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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.

The Bestselling Memoir from Trailblazing Ballerina Misty Copeland

Off The Shelf | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

As an associate editor at Emily Bestler Books, I have a wonderful list of authors, all of whom I adore. They're moms, and former military, and screenwriters, and Australians, and stay-at-home dads. They live in cities and in the country; they are male and female; they're tall and short and in-between.

Setting the Record Straight: The Nutcracker Comes to America

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.18.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The clichéd rivalry between the East and West Coasts of the United States confounds those of us who grew up in distant lands. When it comes to ballet, in particular, many American balletomanes appear oblivious to the bustle outside the precincts of New York City.

Dancing Queens

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.08.2015 | 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.

10 Ways to Increase Your Creativity

Bernard Hiller | Posted 06.12.2015 | Arts
Bernard Hiller

Creativity is a muscle that must be stimulated and fed every day. We are all born with creativity and how you use it, will determine our career and our life. Artists must increase their creativity to stay relevant.

Beyond the Lashes: Matthew Poppe and the Trockaderos

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.08.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The history of Western society's obsession with women's looks can be traced through the often peculiar, but revealing, history of gender representation on the ballet stage. Ballet's twin aesthetic of ethereal beauty and youthful sexual allure -- with an idealized view of women at the focal point -- has been achieved over centuries of restrictive body ideals and a monastic discipline.

"Restless Creature" Could Be A Little More Restless

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.05.2015 | 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.

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

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.28.2015 | 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 ...

Is the iPhone the New Proscenium? Questions for 21st-Century Dancemakers

Phil Chan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Phil Chan

In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the first device that could reproduce pre-recorded sounds. Before this, the only exposure people had to music was live, either in a recital hall or at home in a chamber music setting.

Want to Go to Paris? Take a Shortcut Through Broadway

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Don't get me wrong, there's no problem with being a sex worker, or a wife, or a ballerina, or a heiress if you so choose. But what the female protagonists and antagonists in Gigi and An American in Paris lack is agency in their happily ever afters.

Past and Present on Parade: New York City Ballet at Washington's Kennedy Center

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Installed at the Kennedy Center this past weekend, New York City Ballet bowed to its glorious past and flaunted its protean present in two dazzling programs.

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.

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.

New Combinations at New York City Ballet

Phil Chan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Phil Chan

"New Combinations" was the perfect title for the program at New York City Ballet, which presented the world premiere of Justin Peck's "Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes."

How One Artist Captured The Energy Of Ballet In Sculpture

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Countless elements pulling together into one form, directed by will, energy. Science tells us that we are matter; theologians say that we are spiri...

New Documentary Offers Rare Look At How You Make A 21st Century Ballet

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 02.03.2015 | Arts

In a dimly lit corner of his apartment, New York City Ballet dancer Justin Peck sits alone at a desk, reviewing rehearsal films with a pen in hand. Th...

Ladies Night at New York City Ballet

Phil Chan | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Phil Chan

If the high level of dancing on stage continues, the company should expect a very robust and popular season.

The Story Behind The Artworks In New York City Ballet's Home Theater

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts

What better way to really dig into the post-holidays spirit than a trip to the ballet? This time of year, there are less sugar plum fairies and mouse ...

American in Paris Plays Paris Before Broadway‏

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 03.07.2015 | Entertainment
Gregory G. Allen

Producers behind the Broadway-bound "An American in Paris" made a clever move to premiere the show in Paris and this American was lucky to be able to catch it over the Christmas holidays before ending on Jan. 4th.

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.

The New York Mom's Guide to Christmas In The Big Apple

Maria Colaco | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Maria Colaco

This is my absolute favorite season of the year! Every single part of New York is alive with the sights and sounds of the season.

Introducing: Joshua Beamish, Choreographer

Ken Ludden | Posted 02.02.2015 | Arts
Ken Ludden

Philanthropists and visionary entrepreneurs must sustain companies which will allow brilliant choreographers like Beamish to create their body of work without distraction. This type of support is a necessary step to creating The Coming Golden Age of Fine Art.

Is That Legendary Ballet Edward Villella Choreographing Ice Skating? Yes, It Is!

Michael Levin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Levin

Turns out that ITNY is the brainchild of a Canadian law student-turned-skater named Moira North. She grew up in northern Canada, skating in the winter and, by her own account, panning for gold in the summer

Wendy Whelan's Farewell Performance at NYCB Featured 'After the Rain' Pas de Deux

Susan Eley | Posted 12.24.2014 | New York
Susan Eley

Tears, flowers and an outpouring of love accompanied Wendy Whelan's farewell performance at the New York City Ballet on Saturday, October 18. Many of us would call the NYCB the greatest ballet company in the world, and, so, we collectively mourn the loss of its reining queen.

How Social Media Helped This Ballet Dancer Return To The Stage (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living

When Kathryn Morgan, a soloist in the New York City Ballet, was diagnosed with a thyroid condition in 2010, she was forced to leave the dance world fo...