Ballet West’s Choreographic Festival

This week Ballet West inaugurates its National Choreographic Festival: Two weekends of triple bills, featuring Ballet West in world premieres by Val Caniparoli and Nicolo Fonte, along with four guest companies performing recent creations. Visiting companies include Sarasota Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. The National Choreographic Festival grew out of BW’sMore »

Joy at Breakneck Speed

I first saw a video of The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude as a student at the San Francisco Ballet School summer program. Then we learned a little bit of it in variations class, and it made such an impression on me. It was unlike anything I had learned in my technique classes. It really openedMore »

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 »

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 »

Our Best Tips: New Year’s Resolutions

Love it or hate it, this is the time of year when people start talking about New Year’s Resolutions. While it’s exciting to think about what you want to work on in 2017, it can also feel daunting—especially because we often set unrealistic goals for ourselves, and wind up frustrated a few months in. BreakingMore »

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 »

Watch Lauren Lovette Open Up About Being a Choreographer

There are many reasons we love New York City Ballet principal Lauren Lovette: She exudes joy, her dancing is pristine and she constantly pursues new adventures and ideas, whether that means dancing in her colleague Troy Schumacher’s BalletCollective, or working on her own art projects. Recently, Lovette premiered her first choreographic work for the mainMore »

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 »

Why You Should Know About the Joffrey’s Winning Works Competition

For aspiring dancemakers who dream of seeing their work performed in a professional setting, the Joffrey Ballet’s seventh annual Winning Works competition is an opportunity you’ll want to take note of. The award recognizes promising African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American artists with a $5,000 stipend, at least 30 rehearsal hours and a groupMore »

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 »