Ethan Stiefel’s Frontier Takes The Washington Ballet on a Journey Into Space

The Washington Ballet Frontier

Rounding out her first season as artistic director of The Washington Ballet, Julie Kent called on her longtime dancing partner and friend, Ethan Stiefel, to create an entirely new work for the company. To honor the John F. Kennedy centennial celebrations at the Kennedy Center this spring, Stiefel chose to tap into the 35th president’s spaceMore »

Watch ENB’s 2017 Emerging Dancer Competition Live

 Mark your calendars! On Thursday May 25, English National Ballet’s eighth annual Emerging Dancer Competition will stream live via Facebook from London’s historic Sadler’s Wells Theatre. This year the competition will feature six of ENB’s most promising dancers, each performing a classical pas de deux followed by a contemporary solo before a panel of distinguished judges. Isabelle Brouwers and Emilio Pavan will danceMore »

Ballet West’s Choreographic Festival

This week Ballet West inaugurates its National Choreographic Festival: Two weekends of triple bills, featuring Ballet West in world premieres by Val Caniparoli and Nicolo Fonte, along with four guest companies performing recent creations. Visiting companies include Sarasota Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. The National Choreographic Festival grew out of BW’sMore »

Dance Theatre of Harlem Dancers Star in New Dance Video

Ballet and hip-hop are not always a natural combination, but director Christopher Hawthorne’s video “En Pointe” to Chance the Rapper’s “All We Got” smoothly combines these two genres. This atmospheric film stars Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Lindsey Croop and Dylan Santos. Though we wish she wasn’t smoking a cigarette in the beginning of the film, we love seeingMore »

Paris Opéra Ballet Gets Costumes From Hollywood’s Favorite Fashion House

Paris Opera Ballet Balmain Costumes

High-fashion crossing over into the world of ballet is quickly becoming more commonplace. Over the past several years, New York City Ballet has joined forces with major fashion houses from Valentino to Mary Katrantzou to Jason Wu as part of its fall fashion galas. For the latest ballet-couture collab, Paris Opéra Ballet has commissioned French designer Olivier Rousteing of BalmainMore »

Lincoln Center’s All-Star Jewels Casting Announced

Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin in "Diamonds" from Jewels.

In November, Lincoln Center announced that three of the world’s biggest companies—New York City Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet—would present a collaborative performance of George Balanchine’s Jewels July 20–23 in honor of the ballet’s 50th anniversary. Each company will take an act, with the Paris Opéra performing “Emeralds” and NYCB and theMore »

Breaking: Damian Woetzel to become Juilliard’s Next President

Today The Juilliard School announced that former New York City Ballet star Damian Woetzel will become its next president. Woetzel, who currently serves as artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival and the Aspen Institute Arts Program will transition to his role at Juilliard, arguably the country’s most prestigious performing arts conservatory, during the summerMore »

Benjamin Millepied to Direct and Choreograph Feature Film Carmen

As choreographer of the wildly popular movie Black Swan and recent subject of Reset, a documentary following the creation of his first work for the Paris Opéra Ballet, Benjamin Millepied is no stranger to film. (He’s also married to Hollywood actress and Black Swan star Natalie Portman.) But according to Variety, this versatile choreographer andMore »

Meet the 2017 Candidates of English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition

The ballet world is full of competition, from the recent Youth America Grand Prix to constant auditioning and jockeying for roles. But the English National Ballet takes it to the next level; for the past eight years the company has held its annual Emerging Dancer competition, a chance for ENB’s lower-ranked dancers to compete forMore »