Ballet News and Views

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

Wendy Whelan: The First Time I Danced a Balanchine Ballet (the Day He Died)

My first performance in a Balanchine ballet took place 34 years ago, on April 30, 1983. It was a day that will forever be marked in the history books because it also happened to be the day Balanchine died.<p>I was given the sad news about the legendary choreographer around 11 a.m. as I was prepping to …

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Taking Flight: Julie Kent at Washington Ballet

WASHINGTON — Almost exactly two years ago, the ballerina Julie Kent stood onstage at the Metropolitan Opera House, eyes brimming with tears, and bade farewell to her 30-year dancing career at American Ballet Theater. (She was 45.) Her ballerina days were over, but she didn’t have much time to …

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Review: Alexei Ratmansky’s Ballet ‘Whipped Cream’ Is a Candyland Triumph

American Ballet Theater’s gala at the Metropolitan Opera House on Monday was a triumph on many levels. Alexei Ratmansky’s two-act “Whipped Cream,” an exuberantly nutty piece, new this March, in which a candy shop coming to life is only the start of the tale’s subversive craziness — made its New …

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On the Frivolities of Ballet, the Contradictory Art

Is ballet a serious art or a frivolous one? Very often, it’s both at the same time. Since frivolous means “lacking in seriousness” — also lightweight, flippant, of little weight or importance — that would seem a contradiction in terms.<p>But ballet abounds in self-contradictions. It continually shows …

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Misty Copeland, a Ballerina With Real Acting Chops

Misty Copeland isn’t one of those principals who step onstage a few times a season. She dances. A lot.<p>“It’s crazy how I took jumping for granted all these years,” Ms. Copeland, 34, said as she stretched out on the floor between rehearsals at American Ballet Theater’s studios. Stella Abrera, a …

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Behind The Tutus, Ballet Is A Boys' Club. This Ballerina Wants To Fix That.

The ballerina may be the visual symbol of the art form, but men wield most of the creative control.<p>Ballerina Ashley Bouder is crying. She’s standing alone in a rehearsal studio in front of 20 or so dance journalists and several funders of her small self-titled ballet company, and she’s crying. And …

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Inside Boston Ballet’s record-smashing season

What happens when big data meets classical dance? Judging from Boston Ballet’s record-breaking 2015-16 season, you get a high-tech pas de deux in …

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Bolshoi Ballet: the first Soviet invasion

The drama that surrounded the Moscow troupe’s first visit to the west 60 years ago

Ballet superstar Misty Copeland gets her own Barbie doll

Misty Copeland Barbie Doll. Photographer Dennis Di Laura<p>Pinning their buns in place and slipping on their pink shoes, dancers at the San Pedro Ballet …

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Boston Ballet casts a spell with latest ‘Swan Lake’

It’s no surprise that after more than 100 years, “Swan Lake” is still considered one of the most beloved of all classical ballets. It is set to a …

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Ballet companies must stop wrecking our bodies, warns Russian star

Irina Kolesnikova, who performs at London’s Coliseum in August, says dancers should be nurtured, not pushed to the limits<p>A world-renowned Russian prima ballerina has become the latest star to condemn ballet companies worldwide for putting their dancers through unnecessarily brutal regimes.<p>Irina …

Romania’s Culture Minister Steps Down as Ballet Dispute Continues

PARIS — The culture minister of Romania tendered his resignation on Wednesday amid a crisis at the ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera involving its artistic director, Johan Kobborg, and the star ballerina Alina Cojocaru, which had led to the cancellation of several performances.<p>In a …

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Prince loved ballet. Here’s why Misty Copeland, the Joffrey Ballet & their fans love him back.

The ballet world has had no better superstar friend than Prince, who gave the art form money, celebrity and irresistibly danceable music–and treated it with respect.<p>Years before she became famous for her commercials and her top-rank status at American Ballet Theatre, ballerina Misty Copeland caught …

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Ballet School Where Joffrey Dancers Teach Neighborhood Kids Is A Hidden Gem

WEST RIDGE — When dancers scurry into the basement studio underneath UNO Charter School in West Ridge, they know the rules: Hair in a bun, don't be …

Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale review – Wheeldon's Shakespeare has classic potential

Royal Opera House, London This revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet looks more impressive than on its 2014 debut, with its original cast returning for the opening<p>When Kevin O’Hare became director of the Royal Ballet, he declared his ambition to create the classics of the future with a new …

Is Justin Peck Making Ballet Cool Again?

The 28-year-old choreographer is making waves for his experimental collaborations with indie rockers and street artists—all while still dancing professionally with the New York City Ballet.<p>In 2009, Justin Peck choreographed his first work for Columbia University’s student ballet troupe. It was four …

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Matthew Bourne takes risk on ballet version of The Red Shoes

Choreographer says show based on 1948 film – a Broadway version of which flopped – will be his love letter to the theatre<p>It is some people’s favourite movie but the stage version was one of the biggest disasters in Broadway history. So the choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne admitted he was taking a …