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The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake: high-flyer or ugly duckling?

As the Royal Ballet dance the final performances of their current version of Swan Lake, feelings are very mixed about its departure from the rep. Last week, hundreds tweeted their enthusiasm when the production was screened live in cinemas across Europe and America. But this Swan Lake has had its …

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Balancing Ballet and Motherhood With Grace

Performing as a prima ballerina in one of the country’s best ballet companies can be grueling, but for at least three dancers from the San Francisco …

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Natalia Osipova in the Royal Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’

New York has seen the sensational Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova in a wide range of ballets — but, curiously, never in the illustrious double role of Odette-Odile in “Swan Lake.” This now changes, but on screen, not onstage. Now in her second season as a principal of the Royal Ballet in London, …

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Dogs Of American Ballet Theatre Hit Instagram

Ballet dancers have a tough life: Big competition, short careers, no money except for the few, and all that pain. Once they get onstage, however, you know they are magical fairy creatures untouched by the woes of the real world. That's why getting grittier glimpses of their backstage routines — …

Black Swans

New Broadway Musical Finds Inspiration in Ballet

He is American. She is English. He's a newlywed. So is she. Both are top-notch ballet dancers. And they're both leaping onto a different stage.

Robert …

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San Diego City Ballet presents three treasured works in ‘Balanchine Spectacular’ March 6-8

His ballet directive “Glissade, jeté, assemblé, sissonne, pas de bourrée” sends waves of dancers gliding and leaping from the corners of the studio. …

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The Joffrey Ballet on Pointe

This week you can witness (and possibly dance with) America’s reigning classical ballet company.

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A Conversation With Luke Ingham, Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Principal Dancer Luke Ingham delivered a spectacular performance in San Francisco Ballet's opening night presentation of Liam Scarlett's Hummingbird. Part of Program 4, it shares a double-bill with Jerome Robbins' 1969 classic, Dances at a Gathering and runs through March 8. Luke is teamed with …

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American Ballet Theatre to debut new 'Sleeping Beauty' in Costa Mesa this week

It’s a fairy tale we all know intimately, like a recurring dream from childhood: A beautiful princess, doomed by a curse to sleep forever, is …

Sleeping Beauty

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New York City Ballet Applies a Surreal Touch to Build Audiences

There seemed to be an explosion of young men in knit caps and young women in leather pants watching as New York City Ballet recently performed a trio of Balanchine classics. In fact, the average age in the David H. Koch Theater seemed to have dropped by years, if not decades.

It was the first night …

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Dancing with the headless horseman

“THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW”, Washington Irving’s 19th-century gothic classic, centres on a peculiar little American town on the banks of the Hudson …

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Review: ‘Harlequinade’ Returns to New York City Ballet

Fifty years ago this month, when New York City Ballet danced the premiere of George Balanchine’s “Harlequinade,” it was already old-fashioned. Set to the same frothy score by Riccardo Drigo that Marius Petipa had used 65 years earlier for “Les Millions d’Arlequin,” this two-act ballet is one of …

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Review: Original Leads Return in City Ballet’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’

It was 2007 when Peter Martins unveiled his “Romeo + Juliet.” At the time, the New York City Ballet production — which began a run of nine performances on Friday at the David H. Koch Theater — had one thing going for it: Mr. Martins’s decision to cast his leads, particularly Juliet, young. (His …

Romeo + Juliet

Royal Ballet productions including The Winter’s Tale screened in cinemas across the US

Edward Watson as Leontes, Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014Ahead of …

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Ballet Dancer Sergei Polunin Simply Slays Hozier's 'Take Me To Church'

What happens when you combine the talents of Russia's ballet bad boy Sergei Polunin, Irish gospel luminary Hozier and photography pop wizard David LaChapelle? Apparently, a whole lot of angsty, sexy, beautiful dancing ensues.

LaChapelle directed the new visual interpretation of the Grammy-nominated …

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Review: A Jerome Robbins Tribute by New York City Ballet Brims With Brio

This season, New York City Ballet has been organizing some of its repertory programs by nationality of composer. American composers got their turn during the Saturday matinee at the David H. Koch Theater. Yet the American most heavily represented was a choreographer: Jerome Robbins.

True, the …

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Dustin Yellin's Glass Ballerinas Take Center Stage at Lincoln Center

Dustin Yellin’s Psychogeographies for New York City Ballet’s 2015 Art Series, on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. Photos: Andy Romer Photography, courtesy the New York City Ballet

"I have the spirit of many dancers in me," says painter and scuptor Dustin Yellin when asked about his return …

Striving for Steps That Look Effortless

PHOENIX — “If you love the warmth of the sun ... go.” These words, which you might find in a tourist brochure about this desert city, actually come from the 19th-century Danish ballet choreographer August Bournonville, recounting in his memoirs a trip to southern Italy, not the American Southwest. …

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Michaela DePrince: ‘There are practically no black dancers in ballet, so I need to speak out’

Michaela DePrince was born in Sierra Leone in 1995 during the civil war. At age three, she lost both her parents and was sent to an orphanage where she was mistreated by staff who believed she was the “devil’s child” due to her pigmented skin (caused by vitiligo). She and her best friend were …

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New Documentary Steps Behind The Curtain Of One Of Ballet's Most Famous Institutions

In a dimly lit corner of his apartment, New York City Ballet dancer Justin Peck sits alone at a desk, reviewing rehearsal films with a pen in hand. The (then) 25-year-old corps de ballet member is choreographing the famed company’s 422nd original ballet for the 2013 winter season ahead. He has …

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A Spirited Journey Backward, From Modernism to Classical

WASHINGTON — The Mariinsky Ballet demonstrated on Saturday and Sunday that it is still one of the world’s supreme ballet companies. In the final week of its three-week visit to the United States, it produced its best dancing in the tour’s oldest ballet, the Grand Pas from “Paquita” (1881). In New …

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Bach, Filtered Through Balanchine and Robbins

Does art get any better than this? There were many moments when it was easy to ask that question during the performance of George Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco” (1941) on Thursday night at New York City Ballet.

Over the decades, “Concerto Barocco,” choreographed to Bach’s double violin concerto in …

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Royal Ballet: Onegin review – wondrous performances overcome a flawed concept

Onegin, choreographed by John Cranko for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1965, is a flawed work. Cranko played fast and loose with Pushkin’s plot and characters and half a century after the ballet’s first performance, many can’t reconcile themselves to its score, a patchwork of music culled from …

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How Boy Wonder Justin Peck Is Upturning Ballet

“I’m not really conscious of how to provoke interest,” offers Justin Peck, which is a little strange, given just how much interest the choreographer …

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Young Performers Spreading Their Wings

The Mariinsky Ballet’s production of “Swan Lake” is a strange bird. There have been frosty Odettes, tawdry Odiles, uncharismatic Siegfrieds and a frequently irritating Joker. Yet the luminosity of the staging, a 1950 revision of the celebrated 1895 version choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev …

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Music Brings Out the Killer Instinct

For its second program of the winter season, “Hear the Dance: Russia,” New York City Ballet offers four works set to the music of Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Glazunov. Alas, music alone, no matter how sumptuous, doesn’t make a ballet. Despite the promise of debuts by several dancers …

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With Each Star Turn, a Feeling of a Collective Force Begins to Brew

As the curtain rises on George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” we’re plunged into a drama about selflessness. Seventeen young women are all facing front, all dressed alike, all slowly going through a ritual that strikingly resembles that of religious devotees. In what follows — as we watch loners; …

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