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Whoever thinks dancing is a selfish profession hasn't met New York City Ballet principal Daniel Ulbricht. Once again, he’s joining forces with the American Cancer Society for his annual Dance Against Cancer benefit on April 27 in New York City.

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.

Hannah Fischer and Carlo Di Lanno

From left: Yury Yanowsky, Hannah Fischer and Carlo Di Lanno. Photo by Bruce Zinger, Courtesy NBOC

 

Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa Ballet members with Mahlia and Samantha Venegas. Photo by Kara Przybyl


It’s no secret that as mainstream newspapers have folded or cut costs in recent years, dance criticism has taken a major hit. And while some dancers may have adverse feelings towards critics (especially if they’ve been on the receiving end of a bad review), criticism is nonetheless a vital facet of arts coverage, one that sparks debate and conversation about a performance and draws interest to the company in question.

This June, The Royal Ballet is making a long-awaited tour to Washington, DC, Chicago and New York City. But on February 17, ballet lovers across the U.S. can see the company in movie theaters for a one-night-only screening of Christopher Wheeldon’s A Winter’s Tale, which premiered last year.

If you wear pointe shoes, you know how integral it is to have the perfect fit. If not, they can quickly turn into instruments of torture. But let’s face it—finding the right shoe can be a bit of a mystery. That’s why The School at Steps, a division of Steps on Broadway in New York City, is hosting a Pointe Shoe Workshop and Fair as part of its Complete Dancer Series this Sunday. Join me and a panel of experts—including podiatrist Dr.

Florida Youth Dance Gala

Students from The Art of Classical Ballet school in last year's gala.

Photo by Neil-Cohen Photography