As the new year approaches, we here at Pointe took a moment to look back on some of the ballet stories we loved from 2016. Here are just a few of our (many) favorites! “In Defense of Patience” (December/January): Julie Kent’s heartfelt essay on embracing the unknown is the perfect anecdote to today’s high-pressure, … More »
When I was about 10, I auditioned for New York City Ballet, to be in their Harlequinade. I got to the final round and then wasn’t selected. Of course I was disappointed, but my mother just said, “Julie, your time will come.” And I think understanding that is a part of growing up. As a … More »
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 Post … More »
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 of … More »
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 suggests … More »
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 working … More »
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. That … More »
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.
If you call yourself a “bunhead”, you’ve seen the movie Center Stage. It’s ballet’s pop culture classic–and for some dancers outside of New York, it may be their first time seeing American Ballet Theatre principal Julie Kent. Since she appeared on the big screen as the famous Kathleen, Kent has become an icon of beauty, leaving us in a state of endless admiration.
Carla Körbes in “Diamonds” from George Balanchine’s Jewels (photo by Angela Sterling)