And the Nominees for the Benois de la Danse Are…

Misa Kuranaga in Onegin

Hollywood may have the Oscars, but ballet has the Benois de la Danse. The glamorous awards ceremony, held each year at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, recognizes the year’s best dancers and choreographers around the globe. The 2017 nominees were announced yesterday, and they include some of our favorite dancers, including two Pointe cover stars! Two principalMore »

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 »

Jeffrey Cirio Promoted to Principal Dancer at ABT

Well, that was fast. After less than a year, Jeffrey Cirio — the former Boston Ballet principal who joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist at the start of this season—is walking into summer with a promotion to ABT’s highest rank. The company now has two Filipino-American principals, the other being Stella Abrera. We’re notMore »

Joffrey Ballet Academy Spotlights Emerging Choreographers

A few weeks ago, American Ballet Theatre soloist Jeffrey Cirio made an extended trip to Chicago to hone his choreographic chops. His muses? The Joffrey Ballet Studio Company and Academy trainees. Cirio, along with choreographers Mariana Oliveira and Christian Denice, are the winners of Joffrey’s sixth annual Winning Works competition, an initiative that recognizes emergingMore »

Misty Copeland and Stella Abrera Promoted to Principal Dancer at ABT

 

Today, American Ballet Theatre announced that longtime company soloists Misty Copeland and Stella Abrera have been promoted to principal dancer. San Francisco Ballet star Maria Kochetkova and Royal Danish Ballet principal Alban Lendorf will also join ABT next season as principals (though they will remain principals with their respective companies), and Boston Ballet principal Jeffrey Cirio joins as a soloist. Corps de ballet members Skylar Brandt, Thomas Forster, Luciana Paris, Arron Scott and Cassandra Trenary have been promoted to soloist.

 

Helsinki Standouts

The sixth Helsinki International Ballet Competition, held this June in Finland, was something of a guy’s show. The most notable of the 70 competitors, who performed over the course of seven evenings in the beautiful Finnish National Opera House, were all men: authoritative, silky Brooklyn Mack, 23, of the United States, who was the SeniorMore »