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American Ballet

Milwaukee Ballet and the Modern Quest for Beauty

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.01.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Artistic director Michael Pink has built an ensemble that deliberately eschews the cookie-cutter look of traditional ballet companies; these are dancers of striking individuality, many of whom have risen through the ranks of Milwaukee Ballet's second company.

A Very American Chic: The Milissa Payne Project Up in the Air

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.07.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Payne Bradley's new suite of dances entitled Up in the Air appear to be her way of having a conversation with legendary, long dead choreographers. She speaks the language of classical ballet with fluency and a modern accent. There is also an elegance, a very American chic.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Holiday Ballet Besides 'The Nutcracker'

Risa Gary Kaplowitz | Posted 11.18.2012 | Arts
Risa Gary Kaplowitz

With American ballet company directors and boards lamenting the low status of ballet in the minds of the general public, what would happen if our ballet companies offered more options during the holiday season? How did we get ourselves trapped in a can of Nuts?