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American Ballet Theatre's Premiere of Jessica Lang's 'Her Notes' is Definitely Noteworthy

ZEALnyc | Posted 10.27.2016 | Arts

Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes in 'Her Notes.' Photo: Rosalie O'Connor By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, October 27, 2016 Jessica Lang...

Dance Your Way Into the Fall With Festivals That Take You to the Past and To the Future

ZEALnyc | Posted 09.16.2016 | Arts

By Natasha Nesic, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, September 16, 2016 No one enjoys returning to work after summer vacation. The leftovers of wanderlust ...

Misty Copeland and Daniil Simkin in the Greatest Tragedy of Them All: Romeo and Juliet at the Met

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.28.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

American Ballet Theatre's Daniil Simkin and Misty Copeland in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York (Photo:...

ABT's Isabella Boylston On Romeo And Juliet

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 06.21.2016 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Isabella Boylston is steadily working her way up to the top rank of American Ballet Theatre's principal dancers. Her rise has been incremental rather than sudden, with some choice new roles added each season. With each new role her on stage presence seems to grow and she is becoming a deeply complex artist in addition to being technically gifted.

The Gugulethu Project: From the Townships of South Africa to the World's Ballet Stages

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Today, with more training opportunities available to talented young black students, filling the pipeline for these programs remains a challenge. How do you spot talent and recruit students when they may have no idea what ballet is?

'The Artist's Compass': Making a Life in the Performing Arts

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.03.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

He was a self-taught musician who fought epic battles with music industry giants to gain control of his work. He championed the rights of artists at a...

Paris Opera Ballet Performs Balanchine, Robbins, Ratmansky, and Peck

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 04.12.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Justin Peck's In Creases. Photo courtesy of Paris Opera Ballet. It's a daring thing -- to collect a list of names inextricably connected with one sp...

Pennsylvania Ballet's Don Quixote Delights With Spanish Flourishes

Laura Goldman | Posted 02.29.2016 | Arts
Laura Goldman

You can call this production of Marius Petipa's "Don Quixote," one of the first to be staged by a Spanish dancer, as his coming out party in Philadelphia. Corella, born near Madrid in a small mountain town, sees this ballet as a way of introducing himself and his culture to the audience.

'The Nutcracker' in New York City

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 01.04.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

For many, The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition, ushering in the season with growing trees, toy-sized battles, and sugarplum fairies tottering from one pointe shoe to the other.

A Real American Role Model

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.10.2015 | Arts
Tavis Smiley

She made headlines and history by becoming the first African-American female principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, she debuted on Broadway in the hit show On the Town and launched her MindLeaps Girls' Program in Rwanda, which uses dance to prepare disadvantaged youth for school.

This Is Why Misty Copeland Embraces Being Labeled A Black Ballerina

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices

Misty Copeland is a black ballerina, and she doesn't want you to call her anything different. The dancer, who was named the first black female princip...

Misty Copeland: I Didn't Have 'The Means To Be Part Of The Ballet World'

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts

It's no secret that dance can be a pricey hobby for young kids and the parents who foot the bill. The cost of classes, coupled with expensive leotards...

The Bessie's: The Dance Community Awards Excellence Among Its Members

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.23.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

It's especially lovely when the dance community can gather together and applaud each other's efforts. Such is the environment at the Bessie's, dance's version of the Academy Awards or the Tony's. This year, the 31st-annual ceremony took place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, with its iconic neon-red sign.

The José Limón International Dance Festival Takes on the Joyce

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.23.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

It is one of the most pressing questions of American dance: how should we preserve the work of great 20th-century choreographers who glued their style to a generation distinct and removed from our own?

Misty Copeland: 'A Ballerina's Tale'

Phil Chan | Posted 10.15.2016 | Arts
Phil Chan

"Aside from her distinctive dance style, I believe the core of Misty's appeal is her passion. I think that's what makes her inspirational. There's an internal light inside that burns bright and draws people to her."

What Being ABT's First Black Principal Ballerina Means to Me

Misty Copeland | Posted 08.10.2016 | Black Voices
Misty Copeland

It still hasn't hit me. I'm living my dream and I look forward to continuing to work hard towards becoming a better, stronger dancer. Now that we're here, my hope is that in time, this won't be such a rare achievement, and my reviews and mentions in the media will refer to me simply as a "ballerina," because that's what I am.

Capturing Misty Copeland's Power and Grace

Richard Corman | Posted 08.07.2016 | Black Voices
Richard Corman

As I approached from the southern end of Manhattan, where the sun had just risen, I couldn't quite believe what I was witnessing. She moved gracefully, dramatically and with intent all over the Mason and Hamlin -- sitting, leaning, standing, en pointe.

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa: Living in the Present

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

When I became aware that Colombian-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa had choreographed an acclaimed ballet to Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, I was determined to meet her.

Dancing Queens

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.07.2016 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The American Ballet Theatre recently announced that Misty Copeland would be promoted to the role of principal dancer, the first African-American woman to be named to this esteemed role in the world of ballet.

Gillian Murphy, Isabella Boylston, and Nicole Graniero Triumph in 'Cinderella'

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.06.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

When it comes to otherworldly allure, few story ballets can rival Cinderella. Sergei Prokofiev's score haunts and enchants; the melodies mimic what one would expect from the imaginations of stars and fairies.

James Thilman

Misty Copeland On Stepping Out From Behind The Other Swans | James Thilman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts

Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre's first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history, spoke about her career on...

Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Female Principal In American Ballet Theatre History

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts

History was made in the ballet world this week when soloist Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer, thereby becoming the first black female p...

Julie Kent: A Ballerina Says Goodbye to the Stage

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.19.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

"When I was very young, back in Hungary in the ballet school, my teacher showed us a VHS with Julie Kent," Zoltan Boros, a dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet, said. "I didn't know her, and I didn't know much about ballet ( I was around 12), but I still remember how amazing she was."

"Restless Creature" Could Be A Little More Restless

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.03.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

It was a lazy Saturday afternoon in Chelsea. Wanderers traipsed across the High Line, stealing light from the sun and embracing summer with selfies and gelato. Underneath them and a few streets east, crowds ventured into the Joyce, the heat outside prompting a soft malaise among them.

Actor Slams American Ballet Theater's 'Jim Crow' Production Of 'Othello'

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

A professional actor who attended the American Ballet Theater's production of "Othello" sent a fiery letter to the company decrying its use of dark ma...