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Daniil Simkin's Intensio project will have its premiere on July 22. The project features choreography by Alexander Ekman, Gregory Dolbashian, Jorma Elo, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and dancers from American Ballet Theatre—along with Céline Cassone of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. You can read more about the project in Pointe's June/July Callboard story.

 

Carlos Acosta, a principal at The Royal Ballet and one of the most well-known dancers ever, will retire from the classical stage during the summer of 2016. However, he's already begun to lay his next plans: Running his own dance company.

NYC-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet will move to Atlanta, GA, in the spring of 2016.

According to ArtsATL, the company is seeking a permanent home and a less-saturated dance environment. Complexions has never had a permanent rehearsal space and that has acted as a major deterrent to expanding its education programs.

The company is in talks with the Woodruff Arts Center, and will have a fundraising performance in October before its inaugural season in the spring. 

Ballet San Jose is no more. In its place is the new Silicon Valley Ballet—a re-branding meant to show that the ballet company belongs to the whole region, not just the city of San Jose. The company was able to beat its budget shortfall with help from the larger community, so the new name is fitting.

 

Albert Evans, a NYCB principal who was only the second African American principal dancer in the company's history, died on Monday night following a short illness. He was 46 years old.

High school students and ballet dancers Adam Bernstein and Daniela O’Neil have been named 2015 Presidential Scholars in the Arts—one of the highest honors available to high school students. The third Presidential Scholar in dance is Anagha Prasanna, a classical Indian dancer.

There's a warm and fuzzy feeling when dancers you've been following for years finally make it to the top. Of course, just making it into a company is a remarkable accomplishment and something to be proud of. But if there's one thing successful dancers have in common, it's that they never settle. And the corps is great until you're ready to be a soloist...and so on.

The 2015/2016 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema season looks as promising as ever. This year, the lineup includes crowd pleasers Giselle and Jewels, along with Jean-Cristophe Maillot’s The Taming of the Shrew (which was created for the Bolshoi) and The Lady of the Camellias (which only recently entered the company's rep).

 

The performances will be screened on Sundays, between October and January, and you can find location information here.

 

It's heartbreaking when a great ballerina retires and only a lucky few thousand people can see her final performance. Not so, with Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Carla Körbes. Her final performance with PNB will be live-streamed through PNB.org/Live on Sunday, June 7 at 6:30pm PST. 

Another regional company is weathering financial instability. Sacramento Ballet announced on Tuesday that it was laying off all of its dancers for the remainder of the 2014/2015 season due to a budget shortfall. After Ballet San Jose's near miss earlier this year, the news is an especially disheartening look at the reality of arts funding in the U.S.