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Rite of Passage—Rite of Spring

Batkhurel Bold, one of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s principal dancers, doubles over, his face twisted in pain.   “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” he says, gasping for breath.  “I think I’m going to faint.” “Ah!—that’s what Baryshnikov told me,” replies legendary choreographer Glen Tetley. “He was able to perform the role of […]

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New USA IBC Prizes   This year, dancers will vie for six one-year company contracts.   The stakes will be higher than ever at the USA International Ballet Competition this June. While entrants in the prestigious contest, held every four years in Jackson, MS, have traditionally competed for medals, cash awards and scholarships, this year […]

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Career Transition For Dancers’ 25th Anniversary Career Transition For Dancers’ annual gala is always a star-studded affair, and this year’s November 8 performance, honoring Twyla Tharp, is no exception. But the 2010 edition has extra sparkle: It’s the nonprofit group’s 25th anniversary. Over that quarter century, CTFD has helped thousands of dancers in 47 states […]

ABT's Met Season Announced

American Ballet Theatre announced its 2014 Metropolitan Opera House season today, and the lineup includes some lovely surprises. Perhaps the biggest is the company premiere of Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, which I’m sure fans are especially excited to see after all the teasing on “Breaking Pointe.” A Shakespeare Celebration evening will feature more Ashton—The Dream—and a […]

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The Next Chapter Jenifer Ringer’s memoir, Dancing Through It, describes her struggles with eating disorders. New York City Ballet principal Jenifer Ringer never thought she’d write a book about herself. But after the fallout from New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay’s now-infamous 2010 comments about Ringer looking like she’d “eaten one sugar plum too many,” […]

Alexei Ratmansky Is Taking on "Sleeping Beauty"

Sometimes it seems like Alexei Ratmansky is remaking the classical canon, one ballet at a time. He restaged Le Corsaire and Flames of Paris back when he was director of the Bolshoi. Dutch National Ballet premiered his take on Don Quixote in 2010. He gave The National Ballet of Canada a new Romeo and Juliet […]

#TBT: Alessandra Ferri and Laurent Hilaire in Roland Petit's "Carmen"

Choreographer Roland Petit was for years the ballet world’s master of theatrical showmanship. Bolstered by rich, beautifully designed costumes and decor, his works oozed sensual style. Yet even stripped of all that pageantry, his choreography retains an electric charge. Witness this bare-bones video from some years back of Alessandra Ferri and Laurent Hilaire dancing the […]

#TBT: Sylvie Guillem in Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated (1987)

When dancers dream, they imagine having Sylvie Guillem’s arched feet, long limbs and impeccable ability to extend, accent and suspend any movement she desires. Her technical mastery and unique sense of artistry make her a choreographer’s dream as well. William Forsythe created In the middle, somewhat elevated on the Paris Opéra Ballet, where Guillem was an étiole, in 1987, a […]