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 »

Christopher Wheeldon’s Windy City Nutcracker

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any ballet company worth its sugar plums must have a production of Nutcracker as part of its holiday season repertoire. And for nearly three decades, through its final performance at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre in December 2015, the Joffrey Ballet was well served by its uniquely Victorian-American setting of theMore »

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Christopher Wheeldon’s Windy City Nutcracker It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any ballet company worth its sugar plums must have a production of Nutcracker as part of its holiday season repertoire. And for nearly three decades, through its final performance at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre in December 2015, the Joffrey Ballet was well served by itsMore »

Saturday Night Plans? Catch Free Ballet at Chicago Dancing Festival

This week, there’s a whirlwind of dance in the Windy City. The annual Chicago Dancing Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, opened last night at the Auditorium Theater with glittering performances by the Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Pennsylvania Ballet and Daniel Ulbricht’s Stars of American Ballet. The festival continues through Saturday, withMore »

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 »

Our Favorite Pointe Stories of 2015

From historic promotions to ballerina retirements to groundbreaking new work, 2015 was an incredible year for ballet. We can’t wait to see what the new year has in store, but first let’s take a moment to reflect on some of our favorite Pointe stories from the past year. Happy 2016!   Amy Brandt, Editor inMore »

A Choreographer’s Vision

What was the appeal of creating your own version of Swan Lake?I grew up loving The Royal Ballet’s staging of it by Anthony Dowell, and then I danced Balanchine’s version with the New York City Ballet, with a “white act” I particularly admired. I wanted to remain faithful to the original, but I never feltMore »

From Studio to Stage

The Joffrey Ballet has presented many narrative ballets during its 58-year history. But until last October, it had never waded into the waters of that quintessential test for any classical ballet company, Swan Lake. So when artistic director Ashley Wheater decided the time was ripe to meet this challenge, he wanted something special. He feltMore »