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Haven’t nailed down any summer plans yet? There’s still time to apply to the Royal Academy of Dance’s two-week Performance Course, new to the United States this year. Instead of focusing on technique, the spotlight in this intensive shifts to choreography, with a number of dance professionals setting original work on the students. After a morning class, dancers spend their days learning everything from modern to musical theater pieces, which they then perform at the end of the workshop.

American Ballet Theatre principal Herman Cornejo, New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck, Alvin Ailey's iconic Matthew Rushing, Martha Graham Dance Company star Katherine Crockett. Artists from New York City's top dance companies are teaming up tonight for a benefit for the American Cancer Society. "Dance Against Cancer," produced by New York City Ballet's Daniel Ulbricht and former Carolina Ballet dancer Erin Fogarty, is now in its second year.

New York City's Steps on Broadway (with P3Productions) is putting together a new reality tv show that will follow the personal journeys of a handful of Steps regulars. They are currently casting dancers to film a reel to send out in hopes of getting picked up.

 

The producers want New York City-based dancers (ages 17 and up) of all genres. Any professional, student, retired dancer or dance teacher who makes Steps a regular part of their life is invited to apply. Filming will start this summer.

 

Prix de Lausanne is one of ballet's most powerful professional springboards. Think you might have what it takes to go up against some of the top students in the world? Take class with a Prix de Lausanne winner and learn what the prestigious competition is all about. Special master classes are being offered in the following cities:

 

San Francisco - May 6
San Francisco Ballet School
Teacher: Maria Kochetkova and others from the San Francisco Ballet School
Question and Answer : to be announced

 

Ballet superstars don't get much bigger than Wendy Whelan and Desmond Richardson. This winter, the two inimitable dancers teamed up for a one-night-only performance in New Orleans to commemorate Richardson's last season as a performer with Complexions. If you haven't seen Jim Lafferty's gorgeous shots of their rehearsals in our April/May issue, you're missing out. This is one outtake we didn't have room for in the magazine, and I had to share it.

The word “character” in ballet can be used to describe a type of dance, such as the folk dances in Swan Lake, or the act of embodying role. At the "American Ballet Theatre: A Cast of Characters" event at the Guggenheim museum, the dancers performed excerpts from a range repertoire that ABT will presenting at New York City's Metropolitan Opera House this coming season, and spoke about their artistic process with panelist John Meehan, a professor of dance at Vassar College and former ABT studio company director.

 

Pennsylvania Ballet presents Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan for the first time this May. PAB soloist Lauren Fadeley, who'll dance the part of Wendy, is guest-blogging the rehearsal process for Pointe. Read her first post here.

 

Dance is literally intoxicating at Ballets With a Twist. The New York City–based dance troupe is known for bringing cocktails to life onstage. Choreographer Marilyn Klaus’ work celebrates popular drinks like the martini, the mai tai and the manhattan—and audience members get one to sip on the spot. It’s a concept that’s sure to draw a younger crowd to the theater. This weekend Ballets With a Twist will premiere “Mint Julep” at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

What would it be like to dance with The Joffrey Ballet? Get an inside look with "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance." The first documentary of the legendary company is a treasure trove of archival footage and images. It will have a week-long run at Cinema Village in New York City starting tomorrow, with special guest panelists offering their personal stories about the company. April 27 will feature Francesca Corkle and Denise Jackson, and April 28 will feature Margo Sappington.

Ever wonder how American Ballet Theatre dancers get into character? In the company’s upcoming season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, they'll perform a variety of character roles, from pirates in Le Corsaire to temple dancers in La Bayadère. On April 29 and 30, the Guggenheim museum’s Works & Process program will host  “A Cast of Characters,” which will feature a conversation with ABT's creative team and performances by some of its dancers, including Misty Copeland, Hee Seo, Cory Stearns and Roman Zhurbin.