#TBT: Sofiane Sylve in Sleeping Beauty’s Vision Scene

Remember in the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty when Aurora’s fairy godmothers fight over which dress is best, pink or blue? Watching Petipa’s ballet, you might face a similar conflict: Do you prefer the young, spirited Aurora decked in rose pink from Act I? Or the cool yet lovely dream princess from Act II? InMore »

#TBT: Carla Fracci Dancing the Rose Adagio at 51

The Fountain of Youth might be in Italy. Alessandra Ferri, 53, is defying all preconceived notions about the length of ballet careers. But she isn’t the first Italian to do so. Carla Fracci, a former prima ballerina at La Scala Ballet and international guest artist, who started her career in the 1950s, didn’t stop whenMore »

#TBT: Viviana Durante in Sleeping Beauty

Ah, Aurora—the dream role of budding ballerinas and the milestone of professionals. (It’s on the horizon for our June/July cover girl Cassandra Trenary, who makes her New York Aurora debut on June 29). Nearly every prima has performed the role, and Italian dancer Viviana Durante, former principal with The Royal Ballet, is no exception. WithMore »

#TBT: Aurélie Dupont in Sleeping Beauty (2000)

Paris Opéra Ballet étoiles have to be more than exquisite dancers: They must have all the poise, authority and elegance it takes to command the Palais Garnier stage. As Aurora in this excerpt from a 2000 taping of The Sleeping Beauty, Aurélie Dupont radiates with quintessentially French classicism. Even before she starts dancing, she enthrallsMore »

#TBT: Antoinette Sibley and Peter Schaufuss in Sleeping Beauty

In Sleeping Beauty’s Act III wedding pas de deux, the spotlight beams unwaveringly on dancers’ technique; Petipa’s choreography offers little to no reprieve in softening embraces, no rest in loving caresses. In this clip, Dame Antoinette Sibley—a principal at The Royal Ballet from 1956-1989—and Danish-born international star Peter Schaufuss rise to the occasion. Regal andMore »

Rediscovering Aurora

It’s two weeks before the March world premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s The Sleeping Beauty at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, and principals Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes are hard at work. As the couple begins Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré’s Act III wedding pas de deux, they exude aMore »

Fit For A Princess

Fit For a Princess

Aurora’s Act I solo in The Sleeping Beauty captures the young princess’ girlish exuberance. But from a technical standpoint, its four long minutes almost feel like multiple variations. New York City Ballet principal Sterling Hyltin discusses how to master its many moods and tempos. Calm down In most productions, Aurora’s solo follows the Rose Adagio—oneMore »

NYCB Turns To Big Ballets

During its 2010 winter season, which begins January 5, the New York City Ballet will forgo its signature mixed-repertory programs for five evening-length and—with the exception of Balanchine’s Jewels—story-driven ballets. Especially notable is the return of Peter Martins’ Petipa-based Sleeping Beauty. These ballet behemoths pose a special challenge for the company’s dancers, says assistant balletMore »

The In-Betweens

Every dancer works hard to master ballet’s most eye-catching feats: the fouetté turns, the saut de chats and the double tour en l’airs. But what about the little steps that come in between? Tempting as it might be to gloss over transitions, they’re key to making your technique look polished and dynamic. “Attention to transitionMore »

A Force of Nature

When I first saw Alexandra Ansanelli, she was darting across the stage with blazing vitality as the Firebird with New York City Ballet. Her fierce, staccato movements possessed all the daring and energy that characterizes the Balanchine style. At that moment, the stage of the New York State Theater seemed a world away from theMore »