Ballet West’s Choreographic Festival

This week Ballet West inaugurates its National Choreographic Festival: Two weekends of triple bills, featuring Ballet West in world premieres by Val Caniparoli and Nicolo Fonte, along with four guest companies performing recent creations. Visiting companies include Sarasota Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. The National Choreographic Festival grew out of BW’sMore »

Pennsylvania Ballet’s Amy Aldridge On Her Retirement, and What She Learned From Tough Love

Amy Aldridge and Ian Hussey Pennsylvania Ballet

For 23 seasons, Amy Aldridge has been a major force at Pennsylvania Ballet, where she’s been a principal dancer since 2001. This week, she announced she would be retiring from the company on May 14 in the pas de deux from one of her favorite ballets, Balanchine’s “Rubies.” Her next step? Lots of teaching inMore »

This Week In Ballet: San Francisco Ballet Premieres Frankenstein, Changes at Pennsylvania Ballet and More

A promotion and a premiere at San Francisco Ballet, school director changes at Pennsylvania Ballet, José Mateo receives major award and more. San Francisco Ballet presents the North American premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein, a co-production with The Royal Ballet, on February 17.  The ballet, which had its world premiere in London last May, isMore »

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 »