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

David Finkle | Posted 04.13.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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.

Martha Graham Dance Company Is As Relevant as Ever in Its Joyce Season

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

In 1960, dance critic Jill Johnston reviewed Martha Graham's season at the 5th Street Theatre. She likened the choreographer to "a kind of high priest...

DANCE REVIEW: Ballerina Wendy Whelan, Restless for a Reason

Debra Levine | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
Debra Levine

Balanchine's chivalrous comportment with Farrell was a memorable treat for audiences in 1965. Fifty years later, former NYCB principal dancer Wendy Whelan made the marvelous and somewhat offbeat decision to launch her post-ballet career squired not by male cohorts, but by a roster of well-selected choreographers dancing in their own creations.

A Profile of Choreographer Val Caniparoli -- 20th Anniversaries for 'Lambarena' and 'Lady of the Camellias'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

This season marks the 20th Anniversary of choreographer Val Caniparoli's immensely popular ballet, Lambarena. The work was created in 1995 for San Francisco Ballet and - at the heart of its inspirational force - Principal Dancer Evelyn Cisneros.

Changing of the Guard: Five Prima Ballerinas Reflect on the Biggest Change in the Dance World

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.05.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

This is an extraordinary time in the dance world, when five of the greatest ballerinas of our time, from leading American ballet companies, have, coincidentally, all announced their retirement within months of each other.

A Brief Visual History Of Ballet In The 20th Century

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts

As holiday season approaches, visions of sugar-plum fairies inevitably begin dancing in our heads. 'Tis the time of "The Nutcracker," and other classi...

CultureZohn: Tiler Peck And Robert Fairchild: Dancing As Fast As They Can

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

"You have to practice finishing," Tiler reminds the toe students after a series of turns, "you can't just stop in mid-step and freeze." A good lesson for life as well as ballet.

Neither Saint Nor Sinner

Francis Levy | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

There are those who sacrifice their desires for others, those who don't and those who do some sort of a turnaround where they take a vacation from se...

An Expanding Universe: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance

Phil Chan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

Paul Taylor, who celebrates his 83rd birthday this year and whose total body of work now eclipses 140 dances in his lifetime, is a Godfather to American Modern Dance.

PABallet's Carmina Returns and Sublime Balanchine

Lew Whittington | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

For its 50th anniversary season, Pennsylvania Ballet revived John Butler's Carmina Burana, literally back by popular demand for audience members of a ...

Sassy and Sophisticated: Diablo Ballet All Grown Up at 20

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.08.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

After 20 years of charming East Bay audiences, Walnut Creek-based Diablo Ballet tipped its hat to the past with an anniversary program that segued movingly from film clips of past performances to live performance of the same pieces, but also nodded vigorously to the future with a brand new work by resident choreographer Robert Dekkers.

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Francis Levy | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

What does it feel like to be loved for one's beauty or perfection? Naturally, it's something that everyone who has never had that kind of beauty or t...

Steps Toward Diversity: Youth America Grand Prix

Phil Chan | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

Low-income families and geographically underserved students (disproportionately students of color) who have little access to local resources receive few opportunities to explore the important benefits of the arts. This sends a very strong message: Classical ballet is not for you.

Afternoon of a Faun: A Life of Dancer Tanaquil LeClercq

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Tanaquil LeClercq was a lithe, angular beauty, a dancer who graced ballet until polio struck, paralyzing her and ending her career at age 27. Nursing ...

George Balanchine: the Human Cost of an Artistic Legacy

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Kiem

George Balanchine co-founded America's first world-class ballet school, choreographed more than 400 works for the stage, launched the careers of a dozen stars and died an undisputed modern master -- the most influential figure in 20th century dance.

15 Questions With Isabella Boylston, Nutcracker Guest Artist With the Royal Danish Ballet

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 02.11.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

When American Ballet Theatre soloist Isabella Boylston is taking part in the company's new Dancer Exchange Program which has her performing in Copenhagen with the Royal Danish Ballet. She kindly consented to answer a few questions about her experience there.

Pushing Back the Cultural Desert

Phil Chan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

There is no one question that our country is currently experiencing a drought of dance in mainstream American culture. Then how do we replant dance in American culture and push the desert back?

Keep New York City Dancing

Phil Chan | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

We are more than tutus and tiaras when you want a night out on the town. We are New Yorkers. Living, working, making, learning, teaching. We pilot educational models that are replicated worldwide. We help maintain the city's reputation of being the dance capital of the planet.

Creativity Behind the Scenes: Developing the Craft for a 21st Century Audience

Phil Chan | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

Opera is currently reviving and reinventing itself for modern audiences, and one organization in particular has had a fair amount of success in creating new operatic works.

PB's 4Ts and Wheeldon Funsies

Lew Whittington | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

It was family dance event time at last week's Saturday matinee performance of The Carnival of the Animals with adults and children filling the Academy of Music.

Ballet Gets Chic

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Fashion takes a back seat to nothing – not even seriously chilly weather – at New York's fanciest dance gala. And so the...