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observations 8-29

20 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Anna Kisselgoff has written a nice tribute to Johan Renvall in an obituary that will appear in Sunday's NYT print edition. It's online now here. Yet as critics across the country noted, Mr. Renvall’s gifts went far beyond pyrotechnics. Antony...

Misty Copeland and Lauren Anderson Share The Stage In Houston

2 weeks agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

25 years before Misty Copeland became ABT's first African-American principal ballet dancer, Lauren Anderson was the first "brown girl" to be made principal at Houston Ballet. In a special Houston event, the pair came together to answer questions about their lives as dancers and the challenges of being black ballerinas in a still, traditionally white art form.

Jazz Dance Legend: Giordano

2 weeks agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

The man remembered as the “Godfather of American Jazz Dancing” could check numerous titles off his list of accomplishments, including dancer, choreographer, master teacher, company founder, author, and, ultimately, the person who led jazz to become a recognized and respected art form.

JR's favorite ballerina "plastered"

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Yes, indeed, that would be NYCB's newest principal ballerina, Lauren Lovette, who is now bigger than life and plastered against the wall at 100 Franklin Street in TriBeCa. Thanks to the generous mega-developpers, DDG, who will soon build a smallish...

Monotones II and Space-Age chic

2 months agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Made in 1965, inspired by space travel and featuring sleek white costumes topped by domed helmets, Frederick Ashton’s Monotones II belongs to an age infatuated with the interplanetary. As we gear up for our last performances of this poetic ballet, … Continue reading ?

When It Comes To Social Media, Houston Ballet Is #Instasavvy

3 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Dancers Harper Watters and Natalie Varnum, and HB's Marketing Manager Elizabeth Cleveland reveal the power of Instagram and show their savvy use of this growing platform.

Contemporary Dance Technique: Spiral Roll

3 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Spiral rolls are a smooth and safe way to get to the floor in contemporary dance technique. In our post, this roll to the floor is broken down with a list of fundamentals to practice and common mistakes to avoid.

observations 5/1

4 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Yesterday the Royal Ballet uploaded rehearsal footage of Alessandra Ferri and Frederico Bonelli in the new work by Wayne McGregor, Woolf Works, which is based on stories written by Virginia Woolf and due to premiere at the RB on May...

Leaps in the Dark: Agnes de Mille and the Road to Oklahoma

4 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Oklahoma! changed the role dance played in Broadway musicals. Choreographer, Agnes de Mille's road to Oklahoma! was many unconventional years in the making. Afterward, she felt conflicted about her success but with advice from Martha Graham, de Mille took leap after leap in the dark.

Diana Vishneva: On the Edge

5 months agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

One of our most awaited balletic events this spring, Diana Vishneva: On the Edge is an evening built around the well-known Mariinsky/ABT principal. If you... The post Diana Vishneva: On the Edge appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Irina Baronova: Ballets Russes star

5 months agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

We’re counting down the days to this Saturday 4 April, when Hollywood actress Victoria Tennant (best known for her starring role in L.A. Story) will sit down with our artistic director in a special-event McAllister in Conversation. Victoria has written … Continue reading ?

observations 3/29

5 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

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,...

Tools For Tap Dance: Pocket Steps

5 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Learn about what tap dancers call "pocket steps" and find out how to create your own. Hint: Great tap steps usually start with a little stealing.

Behind the Scenes of Giselle

5 months agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

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 ?

Love beyond the grave

6 months 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 ?

Backstage With Baryshnikov and Makarova

6 months agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

In 1985, Cherie Magnus was a ballet "extra" on stage with stars like Natalia Makarova and brushing elbows in the wings with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Ballet lovers will adore this insider's look at her experiences backstage during ABT's Romeo and Juliet.

Indianapolis City Ballet Q&As w/Master Teachers

8 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

As most everyone knows, the Indianapolis City Ballet organization is well on its way to rebuilding community interest in ballet through the presentation of Evening With The Stars gala performances and a series of extraordinary master classes that draw students...

NYCB – The Nutcracker Opening Night 11/28

9 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

This story hasn’t made The New York Times yet, but there has been plenty of vitriol spewed by those guys Brux & Boggle on WRAT Talk Radio. They didn’t like what went down last night at the opening performance of...

observations 11/18

9 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

The fix is in. ABT has rigged the press coverage of its Nutcracker performances this year. Other than the opening night performance, they are presently offering only two press nights: Misty Copeland's second performance on December 18th and Hee Seo's...

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