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CultureZohn: Tiler Peck And Robert Fairchild: Dancing As Fast As They Can

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

"You have to practice finishing," Tiler reminds the toe students after a series of turns, "you can't just stop in mid-step and freeze." A good lesson for life as well as ballet.

Neither Saint Nor Sinner

Francis Levy | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

There are those who sacrifice their desires for others, those who don't and those who do some sort of a turnaround where they take a vacation from se...

An Expanding Universe: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance

Phil Chan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

Paul Taylor, who celebrates his 83rd birthday this year and whose total body of work now eclipses 140 dances in his lifetime, is a Godfather to American Modern Dance.

PABallet's Carmina Returns and Sublime Balanchine

Lew Whittington | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

For its 50th anniversary season, Pennsylvania Ballet revived John Butler's Carmina Burana, literally back by popular demand for audience members of a ...

Sassy and Sophisticated: Diablo Ballet All Grown Up at 20

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.08.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

After 20 years of charming East Bay audiences, Walnut Creek-based Diablo Ballet tipped its hat to the past with an anniversary program that segued movingly from film clips of past performances to live performance of the same pieces, but also nodded vigorously to the future with a brand new work by resident choreographer Robert Dekkers.

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Francis Levy | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

What does it feel like to be loved for one's beauty or perfection? Naturally, it's something that everyone who has never had that kind of beauty or t...

Steps Toward Diversity: Youth America Grand Prix

Phil Chan | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

Low-income families and geographically underserved students (disproportionately students of color) who have little access to local resources receive few opportunities to explore the important benefits of the arts. This sends a very strong message: Classical ballet is not for you.

Afternoon of a Faun: A Life of Dancer Tanaquil LeClercq

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Tanaquil LeClercq was a lithe, angular beauty, a dancer who graced ballet until polio struck, paralyzing her and ending her career at age 27. Nursing ...

George Balanchine: the Human Cost of an Artistic Legacy

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Kiem

George Balanchine co-founded America's first world-class ballet school, choreographed more than 400 works for the stage, launched the careers of a dozen stars and died an undisputed modern master -- the most influential figure in 20th century dance.

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.

Pushing Back the Cultural Desert

Phil Chan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

There is no one question that our country is currently experiencing a drought of dance in mainstream American culture. Then how do we replant dance in American culture and push the desert back?

Keep New York City Dancing

Phil Chan | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

We are more than tutus and tiaras when you want a night out on the town. We are New Yorkers. Living, working, making, learning, teaching. We pilot educational models that are replicated worldwide. We help maintain the city's reputation of being the dance capital of the planet.

Creativity Behind the Scenes: Developing the Craft for a 21st Century Audience

Phil Chan | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

Opera is currently reviving and reinventing itself for modern audiences, and one organization in particular has had a fair amount of success in creating new operatic works.

PB's 4Ts and Wheeldon Funsies

Lew Whittington | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

It was family dance event time at last week's Saturday matinee performance of The Carnival of the Animals with adults and children filling the Academy of Music.

Ballet Gets Chic

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Fashion takes a back seat to nothing – not even seriously chilly weather – at New York's fanciest dance gala. And so the...

Ballet Superstar Roberto Bolle Talks Favorite Dancers, Choreographers and Katy Perry

Adria Rolnik | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

How does Roberto Bolle, Italian ballet superstar and one of Italy's most beloved artists, find a moment to sit down and chat?

Are Ballerinas Dog or Cat People? Instagram and the New York City Ballet

James Sims | Posted 07.06.2013 | Arts
James Sims

George Balanchine once said, "See the music, hear the dance." Perhaps Balanchine's successor, Peter Martins, can add, "See the music, hear the dance, Instagram the dogs."

Diablo Ballet Does Balanchine and Modern Urban Nightmares

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.05.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Tina Kay Bohnstedt's new work From Another Time was a mysterious, absorbing glimpse into a dream world, set to a plaintive piano score composed and played live by local pianist Justin Levitt.

An Uplifting Moment

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.29.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Dancers try things in rehearsal that they may not feel comfortable attempting in performance. And watching dancers in rehearsal clothes always strips the movement to its barest, most wonderful essentials.

En Pointe! An In-Depth Look at the Pointe Shoe

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

The National Museum of Dance has an exhibit about pointe shoes that dancers and dance-lovers will want to check out. We reached out to Assistant Director Sarah Hall Weaver to learn more about it and are excited to share some of the details with you here.

San Francisco Ballet's Guide to Strange and Wonderful Places (PHOTOS)

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

2013-03-13-ballet_escoda.jpgSan Francisco Ballet's contribution to the centennial celebration of Stravinsky and Nijinsky's controversial masterpiece may well prove to be a beacon in the storm.

The Lost Generation in the Audience

Phil Chan | Posted 03.08.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

It is our responsibility in the field to continue to push the artform to exciting new levels, and to also offer educational opportunities to the next generation.

Lucas Kavner

From Juilliard To A Strip Club

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.01.2012 | Arts

Caity Gwin did everything a budding professional dancer is supposed to do. She studied ballet five days a week, all the way through high school. She w...

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?

Elad Lassry's 'Untitled (Presence)' Debuts At The Kitchen

Margaret Fuhrer | Posted 09.18.2012 | Arts
Margaret Fuhrer

I don't think Lassry is all that interested in dance. I think he was creating a living sculpture. Perhaps there was a deliberate attempt to mirror the flatness of the photos with a "flat" performance. But why waste 10 world-class dancers on such a task?