, London, and Saint …

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'American Ballet Theatre: A History' review: Too much history, too little ABT

THE DOCUMENTARY "American Ballet Theatre: A History"

WHEN | WHERE Friday at 9 p.m. on WNET/13

WHAT IT'S ABOUT As American Ballet Theatre celebrates its …

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‘American Ballet Theater: A History,’ a PBS Documentary, Is a Love Letter to a Dance Form

A point shoe descends in slow motion, aiming its tip like a dagger as it hits the center of a spotlight. The voice of Jennifer Homans, author of “Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet,” gently, almost coaxingly, speaks about the ritual the art form requires, starting with the ballet positions a …

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Review: American Ballet Theater Opens Season at Lincoln Center

Other cities around the world have more than one major ballet company, but no balletomane delirium compares to that arising from the annual Lincoln Center fever. For four weeks, American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet play simultaneously (Ballet Theater eight performances per week, City …

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Royal Ballet: Woolf Works five-star review – ravishingly expressive

Wayne McGregor doesn’t flinch from exposing the riskiness of his latest project – a full-length ballet inspired by the life and writings of Virginia Woolf.

There’s no dance in the work’s opening moments, simply the sound of Woolf’s own voice, talking about the English language. Listening to her …

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Julie Kent Looks Effortless in Ballet and Beauty

The ballerina Julie Kent joined the American Ballet Theater in 1985, was anointed a principal dancer eight years later, and will be retiring her pointe shoes after this season. With A.B.T. celebrating its 75th anniversary, Ms. Kent, 45, is slated to dance in “Pillar of Fire,” “Othello,” “Giselle” …

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Royal Ballet's leading lady returns at 52

Alessandra Ferri stars in Wayne McGregor's new Covent Garden production based on the novels of Virginia Woolf

At 19, Alessandra Ferri became one of the youngest principal dancers at the Royal Ballet. Aged 52, she is returning as its oldest leading lady since Dame Margot Fonteyn.

Ferri will take the …

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City Ballet to Present ‘La Sylphide,’ a Romantic Ballet Standard

Leave this world behind. All choreography takes us on a trip, but where? It’s curious that in the Romantic ballets of the 19th century the journey takes us into the risky terrain of unconfined nature. Into the woods!

All dance transforms the time and space in which it occurs. Rhythm, phrasing, line, …

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Russia mourns Jewish ballet rebel Maya Plisetskaya

Russia on Sunday mourned the death of Maya Plisetskaya, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century who dazzled the world with her sensual …

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Russian ballet dancer Maya Plisetskaya dies at 89

Maya Plisetskaya, considered one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, has died at the age of 89 in Germany.

Plisetskaya – who made her name in her native Russia – danced for half a century and her modern choreography and performances charged with eroticism flouted Soviet convention.

“She …

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Review: City Ballet’s New Gods and Duos

Adrian Danchig-Waring, who made his debut as Apollo on Wednesday at the David H. Koch Theater, didn’t need to be told he had big slippers to fill. The two Apollos of recent seasons at New York City Ballet have been superlative: In Robert Fairchild, there is a raw, athletic exuberance and in Chase …

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An African version of Spartacus ballet to hit the stage

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Spartacus is getting an African makeover.

In the 1960 movie "Spartacus," Kirk Douglas …

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Why the Future of Ballet May Depend On Your Son

A candid interview with the artistic director of one of the premier U.S. ballet companies discussing boys, sports, bullying and the future of ballet.

Both of my daughters had ballet lessons for a year or two when they were younger. But as I think back about it, I never saw a young boy in any of the …

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Royal Ballet Sets Cast for Lincoln Center Visit

LONDON — Balletomane alert: The casting for the Royal Ballet’s much-anticipated visit to Lincoln Center in June has been announced. The Joyce Theater, which is presenting the Royal Ballet season, will honor the choreographer Christopher Wheeldon at the opening-night gala at the David H. Koch …

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Review: British and American Ballets Showcase Youthful Blend of Style and Skill

A heady amalgam of youthful beauty, charm and skill flooded the Ailey Citigroup Theater on Tuesday during a 90-minute program shared by the Royal Ballet School and American Ballet Theater Studio Company: a showcase of the pre-professional skills of young dancers at a very high level.

The …

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Ballet Star David Hallberg Unites Five International Ballet Companies for One Night

It turns out that bringing together members of five leading international ballet companies hardly requires introducing them to each other. According to ballet star David Hallberg, who should know, most of the world’s best dancers already know each other. “Ballet is incestuous,” he says, explaining …

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Something old, something new

ASKED to help create a uniquely American ballet style, George Balanchine decided on something that would reflect the country's "cold, crystalline, …

Ballet Dancers Leap Into Instagram, Commerce

For centuries, ballet was all about presenting its glittering, performance-ready side. Then came Instagram.

The photo-sharing app has become the go-to social-media platform for dancers of all ages. They post photos of bloody toes, mistakes in class, physical therapy and, of course, deliriously …

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