This Week in Dance

New York City.  From classical ballet to post-modern dance, the Big Apple has it all. American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet are at the pinnacle of the ballet world, the crème de la crème. Many a young ballet dancer dreams of performing in one of Lincoln Center’s famed theaters. But for most, they’re unattainable. With a history of hiring dancers from their specifically tracked schools (JKO and SAB), other aspiring ballerinas may be kept out of the loop.

 

Lindsay Karchin checks in with Pointe from ABT's summer intensive. See her other blog entries here.

 

There's so much great dance going on outdoors this time of year. Jacob's Pillow, Summerstage, Saratoga Springs, Wolf Trap, Vail, the list seems endless. In addition to the thrill of seeing dancers leap among the leaves, one of the best parts is that many of these events are offered for free!

 

Houston Ballet student Maddy Graupmann checks in from her fifth week of the summer intensive.

 

This summer, a handful of students attending summer intensives around the country are sharing their experiences with Pointe. Here, Maddy Graupmann recounts a typical day iat Houston Ballet.

 

So maybe some of y’all are wondering, “What exactly do the students at Houston Ballet do on a typical day?” Well, let’s see…

           

This summer, a handful of students attending summer intensives around the country will be sharing their experiences with Pointe. Here, year-round ABT/JKO student Lindsay Karchin recounts her summer at the 2011 ABT New York Summer Intensive.

Pointe invited James Fayette to write about the current lockout situation at the Joffrey Ballet from the perspective of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the union that represents dancers’ employment. As a former New York City Ballet principal and with almost six years' experience negotiating and enforcing contracts as a dance executive at AGMA, he has a unique perspective on the dance world.

This summer, a handful of students attending summer intensives around the country will be sharing their experiences with Pointe. Here, Maddy Graupmann recounts her second week at Houston Ballet.

 

New York City's Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is arguably the edgiest, coolest ballet company in the country. But what's more impressive is how they accomplish this without alienating mainstream audiences. In fact, they've been able to reach potential dance fans that most companies only dream of: This spring, they danced alongside Emily Blunt on the big screen in The Adjustment Bureau. And on Thursday, they'll be streamed into your living room as guest artists on So You Think You Can Dance.

Last night I attended Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance's Summer Soiree, the second event of its 2011 Salon Series. It was truly an evening of artistic innovation and collaboration, complete with live music, visual art—and of course, dancing.