Misty Copeland and Justin Peck Curate Ballet Across America

Misty Copeland’s dancing and Justin Peck’s choreography have graced stages around the world. Now, these two stars will test themselves as curators. This year, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, DC, features their respective visions as part of the Ballet Across America program, April 17–23. During the first half ofMore »

Misty Copeland and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Team Up with Debbie Allen for An Inspiring Intensive

  When Debbie Allen auditioned for a Texas ballet school as a young girl, she was initially rejected because of the color of her skin. Now world renowned for her performance, choreography, acting and producing credits, Allen seems dedicated to fighting the obstacles she once faced. This month, Debbie Allen Dance Academy is hosting DADAMore »

#TBT Yuan Yuan Tan and Desmond Richardson in Othello

Proceed with caution: This emotionally charged death scene is balletic but brutal. San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan and former American Ballet Theatre principal Desmond Richardson perform in this excerpt of Lar Lubovitch’s Othello. The ballet, based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name, was jointly produced by SFB and ABT in 1997, and the companies’ respective stars are brilliantly paired. As Othello, Richardson emanates chilling menace as he stalks around Desdemona. Tan aptly blends Desdemona’s palpable fear of her husband with complete devotion to him.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Will Move to Atlanta, GA

NYC-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet will move to Atlanta, GA, in the spring of 2016.

According to ArtsATL, the company is seeking a permanent home and a less-saturated dance environment. Complexions has never had a permanent rehearsal space and that has acted as a major deterrent to expanding its education programs.

The company is in talks with the Woodruff Arts Center, and will have a fundraising performance in October before its inaugural season in the spring. 

The Year-Long Audition

Artistic directors who hire straight from cattle calls are becoming an increasingly rare breed. Today, networking and building connections before the audition have become the far more common routes to a job. But how do you do that successfully? Our sister publication Dance Magazine has a great story this month with advice from five directors on how dancers can take charge.