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Royal Ballet

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.

The Royal Ballet's "Don Quixote" and Celebration Gala (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

It was a royal week for Chicago when The Royal Ballet, Great Britain's most prestigious ballet company based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, came into town (oh yeah, and that time the Blackhawks brought home the Stanley Cup) after a 37-year-absence bringing their critically-acclaimed performance of Carlos Acosta's "Don Quixote."

Hofesh Shechter's 'Untouchable' at the Royal Ballet, Sandwiched by Sturdy Classics

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Tuesday night's performance of Four T's was not as uniformly bracing as generally seen across the pond, though Robert Clark on piano and the Royal Opera House orchestra under Barry Wordsworth gave a crisp account of the Hindemith score.

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.

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.

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.

REVIEW: 'Inala: A Zulu Ballet' at Sadler's Wells

Meghan Feeks | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

Twenty years of democracy in South Africa is ample reason to celebrate the coming-together of cultures. And that's what Inala, which kicked off a three-week national tour on Wednesday at London's Sadler's Wells, is clearly all about.

Review: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in 'Solo For Two'

Meghan Feeks | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

I have to hand it to Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev. Easily the world's most exciting ballet couple, they could probably spend the rest of their careers performing Don Quixote, and still pack houses every night.

Margot Fonteyn: An Enduring Magic and Majesty

Ken Ludden | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Ken Ludden

Margot Fonteyn was a simple dancer. She wanted urgently to live up to the expectations of others, placing no limit on how hard she would work to do that. In 1935, just 16, she danced her first leading role in The Sleeping Beauty.

Changing the Field of Dreams: How America and England Can Cultivate More Homegrown Ballerinas

Risa Gary Kaplowitz | Posted 10.05.2013 | Arts
Risa Gary Kaplowitz

Contrary to the intuition of non-dancers, potential ballerinas are not young girly-girls. Rather, a ballerina usually comes out of the womb with wiry limbs, coordination beyond her years, and a restlessness of body, mind, and spirit. She is a tomboy.

What to Do if a Season Is Boring

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.10.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It is the mark of the well managed institution that it addresses its problems head on, and refocuses the attention of its family members on the exciting programming to come. It is when we ignore our problems that our family members tend to drift away.

One Sentence: How to Watch Dance

Phil Chan | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

I am often asked by new audience members of all ages, but especially young people, what should they look for at a dance performance. I decided to ask my colleagues to answer this question in one sentence.

TONIGHT: Henry Rollins At 9:30 Club

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 11.05.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5 1. Henry Rollins: Capitalism At 9:30 Club A spoken word/stand up/guerrilla journalist report from the former Black F...

Trick-Or-Treat!: HuffPost DC Top 5 For Wednesday, October 31

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 11.01.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 1. Trick-Or-Treat Sandy can't stop this sugary tradition. 2. 11th Street Halloween Extravaganza Thirteen Colum...

Ballet Costumes Can Be Scary

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

The world's hippest ballet had its premiere last week and the reviewers all stuck a single hand out and flipped it side to side in the universal gestu...

Ballet Costumes Can Be Scary

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 04.11.2012 | Home

The world's hippest ballet had its premiere last week and the reviewers all stuck a single hand out and flipped it side to side in the universal gestu...

Mark Ronson Is Scoring A Ballet

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 02.23.2012 | Home

Mark Ronson is the latest in a growing line of musicians to wander over to the high culture side of the playing field. The DJ/producer, known for his ...

Star Ballerino Resigns, Shocking The Dance World

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home

LONDON — What made the ballet dancer jump? The dance world is spinning after one of ballet's brightest stars walked away from Britain's prestig...

My Trip to England: The Ministry of Culture

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.20.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

The importance of cultural tourism in England is astonishing, the level of theater, opera, symphony and dance performance is extraordinary, the museums are crowded and the export of arts of all kinds is thriving.

One Approach to Reducing Health Care Costs: The Discipline of Dance

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kaiser

Children who dance are far more likely to appreciate their own physical selves. Dance training helps address the obesity problem currently facing our nation.