New York City Ballet

There have been rumblings about Wendy Whelan's New York City Ballet retirement for a while now. As of this morning, it's official: The revered principal dancer will take her final bow with the company on October 18.

There's no word yet on what she'll dance for that last show, the culmination of three decades of extraordinary work with NYCB. Yet, however emotional that moment is guaranteed to be, this is just the end of one chapter in Whelan's remarkable career.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced the films of its 2014 World Documentary Competition yesterday. Excitingly, one of the 12 chosen is Ballet 422, the collaboration between Ellen Bar, a former New York City Ballet soloist and the company's director of media projects, and choreographer Justin Peck.

This fall, visual artist JR's The Eye of New York City Ballet, a large-scale installation for the company's annual Art Series, took social media by storm. (Just search the Instagram hashtag #NYCBArtSeries if you don't believe me.) But will he have as much success making art for the stage?

Here at Pointe, we're lucky to work with several of the ballet world's best photographers. While some of them came to dance photography through roundabout routes, others were dancers first. And former dancers have an insider's understanding of how to capture that perfect ballet moment in a photograph.

The premiere date for "city.ballet," New York City Ballet's documentary web series, has been announced: It'll air on AOL On beginning November 4th.

 

We’ve all secretly—or not so secretly—dreamed of training under the one and only George Balanchine. His technique, incorporating extreme speed, angular lines and athletic strength, isn’t one that's easily learned.
 
But while we may not be able to study with Mr.

It was just announced yesterday that New York City Ballet will be starring in its own reality show, developed, produced and narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker. The docuseries, called "city.ballet," will air on AOL On this September, as AOL ventures into original programming for the first time. Catch the trailer here. The shots are so intimate you can almost feel the pressure to perform, and you can almost smell the dancers' sweat.

 

Mark your calendars: There's some great ballet coming into your life over the next couple of weeks—all of which you can catch from the comfort of your couch. Keep an eye out for these programs:

 

Wendy Whelan: "Restless Creature" The New York City Ballet superstar will preview her new project at the Guggenheim Museum. She'll perform excerpts from new duets created collaboratively with choreographers Joshuah Beamish and Brian Brooks, and show a solo by Shen Wei.

When Carrie Lee Riggins joined New York City Ballet at 16, she had no clue how to cook. And living in New York City, she never had to—delivery was just at the other end of a phone call. Jump ahead sixteen years to the present day, and she found herself still lost in the kitchen. So she wrote an email to the Food Network’s reality competition show “Worst Cooks in America,” featuring restaurateur Bobby Flay.

No dancer should ever leave home without a good dose of inspiration. We've found one that's kind of awesome: The free New York City Ballet iPhone app. It’s constantly updated with fun new pictures of the dancers—both on stage and off—and has a Twitter section that shows a feed of tweets from company members. Best of all, it contains links to top NYCB video clips with dancers explaining their approaches to roles and dishing about what it’s actually like behind the scenes. Find it in the App Store.