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8 hours 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

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...

Back from the World

“What Dreams May Come”, “Where Women Don’t Dance” Nejla Yatkin / NY2Dance Dance Place Washington, DC April 30, 2016 by George Jackson © 2016 by George Jackson A dozen years ago, a newcomer caught Washington’s dance eye. Intense, even...Show More Summary

16 Performance Habits That Guarantee A Great Show

Backstage, every dancer must do their part to make sure a performance runs smoothly. These 16 behind-the-curtain habits should be as much a part of your routine as the choreography.

Renegade ballerina

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...

How To Prepare Yourself For Dancing On An Unfamiliar Stage

3 days agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

When your first time on a new stage is to perform on it, it's hard to feel prepared. Here are four things dancers do to feel more comfortable before the show goes on.

Playing the Big Room

4 days agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“Serenade,” “Heatscape,” “Viscera,” “Bourée Fantasque” ?Miami City Ballet ?David H. Koch Theater ?New York, New York ?April 13, 2016 (“Serenade”) and April 16, 2016 (matinee) by Michael Popkin? copyright © 2016 by Michael Popkin Artists...Show More Summary

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....

One Old, One Not -- Both Fine

"Shostakovich" "Sand" Alonzo King Lines Ballet Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, CA April 21, 2016 by Rita Felciano copyright © Rita Felciano 2016 It is rare in this country that a ballet company relies on the energy and talent of one creator. Show More Summary

Finish Line

Miami City Ballet “Symphony in Three Movements,” “Sweet Fields,” “Symphonic Dances” David H. Koch Theater New York, NY April 17, 2016 by Leigh Witchel copyright © 2016 by Leigh Witchel Everyone, including the entire staff of Miami City Ballet, knows that a New York tour is a mine-field. Show More Summary

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...

Titles, Temperaments & Tomorrow's Choreographers Today

“Introspection” – a choreographic collection The Kirov Collaborative Studio Theater E Kirov Academy of Ballet Washington, DC April 24, 2016 at 1 PM by George Jackson © 2016 by George Jackson Just about everything The Kirov Collaborative does is the work of trainees – students, young people. Show More Summary

How One Dance Studio Is Promoting Healthy Body Image

All That Dance studio tells us about Love Your Body Week at their studio and how they are helping students develop a greater appreciation for their bodies while encouraging teen leadership.

Lit Up

“Keep,” “The Accidental,” “Grace Action” Pennsylvania Ballet The Joyce Theater New York, NY March 30, 2016 by Marianne Adams copyright © 2016 by Marianne Adams Change is the essence of creative being, and Pennsylvania Ballet showed that...Show More Summary


“Prague – New York Effects” Petr Zuska and Jen Shyu West Garden Court National Gallery of Art Washington, DC April 23, 2016 at 2 PM by George Jackson © 2016 by George Jackson Although it is crammed with art, The National Gallery provides spaces in which visitors can rest their eyes. Show More Summary

Angst, Old and New

“Night Journey,” “AXE,”“Inner Resources,”“Cave of the Heart” Martha Graham Dance Company City Center New York, NY April 14, 2016 by Leigh Witchel © 2016 by Leigh Witchel Opening night of the Martha Graham Dance Company’s season was a sandwich of two of her outsized Greek tragedies as bread and two premieres as filling. Show More Summary

Mountain of Venus

“Clap Hands” Jen Rosenblit Invisible Dog Center Brooklyn, NY April 20, 2016 by Martha Sherman copyright © 2016 by Martha Sherman Jen Rosenblit is a force of nature. Her work and her presence plumb something primordial. In "Clap Hands,"...Show More Summary

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.....

NYCB 4/22 – The Greening of Ballet

Yesterday was Earth Day. Spawned in 1970 during a time of energy shortages and high pollution, Earth Day became a way for enlightened citizens of all ages to collectively demonstrate a commitment to support, protect, and honor the environment. It...

White Magic

“Another Spell” Vicky Shick and Dancers Danspace Project New York, NY April 15, 2016 by Leigh Witchel copyright © 2016 by Leigh Witchel Vicky Shick’s “Another Spell” was the kind of enchanting nonsense that might make up a post-modern “Alice in Wonderland” – if Alice grew up and wrote the story herself. Show More Summary

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