Pennsylvania Ballet Initiates a New Choreographer’s Workshop

Pennsylvania is joining the ranks of companies like New York City Ballet, BalletX and more, which offer workshops to support early-career choreographers. At PA Ballet, four choreographers will have the opportunity to create work on PB II, the second company. Three are company members themselves: Russell Ducker and Alexandra Hughes dance in the corps, while EkaterinaMore »

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 »

Changes at the Pennsylvania Ballet School

Bolshoi-trained dancers Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy are the new co-principals of the Pennsylvania Ballet School. The former school director, beloved PAB ballerina Arantxa Ochoa, left in June to join Miami City Ballet School as director of faculty and curriculum. Babayeva and Gronostayskiy are also the co-founders of Academy of International Ballet in Media, PA.More »

Lauren Fadeley on Her Move to Miami City Ballet

In April, longtime Pennsylvania Ballet principal Lauren Fadeley made a surprising announcement: She was leaving the company to join Miami City Ballet as a soloist. Pointe spoke with Fadeley during her first rehearsals in the Sunshine State.   How did you decide on Miami City Ballet? I grew up in Orlando, so I’d always been really interested inMore »

Dancer Exodus at Pennsylvania Ballet

The other shoe has dropped at Pennsylvania Ballet, a little over a year into former American Ballet Theatre star Angel Corella’s new artistic directorship. Corella was appointed in July, 2014 and quickly made changes. In August, 2014, most of the senior artistic staff left the company. Now, Pointe contributor and Pennsylvania-based journalist Ellen Dunkel reportsMore »

Marvelous Mayara

After Pennsylvania Ballet’s Mayara Pineiro and Arian Molina Soca run their Nutcracker pas de deux in rehearsal, ballet master Charles Askegard asks for just one correction. Pineiro—who is thrilling as she plunges headlong into penché, whips into crisp turns and hurls herself backward into Soca’s arms—is asked to emphasize taffy-like stretches into lengthened holds. AskegardMore »

Tonight, Two Apprentices Take the Lead in Pennsylvania Ballet’s Don Q

Angel Corella has been shaking things up at Pennsylvania Ballet ever since he took over as artistic director in 2014. His new production of Don Quixote, which premiered last weekend and runs through Sunday, March 13, features a slew of young corps and apprentice dancers in leading roles. Perhaps most surprisingly, Corella paired first-year apprenticesMore »

Angel Corella’s Authentic Take on Don Quixote

When Pennsylvania Ballet premieres artistic director Angel Corella’s Don Quixote on March 3 at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, it will be the company’s first time performing the audience favorite. With his artistic tenure well underway, and his own experiences to draw from, Corella’s vision is clear. According to Corella, PAB’s production is all about authenticity—somethingMore »

Studio to Street: Kelsey Ivana Hellebuyck

As a young student at San Francisco Ballet School, Kelsey Ivana Hellebuyck would record her outfit each day in a notebook. “I’ve always been kind of a nut about fashion,” she says. “Getting dressed in the morning is fun. It gets me going, like coffee.” And as followers of her popular Instagram account will tellMore »

Show and Tell: Inside Gudrun Bojesen’s Dance Bag

Inside Gudrun Bojesen's Dance Bag - Photo by Kyle Froman-

Royal Danish Ballet principal Gudrun Bojesen isn’t afraid of a DIY project. To keep her legs and ankles extra toasty, Bojesen cut out the sleeves of an old down parka and sewed them to the inside of her legwarmers. “The calves are the most important part for a Bournonville dancer to keep warm,” says Bojesen,More »