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Last Song of Violette

Ken Ludden | Posted 02.17.2016 | Arts
Ken Ludden

News of death bursts through the door, breaks your heart, and emotional chaos destroys the peace. This claxon sounding of all futures marks the final note of a life, bringing the aria to an end that is a beginning.

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.

Dance Like Nobody Is Watching... Just Make Sure Your Costume Is Worthy of Lincoln Center

Opening Ceremony | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts
Opening Ceremony

We all understand the impression left after a person walks by in a show-stopping outfit. But what if instead of walking, that same person was mastering foutté turns?

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.

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.

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...

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 ...

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.

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.

When Street Art Infiltrates The Ballet World, The Results Are Pure Magic

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

The New York City Ballet has developed a crush on the contemporary art world, and we couldn't be happier about it. Last year the dance institution...

Why It Takes 8,500 Pairs Of Pointe Shoes To Put On 'The Nutcracker'

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 12.18.2013 | Style

Everyone is fascinated by what goes on onstage during a ballet, but we wanted to know what happens backstage. How long does it take the ballerinas to ...

Is Ballet Dead? Never! New York City Ballet Presents an Enticing Evening of New Work

Tonya Plank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tonya Plank

I had a wonderful night at New York City Ballet the other night. The program, titled "Here and Now", focused on some of the company's newest works, and was kind of a celebration of the future, of 21st Century ballet.