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Loved getting another ABT brochure in the mail today with photos of Marcelo Gomes and his performance dates listed for the spring season -- this one's a keeper. Natalia "This Met stage isn't big enough for me" Osipova is shown...

Nutcracker Season Unwrapped

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Ballet lovers in the UK will probably agree with the view that Sir Peter Wright has made not just one, but two brilliant versions of... The post Nutcracker Season Unwrapped appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Ballet Landscapes: An Interview with Alice Pennefather and Charles Haswell

2 months agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

For those who have followed the work of dance photographer Alice Pennefather for a while, her interest in filming dance will come as no surprise. With... The post Ballet Landscapes: An Interview with Alice Pennefather and Charles Haswell appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

It always ends in confetti

3 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Robert Fairchild signs off the season and signs off his NYCB career. Looking forward to the next brilliant chapters of his story. It always ends in confetti from Haglund's Heel on Vimeo.

Pennsylvania Ballet Sleeping Beauty footage

3 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Haglund is working on his review of opening night and hopes to have it published tomorrow. In the meantime, here's some footage of this delightful production. Below this video is one of our Sterling Baca with his lovely Aurora, Oksana...


From June 8-18, Houston Ballet brings Stanton Welch's La Bayadère back to the Wortham. With a rich score by Ludwig Minkus, lavish scenery and bright costumes by the late Peter Farmer, La Bayadère features mesmerizing classical performances highlighted by the famous Shades scene, staged for the entire corps de ballet.

YAGP Honors Julio Bocca at Lincoln Center 4/14It Was A Good Friday

9 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Literally. YAGP’s 2017 Tribute to a Dance Legend honored Julio Bocca, the beloved star of ABT for twenty years who is now Artistic Director of Uruguay’s national company SODRE which he has buffed and pumped up into the country’s mos...

The Joffrey Ballet @ Lincoln CenterDancing with bells on

10 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

The Joffrey Ballet’s gala performance on Thursday night was the type of program that those who remember the company from its New York years would associate with it. The three part program of Bells by Yuri Possokhov, Body of Your...

NYCB Sleeping Beauty 2/16

11 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Haglund is rushing off to the Orchid Show today at the New York Botanical Garden, but he needs to pause to gush over the beautiful new rose that debuted last evening in New York City Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty. Lauren...

Discovering Stanton Welch’s THE NUTCRACKER (Part 3 of 3)

In part 3 of 3, we chat about the history of shoes in past productions of The Nutcracker and snap some behind-the-scenes photos from our Shoe Room with Shoe Coordinator, Molly Searcy.

ENB in Akram Khan’s Giselle

If you have followed this blog for a while, then you already know that Giselle is my favourite ballet. When I first heard that... The post ENB in Akram Khan’s Giselle appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Getting Started With Essential Oils For Dancers

Like athletes, dancers are always exploring ways to improve performance, nutrition, exercise, and wellness in every way possible, including using essential oils as useful tools for supporting the body in natural ways.

The Remarkable Story of a Ballerina’s Struggle for Life and Happiness: You, Fascinating You

There are many stories that touch our lives; many of which are portrayed through moments in history that many of us cannot even fathom.  Take for instance the story of Margit Wolf, a woman with her sights set on becoming a prima ballerina. Show More Summary

Dancer’s Career Transition: Dancer turned Filmmaker

I am pleased to introduce former Miami City Ballet Dancer, Ezra Hurwitz as a continued part of my series, “Dancer’s Career Transition.”  After retiring from ballet last year,  Mr. Hurwitz is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia University. Show More Summary

Free People’s “Ballet” Campaign

As many of you in the dance community have probably seen, the clothing company, Free People, has developed a ballet line.  But instead of considering the clothes, all we have been able to focus on for the last week are the photos and the videos published to promote the new line. Show More Summary

NYCB 3rd Week Symphony in Three Movements, the highlight again

We wish it were called Symphony in Six Movements and would go on twice as long. And when the New York City Ballet dancers get inside the Stravinsky music as they did on Saturday evening, stoking it with attitude and...

UIEX – observations 10-5

This whole idea of a Sarah Lane/Daniil Simkin Giselle has staggering potential – IF Simkin will portray Albrecht as an immature, self-absorbed cad who recklessly toys with Giselle's heart. It's been quite a while since we've seen a dancer take...

NYCB – Jewels

Although each section of Balanchine’s Jewels includes a good-sized corps de ballet who articulate his beautiful patterns of movement, it is the Pas de Deux that are perhaps most memorable. Over the course of three performances of Jewels this week...

A Summer of Dance to Remember

Warm summer evenings are starting to come to an end in London (if only we could have temperatures in the twenties all year round…).... The post A Summer of Dance to Remember appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

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