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ABT - La Fille mal gardee 5/26 Playing with ribbons, tugging on heartstrings

Ribbon Play enjoyed the height of its popularity in 19th century England when factory-made toys were mostly available only to the wealthy. Youngsters in the common classes played with toys made out of household items: clothespins became dolls, a broom...

Discussing Ekman’s CACTI with Stager Spenser Theberge

For this blog post we'll be talking one-on-one with Cacti's stager and freelance dancer-choreographer Spenser Theberge. Get ready to laugh and smile with us as we discuss the triumphs of staging this captivating ballet!

NYCB 5/22 – There's no better way to spend a Sunday

With impeccable style and a first rate performance, Craig Hall bowed for the last time in front of his New York audience on Sunday. Following the company’s Paris and Saratoga tours, he will become a ballet master which is a...

observations 5-19

Here's the rest of the quote from Julio Bocca about his desire to direct ABT. It didn't appear in the first article to which we linked below on 5-17, but has surfaced in another online paper today. Previously, he said:...

ABT - Shostakovich Trilogy 5/17

Haglund revisited the Shostakovich Trilogy last night where Joseph Gorak made an early debut in Symphony #9 subbing for an injured Herman Cornejo. Gorak was on the calendar to dance the role for the first time on Friday. He gave...

Congratulations Taylor Stanley

What great news that New York City Ballet has once again fully recognized one of its most talented, interesting, and deserving dancers with a promotion to Principal. Prior to his last minute substitution in Hallelujah Junction last night, Taylor Stanley...

observations 5-17

Julio Bocca says that the story that he had been offered the directorship of ABT was false. HOWEVER, he continues with this unsolicited explanation: "I do not say I do not like to lead the American Ballet, yes I would,...

ABT Spring Gala 5/16

Awkward was the word that came to mind most often during ABT’s Spring Gala last night. The out-of-context snippets representing works presented this spring season were D.O.A. Sylvia’s entrance variation by Maria Kochetkova consisted of timid, tiny dancing that made...

ABT snubs Irina and Max

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

ABT's Gala dinner this Monday will have a little less glam because Irina Dvorovenko and Max Beloserkovsky were intentionally left off the guest list. Wow, ABT, such bad form and lack of style, not to mention poor manners. But then,....

ABT Sylvia 5/9"When a woman with a weapon needs luv..."

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

from Dolly Parton’s Songs I Wished I’d Sung album that went platinum in the 1970s, possibly, or not. That beauty with the bow and arrow, Sylvia, opened ABT’s 2016 spring season at the Met this evening. Unfortunately, she missed her....

observations 5/8

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

According to Uruguay's El Pais and a 2014 culture consumption survey, 1 in 9 Uruguayans attended a ballet performance, 1 in 12 attended a folk dance performance, 1 in 18 attended a modern dance performance, and 1 in 43 attended...

NYCB 5/6 – Flying, flying by the seat of their pants, flying

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Last night at New York City Ballet, the dancers in Balanchine’s Vienna Waltzes seemed to be navigating the winds mostly on instinct and observation. The final waltz from Der Rosenkavalier had fifty dancers on stage, half in white gowns with...

NYCB – Spring Gala 5/4

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

New York City Ballet’s 2016 Spring Gala last night at Lincoln Center honored Board Chairman Jay Fishman who now battles advanced ALS. Mr. Fishman attended and sat in the front row of the First Ring attached to a bulky respirator....

observations 5/4

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

We could not be more excited about the 5th week casting at NYCB. Lauren King debuts in the lead of Western Symphony opposite Chase Finlay (also debuting) on Thursday, May 19th. Brittany Pollock also debuts in the cast. On the...

observations 5/3

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Julio Bocca has agreed to return to the Ballet Nacional del Sodre after walking out for a month long breather. He's keeping the acting artistic director as a co-director and has acquired a company master to be another partner in...

NYCB 5/1 – Jewels

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Some of the tender azaleas in Damrosch Park next to New York City Ballet’s theater are beginning to tucker out after throwing beautiful blooms in their brief debut season. That’s okay. They’ll spend the rest of the season deepening their...

Renegade ballerina

4 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Here is the NYCB Rubies corps de ballet rehearsing today outside next to the theater. Everything was going splendidly until all of a sudden one ballerina went a little crazy and "pinked out" in a coloratura solo. It must be...

We have no words...

Well, almost none, except for this: Angelin Preljocaj certainly knows how to make us listen to empty words. What an interesting, albeit challenging-to-sit-through performance at the Joyce Theater last Sunday when Ballet Preljocaj presented its final performance of Empty Moves....

Pennsylvania Ballet big changes

Well, the word is officially out. Haglund has been keeping this under his hat for weeks. As reported this evening in the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of ABT's most promising corpsmen, Sterling Baca, will be joining the Pennsylvania Ballet as a...

NYCB 4/23 EveJewels - so much more than accoutrement

Performance photos are prohibited at NYCB, but we couldn’t resist snapping a pic of the Rubies Corps de Ballet warming up next to the theater prior to last night’s performance of Jewels. Look at these beauties. This young Corps de.....

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