Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone's blog

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.

For an all-too-brief period of one month, both American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet will perform at the Lincoln Center. Though the repertoire of each company differs greatly, their theaters are steps away from each other, and it's wonderful to walk by and see people streaming into the respective buildings for a night at the ballet.

Melissa Hamilton, a first soloist at The Royal Ballet, will join Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, Germany, for the 2015/16 season. Semperoper Ballett has been directed by Aaron S. Watkin since 2006, and the company has undergone major changes to its repertoire.

In an effort to support female ballet choreographers, NYU's recently formed Center for Ballet and the Arts will now offer the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers—a 35,000 stipend, office and studio space, and access to housing in NYC. The fellowship will be awarded to three choreographers and for a three-year period. 

Plains Midstream Canada, an energy company located in Calgary, Alberta, will sponsor a new international partnership between Alberta Ballet and Houston Ballet. Though Alberta Ballet is Canada's second largest ballet company, the organization is seeking to raise its international profile. Houston Ballet will perform in Edmonton and Calgary in late April and early May, while Alberta Ballet performed in Houston in January, 2015. At that point, it wasn't clear that the tour would develop into its current partnership between the companies.

Justin Peck, the prolific resident choreographer at New York City Ballet, was recently profiled on CBS news. The piece features performance and rehearsal clips from several of his newest creations: 'Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes, Belles-Lettres, Heatscape (choreographed for Miami City Ballet) and scenes from the documentary film Ballet 422.

The much anticipated (at least in the ballet world) Starz drama "Flesh and Bone" finally has a premiere date: Sunday, November 8.

We've chronicled each development in the show's production as it came to light, and were sad to hear that the release had been postponed from earlier this year. Now, dance-on-TV fans only have to wait until November for the next big thing to air.

American Ballet Theatre soloist Joseph Gorak will be awarded the 2015 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, along with several other young professional artists. The prestigious award includes recognition and a $50,000 a year stipend (for up to two years) to use toward professional development. For a dancer this might mean private coaching, college courses, physical trainers, studio space or investment in entrepreneurial or artistic interests outside of dance.

Michaela DePrince, the aspiring ballerina made famous in the documentary First Position, has grown up into an elegant and successful dancer. She's now performing with the Dutch National Ballet.

MGM recently announced that the company has bought the rights to adapt Michaela's memoir Taking Flight, co-written with her mother Elaine DePrince, into a feature length film. The movie will be produced with Alloy Entertainment.

Cedar Lake rocked the dance community on Friday, announcing that the company would close in June at the end of its 2015 season. Were you planning to attend the Cedar Lake 180 summer intensive? It's canceled. Hopefully you bought travel insurance for your plane tickets because the upcoming March 27 and 28 company auditions are canceled too.