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Mikhailovsky Ballet – Don Quixote 11/21

While sitting in the midst of a mostly Russian-speaking audience at Friday night’s Don Quixote by the Mikhailovsky Ballet, it occurred to Haglund that perhaps, just perhaps, this company didn’t travel all the way from St. Petersburg for his personal...

observations 11/18

The fix is in. ABT has rigged the press coverage of its Nutcracker performances this year. Other than the opening night performance, they are presently offering only two press nights: Misty Copeland's second performance on December 18th and Hee Seo's...

observations 11/14

Excellent all around casting for New York City Ballet's first week of The Nutcracker. First week's rotation: Sterling Hyltin & Andrew Veyette with Sara Mearns as DD Rebecca Krohn & Amar Ramasar with Abi Stafford as DD Ashley Bouder ...

Winter Dance in London: a Photo Gallery

London’s thriving dance scene has given Alice Pennefather lots of opportunities for amazing shots this season, and here we feature a special selection of her contemporary dance... The post Winter Dance in London: a Photo Gallery appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Behind the Tutu

Tutu, n. A very short skirt worn by a ballerina, made of projecting layers of stiffened sheer material (Collins English Dictionary) … and ‘coveted by all... The post Behind the Tutu appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Against-the-odds heroines

3 days agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Nikiya the temple dancer, the heroine of La Bayadère, has to battle the odds to win her true love Solor. Her rival Gamzatti is a rich, spoilt princess who’s determined by fair means or foul to steal the handsome warrior … Continue reading ?

5 reasons you need to see Giselle

3 days agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Maina Gielgud says it: “There’s everything in Giselle. Love, heartbreak, madness … and a lot of pure dance.” Maina’s sublime production of this great Romantic ballet is coming to our stages in 2015. Here are five reasons not to miss … Continue reading ?

Connor Walsh and Karina Gonzalez: They’ve arrived!

As if welcoming Gillian Murphy to the Sydney Opera House last week weren’t thrill enough, this week Houston Ballet Principals Connor Walsh and Karina Gonzalez joined us ahead of their performances as Solor and Nikiya in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère. … Continue reading ?

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Giselle 11/12 matinee

When America’s middle tier ballet companies tour Eastern or Western Europe and present Balanchine works as part of a program, there are probably some in the audience who are disappointed because they were expecting to see something on the level...

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