Pennsylvania Ballet

You probably remember filmmaker and former Miami City Ballet dancer Ezra Hurwitz's mini-documentary In a Day's Work: It trailed New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns throughout her day, and gave viewers a sense of the mental and physical stamina required of a ballerina at the top of her game.

Published October 1, 2014
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Julie Diana in rehearsal for John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet

(photo by Pete Checchia)

 

Perhaps you remember Pennsylvania Ballet's Alexander Peters from his Pointe magazine profile in our April/May 2013 issue. Or maybe you know him as one of your favorite corps de ballet dancers—and one of our readers' choice nominees for corps members who deserve to be promoted right away.

This interview first appeared in the June 5 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

Before opening its new purpose-built facilities this winter and relaunching its school this fall, Pennsylvania Ballet just unveiled a new website—and it's kind of great. By that I mean it's loaded with amazing photos and videos of the dancers rehearsing, performing, warming up, cracking up. Check it out at paballet.org.

In our new issue, Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser reveals the company's plans to re-establish an affiliated school this fall. After several years without an official training institution, the launch accompanies the upcoming opening of PAB's new purpose-built Louise Reed Center For Dance. PAB II director William DeGregory will lead the academy with celebrated dancer Aranxta Ochoa as a principal instructor.

 

Pennsylvania Ballet's beautiful Riolama Lorenzo just announced that she'll be ending her performing career next month. It will be a sad loss for the company, and for the ballet world. Lorenzo moves with a natural grace, and has amazing, fluid extensions that seem to reach to eternity. At 5'8", she's also an inspiration for other tall dancers. She started her career at New York City Ballet, where as a young corps member, Lorenzo was a favorite of the legendary Jerome Robbins.

Gabriella Yudenich of the Pennsylvania Ballet

Courtesy of Jayme Thornton