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 »

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 »

This San Francisco Ballet Soloist Has Started His Own Company

The Bay Area dance scene continues to grow, and San Francisco Ballet soloist James Sofranko has added his voice to the mix. His new company, SFDanceworks, was founded in 2014 and presents its debut season this week at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. The U.S. has a surprising lack of contemporary dance companies thatMore »

Story Ballets for the 21st Century

In the Prologue to Christopher Wheeldon’s recent ballet The Winter’s Tale, two boys, princely playmates who one day will become kings, are joined onstage by two women veiled in black. They stand, one beside each child, mysterious, disquieting. They hint at the power that women in the ballet will have over men’s imaginations as objectsMore »

San Francisco Ballet Performs in a New Video Trailer

There’s something compelling about the pristine classicism of ballet contrasted against a gritty setting. The viral success of videos like Sergei Polunin and David LaChapelle’s “Take Me to Church” doesn’t lie. Here’s another video to add to the list of edgy and beautiful dance films out there: Ezra Hurwitz’s latest endeavor with San Francisco Ballet.More »

Sugar Plum Fairy Costume Roundup

Do you have a favorite Sugar Plum Fairy costume? It’s kind of like trying to choose a favorite child—but each company decks out the show-stopping tutu in such unique and gorgeous ways that picking one isn’t really slighting the others. And anyway, we’d rather just enjoy the beauty of costume craftsmanship brought to life byMore »

Prix de Lausanne Has a New Director

Shelly Power, the Houston Ballet Academy director, will take on the dual role of artistic director and CEO of the prestigious Prix de Lausanne competition. Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch credits Power for building up the Houston Ballet Academy, which has grown into a nationally recognized training program. It’s noted for not only itsMore »

Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Maria Chapman Retires

After 20 years with the company, Maria Chapman has retired from Pacific Northwest Ballet. The principal, who has been with PNB for her entire professional career, plans to focus her energies on her daughter Eleanor. Chapman has danced an astonishingly wide range of PNB’s repertoire, tackling choreography by George Balanchine, Ulysses Dove, David Dawson, JiriMore »

Director’s Notes: Spain’s Son Returns

Martinez at work in the studio (photo by Jaier Cortes, courtesy CND)

As the Compañía Nacional de Danza moved nimbly between Alejandro Cerrudo’s sleek style and Mats Ek’s earthiness in Paris last winter, it was hard to believe that just five years ago, Spain’s national dance company was primarily a single-choreographer troupe under longtime director Nacho Duato. Since José Martínez, the only Spanish male étoile in theMore »