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 »

Fit For A Princess

Fit For a Princess

Aurora’s Act I solo in The Sleeping Beauty captures the young princess’ girlish exuberance. But from a technical standpoint, its four long minutes almost feel like multiple variations. New York City Ballet principal Sterling Hyltin discusses how to master its many moods and tempos. Calm down In most productions, Aurora’s solo follows the Rose Adagio—oneMore »

Superman’s Super Show

Senior editor Jenny Stahl recently called New York City Ballet principal Daniel Ulbricht “Superman,” and I can’t think of a better way to describe the phenomenally talented dancer and teacher, who seems to be everywhere at once these days. (We recently posted a poll asking who your favorite dancer-teacher was, and Ulbricht cleaned up.)

A New Breed of Ballerina

When Ashley Bouder steps on stage at New York City Ballet, you can feel the audience’s excitement. As she whips through a rapid sequence of turns, people literally sit forward in their seats. Often Bouder will hold a balance for a moment where the allegro tempo seemingly doesn’t permit even a fraction of a pause,More »

Standouts: Our 12 favorite performances of 2009

Dancer: Sarah Van PattenCompany: San Francisco Ballet Ballet: Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake San Francisco Ballet principal Sarah Van Patten always commands the stage in roles that call for dramatic depth and musicality. But because she is not usually thought of as a strong technician, she was a long shot to be cast as Odette/Odile inMore »