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London's Daily Mail spotted Mick & Melanie climbing into a limo in Manhattan recently. Oh, this hurts. It's not a good time for one of Haglund's favorite ballerinas to be distracted. Preparations for ABT's Met Season are about to move...

observations 3/29

This comes from the Department of It's-best-to-come-up-with-one's-own-original-artistry-instead-of-messing-with-another-genius's-respected-work-and-trying-to-call-it-your-own. The Director of Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet has been fired as the result of his re-working of Wagner's opera 'Tannhauser' which was offensive to a lot of people. According to the Siberian Times,...

ABT's new Promo and Mis-infomercial for PBS

Well, it sounds like Ric Burns’ reputation as a legitimate documentary-maker is about to fall into the sewer if this new ABT Infomercial gets aired on PBS as it is supposed to on May 15. From accounts received here at...

Six Reasons Why We Love ENB’s Modern Masters

English National Ballet has just wrapped its first official season as a Sadler’s Wells associate ballet company. The programme, Modern Masters, brought together acclaimed works... The post Six Reasons Why We Love ENB’s Modern Masters appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

observations 3/20

Good read in the Washington Post online in which Sarah Kaufman digs a little deeper into the matter of Paloma Herrera's withdrawal from Sleeping Beauty. It seems Kevin McKenzie refused to give her so much as a simple choice of...

Behind the Scenes of Giselle

If you were at our Behind the Scenes of Giselle event this week – or you’re planning to go to a Behind the Scenes event in Sydney, Adelaide or Perth – here’s a series of fascinating facts to enhance your … Continue reading ?

Stella Abrera will be Giselle at The Australian Ballet

Maybe someday we'll have the opportunity to see our own Stella perform the role that she was destined to dance. Meanwhile, the rest of the world gets to enjoy it. The Australian Ballet has just announced that Stella will perform...


By Kalyn Oden, PR Intern One, two, three! One, two, three! Those are not only counts but also the number of ballets to be presented during Houston Ballet’s spring mixed repertory program “Modern Masters” from March 12-22, 2015. The program features George Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina, Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato’s poignant Jardí Tancat, and Harald […]

In previews @ The Palace TheatreAn American in Paris

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

This happened on Friday night. And what a spectacular event it was! Sure, it was only the opening of previews, but those are some of the absolute best, one of a kind performances on Broadway. Officially, An American in Paris...

Lincoln CenterPaul Taylor Dance Company - 3/12 Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance Premiere Season

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Despite what may have been written recently in The New Yorker or earlier in the NYT, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is still Paul Taylor Dance Company. PTDC is now the main component of Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance, but...

A ghostly dance with Bistro Vue

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Red velvet, warm light, a Parisian lilt to the air … and two delicate winged ghosts floating through it all. This week, to celebrate the opening of our Giselle season, we took two of our wilis to Shannon Bennett’s French-accented … Continue reading ?

Love beyond the grave

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

When Giselle dies of a broken heart, the story’s not by any means over. In Act II of Giselle, she and Albrecht deepen their love as never before – despite the fact that she’s a woodland wraith. So what is … Continue reading ?

The Lie in over-reLiance

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

For much of the past year, McKenzie has knowingly over-relied on Hallberg getting back on stage in order to peddle tickets. Only when it became obvious to 99% of the buying public that he wouldn't be dancing did McKenzie finally...

Seven reasons to see The Dream

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

SHAKESPEARE EN POINTE The Bard’s magical comedy, with its lovers and sprites, tiffs and crushes, is a natural for dance. ASHTON One of the greats of 20th-century ballet, Frederick Ashton almost single-handedly created the English classical style: playful, subtle and … Continue reading ?

The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake: A Photo Gallery

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Having passed the mark of 1,000+ performances, Sir Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet is reported to be retiring this season, and... The post The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake: A Photo Gallery appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Spring Program Preview

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Artistic Director Ashley Wheater Discusses Our Spring Program: New Works 4 New Works – Fresh, Physical, Unadorned New work is the life blood of any company. Whether the work is new to the company, a dancer, or to simply new the audience – it is an important part of the education of dance. Show More Summary

ABT @ Segerstrom - 3/4Sleeping Beauty recovers from her nightmare

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Moose and Haglund met on Thursday while sleeping overnight in the Minneapolis airport – much thanks to Delta. Moose was coming out of the gift shop as Haglund was going in. You may recognize this big fella as the former...

Lisa Bolte on the mad scene

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Former Principal Artist Lisa Bolte danced Giselle all around the world; now she brings her artistry to the role of Giselle’s mother, Berthe, in our current Melbourne season. She talks to us about the ballet’s famous mad scene. The mad … Continue reading ?

Madeleine Eastoe: A special announcement

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Our beloved Principal Artist Madeleine Eastoe announced her retirement today. We’re going to miss this remarkable dancer! For more information – including the dates of Madeleine’s final performances in our upcoming Melbourne season of Giselle – visit our website.

Styling Giselle

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Annie Carroll,  former dancer of The Australian Ballet, writer and fashionista, turns her eye to the costumes and characters of Giselle – and their haute couture equivalents. Giselle, Act I She’s the young peasant girl in daffodil yellow, oozing gamine … Continue reading ?

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