Ballet News and Views

By Linda Bernstein | Articles and photos showcasing premiere and up-and-coming dancers and companies. Soundtrack on mobile.

Julie Kent Has New Roles at American Ballet Theater

Julie Kent, the star ballerina who retired as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater in June, is taking on several new roles with the company, including as the artistic director of its summer intensive programs for young dancers.

Her appointment, which was announced Wednesday by the …

Johan Renvall, American Ballet Theater Principal, Dies at 55

Johan Renvall, a principal dancer at American Ballet Theater whose range there from 1978 to 1996 could stun audiences with spectacular classical technique and — in dramatic ballets — powerful intensity, died on Monday in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. He was 55 and lived in Manhattan.

The cause …

Performing Arts

Making ballet shoes is a delicate form of art

Ballet shoes are dainty and thin and totally unique. Jack Flynn and Nick David filmed this short documentary of the Freed of London ballet shoe …

Cool Stuff

The Dance of Dior

With choreographer Justin Peck and New York City Ballet, Raf Simons's psychedelic fall collection hits new heights.

Dance is about freedom, as is fashion, at its best. There are few more exciting voices in the international ballet world right now than Justin Peck, New York City Ballet's resident …

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Matthew Brookes’ new book spotlights the male ballet dancers of Paris

“In a century past, these dancers may well have modelled for Rodin’s sculptures,” writes French choreographer Marie Agnus Gillot in her foreword to …

Paris

Ballet Programs Look For More Boys To Step Up To The Barre

A beautiful ballerina and a handsome prince are at the heart of the world's most famous ballets. Sleeping Beauty. Swan Lake. The Nutcracker, of course.

And at training grounds for future dancers, plenty of girls hope to someday wear the prima ballerina's tutu.

But it's become a challenge to find the …

Performing Arts

Ballet Life, Unfiltered and Uploaded to Instagram

Deformed toenails, eating disorders and backstabbing jealousy — that’s a quick survey of ballet stereotypes. But with Instagram, dancers have found a way to break through the tulle and tiaras by presenting backstage life on their terms.

Devin Alberda, a member of the New York City Ballet corps …

Instagram

American Ballet Theater to Debut Ratmansky Work Next Spring

American Ballet Theater’s spring 2016 season, from May 9 to July 2 at the Metropolitan Opera House, is to include one world premiere and one American premiere, the company announced on Tuesday. As usual, the lineup includes seven full-length ballets and two triple bills. The full-lengths are “Le …

Performing Arts

Sylvie Guillem bids farewell to ballet on her own terms

Acclaimed French ballerina Sylvie Guillem made a name for herself doing things her own way, and she's treating retirement no differently. She tells

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Ballet is more diverse than ever. Why is the audience still so white? - The Washington Post

This summer’s announcement that Misty Copeland, a charismatic dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, would become the first black principal ballerina in the company’s history was met with cheers. With the applause came lamentations of how long it has taken for non-white dancers to receive the …

Performing Arts

Russian Ballet Star Irina Kolesnikova Makes For An Enchanting, If Traditional, Swan

As part of the ENO's Irina Kolesnikova London Season, this rendition of Swan Lake with — naturally — the Russian star as its lead, is a reliable, …

Performing Arts

Stella Abrera Battles Back From Pain to Ballet's Ultra-Elite

Stella Abrera calls herself an unabashed ballet nerd - "a total bunhead," she laughs.

But after some rough patches, it's once again a happy time for this dedicated dancer. August signals the start of her tenure as a principal dancer at New York's American Ballet Theatre, making her the first …

Performing Arts

New arrivals, promotions as Boston Ballet fills coveted roster spots

Boston Ballet’s roster for the 2015-16 season will include five new soloists: Ji Young Chae and Patrick Yocum, promoted from the company’s corps de …

Boston

'Athletes and artists': The men of the Paris Opera Ballet

(CNN) — They are "les danseurs," the professional male ballet dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. They are the epitome of strength, their bodies acting as machines of poetry with each and every point of their toes.

They are also the subject of Matthew Brookes' new photo book, which is made up of …

Art

Sylvie Guillem on her retirement from ballet: 'It's a big goodbye'

“The pain was always there,” she says, her English inflected with a strong French accent. “It’s just that now I’m fed up with it. When I was 25 it …

Performing Arts

The Full-Throttle Campaign to Keep Ballet Kicking

Misty Copeland sparked widespread awareness of ballet this summer, when she became the first African-American female principal at American Ballet Theatre. But this centuries-old dance form is rarely so high in the public consciousness.

An effort to change that is now moving at full throttle, led by …

Performing Arts

Farewell Is in View for Jennie Somogyi, a City Ballet Lifer

Jennie Somogyi, who as a child played Marie in “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” at New York City Ballet and then went on to become a celebrated principal dancer with the company, performing major roles and battling her way back from several serious injuries, plans to retire this fall, the …

Performing Arts

Ballet Review: Natalia Osipova Wows at the Ardani 25 Dance Gala

There is a reason why Natalia Osipova is the dancer everyone wants to see. And the star delivered on her box office draw for the Ardani 25 Dance Gala with performances full of her trademark visceral, emotional intensity blended with impressive technical excellence.

The star delivers, yes, but she is …

Performing Arts

American Ballet Theatre dancer Daniil Simkin discusses innovative program at Jacob's Pillow

Ballet and modern technology might seem like an unlikely combination.

American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin hopes to change that, he …

Review: ‘Whelan/Watson: Other Stories’ Pairs Stars of Ballet

LONDON — The names in the title “Whelan/Watson: Other Stories” are those of Wendy Whelan, an American, and Edward Watson, a Brit. She retired from New York City Ballet in October after 23 years as principal; he has been a principal of the Royal Ballet for 10 years. They hold the attention …

Emotional ties with Royal Ballet principal Natalia Osipova

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The Russian ballerina on preparing for a role, her weakness for chocolate, relaxing to soul music, missing rehearsals because of pandas and being …

Performing Arts

Ballet takes flight at SPAC

Dancers perform the Square Dance, choreographed by George Balanchine, on opening night of the New York City Ballet at SPAC on Tuesday in Saratoga …

Ballet

Review: Marianela Nuñez Enchants as Cinderella With American Ballet Theater

Until this summer, the Argentine ballerina Marianela Nuñez has scarcely been known in New York whereas for more than 10 years she’s been one of the Royal Ballet’s most beloved ballerinas. Suddenly, however, New York has seen her in three dissimilar roles. In the Royal’s weeklong season at the David …

New York City Ballet happy to be in its summer Saratoga home; season runs July 7-18

The world-class New York City Ballet has been a resident company of Saratoga Performing Arts Center since its very beginning, but in recent seasons …

South Pasadena’s Stella Abrera American Ballet Theatre dream comes true

Stella Abrera as Clara in ‘The Nutcracker’ with the American Ballet Theatre. The South Pasadena native was recently promoted to the rank of principal …

Principal Kochetkova to split time between SF Ballet and ABT

Maria Kochetkova performs in San Francisco Ballet’s “Giselle”...

Review: ‘Cinderella’ Returns to the American Ballet Theater Stable

The 20th century saw four choreographic masters of the male-female duet: Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton and Merce Cunningham. Ashton’s are almost all to do with love of one kind or another. On Monday, as his 1948 treatment of Prokofiev’s three-act “Cinderella” returned to …

Misty Copeland Is Promoted to Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater

Misty Copeland was fast becoming the most famous ballerina in the United States — making the cover of Time magazine, being profiled by “60 Minutes,” growing into a social media sensation and dancing ballet’s biggest roles on some of its grandest stages. But another role eluded her: She was still …

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, Matthew Bourne. I’ve even heard New Yorkers suggest …