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Is Boston Ballet the Best Ballet Company in America?

Michael Levin | Posted 05.20.2016 | Arts
Michael Levin

It's hard to rank dance companies. Different ensembles have different objectives, different audiences, different strengths, different constraints. T...

Seen and Now Heard: ENB's 'She Said' Gives Women Choreographers a Voice

Meghan Feeks | Posted 04.19.2016 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

"Broken Wings," photo by Laurent Liotardo Now, as in the 19th century, ballet's most celebrated symbol is the ballerina. George Balanchine -- arguabl...

A Conversation With Frances Chung, Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.14.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Frances Chung has danced with San Francisco Ballet since 2001. She was promoted to soloist in 2005 and raised to principal dancer in 2009.

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...

A Profile of Vitor Luiz - Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.22.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

It's something in the way he moves. Vitor Luiz joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2009. His gift is about connection - a high spirit...

Carlo Di Lanno on 'Swan Lake' -- Now at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.24.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Carlo Di Lanno is assertive and elegant as Siegfried in Helgi Tomasson's Swan Lake. Partnered with principal dancer Sofiane Sylve in the dual roles of...

'Cabin in the Sky:' A Ring Shout of Well-Intentioned Condescension

Barry Singer | Posted 02.16.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

I am fond of the 1943 movie, but it does have its problems. The opportunity to finally see the show at City Center's Encores! series last week, ostensibly as it was originally performed in 1940 on Broadway, filled me with anticipation. And trepidation.

Falling In Luft with Lorna - at Feinstein's 54 Below

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.27.2016 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

In the 1977 hit Annie Hall, Alvy (Woody Allen) Singer stops his new cabaret singer crush Annie (Diane Keaton) Hall on the street, in an awkward attemp...

'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.

Bolshoi Ballet Prodigy Explains Her Journey To The Top

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.30.2015 | Arts

"As a rule, ballet isn’t just dancing," Bolshoi ballerina Olga Smirnova explains in the video above. "There is a story. Even in ballets that have no...

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

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.23.2015 | 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.

New York City Ballet Fall Gala 2015: An Evening of Fashion and Dance

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The New York City Ballet has returned with all its relevance, strong and modern. The dancers are not "stingy." They are not "holding back." They exist in the "now," "right now." Balanchine would be proud.

The Faithful Shopper: A City for Divine Dancers

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 09.17.2015 | New York
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After 17 Years of Devotion, Ella Baff Exits Jacob's Pillow

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

But while Baff's physical imprint on the property has been huge, it's her realized vision of Jacob's Pillow as a breeding ground for art that has made the largest impact on dance.

The Ashley Bouder Project Disappoints at the Joyce's Ballet Festival

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Of course, The Ashley Bouder Project was the most popular show of the run, and people begged for seats regardless of price. Somehow, "bravos" echoed despite a banal bill filled with the kind of choreography that is pushing ballet into its grave.

Fifty Shades of Bland: Chamber Dance Project at the Joyce

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Attired in drab jeans and shirts, the boyishly charming Jacob Bush and the sophisticated Davit Hovhannisyan did a credible job of executing movements both standing and on the ground, but they seemed uncomfortable and tenuous at times. Were they lovers quarrelling or quarrellers loving?

Women on Top: On the Town, New York City Ballet Classic I and American Ballet Theatre's Giselle

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.27.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Broadway and ballet stages are not the usual first stop for those seeking images of female empowerment. But Friday and Saturday at Lincoln Center and ...

Composer Elliot Goldenthal: American Ballet Theater's Othello and Grounded at the Public Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.21.2016 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

This week's opening of the American Ballet Theater's Othello at the Metropolitan Opera House, a version of Shakespeare's tragedy about the warrior king who succumbs to the manipulations of an ensign, and murders the love of his life, marks ABT's commitment to newer works.

Misty Copeland Dances In New Film Toasting 75 Years Of American Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.14.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Nearly a decade in the works, American Masters - American Ballet Theatre: A History feels more like an eccentric personal meditation, or a love letter to the art form, than a historical trek through the company's 75 storied years.

CultureZohn: Dance in Los Angeles Adds Luster With Colburn School Dance Academy

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.07.2016 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Benjamin Millepied, Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette mark the first year of the dynamic Colburn Dance Academy. As George Balanchine once famously said you need to promote professional ballet, "First, a school."

First Nighter: Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon Sparks the Gershwins' 'An American in Paris'

David Finkle | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Christopher Wheeldon's choreography for An American in Paris, at the Palace, is so spectacular that you have to forgive anything else wrong with the production--and believe you me, there's plenty to forgive--and I mean plenty.

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.

Peter Walker: A New Voice on the Dance Scene

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

For a 22-year-old, Walker is refreshingly cognizant of one of dance's most perturbing problems: the need for a choreographer to somehow establish himself as novel when so much has already been produced for the stage.

Paul Taylor's Legacy Plan Champions Modern Dance

Phil Chan | Posted 05.01.2015 | Arts
Phil Chan

What is the life of a painting? In an artist's hands, a previously anonymous canvas and a random assortment of paint suddenly becomes not only an expression of an idea, but a commodity that often lives beyond the artist himself.

Human and Superhuman: Ballet San Jose in MasterPieces of American Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

In his warm-up speech on Saturday night, Ballet San Jose's new CEO, Alan Hineline, alerted the audience to the "superhuman level of athleticism" on display in the third and closing piece of the evening, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.