Contemporary Ballet

Cedar Lake rocked the dance community on Friday, announcing that the company would close in June at the end of its 2015 season. Were you planning to attend the Cedar Lake 180 summer intensive? It's canceled. Hopefully you bought travel insurance for your plane tickets because the upcoming March 27 and 28 company auditions are canceled too.

From February 10–14, former American Ballet Theatre principal—and current BalletNext artistic director and founder—Michele Wiles will share the stage with Jay Donn, a street dance star specializing in the style of Flex and its sub-style, Punchlines. Their collaboration has resulted in Something Sampled, and is one of three pieces to be performed at BalletNext's spring season, Baroque'd, at New York Live Arts.

Strathmeyer rehearsing Winter. (Photo by Amanda Tipton, Courtesy Wonderbound)

The first time I saw William Forsythe’s choreography I hated it. Passionately.

I’d just started at NYU and our choreography class was required to see Ballett Frankfurt out in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, my parents happened to be in town that weekend. But I brought them along, assuming anything called “ballet” would be safe.

Published December 9, 2009
These days, ballet dancers must be open to dancing a range of styles. more »
Published November 30, 2009
Well stocked with talent and money Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet looks for success.more »
Published November 25, 2009
In contemporary ballet, choreographers and dancers work together to redefine the limits of the art form. more »
Published November 23, 2009
Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui describes his imaginative, multilayered work as "storybooks in motion." This July at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival , the accomplished dancers of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet will tackle Cherkaoui's latest story: Orbo Novo (New World), set to original score by…more »
Published November 23, 2009
Although Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels—a cyclone of a contemporary ballet for two couples, set to a ferocious score for electric violin—premiered 15 years ago, it continues to enthrall audiences and inspire dancers. “When you’re dancing it, there is a sense of urgency, an infectiousness,” re…more »