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Spotlight on Women Choreographers: Allison Brzezinski

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Whenever there are large scale dance events the question almost inevitably arises: where are the women choreographers? The fact is that they're everywhere.

Here to Change the World: Emerging Artists Turn Downtown Dreams Real at University Settlement and The Door

Jaime Lubin | Posted 05.30.2014 | New York
Jaime Lubin

The emerging artists from US and The Door have certainly made an indelible impression on how I think about the world -- here's hoping they continue to do so for a lifetime.

Ballet as Preparation for Life

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 05.10.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

From the top students down to the novices, they moved with stylistic unity, confidence and clarity.

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.

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.

NYC Ballet's Ashley Bouder at the Peak of Her Career

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

She knows herself that she was not given a perfect instrument. Nonetheless, Bouder is perennially one of NYCB's most popular dancers. Certainly it's true that she's probably the fastest dancer in the company but that's not what makes her so popular. It's her happiness.

Sarah Lane: All American Ballerina

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 08.29.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

We didn't really talk about that noisy controversy having to do with her role as Natalie Portman's dance double in the film, Black Swan. It's something that will probably follow her for the rest of her career but it isn't something that she thinks about. Lane is always looking ahead, never back.

Paul Ghiselin on Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

It is now nearly forty years since the beginning of the campy drag company that has become a mainstream attraction at theaters all over the world. Ghiselin believes that the, "reason it still works is that we're bringing high art and humor together and it's a very unusual combination."

Les Ballets de FAILE Puts NYC Ballet Back on the Cutting Edge

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Faille's sensibility is playful and far-reaching and particularly suited for the marriage of "established" art to "outsider" art. Their use of a broad range of images, some ubiquitous and some original, pop images, pulp art images, juxtaposed serendipitously, place the viewer in a unique cognitive environment.

ABT's Isabella Boylston: Defining Space and Being in the Moment

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 07.23.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

American Ballet Theatre soloist Isabella Boylston defines space around her by moving through it. As she moves, whether on stage or in rehearsal, everything seems to shift and realign itself around her.

The Gelsey Kirkland Academy: Teaching the Art of Storytelling in Dance

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

During her dancing career Gelsey Kirkland was known for her particular ability to get to the heart of a character in the great classic story ballets. In her second career as a teacher she has combined forces with her husband and co-director, Michael "Misha" Chernov, and mime teacher Pilar Garcia.

Cayetano Soto - New Dance Visions From Spain

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Cayetano Soto is one of the leading young choreographers of contemporary dance. His work is in demand all over the world and he has more big commissions coming up soon.

Silas Farley: Choreographing the Future of New York City Ballet

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 05.07.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Of all the young dancers at New York City Ballet none are getting as much attention as the eighteen year old apprentice, Silas Farley.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Backstage With Roméo et Juliette at City Center

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

In French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliette there are no swords, no heavy Renaissance costumes and there is no vial of poison. The ballet has been stripped of all its dead weight while preserving the essence of the narrative.

Barre None: Chez Sara Mearns

Sara Mearns | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
Sara Mearns

Welcome to Barre None, my new video blog exclusively on Huffington Post. I'm Sara Mearns and I hope to be your tour guide into the world of classical ...

Bolshoi Ballet Cancels 'Rite Of Spring' After Acid Attack

Posted 01.31.2013 | Arts

The Bolshoi Ballet is canceling its new performance of "The Rite of Spring" after the violent attack of artistic director Sergei Filin. The production...

Returning To The Stage... Ready Or Not

Sara Mearns | Posted 03.27.2013 | Arts
Sara Mearns

Welcome to Barre None, my new video blog exclusively on Huffington Post. I'm Sara Mearns and I hope to be your tour guide into the world of classical ...

DuBois N The Hood: Choreographer Mashes Up Iconic Film And Book

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.20.2012 | Arts

For his latest dance project, choreographer Kyle Abraham drew inspiration from two iconic sources: the John Singleton film "Boyz N The Hood" and W.E.B...

Soledad Barrio: Duende Is Hard Work

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 11.26.2012 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Onstage she bristles and crackles like a high tension wire carrying more voltage than it can safely hold. She continues to gather more and more energy with little crescendos that hint at what is to come.

The Gelsey Kirkland Academy: A Safe Haven for Dancers

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 11.10.2012 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Now Kirkland, with her husband and partner Michael Chernov, are providing a complete education for dancers at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. The GKACB is a place where dancers can learn to become artists.

Questlove's Latest Project May Surprise You

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.06.2012 | Arts

Funding the arts is a constant challenge, which is why we launched our Kickstarter Spotlight series to shine a light on worthy projects looking for h...

Inside ABT With Susan Jaffe: Shaping the Next Generation

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 09.09.2012 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Isabella Boylston and Sarah Lane are two young soloists at American Ballet Theatre who are working hard to buck the odds and become principal dancers. It's not easy and there are obstacles to overcome.

Review: Isabella Boylston in Swan Lake at ABT

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 09.02.2012 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Isabella Boylston seems ready to make her move and take her place along the great American ballerinas if she continues to build on the great performance she delivered in last Wednesday's matinee.