Sacramento Ballet Announces Leadership Changes

These days, when we hear news of a change in leadership at a ballet company, it feels less and less surprising. Over the past year, a surge of companies across the U.S. and abroad have changed directors, and started new chapters—from Benjamin Millepied’s abrupt Paris Opéra Ballet departure, to Julie Kent taking the helm ofMore »

Two Principals Set to Retire at San Francisco Ballet

Longtime San Francisco Ballet principals (and husband and wife) Davit Karapetyan and Vanessa Zahorian have announced their retirement at the end of the 2017 season. They’ll make a cross-country move to become the joint artistic directors of the Pennsylvania Ballet Academy. In addition to new directors, the academy will have a brand new facility, beginning this summer. ZahorianMore »

Michaela DePrince Gets Promoted at Dutch National

For Michaela DePrince, 2017 is off to a happy start: Last week, the Dutch National Ballet dancer was promoted to soloist. The announcement came during the company’s run of Coppélia, in which she made her debut as Swanhilda. Dancers Qian Liu and Sasha Mukhamedov were both promoted to principal as well. DePrince’s journey from anMore »

David Hallberg Is Back at ABT

After a successful return to the stage with the Australian Ballet, not to mention his debut as Franz in Coppélia, international star David Hallberg is officially back with one of his two home companies. He will join American Ballet Theatre for its Spring 2017 season. No word yet regarding when he’ll return to the Bolshoi Ballet. InMore »

Meet the New Creative Associates at Dutch National Ballet

Many ballet companies offer opportunities for emerging choreographers to test their chops, but few can boast sustained mentorship and cultivation of the next generation of dance makers. A few exceptions include BalletX’s season-long choreographic fellowship, The Royal Ballet’s Young Choreographer Programme and New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute. Now, Dutch National Ballet is joiningMore »

After Thieves Run Off With Nutcracker Costumes, Festival Ballet Providence Finds Nick-of-Time Help

Festival Ballet Providence Nutcracker

Apparently, there’s a black market for Nutcracker costumes. Back in November, Festival Ballet Providence artistic director Mihailo Djuric found himself in a serious bind when a trip to the company’s storage facility in Pawtucket, RI, revealed that 57 costumes for its upcoming Nutcracker production had been stolen. Important items such as a Swarovski crystal-embellished SugarMore »

Jacob’s Pillow Announces Its 2017 Season

The venerable Jacob’s Pillow dance festival will celebrate its 85th birthday in 2017, making it the country’s longest-running international dance festival. As usual, Jacob’s Pillow gives equal weight to different dance styles (presenting everything from hip hop to Bharatnatyam over the course of the summer), and that ethos extends to its ballet programming. Classical and contemporaryMore »

David Hallberg Returns to the Stage

After what appears to have been an emotionally draining injury-rehabilitation program, American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet star David Hallberg has returned to the stage. A little over a year ago, Hallberg buzzed his hair, posted a semi-cryptic message on Instagram and dropped out of the ballet world altogether. He moved to Australia to treatMore »

Christopher Wheeldon’s Windy City Nutcracker

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any ballet company worth its sugar plums must have a production of Nutcracker as part of its holiday season repertoire. And for nearly three decades, through its final performance at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre in December 2015, the Joffrey Ballet was well served by its uniquely Victorian-American setting of theMore »

Sascha Radetsky Stars in Hallmark’s Latest Holiday Movie

Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, with their delightfully cheesy plots and predictable fairy tale endings, are pretty much the ultimate guilty pleasure. But this year there’s an extra reason to cozy up in front of the TV in your pajamas, popcorn in hand. The latest Hallmark original movie, A Nutcracker Christmas, is all about ballet, completeMore »