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

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.06.2015 | 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.

Our American Dancers Will Never Be Royals, and That's a Good Thing

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Watching the Royal Ballet is like staring at a Degas painting for two and a half hours. The company preserves, but it doesn't push and evolve. Still, it's pretty.

A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist With San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.26.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet's 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House.

City Center: A Remarkable History

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ghosts of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey and too many others to name are hopefully still in residence, inspiring a new generation of artists to create great works.

Cinderella as a Box Office Sweep for the Joffrey Ballet?

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

What did this extraordinary company do at the Music Center Pavilion? You guessed right: it put away one-act connoisseur feasts and brought out the bread and butter: Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella

Christopher Wheeldon is Trying Very Hard to Make Ballet Hip, Sexy and Accessible, But Will He Be Successful?

Tonya Plank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tonya Plank

Of all ballet artists, Wheeldon one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world these days and seems to be trying the hardest to bring ballet back.