Inside Prix de Lausanne: The Final Results

What a week it’s been! Yesterday, the 20 Prix de Lausanne finalists took the stage for a final chance to win scholarships and apprentice contracts with some of the world’s major ballet institutions. Throughout the week, I’ve had the privilege of observing all 67 talented dancers in classes and onstage, and there’s no way IMore »

Inside Prix de Lausanne: Semi-Finalists Announced

Lauren Hunter at Prix de Lausanne

After a long day of classical and contemporary performances, 67 candidates for this year’s Prix de Lausanne were whittled down to 20 finalists, including one American: 15-year-old Lauren Hunter. Dancers from Asia (Japan, South Korea and China) dominate the list, but there are also finalists from Australia, Brazil and various countries in Europe. Here’s aMore »

David Hallberg’s First Performance in the U.S. Is Confirmed

We’ve been breathlessly waiting to find out when David Hallberg will step out with American Ballet Theatre, and it sounds like L.A. audiences get to see him first. He’s scheduled to debut the role of Prince Coffee in Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream, on March 15 at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts. His first performance back,More »

Portrait of a Choreographer: Mr. Gaga Hits Theaters

It’s hard to find a dancer who isn’t fascinated by Ohad Naharin. The choreographer and director of the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company is best known for his distinctive movement language, Gaga, which emphasizes a deep sensory awareness and finding pleasure and freedom in moving. Though his work is contemporary, it’s joined the repertoires ofMore »

NYCB Dancers Show Off PUMA’s Spring/Summer Collection

Ballet-inspired clothing is nothing new, and the dance and fashion worlds have always been in conversation with each other. Think of how many prominent choreographers have enlisted fashion designers to create costumes for their work, or how ballet flats have become a wardrobe staple. But lately, activewear brands are catching on too, with collaborations thatMore »

Watch Prix de Lausanne Live All Next Week

Prix de Lausanne

Set your alarms! For the third year in a row, Prix de Lausanne, the prestigious international ballet competition held annually in Lausanne, Switzerland, will be live-streamed. More than 70 young dancers, ages 15 to 18, have been chosen through a careful video selection process; 17 countries will be represented in total. The live-stream will go inside candidates’ practiceMore »

San Francisco Ballet Just Announced a 2018 Festival of New Works

From April 20–May 6 2018, San Francisco Ballet will host a festival featuring an impressive roster of top choreographers. SFB artistic director Helgi Tomasson has chosen choreographers with massive reputations and tons of experience. The full lineup is as follows: David Dawson, Alonzo King, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cathy Marston, Trey McIntyre, Justin Peck, ArthurMore »

Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow Dance Double is a Star Ballerina

Not too long ago, we found out that Sergei Polunin would be getting his big Hollywood break with two film roles, including one in an upcoming spy thriller called Red Sparrow. Details about the project have been scarce so far, but we know that the story takes place in modern-day Russia, and revolves around aMore »

Pennsylvania Ballet Initiates a New Choreographer’s Workshop

Pennsylvania is joining the ranks of companies like New York City Ballet, BalletX and more, which offer workshops to support early-career choreographers. At PA Ballet, four choreographers will have the opportunity to create work on PB II, the second company. Three are company members themselves: Russell Ducker and Alexandra Hughes dance in the corps, while EkaterinaMore »

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 »