American Ballet Theatre is dancing Theme and Variations, made for the company by Balanchine in 1947, this fall season. To celebrate, I thought I'd share one of my favorite Theme interpretations of all time: that of Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Here they are dancing the masterpiece in 1978. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!
If you're having trouble getting through a tiring variation, give yourself a little mental coaching. A recent study shows that telling yourself you're not as tired as you think you are may have a positive effect on your performance. Scientists asked fit young men and women to ride a bike to the point of exhaustion, while monitoring their power and pace. Later, the participants were split into two groups.
The Clive Barnes Awards—given by the Clive Barnes Foundation in honor of the late New York Times, New York Post and Dance Magazine critic—have a history of recognizing talented dancers on the cusp of a career milestone. In 2010, New York City Ballet's Chase Finlay took home the prize; a year later, he was promoted to soloist.
New York City Ballet's eagerly anticipated AOL On docu-series, city.ballet., went live yesterday. While the twelve short episodes are geared toward a general audience (you already understand a ballet company's ranking system, which the first few segments explain in some detail) and occasionally include clunky imagery (fewer shots of pointe shoes in the subway, please), they're still wonderful peeks into the offstage lives and personalities of the dancers we know and love onstage.
When you reach for a pain reliever, it's usually whatever happens to be sitting in your dance bag. But depending on your aches and pains, using the right one can make a big difference. Doctors say acetaminophen (Tylenol) is best for headaches and joint pain, but also does the trick for cold symptoms, like a sore throat.
New York City Ballet luminary Allegra Kent's delightful children's book, Ballerina Swan, was a hit with fans and critics when it came out last year. Now the tale of Sophie, a swan who dreams of becoming a ballerina, is coming to the New York City stage. Making Books Sing's production of Ballerina Swan opens November 9 at Theater 3 on 43rd St—and it features Edward Villella as the voice of Mr. Balletski, the choreographer who gives Sophie a chance.
It's hard to believe it's been a year since Superstorm Sandy terrorized the East Coast. The milestone must be especially surreal for the devastated Jersey Shore communities still feeling the storm's effects.
There have been rumblings about Christopher Wheeldon's Broadway project for a while now, but yesterday the official word went out: Wheeldon is directing and choreographing a new production of the Gershwins' An American in Paris. The show will premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in December of 2014 before coming to Broadway in the spring of 2015—Wheeldon's Broadway debut.
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This month, the Joffrey Ballet presents Stanton Welch's production of La Bayadère for the first time. Pointe's e-news spoke with 22-year-old Jeraldine Mendoza, who will make her debut as Nikiya this Saturday, about learning the ballet.