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Misty Copeland Talks Fashion, Memoir and Body Image

Mary Alice Franklin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Mary Alice Franklin

It's quite overwhelming to be in the presence of someone who crushes multiple stereotypes, and does it with grace. Misty Copeland is African American. She does not have the typical "ballerina's body." She didn't have access to classical ballet early in life, so she began dancing "late" -- at age 13.

Daily Meditation: Movement

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Philharmonic Set the Auditorium Theatre Ablaze in Swan Lake

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.21.2014 | Chicago
Carla Escoda

Wheeldon's is hardly the first, nor the most radical, revision of Swan Lake. Yet purists may object to his elimination of the court scenes and the bracing folk dances that add a more respectable character to Act III than the striptease and the can-can.

Gorgeous, Voluptuous and Only Four Hundred Years Old

Edward Goldman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

No, no, no... I am not talking about Jeff Koons. Let's travel back 400 years and say hello to Peter Paul Rubens, the Flemish painter who was the most sought after artist in Europe during the first half of the 17th century.

Australian Ballet's Swan Lake in Los Angeles

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.10.2014 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Tchaikovsky's classic ballet has a triumphal outing in its Los Angeles production featuring the innovative and masterful choreography of Graeme Murphy and inspiring performances by the principals and troupe of the Australian Ballet, now one of the leading international ballet companies.

Conducting Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 10.03.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Tchaikovsky was the essence of the Russian Romantic era. He wore his heart on his sleeve, and his unforgettable melodies are full of the most honest expression.

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

Phil Chan | Posted 09.28.2014 | 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.

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.

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.

Enter The Enchanting World Of A Brazilian Ballet Master

Crane.tv | Posted 08.31.2014 | Arts
Crane.tv

World Cup fever might have you thinking that Brazil is only the home of football. But it's more than just a football nation. It's a breeding ground fo...

A New Swan Lake in Black, White and Intriguing Shades of Gray

Meghan Feeks | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

Directed and choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, Lac is a pithy remix of Swan Lake that keeps the central story intact, but dares to rethink many of the ballet's sacrosanct conventions.

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.

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.

Happy Birthday, Tchaikovsky!

Posted 05.07.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Famous for hummable masterpieces like "1812 Overture" and "Swan Lake," the classic...

Author Spotlight: Summer Dance

Adria Rolnik | Posted 05.19.2013 | Books
Adria Rolnik

Imagine a sleep-away camp where you dance, morning, noon and night. Where you stage performances and learn from the masters. This is a world created by author, Lynn Swanson. Here are some excerpts from a recent Q&A with the author.

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...

The Mariinsky Ballet Rises Above Happy Endings

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts
Carla Escoda

If there were any purists muttering to themselves during Act IV at Thursday night's performance of Swan Lake by the Mariinsky Ballet, they were lost amid the hootin' and hollerin'.

The Legendary Ballet Master Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted 12.04.2012 | Arts
Evelyne Politanoff

Reflecting Nureyev's lifelong obsession with the details of fabric, decoration, and stylistic line, the costumes in this exhibition represent every period of his long career.

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.

The New Model, Part 1

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.18.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

We in the arts face major challenges, including, but certainly not limited to, the short-term economic situation in which we all work. But simply suggesting that 'things must change' without giving us concrete proposals is not helpful. What exactly do these people mean by 'old models' anyway?

'Swan Lake' Update Takes On Charles/Diana/Camilla Saga

By Christine Jowers Originally published on Dance Enthusiast Prologue: A Brief History of Swan Lake As Graeme Murphy, choreographer for The Au...

'Swan Lake' In 3D?!?

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 05.16.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — If you've ever seen choreographer Matthew Bourne's version of "Swan Lake," you already know that his birds aren't the usual delicate,...

'Swan Lake,' With Bare-Chested Men In Feathered Pants

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake in 3D not only reflects the psychological and mystical currents of the ballet's original narrative, it also floats the same physical and creative demands upon its featured star. Richard Winsor is well-equipped to handle both.

Another Visit to Oman

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.10.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is truly no Eastern art or Western art or Asian art, etc. There is only art. And great art has the power to move us because great artists speak to us no matter what the language.