Amy Brandt's blog

What better way to open the season than with a trailer? The Washington Ballet has done just that, releasing this video of the company preparing for its season opener next week (October 22–26). The program, entitled Taking Flight, has a distinctly European flavor, and includes Jirí Kylián’s Petite Mort, Hans Van Manen’s 5 Tangos and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia. The behind-the-scenes video shows the dancers rehearsing with Kylián répétiteur Urtzi Aranburu, highlighting the sweat and hard work that goes behind every finished performance. Enjoy!

Whether you’re or not planning a wedding, make sure to check out the October/November issue of Brides magazine for a seriously dance-inspired photo spread. The models? Six American Ballet Theatre dancers, all of who were engaged at the time of the shoot last spring (five have since gotten hitched).

Stella Abrera

American Ballet Theatre's Stella Abrera. Photo by Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT. 

 

If you’re a fan of First Position, you may want to tune in this Friday to “Dance School Diaries” on the DanceOn YouTube channel. The new web-based reality series follows four Southern California students as they prepare for the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. Scheduled through mid-October, new episodes air every Friday at 10:00 am PST.

 

David Hallberg is once again paying it forward. For the second year in a row, the School of Ballet Arizona, where the American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet star trained for four years, is offering the David Hallberg Scholarship for Boys. Open to males ages 13 and up, the scholarship pays for tuition and supplies for the Phoenix–based school’s 2014/15 school year and is based on talent and/or financial need.

 

Two weeks ago, we reported that Angel Corella was setting Don Quixote at the Hartt School’s “Studio to Stage” summer intensive in Hartford, Connecticut. Well, it now looks like he’s in the U.S. to stay! Last night, the Pennsylvania Ballet announced that Corella has been named its new artistic director, starting in September. Roy Kaiser, the company’s previous director, recently stepped down after 19 years, but will remain through the transition and assume the title of Artistic Director Emeritus.

 

Angel Corella fans were heartbroken in 2012 when he left American Ballet Theatre to direct his own company in Spain. But some lucky students in Hartford, CT, are getting an opportunity to work with the Spanish-born star this month. Corella, who was forced to close down his Barcelona Ballet (formerly Corella Ballet) earlier this year due to lack of funding, is spending the summer setting the full-length Don Quixote on the Hartt School Community Division’s “Studio to Stage” summer program students.