#TBT: When Ballet Stars Were YAGP Competitors

It’s Youth America Grand Prix time again, and when the competition wraps up this week, we’ll meet some of tomorrow’s potential stars. YAGP has a track record of predicting some of ballet’s biggest names. Take a walk down memory lane with us and see for yourself. Before Sarah Lane earned her soloist spot at AmericanMore »

Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow Dance Double is a Star Ballerina

Not too long ago, we found out that Sergei Polunin would be getting his big Hollywood break with two film roles, including one in an upcoming spy thriller called Red Sparrow. Details about the project have been scarce so far, but we know that the story takes place in modern-day Russia, and revolves around aMore »

Sergei Polunin Gets His Big Hollywood Break

It looks like Sergei Polunin has finally gotten his wish. The controversial dancer, who abruptly quit The Royal Ballet in 2012 after becoming the company’s youngest-ever principal, has repeatedly expressed his desire to be in movies. In fact, his current status as a permanent guest artist at Bavarian State Ballet allows him to have moreMore »

Natalia Osipova Gets Candid About Her Latest Contemporary Program and Sergei Polunin

Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin in Silent Echo

Natalia Osipova, the Moscow-born principal of The Royal Ballet, has teamed up with London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre to present Natalia Osipova & Artists, which will be making its U.S. premiere at New York City Center from November 10–12. (One piece on the program, Russell Maliphant’s Silent Echo, debuted August 27 in Los Angeles.) This surprisingMore »

New Sergei Polunin Documentary Hits Theaters

After months of anticipation, it’s finally here. Dancer, the long-awaited documentary of international ballet star Sergei Polunin, had its world premiere in Los Angeles September 9, and opens in New York and on demand this Friday, September 16. It will also play in selected cities across the country.   Through intimate childhood home videos, performanceMore »

There’s a New Documentary About Sergei Polunin, and It Looks Amazing

Sergei Polunin

There are times when Sergei Polunin‘s life seems straight out of a movie. From his notorious rebelliousness—exemplified by his shocking decision to walk away from his promising career at The Royal Ballet—to his glamorous relationship with Natalia Osipova to his trademark tattoos, the international ballet superstar has had his fair share of drama. We canMore »

Ballet’s Dramatic Entrances

Whether it’s an oh-so fashionably late arrival to a ball or an endless line of impressively in-sync penchés, ballets know the power of a dramatic entrance. (Appropriate, perhaps, that the word “entrance” has a double meaning, depending on how you pronounce it: “an entry” and also “to enthrall.”) Take a look at some of ourMore »

Sergei Polunin and Natalia Osipova: Ballet’s New “It” Couple

Polunin and Osipova dancing at La Scala. Photo by Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano   What’s more exciting than two of ballet’s biggest superstars dancing together in a new contemporary program at Sadler’s Wells? How about finding out they’re a couple in real life, too? Well, it’s official. This week, Royal Ballet principal Natalia OsipovaMore »

Sergei Polunin Walks Out Again

The “bad boy” of ballet is at it again: Sergei Polunin seems to have walked out on rehearsals for Peter Schauffuss’s highly-anticipated London production of Midnight Express. For those who have been following the 23-year-old dancer’s career, his latest move isn’t surprising. He abandoned The Royal Ballet last January just a week before he was supposed to star in The Dream. Polunin has since worked with the Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow and he guested with The Royal last month.