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3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Let's get it started, folks. Winter Season begins tomorrow! We have loved this marketing campaign since Day 1. Illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin's little cat-like faces full of cat attitude and ultra-long skinny-kitty limbs just makes us smile and want to...

There is No Understanding Death

4 weeks agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“I Understand Everything Better” David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group The Chocolate Factory Queens, NY January 12, 2016 by Leigh Witchel © 2016 by Leigh Witchel “We will now walk the thin line between the purely presentational and the...Show More Summary

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As of January 1, 2016, the State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater in Vladivostok, Russia has been officially re-designated as the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. There is a new beautiful website, still a work in progress, ( where...

NYCB 2016 Art Series – Marcel Dzama and Amy Sedaris?

Chess moves are coming to New York City Ballet's 2016 Art Series. Canadian born, Brooklyn-based, chess enthusiast, contemporary artist Marcel Dzama will be the featured artist this winter. His installation on the Promenade will be digital in nature and will...

Tap Dance Legend: Eleanor Powell

last monthArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

With a style unlike any other female dancer of her time, Eleanor Powell left a legendary mark as an actress, a charity advocate, and of course, as the Queen of Tap Dancing. Learn about the life and legacy of one of the world's greatest tap dancers.

Vanity Fair

last monthArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"Nocturne/Etude/Prelude", "Welcome a Stranger", "Simkin and the City", "Simkin and the Stage", "Islands of Memories" Daniil Simkin's Intensio Joyce Theater New York, NY January 5, 2016 by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill...Show More Summary

Traveling from Planet to Planet

last monthArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“Discotropic” niv Acosta COIL Festival Westbeth Arts Community Center New York, NY January 6, 2016 by Martha Sherman copyright © 2016 by Martha Sherman Race may not be a choice in niv Acosta’s “Discotropic,” but gender is definitely up for grabs in this shifting, cosmic fantasy. Show More Summary

The Only Thing Missing was the Crowd

last monthArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

World Ballet Stars Rose Theater New York, NY December 9, 2015 by Leigh Witchel © 2016 by Leigh Witchel It may have been the lineup of the year. Ulyana Lopatkina, Tamara Rojo and Johan Kobborg on the same bill in a gala to benefit ballet in Romania. Show More Summary

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Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema presents Jean-Christophe Maillot’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW on Sunday, January 24th. The cast is as follows: Katharina, the Shrew: Ekaterina Krysanova Petruchio Vladislav Lantratov Bianca: Olga Smirnova Lucentio: Semyon Chudin The Housekeeper: Anna Tikhomirova The...

What Charlotte The Spider Knows About Nurturing Champions

last monthArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

If Charlotte can take a small, lonely, frightened little pig and turn him into a healthy, strong, confident winner, so can you. With lessons from "Charlotte's Web," dance teachers can learn how to turn their dancers into real champions, not just in competition but in life.

Dance Bloggers Share Their Best Of 2015

last monthArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

  Kicking off a new year at Dance Advantage isn’t always easy. “Where to begin?”   “What’s that first post of the new year going to be about?” In the past I’ve hosted a Top Dance Blog contest between one year’s end a new year’s beginning and enjoyed its success. Show More Summary

NYCB Nutcracker - New Year's Eve

Don't cry because you finished the nuts. Smile because you had the nuts… -- Mr. Squirrel Yes, okay, but Squirrel Wisdom is sometimes hard wisdom to follow. Haglund cracked a final unscheduled Nut on New Year’s Eve at New York...

Christmas Tree Ideas For Your Dance Studio

2 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Inspired by the variety of festive ways we've seen dance studio owners and management decorating trees for their lobbies at Christmastime, here's a collection of ideas we think you'll love.

A final look behind the scenes of Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker

By Jessica Maria MacFarlane On a snowy night in 1892, The Nutcracker (originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Balletmaster Lev Ivanov) made its first appearance at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. With a dazzling original score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and classical ballet choreography, The Nutcracker became a holiday tradition in the […]

Sugar Plum Fairy Exposé: Dissolving The Sugar Coating

2 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

The Nutcracker's Sugar Plum Fairy wasn't in the original story so where does she come from? Does the Sugar Plum pas de deux contain a hidden homage to Tchaikovsky’s sister? What was the original name of Plum's prince? Why did the first Sugar Plum Fairy add an extra solo for herself? We have the answers!

Foreign Reports from the Land of the Sweets

2 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

’Tis the season for traveling far and wide in search of the spirit of the Nutcracker. Recently Haglund packed his bags, climbing gear, and Homeland Security ID and cautiously ventured across 8th Avenue to the chaos that awaits all who...

It's A Wonderful. . .

2 months agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"Nutcracker" San Francisco Ballet War Memorial Opera House San Francisco, CA December 16, 2015 by Rita Felciano copyright © Rita Felciano 2015 This year Helgi Tomasson's 2004 "Nutcracker" smoothly slid into its slot. It's not just that the ballet has nicely settled into the company with barely a misstep all evening. Show More Summary

Hugh Colman: Grand design

2 months agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

The revered designer Hugh Colman has had a long and happy association with The Australian Ballet, most notably creating the sets and costumes for Maina Gielgud’s The Sleeping Beauty, and for Stephen Baynes’ 2012 Swan Lake. Some of the exquisite … Continue reading ?

What The Nutcracker Is A Mirliton, Anyway?

2 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Some of the character's in Act II of The Nutcracker seem out of place and the dual personalities that come out in different versions of the ballet don't make it any less confusing. If you look back into the ballet's history, though, things do start to come together in the Kingdom of Sweets.

Sarah Lane to guest in SF Ballet's Nutcracker

2 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

What a tremendous opportunity and honor for Sarah who will dance in Helgi Tomasson's charming Nutcracker production on December 22nd at 2PM and on December 23rd at 7PM with the San Francisco Ballet. She will dance the Grand Pas de.....

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