Are You A Budding Choreographer? This Competition May Be for You.

Ballet Arkansas Visions Choreogrpahic Competition

When you’re an emerging choreographer, nothing’s better than free space, beautiful dancers, exposure to artistic directors and a chance to showcase your work. From now until December 15, Ballet Arkansas is accepting applications for its Visions Winter 2017 Choreographic Competition. The competition, which will be held on March 3, gives dancemakers five days to choreographMore »

Laurent Hilaire Is the New Artistic Director of the Stanislavsky Ballet

Former Paris Opéra Ballet étoile Laurent Hilaire will succeed Igor Zelensky at the Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow. Zelensky recently took over at Bayerisches Staatsballett (aka The Bavarian State Ballet) in Munich, Germany. You might remember him as the director who convinced Sergei Polunin to join the Stanislavsky, and helped get him back onstage after a particularly rocky patchMore »

San Francisco Ballet Dancers Win Erik Bruhn Prize

Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco of San Francisco Ballet. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

San Francisco Ballet dancers Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco were announced the winners of the 12th International Erik Bruhn Prize on Wednesday. Hamburg Ballet soloist Marc Jubete won the Choreographic Prize for his new work, Remember. The competition, which honors the legacy of Danish ballet dancer Erik Bruhn, was held November 15 in Toronto; participants includedMore »

The Joffrey Ballet’s Fabrice Calmels Signs with IMG Models

In addition to being one of the Joffrey Ballet’s leading dancers, Fabrice Calmels is now an IMG model. He joins the ranks of modeling superstars like Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls. In fact, Calmels got his start twirling around with Kloss in a Versace video:   At over 6’6” tall, Calmels holds the Guinness Book ofMore »

Sara Mearns and Jodi Melnick: An Unconventional Collaboration

The best artists never stop exploring. Lately, world-class ballet dancers have been pushing their limits with new styles and collaborators from outside the classical ballet world. There was Wendy Whelan‘s Restless Creature project. There’s Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin, who are performing a program of contemporary work at New York City Center this week. AndMore »

Royal Winnipeg Ballet Dancer Takes Over Instagram for U.S. Dracula Tour

Dracula, Royal WInnipeg Ballet

Ever wonder what life is like on the road? Well, thanks to social media, you can see for yourself. Next week, while Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet makes an East Coast tour of the U.S., apprentice Philippe Larouche will be taking over the company’s Instagram account to provide behind-the-scenes footage. And it should be fun, seeingMore »

It’s Nearly Time to Compete for The Erik Bruhn Prize

The 12th International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize will take place in Toronto on November 15. The event, which honors Bruhn’s danseur noble legacy, is a pretty accurate predictor of up-and-coming talent. Last year’s winners included NBoC second soloist Hannah Fischer, who danced as a first-cast lead in Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale during NBoC’s opening, and recentlyMore »

Julie Kent’s First Commissioned Premiere at The Washington Ballet

Former American Ballet Theatre star Ethan Stiefel will choreograph a new work to complete The Washington Ballet’s triple bill in late May. When we first heard about artistic director Julie Kent’s 2017 programming, we wondered which choreographer would join the bill alongside Frederick Ashton’s The Dream and Antony Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas. The Washington PostMore »

The West Coast Falls for Forsythe

After 40 years in Europe, choreographer William Forsythe recently put down stateside roots as a professor at the University of Southern California’s new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. USC is welcoming him with Fall for Forsythe, a monthlong festival that culminates October 21–23, when Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Houston Ballet perform influentialMore »

After 100 Years, Bournonville’s Ponte Molle Comes Back to Life

Royal Swedish Ballet in Ponte Molle

Imagine learning a 150-year-old ballet with nothing more than the choreographer’s yellowed, handwritten notes and an unfamiliar score to go on. Now, imagine that choreographer is none other than August Bournonville. For the last month, that’s exactly what the dancers at Royal Swedish Ballet have been up to as they prepare for the October 21More »