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Adria P. Rolnik was born in New York City and received her early ballet training at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School under Margaret Craske. After graduating from New York University she pursued a career in marketing and public relations.

Adria became active in project work for both public and private non-profit organizations after years spent as director of media relations for a New York based midsized public relations consulting firm.

Adria had the opportunity to reconnect with ballet, her passion, as event coordinator for the May, 2007 American Ballet Theatre Dancer Reunion at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. She also served as event coordinator for The Antony Tudor Centennial Celebration at The Juilliard School in March, 2008.

She currently serves as Web Coordinator and Archivist for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust, is Editor of the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust eNewsletter and Administrator of Tudor Trust fan page. In June, 2011, she began a personal blog, Adriaballetbeat.com, which shares her “thoughts on ballet, including an inside peek at the professional and ‘unprofessional’ ballet world, past and present.”

Entries by Adria Rolnik

'Dance on the Lawn' -- Community Dance Festival Sets Standard

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 2:18 PM

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Randy James' "Ten Hairy Legs." Photo: Tony Turner

I had the privilege recently to attend a dance festival a bit different from the norm -- not one produced by an established organization, or part of a regional effort, or one of the well...

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Does Ballet Class Have an Age Limit?

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:25 PM

I take ballet class with a woman who is turning 90-years-old at the end of April. (And she's not the teacher -- she's a student, like me!)

Clearly, my Saturday morning adult ballet class is host to a diverse group. Some students are local dance teachers; some are yoga or...

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Some Dance Wishes for the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 5:28 PM

The New Year is upon us, and I'm hoping all dance lovers continue to help support the art form in 2014. Whether you're an amateur or a pro, a dance fan, a student, a parent or someone who just loves to dance, your actions count! There are many things we...

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Anna Sokolow Way Honors Modern Dance Great - December 4-8

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 10:44 AM

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NYC street, dedicated in honor of the late Anna Sokolow; Anna Sokolow Way, a new production at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, Dec 4-8, 2013


"I learned more about acting in her dance classes than I did with any...

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American Dance Guild Festival '13: Modern Dance Cross-Pollination Nov 8-10

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 1:58 PM

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Yung-Li Chen. Photo: Alexandra Vainshtein


Contemporary dance fans are in for a treat this November, when the American Dance Guild returns for its annual performance festival in New York City, this year at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center.

Thirty-three...

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Breaking Pointe Season Two -- A Look Ahead With Dancer Allison DeBona of Ballet West

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 12:51 PM

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Allison DeBona. Photo: Erik Ostling/The CW ©2012 THE CW NETWORK, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

The second season of CW Network's critically-acclaimed docu-series Breaking Pointe will premiere on Monday, July 22, (9-10 p.m., ET) and fans are happy. We loved the first season's...

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Tap City - A New York Celebration of Tap Dance This July

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 5:56 PM

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Tap it Out - 2012 Photo: Debi Field


What better way to celebrate America this July than with fireworks and a week of tap dance?

Tap, that most American of dance forms, will be celebrated in New York City...

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Ballet Superstar Roberto Bolle Talks Favorite Dancers, Choreographers and Katy Perry

(5) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 12:17 AM

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Roberto Bolle. Photo: Luciano Romano


How does Roberto Bolle, Italian ballet superstar and one of Italy's most beloved artists, find a moment to sit down and chat?

As principal dancer for both American Ballet Theatre and Milan's La...

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Tudor's Ballet Dark Elegies Has Its Finger On the Pulse

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:28 PM

I saw Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies performed last night at New York Theatre Ballet's "Legends and Visionaries" program at Florence Gould Hall, NYC.

Though created by Mr. Tudor in 1937, the ballet couldn't have been more current. Tudor described this work as his...

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Dancing to the Right

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 6:34 PM

Sometimes I feel like I'm crumbling... one day my knees are the problem, another day my back, some days my hips or feet. Sometimes I feel like I can conquer the world, so bendy and free, and other days just taking the barre feels like a challenge. As an adult...

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Author Spotlight: Summer Dance

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Imagine a sleep-away camp where you dance, morning, noon and night. Where you stage performances, learn from the masters, excerpt the great ballets and learn folk and modern dance too. Ah, to live in the mountains during the hot summer months, on a lake with an outdoor stage, with piles...

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Tap Dance Preserved

(5) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 6:53 PM

Tap is jazz, tap is Broadway, tap is culture blending at its best -- the history of tap is rich, the dancing electric. We should pay attention.

For more than a century, tap has fought for its place on the legitimate stage. Appropriate venues where tap dancers, both aspiring and...

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The Men Dancers Stars Lubovitch, Askegard and Soto

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 4:46 PM

An outstanding cast of dancers, choreographers, directors and scholars will appear together this January in NYC, in a special production of "The Men Dancers: From the Horse's Mouth." Spanning all ages and traditions, this diverse group of performers will join together to dance and share personal stories...

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Flashback to the Old Met

(7) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 3:52 PM

September 24 marked the kickoff of the new Metropolitan Opera season, with opening night featuring Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore.
While reading through the reviews, my mind couldn't help but drift back to a much earlier production of L'Elisir, at the beloved "old...

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Modern Dance Celebrated at American Dance Guild Festival Sept. 6-9

(2) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 4:25 PM

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Dawn Robinson in "Phoenix: The Rising" -- Photo by Yi-Chun Wu


Modern dance lovers take heed: There are big doings this September at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC, when the American Dance Guild (ADG) hosts their annual

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In Conversation With Damian Woetzel, Artistic Director of the Vail International Dance Festival

(4) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 6:20 PM

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Carla Körbes and Eric Underwood rehearsing Agon. Photo: Erin Baiano


The Vail International Dance Festival kicks off its 24th season, July 29-August 11, with a packed two-week schedule crossing many genres of dance and program formats. This year the annual summer showcase...

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A Look Back at Breaking Pointe With Dancer Allison DeBona of Ballet West

(13) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 10:14 AM

Breaking Pointe, the CW Network's behind the scenes look at Salt Lake City's Ballet West, will air its final episode on July 5, 8 pm EST.

The six episode reality series features an inside peek "at the world of competitive ballet," including day to day rehearsals,...

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Introducing Young People to the Arts: Tracy Straus

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 8:13 PM

On June 21, The Huffington Post published my interview with Heather Watts, former NYC Ballet principal dancer, on the power of arts education to engage and empower young people. Heather's position as Chairperson of Celebrate the Beat (CTB), the not-for-profit Colorado-based organization which teaches music and dance classes...

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Heather Watts on the Power of Arts Education

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 1:45 PM

While scrolling through my Facebook News Feed a few weeks ago, I noticed a colorful photo posted by Heather Watts, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet. It was an eye-catching image of 300 children, all smiles with hands in the air, on stage at the Vilar Performing Arts...

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