Watch This Behind-the-Scenes Video of ABT’s Whipped Cream

Fluffy snow yaks, dancing cupcakes and a slithering candy-cane worm. These, along with many more candy confections (and a creepy doctor with a massive head), make up the cast of characters in Alexei Ratmansky’s new full-length Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre. The company, which performed the world premiere in California in March, is gearingMore »

Daniil Simkin and Cassandra Trenary Define the Art of Movement In This Video

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Deborah Ory and Ken Brower have done it again. The husband-wife team behind NYC Dance Project recently released a promotional video for their new photography book, The Art of Movement. (By the way, we’re giving away four copies for free—click here to enter.) Shot in black and white at the NeueHouse Madison Square in NewMore »

#TBT: Daniil Simkin in Don Quixote

He may appear baby-faced in this clip from the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, but 17-year-old Daniil Simkin already dances like a fully formed prince. In Basilio’s variation from Don Quixote (which won him the Grand Prix), Simkin displays the maturity and control of a dancer twice his age. Every step is precisely executed. HeMore »

Does Daniil Simkin Ever Slow Down?

Vacation may seem like an unknown concept to American Ballet Theatre principal Daniil Simkin. Instead of resting during ABT’s winter layoff, he gathered some fellow company members, plus Céline Cassone of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, to perform in his fledgling dance venture, INTENSIO. The program of four premieres makes its New York debut atMore »

Daniil Simkin’s “Intensio” Premieres at Jacob’s Pillow

Daniil Simkin’s Intensio project will have its premiere on July 22. The project features choreography by Alexander Ekman, Gregory Dolbashian, Jorma Elo, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and dancers from American Ballet Theatre—along with Céline Cassone of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. You can read more about the project in Pointe‘s June/July Callboard story.

 

When Franz Met Swanilda

In a rehearsal before their Lincoln Center performance of Coppélia last May, Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin ran through some of the partnering in a studio several levels below the Metropolitan Opera stage where they would perform. In Frederic Franklin’s charming production for American Ballet Theatre, Swanilda, danced by Lane, and Franz, by Simkin, mustMore »

Through Daniil’s Lens

Ever wonder what the world would look like through the eyes of a ballet superstar? Pointe‘s editorial advisor, Kate Lydon, gave us a heads up yesterday about Daniil Simkin’s amazing Instagram feed. The ABT soloist, who constantly travels the world, has a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes snapshots of ballet’s best dancers, as well as images that simply capture his unique perspective on architecture, commuters, city life. They’re beautiful and fascinating and delightfully stalkerish.

The Secret Lives of Dancers

We tend to think of professional dancers as tuning into an all-ballet channel. Not so, according to these five, who read, movie-binge, ace Final Fantasy, design headbands, tweet, go to college, raise cats and more. Their offstage adventures are as varied as the talents that make them so compelling onstage.   Connor WalshCompany: Houston BalletRank:More »