Even if your draconian boss won't let you leave the office early today to get your Thanksgiving weekend cooking – he will leave early, of course – you can get him back by whiling away this afternoon watching the Royal...
From Ballet to Broadway, master classes to movie screens, Matt Mattox left his mark in every aspect of the dance world. In the process, he helped create vocabulary, customs and a style still found in many jazz classes and choreographic works today.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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 ?
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.
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.
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...
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.
Is this ballet for you? Go If: You can’t resist a tragic love story. New Moon is your favorite book of the entire Twilight Saga and you can quote a certain passage from Act II, Scene VI of Shakespeare’s play by heart (don’t worry we won’t tell anyone). You’ve never been to the ballet and […]
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.
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 ?
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,...
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.
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 ?
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 ?
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.