Pointe Exclusive: Watch an Excerpt from Wendy Whelan’s Doc Restless Creature

Wendy WHelan in a scene from "Restless Creature"

As dancers, we know we have a short window of time to achieve as much as we can before our bodies start working against us—and then what? For former New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan, the thought of transitioning out of ballet after a 30-year career was particularly hard to grasp. Remarkably honest andMore »

Lincoln Center’s All-Star Jewels Casting Announced

Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin in "Diamonds" from Jewels.

In November, Lincoln Center announced that three of the world’s biggest companies—New York City Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet—would present a collaborative performance of George Balanchine’s Jewels July 20–23 in honor of the ballet’s 50th anniversary. Each company will take an act, with the Paris Opéra performing “Emeralds” and NYCB and theMore »

Breaking: Damian Woetzel to become Juilliard’s Next President

Today The Juilliard School announced that former New York City Ballet star Damian Woetzel will become its next president. Woetzel, who currently serves as artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival and the Aspen Institute Arts Program will transition to his role at Juilliard, arguably the country’s most prestigious performing arts conservatory, during the summerMore »

Don’t Miss the Trailer for Wendy Whelan’s New Documentary

Iconic ballerina Wendy Whelan enjoyed a groundbreaking career, both in length and breadth. She danced with New York City Ballet for 30 years and has had more roles made for her than nearly any other ballerina. Despite her accomplishments, the last few years of her career at NYCB were riddled with worsening injuries and aMore »

New York City Ballet’s “Very Brief History of Ballet”

New York City Ballet has created a charming video trailer for their Spring HERE/NOW season, a festival of works created for the company over the past several decades. It’s a great complement to the Royal Ballet videos (check them out at the bottom of the post!) detailing how ballet has evolved over the past 200 yearsMore »

Flying High

Last December—a few days before her 23rd birthday—Indiana Woodward did a quick barre backstage at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. In the purity of her port de bras and articulation of her cambered feet, she epitomized Russian-style elegance. Then she removed her warm-ups and suddenly looked more French than Russian, her pastel practice tutuMore »

All These NYCB Dancers Just Got Promoted!

Watching dancers you’ve admired and rooted for get promoted is a wonderful feeling. And New York City Ballet dropped some major news this weekend when the company announced not one promotion, but eight! Russell Janzen, one of NYCB’s most supremely elegant men, was promoted to principal. There were also a ton of promotions from corpsMore »

Watch NYCB Perform in Paris, Tonight on PBS

When New York City Ballet went on a three-week tour to Paris last summer, we wished we could tag along. The company presented 20 ballets at the historic Théâtre du Châtelet, including 14 by Balanchine. Thanks to PBS and their Great Performances series, you can now get a taste of what it was like toMore »

NYCB Dancers Show Off PUMA’s Spring/Summer Collection

Ballet-inspired clothing is nothing new, and the dance and fashion worlds have always been in conversation with each other. Think of how many prominent choreographers have enlisted fashion designers to create costumes for their work, or how ballet flats have become a wardrobe staple. But lately, activewear brands are catching on too, with collaborations thatMore »