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observations 7-25

7 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Beginning this November, José Manuel Carreño will become the Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey, a company that includes many Cubans within its roster of forty dancers. Here is merely one of them, Ernesto Mejica, rehearsing Acteon four years ago....

Lincoln Center Out of Doors FestivalLincoln Center and Darlene Love deliver!

There are some performers who shouldn’t retire from the stage – Baryshnikov, Jagger, and Darlene Love. Oh my goodness. Did Lincoln Center ever do itself proud last night with its sensational presentation of Darlene Love and her band under the...

The Tune Your Bones Play

4 days agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“N.N.N.N.,” “Second to Last (excerpt),” “A Picture of You Falling,” “Waxing Moon,” “Solo Echo” Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Jacob’s Pillow: Ted Shawn Theatre Becket, MA July 14, 20016 by Martha Sherman copyright © 2016 by Martha Sherman The dancers of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago are powerful movers who can master any combination. Show More Summary

Another black eye for ballet while making America grate again

This is not a political blog. In fact, we go out of our way to avoid national political hot-topics even though they might draw parallels to the dance world and even supply a little humor. But now this. This is...

Signature Sokolow

Anna Sokolow’s “Magritte Magritte”, “From the Diaries of Franz Kafka”, “Dreams” Dakshina Dance Company Dance Theater, Clarice Smith Center The University of Maryland College Park, Maryland July 16, 2016 by George Jackson copyright ©Show More Summary

observations 7-16

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival begins next week. On Saturday (7/23) Dance Theatre of Harlem company & school will perform on the Hearst Plaza (by the reflecting pool) at 2:00pm. Then at 7:30pm Darlene Love will take the stage....

Opening preview performanceCATS – The new life begins

Haglund used to walk by the Winter Garden Theater and wonder when in the heck that CATS musical would close. He’d seen it a few times over its 18 year run, knew a few of the cats in it who...

No, no, no Melanie

One of Haglund's favorite ballerinas, Melanie Hamrick, has been seeded by Mick Jagger, so says London's Guardian and Page Six of the NY Post. Even though her potential was never even close to being realized at ABT, we will miss...

ABT's fall season ????

How curious that ABT simply left Herman Cornejo off the Fall listing of principal dancers without an explanation. Three days after the close of the season, he's scheduled to perform at City Center as part of the Vail Dance Festival/ReMixNYC...

Two Types of Corrections I Stopped Giving My Dance Students

Dance teachers commonly use two types of corrections in class that cause confusion for their dance students. Learn how to rephrase and reframe these corrections to be more clear and accurate.

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

“With Alacrity”, “Cigarettes,” “Instructions” “4 In the Morning (An Entertainment” Amy Seiwert’s Imagery Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center San Francisco, CA July 8, 2016 by Rita Felciano copyright © Rita Felciano 2016 Amy Seiwert's...Show More Summary

observations 7-10

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

The new Jessica Lang piece that ABT will premiere on October 21st utilizes seven women and three men and carries the theme of women hitting the proverbial ceiling which stops them from growing. Set to Fanny Mendelssohn's The Year with...

observations 7-8

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Argentina offered Julio Bocca the job of Minister of Culture and Director of Teatro Colón after the current minister resigned. Julio declined and said that he was not yet prepared to run a theater in general. When asked if he...

Ferver for Dance

2 weeks agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

Jack Ferver “I Want You to Want Me” The Kitchen New York, NY July 1, 2016 by Leigh Witchel copyright © 2016 by Leigh Witchel If “The Red Shoes” had a threesome with “A Dancer’s World” and “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” we might end up with “I Want You to Want Me,” Jack Ferver’s gothic horror comedy ballet. Show More Summary

observations 7-5

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Thanks much to the Southern California early-rising Haglund'eeler who brought to our attention this article about Stella Abrera that appears on the front page of the arts section in today's LA Times. –––––––––––––––––––– Is this necessary? "The book also looks...

ABT Sleeping Beauty 7/1It's not Aurora who needs waking up at ABT

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Nine years ago when the ill-fated Kirkland/McKenzie Sleeping Beauty premiered during the Spring season at The Metropolitan Opera House, Sarah Lane was 22-years-old and in the corps de ballet. She had already spectacularly danced the lead in Balanchine’s Theme and...

She Shall Have Music

3 weeks agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"The Sleeping Beauty" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY June 28, 2016 and June 29, 2016, matinee by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill The charming moment when the 16-year-old Aurora celebratesShow More Summary

Congratulations to Blaine Hoven

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

The Blaine Train is back on track again with a truly deserved, long deserved promotion to soloist. We can't wait to see him leading the big classical works. But if you think this hasn't been a long wait, think again....

ABT 6/30Golden Sleeping Beauty

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

There is an abundance of gold in Alexei Ratmansky’s production of Sleeping Beauty. Many if not most of the court costumes designed by Richard Hudson flaunt the excess of wealth (without the underlying stigma of evilness) through generous bold gold...

Beauty Awakened

3 weeks agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

American Ballet Theatre “The Sleeping Beauty” Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY June 27, 2016 by Leigh Witchel copyright © 2016 by Leigh Witchel Don’t you love happy endings? A year ago, Alexei Ratmansky’s reconstruction of “The Sleeping Beauty” looked historically important, but not like a work of living theater. Show More Summary

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