In what's proving to be a year of many ballerina retirements, Paris Ópera Ballet star Aurélie Dupont has announced that she will step down from the company next month. The 42-year-old dancer has been with the Ópera for 32 years, and has been an étoile for 17 of them. Her final performance on May 18, in L’Histoire de Manon, will reach an audience far beyond Paris: It will be shown in 350 cinemas throughout Europe, and later screened in 100 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.
For the last week, New York City has been teeming with bunheads, here to compete for over $300,000 in scholarships at Youth America Grand Prix. Out of 7,000 dancers who competed in regional semi-finals, 350 were selected as NYC finalists, with over 70 moving forward to Wednesday night’s final round. The winners were announced publicly yesterday evening and given a chance to perform one last time during YAGP’s glittering “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” gala at Lincoln Center—and they did not disappoint.
A great ballerina holds an immense amount of power: She can adopt any role and become another being, using movement as the ultimate means of expression. Some of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century have honed this skill, but few have become as powerful an icon as the Mariinsky Ballet's Galina Ulanova. Named by Joseph Stalin as prima ballerina assoluta, Ulanova became the masthead for Russian ballet in the former Soviet Union.
Justin Peck, the prolific resident choreographer at New York City Ballet, was recently profiled on CBS news. The piece features performance and rehearsal clips from several of his newest creations: 'Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes, Belles-Lettres, Heatscape (choreographed for Miami City Ballet) and scenes from the documentary film Ballet 422.
If you like to cross-train by running or biking, you're probably looking forward to exercising outside as we head into milder temperatures. But new research suggests that where you run may matter more than you think. A study published in The BMJ found that women who were exposed to higher levels of air pollution were more likely to experience anxiety. Participants tended to have higher anxiety symptoms just by living within 200 meters of a major road—and exposure to pollution increases when you're outside.
The much anticipated (at least in the ballet world) Starz drama "Flesh and Bone" finally has a premiere date: Sunday, November 8.
We've chronicledeach development in the show's production as it came to light, and were sad to hear that the release had been postponed from earlier this year. Now, dance-on-TV fans only have to wait until November for the next big thing to air.
American Ballet Theatre soloist Joseph Gorak will be awarded the 2015 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, along with several other young professional artists. The prestigious award includes recognition and a $50,000 a year stipend (for up to two years) to use toward professional development. For a dancer this might mean private coaching, college courses, physical trainers, studio space or investment in entrepreneurial or artistic interests outside of dance.
Hearing the opening chords of a new ballet you're rehearsing. That moment when you take a final bow after a performance. The repetitive beauty of your daily barre exercises. What do all of these experiences have in common? They're moments when a dancer may feel awestruck. And according to recent research, each time you experience awe, you're improving your health.