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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 …

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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, 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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Royal Ballet Returns to New York After More Than a Decade

LONDON — “Death is here, knock, knock, knock!” Monica Mason called out cheerily as two dancers circled the Royal Opera House studio here. Another dancer lay prone in the center, and Ms. Mason moved among the Royal Ballet principals, calling out counts, stretching her arms as she echoed their …

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4 Lessons Learned from a Prima Ballerina

Principal dancer Julie Kent will end her three-decade career this weekend with the A.B.T. at the Metropolitan Opera House. In a candid conversation with, she reflects on how ballet shaped her life.

Mikhail Baryshnikov was “mesmerized by her looks.” The New York Times said she danced with …


Review: ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ Spurs American Ballet Theater to Work on the Details

As American Ballet Theater gave a series of performances of its new production of “The Sleeping Beauty” last week, it was easy to spot ways in which things could sound and look better. Tchaikovsky’s score should have been better played (especially by the brass and wind sections) and been more …

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Sonia Rodriguez still reigns on National Ballet stage | Toronto Star

In theatre, making a good entrance is always important and after 25 years with the National Ballet of Canada, 15 of those as a principal ballerina, …

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American Ballet Theatre’s New ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Pays Homage to Ballet’s History

The plot of Sleeping Beauty isn’t hard to follow, even when it’s performed as a ballet, without any words: A princess is born, and an evil fairy soon …

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Pennsylvania Ballet program looks to the Corella future

Angel Corella's first year as artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet has been one of many changes. The entire artistic staff was replaced, new …

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The Sleeping Beauty, American Ballet Theatre, New York — review

The Sleeping Beauty has come to stand for so much — the triumph of order and grace over chaos and unseemliness, of past over future, good over evil, …

Sleeping Beauty

Ratmansky & Côté review: National Ballet of Canada heads toward the light

The days of ballet being associated with tutus and fizzy fairy tales are long over. Today’s top choreographers are pushing the boundaries with …

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Review: ‘The Sleeping Beauty,’ Reawakened by American Ballet Theater

The ballet of “The Sleeping Beauty” — new in St. Petersburg in 1890 — addresses tradition, renewal and diverse aspects of dance theater. To Serge Diaghilev, the idea of staging it in the West first arose from Tchaikovsky’s music, which, in 1920, he and Stravinsky (Russians unable to return to …

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Robbins/MacMillan triple bill, Royal Ballet, review: 'intense and insanely sexy'

Clean and clear-limbed choreography remind you of ballet's significance as an art form, says Laura Thompson

Ballet is fashionable at the moment, the stuff of fashion shoots and A-lister workouts, but that does not protect it against the persistent desire to present it as an art form in crisis. The …

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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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City Ballet’s Spring Season Includes ‘N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz’

As the current New York City Ballet season advances, every performance brings a sharp change in the company barometer. Not all the news is good news. Some valued dancers have been absent with injuries; some tedious ballets have returned to repertory; some casting has made good choreography look no …

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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 …


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 …


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 …