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American Ballet Theatre

Stella Abrera: Ballerina on a Double Mission

Carla Escoda | Posted 09.14.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Ballet history is usually made in the august opera houses of St. Petersburg, Moscow, London, Paris and New York. But these days historic moments in ballet are taking place elsewhere as Misty Copeland made her debut in Swan Lake.

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

Meghan Feeks | Posted 08.07.2014 | 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.

Birds of a Feather: Three New York "Swan Lakes"

Phil Chan | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

With the strong British influence throughout ABT's history -- it currently counts its Macmillan and Ashton repertory among its greatest strengths -- it is no surprise that ABT has focused on the narrative potential of the work.

Myles Thatcher -- Profile of an Upcoming Dancer and Choreographer

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Myles Thatcher's skills and growing reputation as a promising choreographer have been recognized and honored by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

La Bayadère at the Met: The Russians Invade

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

This week Ballet to the People settled into the Met for three back-to-back performances by a beloved ABT veteran, a 22-year-old Bolshoi sensation and an established star of the Mariinsky Ballet.

Sustaining Artists in the the 21st Century: The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship

Phil Chan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

Saeculum Obscurum, Latin for "The Dark Ages," was coined by Caesar Baronius in 1602 to describe the cultural decline of the Roman Empire between the 5th and 15th century in Western Europe.

Ricardo Bustamante: Profile of a Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Last week's premiere at San Francisco Ballet proved to be an all-around artistic feat - again for Ratmansky, for the entire company of San Francisco Ballet and, yes, for Shostakovich who had not penned these compositions for the ballet stage.

San Francisco Ballet in the Exhilarating Shostakovich Trilogy

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

You do not have to be an admirer of Shostakovich or a ballet junkie to be moved and exhilarated by San Francisco Ballet in Alexei Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy.

REVIEW: Royal New Zealand Ballet at The Joyce

Meghan Feeks | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

While dance for dance's sake is not new in ballet, neoclassical works, such as Millepied's, typically make the body an instrument of the music.

Rosalie O'Connor On the Art of Animal Photography

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 02.22.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

It was her ninth year with the company and she had no plans for what she was going to do after she was done dancing. She was initially reticent but realized that it was a rare opportunity after talking it over with friends.

American Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker': A Story That Enchants by Keeping Some Things Real

Meghan Feeks | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

"Christmas is weird. What other time of year do you sit around a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?" This got me thinking about how bizarre many hallowed Christmas traditions are, perhaps none more so than The Nutcracker.

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.

Intermezzo: the Fiery Craig Salstein Throws Tradition to the Wind

Carla Escoda | Posted 02.11.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

"There really is no magic in ballet. You need to do those Italian fouettés everyday or you'll never dance Dryad Queen."

American Ballet Theatre in Darkness and Light: Sylphides, Moor's Pavane and Gong

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

One of the great pleasures of going to see ballet in a dance capital like New York is that she is likely to be seated next to a true veteran who starts conversations with "I saw José Limón dance the Moor."

Ormsby Wilkins Prepares ABT Orchestra for Tempest

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Ormsby Wilkins, Music Director at American Ballet Theatre, is preparing the orchestra for the debut of Alexei Ratmansky's much anticipated new ballet of Shakespeare's The Tempest which is being set to music composed by Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.

Real-Life 'Black Swan' Comes To NYC

Posted 12.10.2013 | New York

"Black Swan" came to life last month as the American Ballet Theatre channeled all things noir at the company's autumn fundraiser. Dancers donned th...

Ballet Star Frederic Franklin to Be Honored in Oct 14th Memorial Celebration

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The dance world lost a ballet great of the 20th century earlier this year, and American Ballet Theatre, with whom he performed into his 90's, is throwing a big bash in his honor

What's Ballet Been Up To?: Clicking Like, Filling Seats and What's to Come

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Rainesford Alexandra

In a time when most people would rather text and twerk than see a live classical performance, companies and dancers around the world are growing more innovative in the pursuit of a connection with their audience.

Initiative Launches To Develop More Black Ballerinas

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

Misty Copeland was discovered by a combination of luck, talent and being in the right place at the right moment. One afternoon while at the Boys a...

Creativity Behind the Scenes: Preserving the Culture of Artistry

Phil Chan | Posted 10.15.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

Despite the advent of video and recording technology, tradition continues even today: each fresh generation gets passed down a little bit of distilled knowledge from the first production of any given artistic work. You cannot learn how to be a swan from a video.

Gene Schiavone -- One of Ballet's Top Photographers Explores New Realms

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 10.12.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

In the world of dance photography, Gene Schiavone's photographs are acclaimed for their exceptional ability to capture the art of ballet. He exudes the friendly, calm confidence of someone who knows how good he is but doesn't need to prove anything.

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.

The Power of a Challenge Grant

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.05.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Turning around arts organizations is mostly about changing the psychology of an organization. If we can get people who are closest to us to believe in our work and proceed with confidence, we can find the resources we need.

Misty's On A Mission

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices

Being the first black female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in over 20 years takes a tremendous amount of talent, hard work, determinat...

American Ballet Theatre Brings Visionary Mixed Bill to Los Angeles

Carla Escoda | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

American Ballet Theatre kicked off the final stretch of its long and arduous season on Thursday with an inspired opening night program that gave us a powerful political and personal statement by Alexei Ratmansky, flanked by two of George Balanchine's iconic works in interpretations that show the company off at its best.