The French style of ballet has always been one of my favorites. I love that elongated line, that precision, that elegance. Francois Perron, a graduate of the Paris Opera Ballet School, recently opened the French Academie of Ballet in New York City, and this month he's offering a French Masters' Workshop to give students a quick immersion into the French style. Students will take technique, variations, partnering, and even jazz, modern and Gaga from top-notch French teachers.
If dreams of becoming the next Alexei Ratmansky are dancing in your head, it's time to start creating some work. There are endless outlets for budding choreographers, and now there's one specifically for those ages 18 to 25: the Young Choreographer's Festival. Entering its third year, this annual event gives 10 to 12 dancemakers a chance to present their work at New York City's Symphony Space.
Date: June 2, 2012
Location: Symphony Space in New York City
To apply: Send an application, $50 and DVD of your work by January 31
For Pointe's December/January issue, photographer Matthew Murphy went behind the scenes of Daniel Ulbricht's "Dance Against Cancer" benefit. The event, featuring performances by dancers from all over, raised $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. Murphy captured splendid shots of the dancers rehearsing, organizing, performing, texting, giggling, getting dressed, and more.
A month after retiring from New York City Ballet, Benjamin Millepied is launching a new dance company in California, called L.A. Dance Project. He has a commission, expected to last for two years, from the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center. Millepied previously had a pick-up troupe (called both Danses Concertantes and Benjamin Millepied & Company) in which he used NYCB and American Ballet Theatre dancers during their summer breaks.
For most dancers, when it comes to cooking, they want three things: something easy, something healthy, something tasty. Miami City Ballet principal Jennifer Kronenberg has just the thing: asian garlic salmon. It's her go-to recipe for weekday dinners. “My husband, MCB principal Carlos Guerra, and I love this recipe—it's super tasty,” says Kronenberg. “And it’s perfect for preparing after a long rehearsal day.”
It's that time of year again: So You Think You Can Dance producers are looking for their next batch of talent! The show will travel to five different cities early next year—and the top contenders will earn a ticket to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they'll learn multiple styles by top choreographers and compete for a coveted place in the top 20. Here's the just-released audition schedule:
Sometimes you just want to get in the studio not to "train" or to "work," but to play. Enter The Playground, a workshop started last year by New York choreographers Loni Landon and Greg Dolbashian. The idea is to bring together dancers and dancemakers to explore, bond and network—all for just a $5 entrance fee.
They've got an awesome lineup this fall at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Check it out: