Violette Verdy, principal dancer for the New York City Ballet for two decades and then artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet, 1977-80, died yesterday in Bloomington, Indiana. A formidable instructor she joined the Jacobs School of Music in 1996 and was teaching up to the week of her death. In rehearsal with Balanchine
Eight principal dancers – including Daria Klimentová, Steven McRae, Cynthia Harvey, James Whiteside, and Vito Mazzeo – from some of the world’s top companies talk about coping with the damage their profession inflicts on their bodie...
Misty Copeland’s “A Ballerina Tale” To Air Next Week On PBS Misty Copeland is not only the American Ballet Theater’s first African-American principal dancer, she’s a BAD muthafa. Next Monday on PBS, the documentary “A Ballerina’s Tale” will air chronicling
A new documentary on ballerina Misty Copeland—the first African-American female principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre—will premiere on PBS’ Independent Lens on February 8. Born in Kansas City, Mo., and raised in San Pedro, Calif., Copeland began studying ballet at the late age of 13; she joined ABT’s Studio Company in [...]
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Queen's slow burn of an anthem "Bohemian Rhapsody." To honor the epic number, English National Ballet's lead principal Erina Takahashi and first soloist James Forbat performed an epic duet that...Show More Summary
It took Misty Copeland years of focus, practice and hard work to become the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. And it took a similar discipline for five senior women executives to achieve success in leading their respective lines of business at JPMorgan Chase. CELEBRATING A [...]
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings their production of Romeo & Juliet to The Fox Theatre on Sunday, January 10 at 3 p.m. Founded by legendary dancer and former principal dancer of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, The State Ballet presesnts the most passionate romantic tragedy ever told, described as “full of enchantment” by […]
We regret to share news from Dance Europe of the death last Wednesday, from a heart attack, of Bryony Brind, former principal dancer of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. Bryony, who was 55, created roles for Ashton, Macmillan and David Bintley, leaving the ROH to go freelance in 1991. She was outspoken about the need […]
American Ballet Theater principal dancer, Misty Copeland, knows what it's like to grow up poor and what it feels like to have dance be an escape for the harsh world around you. Recently, she was in Kigali, Rwanda to help MindLeaps, a...Show More Summary
Misty Copeland is a black ballerina, and she doesn't want you to call her anything different. The dancer, who was named the first black female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, sat down with HuffPost Live on Monday and explained why she proudly embraces being called a black ballerina. Show More Summary
Misty Copeland, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater, is expected to release her third book, "Ballerina Body," in early 2017.
L.A. Dance Project founding director Benjamin Millepied, who left Los Angeles to be director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, will return next month to perform with former New York City Ballet principal dancer Janie Taylor at the dance project's annual benefit, the company announced Thursday....
It's been a huge year for Misty Copeland! The 33-year-old was named the first African American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater in June. Three months later, she announced her engagement to BF Olu Evans. She also earned a place on Time's 2015 100 Most Influential People list. And to top it off, she was honored [...]
James Whiteside does it all. Also known as JBDUBS (or Ühu, his drag queen alter ego), he is a choreographer, writer, singer, rapper, and principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. This guy is the total package and isn't afraid to speak his mind. Show More Summary
Awkward Black Girl co-writer Tracy Oliver is moving forward on a dance drama for FOX, working with none other than American Ballet Theater principal dancer, Misty Copeland!
Misty Copeland seems to be everywhere these days. After 15 years with the American Ballet Theatre, the 33-year-old San Pedro-raised Copeland was promoted from soloist to principal dancer in June, marking the first time an African American woman was made a principal in the New York company's 75-year...
Megan performing George Balanchine's Theme and Variations. Photo credit: Paul Kolnik. George Balanchine commanded, "I don't need dancers who want to dance. I need dancers who need to dance". New York City Ballet principal dancer Megan Fairchild has the the fire. Show More Summary
While visiting NYC, Jimmy Kimmel wanted to take in some culture and brush up on his ballet skills. Of course, he only wanted to learn from the best, Misty Copeland, who is the first black principal dancer (the highest rank!) in the incredibly prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Show More Summary
Thing you hope to never hear on a ballet stage: "One of my testicles is coming out of the tutu area." During Monday's show, ABT principal dancer Misty Copeland took on the gargantuan task of giving Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo a ballet lesson. Show More Summary
Jimmy Kimmel decided to add a little culture to his "Back to Brooklyn" week of shows, taking a quick ballet lesson from American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland.