#TBT: Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones

There’s nothing like watching two masters at work. In this clip from 1985, two of American Ballet Theatre’s most legendary stars, Cynthia Gregory and the late Fernando Bujones, make sparks fly in the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake. Bujones can’t help but be mesmerized by Gregory’s deliciously seductive allure. Watch how sheMore »

What’s It Like to Star in a Bolshoi Cinema Event? Svetlana Zakharova Explains.

Mark your calendars! This Sunday, the Bolshoi Ballet, in partnership with Fathom Events, kicks off its 2016-17 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Series. Between now and April, seven Bolshoi productions will be high-beamed to movie theaters around the world (400 in the U.S. alone), giving ballet lovers a chance to see the legendary company on theMore »

#TBT: Lucia Lacarra and Cyril Pierre in the White Swan Pas de Deux

Lucia Lacarra, formerly a principal with Bavarian State Ballet (Bayerisches Staatsballett), has such extreme flexibility that she almost looks like a rhythmic gymnast. It takes a true artist to tame such a facility and deliver an emotionally memorable performance. The Spanish ballerina never fails to do so. Take a look at Lacarra with partner (andMore »

#TBT Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in Swan Lake

Jody Sawyer: “Margot Fonteyn didn’t have great feet.” Jonathan Reeves: “Well, when Margot Fonteyn was onstage, you couldn’t tear your eyes away from her.” –Center Stage (2000) YouTube wasn’t yet invented when the movie Center Stage was released. But thanks to the wonders of the internet, we (who weren’t lucky enough to see the greatMore »

#TBT: Dorothée Gilbert in Swan Lake

The coda in Swan Lake’s second act can be brutal for the ballerina dancing Odette. She barely has time to catch her breath after her variation before coming back onstage to carry the act’s final dramatic minutes. Paris Opéra Ballet étoile Dorothée Gilbert handles the coda with, dare I say, swanlike elegance in this 2007More »

#TBT: Erica Cornejo in Swan Lake Pas de Trois

Erica Cornejo with brother Herman.

Sprightly and sweet, the Swan Lake Act I pas de trois variations are deceptively difficult. But Boston Ballet principal Erica Cornejo betrays no hint of effort in this clip, filmed in 2005 while she was a soloist at American Ballet Theatre. The divertissement doesn’t require a huge emotional range from its dancers. Still, Cornejo deliversMore »

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 »

#TBT: Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle in Swan Lake

Swan Lake’s Black Swan pas de deux may be a chance for stars’ technique to shine, but it’s the acting—Odile’s wicked seduction of the blindly loving Siegfried—that gives me chills. In this clip from a 2004 recording of La Scala Ballet, Svetlana Zakharova finds fresh moments in Vladimir Bourmeister’s 1953 choreography to bewitch Roberto Bolle—andMore »

Our Favorite Pointe Stories of 2015

From historic promotions to ballerina retirements to groundbreaking new work, 2015 was an incredible year for ballet. We can’t wait to see what the new year has in store, but first let’s take a moment to reflect on some of our favorite Pointe stories from the past year. Happy 2016!   Amy Brandt, Editor inMore »

Misty Copeland’s Swan Lake Debut at the Met

American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland is not the first African American woman to dance the iconic role of Odette/Odile. And some warn, rightly so, that the rich history of black ballerinas (Lauren Anderson, Debra Austin, Anne Benna Sims, Nora Kimball and Virginia Johnson, to name just a few) has gotten lost in all the publicity hype surrounding Copeland. Others complain that her PR campaign is an overly aggressive attempt to achieve principal status.