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observations 12/20

12 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

From yesterday's 24/7 Wall Street financial newsletter on America's Worst Run Companies: In order to be considered truly poorly run, a company must have a track record of missed opportunities, mismanaged risks, poor operational decisions, or executive malfeasance. In short,...

Just a reminder for this Sunday

Find your local theaters at this link. To put it mildly, this is quite a spectacular production.

Andrew Litton appointed NYCB music director

Wow, this is great news with exciting possibilites. According to this article in the NYT, we got ourselves a brand new homegrown music director at New York City Ballet. Andrew Litton, the current music director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra,...

Meet the instruments: The celeste

4 days agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Kissing cousin to the piano but with a sound straight from fairyland, the celeste is the perfect accompaniment to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s solo in The Nutcracker. How is that sound made? And what does it have to do with … Continue reading ?

ABT – Nutcrackers 12/13 mat, 12/14 mat & eve

... and then Hammoudi turned around in the upstage corner, spread his arms wide open, and beckoned Abrera to come to him like Mukhamedov beckoning Bessmernatova. She ran toward him, and took a leap of faith with feet...

In Transition: Giving Back Through Community Engagement

5 days agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

In 2000, two young dancers joined The Joffrey Ballet family as Arpino Apprentices. Still in their teens, the duo learned how to be professional dancers from watching, learning and performing with the Main Company. Both spent their entire...Show More Summary

Five Xmas Ballet Gifts

Need a helping hand deciding what to get your balletomane friends or family members this festive season? Here we highlight five recent releases that... The post Five Xmas Ballet Gifts appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Commitment to principles

It is curious that ABT, with its new found commitment to trying to play a leadership role in diversity community outreach and bringing greater numbers of black dancers to ballet companies (aka Project Plie), has decided to yank its relatively...

observations 12/13

Somehow it's fitting that on a day that the Dow plunged 315 points to close its worst week of 2014, ABT was at the exchange to ring the closing bell and celebrate its Nutcracker. Perhaps it was just a coincidence....

A Dracula For all Seasons

In recently reviewing Mark Bruce Company’s Dracula, dance writer Graham Watts concluded that he’d love to see it at Sadler’s Wells: “It is where it... The post A Dracula For all Seasons appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Scott Speck on Tchaikovksy's Score for The Nutcracker

last weekDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Joffrey Music Director and Conductor Scott Speck discusses Tchaikovksy’s Score for The Nutcracker You just finished conducting Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score for Swan Lake. How is The Nutcrackerdifferent or similar? ?What a thrill it is to conduct two such ravishingly beautiful scores back-to-back. Show More Summary

Check this out in Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair has a humongous dance article by Laura Jacobs in its January issue – on stands now. The historical account of Balanchine's The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet features fabulous pictures and great quotes from the old-timers, like:...

observations 12/10

A new authentic Cuban ballet school with a pre-professional program has cropped up in a western suburb of Chicago. The Alma Dance School in Wheaton had its grand opening last week. Its directors are Vilma Machin, who danced in the.....

Our staff picks for 2015

What ballets are we most looking forward to in our 2015 season? From our Artistic Director to our dancers to our Head of Millinery to our Travel Coordinator, our staff give their top picks for the Year of Beauty. David … Continue reading ?

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