Pennsylvania Ballet's beautiful Riolama Lorenzo just announced that she'll be ending her performing career next month. It will be a sad loss for the company, and for the ballet world. Lorenzo moves with a natural grace, and has amazing, fluid extensions that seem to reach to eternity. At 5'8", she's also an inspiration for other tall dancers. She started her career at New York City Ballet, where as a young corps member, Lorenzo was a favorite of the legendary Jerome Robbins.
Youth America Grand Prix’s “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” gala makes its Tampa debut January 22 at the David A. Straz, Jr Center for the Performing Arts. Dancers from New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet will dance alongside top-scoring students from YAGP’s 2012 Tampa semi-finals. One of those “Stars of Today” is Boston Ballet soloist Jeffrey Cirio.
Miami City Ballet will premiere Viscera, choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Liam Scarlett, tonight. It's Scarlett's first work for an American company. MCB principal Patricia Delgado has been documenting the rehearsal process for Pointe. (Read her first entry here.)
Miami City Ballet will premiere Viscera, choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Liam Scarlett, this Friday. It's Scarlett's first work for an American ballet company. MCB principal Patricia Delgado is documenting the experience for Pointe.
There are certain choreographers whose movement just feels good on the body; it makes you want to never leave the studio. Lar Lubovitch is one of those choreographers. If you've never learned any of his work, I highly recommend his company's 2012 winter intensive this January.
Dates: January 9–14, 2012
Location: The Juilliard School, New York City
Sample Schedule: 9 am body conditioning; 10 am technique; 11:30 am lunch; 12:30 repertory; 2:30 lecture demonstrations
After retiring from her illustrious career dancing for then directing the Finnish National Ballet, Doris Laine wasn't about to take up knitting. Instead, she created the Helsinki International Ballet Competition. Now in its seventh iteration, HIBC will accept 100 promising young dancers to fly to Finland to compete this summer. Applications are open until January 31.
Dates: May 29–June 7
Location: Finnish National Opera House in Helsinki, Finland
Recently, I was lucky enough to get some gorgeous photographs of dancers from San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet to post in pointemagazine.com's web exclusives section. Most of the images we run in Pointe feature professionals.
South Africa seems like an unlikely place for ballet. But Cape Town actually attracts its fair share of top talent, especially since the inception of the Cape Town Internationl Ballet Competition in 2008. Royal Ballet director designate Kevin O'Hare, Washington Ballet director Septime Webre, National Ballet School of Cuba director Ramona de Saá and other powerful players will be there this spring to judge promising young dancers from around the world.
Dates: February 27 to March 4
Location: Artscape Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa