On #InternationalWomensDay, Advice From Ballet’s Powerful Women Leaders

It’s International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we combed our archives for career advice and wisdom from some of the women currently directing ballet companies. Let their words empower and inspire you, today and always. “You don’t become a ballerina in one show or one season or one week. It’s a journey. You work towards theMore »

#TBT: Julie Kent and Vladimir Malakhov in Giselle

For those who have eagerly followed Julie Kent‘s illustrious career, all eyes turned to DC when she took the job as The Washington Ballet’s new artistic director. This week, audiences are getting a taste of what the company looks like under her leadership, as the spring season begins. Kent chose to kick off her inauguralMore »

Julie Kent’s First Commissioned Premiere at The Washington Ballet

Former American Ballet Theatre star Ethan Stiefel will choreograph a new work to complete The Washington Ballet’s triple bill in late May. When we first heard about artistic director Julie Kent’s 2017 programming, we wondered which choreographer would join the bill alongside Frederick Ashton’s The Dream and Antony Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas. The Washington PostMore »

Xiomara Reyes to Head The Washington School of Ballet

Xiomara Reyes

Just a year ago, Julie Kent and Xiomara Reyes took their final bows at American Ballet Theatre. Now, the two ABT stars will be working together even more closely. Kent, who was named artistic director of The Washington Ballet in March, announced today that she has appointed Reyes as head of The Washington School ofMore »

Julie Kent Announces Her First Season’s Programming at The Washington Ballet

Things are changing at The Washington Ballet! Former American Ballet Theatre star Julie Kent was appointed as the new artistic director in March, and she released a statement during the company’s press conference today detailing her first season of programming—which coincides with the company’s 40th anniversary. It’s a fairly standard mix, though the arrangement suggestsMore »

Reverence: Fire and Elegance

Messmer in Alexei Ratmansky's "Symphony #9" (photo by Marty Sohl, courtesy ABT)

Miami City Ballet’s Simone Messmer seeks constant growth.  After dancing with American Ballet Theatre and then one season with San Francisco Ballet, you took a year off. How did you grow during that break? I was really burnt-out. Taking a year off was invaluable to me. I went back to New York and started workingMore »

Reverence: Final Bow

Julie Kent looks back on her nearly 30-year career at American Ballet Theatre Who was your biggest inspiration while growing up as a dancer? My first experience in a professional environment was when I was a supernumerary in New York City Ballet’s Coppélia. Patricia McBride was so kind and gentle with all the children. ThatMore »

“American Ballet Theatre: A History” Airs Friday on PBS

American Ballet Theatre, in the midst of their 75th Anniversary celebration, opened their spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House this week. But fans unable to make it to New York City need not worry—on May 15, “American Ballet Theatre: A History,” a documentary nine years in the making by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Ric Burns, premieres on PBS stations nationwide.