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(22) Julie Kent, Artistic Director of Washington Ballet

This week we are joined by Julie Kent, Artistic Director of Washington Ballet.  Ms Kent danced with American Ballet Theater for over 30 years, 22 of those as a Principal Dancer, and is one of the company’s most celebrated performers. ...Show More Summary

Atlanta Ballet dancer John Welker looks back at his 20-year career

After two decades with the Atlanta Ballet, principal dancer John Welker is pivoting to a new role.

Ballerina Misty Copeland Was Told to Lose Weight: It ‘Caused Me So Much Doubt’

2016 was a huge year for Misty Copeland — she became the American Ballet Theatre’s first ever African-American principal dancer, she married her longtime boyfriend and she’ll take on Clara in The Nutcracker this December — but getting there wasn’t easy. Show More Summary

Even professional ballerina Misty Copeland has been told to lose weight.

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Happy Place

Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, opened up to Self about being told that she had to lose weight in order to fit into the ballet world. #Repost @egaldance ??? ???? Mark your calendars...Show More Summary

Between Havana and Heaven: Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami Will Take Its First Bow

Before the announcement of their retirement as principal dancers with Miami City Ballet last spring, Carlos Guerra explained the artistic side of his relationship with his wife, Jennifer Kronenberg: “We share a complementary, balanced dynamic as a couple. I always get nervous a week before the ballet opens...

When Ballet And Modern Dance Meet – Just To Mess Around, With No Performance Pressure

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“All too often, when ballet and modern dance meet, compromises are made: Dancers – and dances – turn to mush. That was exactly what Sara Mearns, the New York City Ballet principal, was trying to avoid when she asked the contemporary choreographer and dancer Jodi Melnick to work with her as part of a residency […]

Social Media Reacts to Misty Copeland’s Promotion To Principal at ABT

As you probably already know, yesterday American Ballet Theatre announced promotions for their upcoming season and with it came news that Misty Copeland will be ABT’s first African American Principal Dancer.  (Congrats Misty!) Normally news of promotions is huge in the ballet community, but this promotion was different. Show More Summary

He’s a Ballet Dancer. And a Singer. And a Drag Queen.

2 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

A look at the many faces of James Whiteside, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater.

(15) James Whiteside, Principal at American Ballet Theater

Michael and Rebecca sit down with American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer James Whiteside for an inside look into his career, his work at ABT, and what inspires him.

OnlyOnAOL: Meet the dazzling dancer from 'Take Me to Church'

3 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : AOL: Style

By: Donna Freydkin He was better than everyone, by leaps and bounds and twirls and spins. Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin stunned the ballet world, becoming the London Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer. By 25, he was done, burned out, bored, and walked away. Show More Summary

Diana Vishneva To Retire From ABT

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The Russian ballerina Diana Vishneva, a principal with American Ballet Theater since 2005, will give her farewell performances with the company [next June] … Ms. Vishneva, 40, is also a principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, and will remain with that company.”

Royal Ballet’s New Principals Say YouTube Is Making It Harder To Wow Audiences

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The rise of YouTube and the internet have made it more difficult than ever to impress the viewing public, the dancers have said, as they are expected to perform ever-more gymnastic feats to keep up with what people can see online.” Says one, Alexander Campbell, “I think there’s a video of a Chinese acrobat standing […]

(13) John Clifford: Part II

We return for part two of our conversation with former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer John Clifford. John was a dancer with NYCB from 1966-1974 and also choreographed eight works for the company.  Mr. Clifford had a very close relationship with Balanchine, and he continues to share wonderful stories about his career, his choreography, George Balanchine, […]

Noelani Pantastico

3 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Stranger Genius Award Nominee (and PNB Principal Dancer) Noelani Pantastico Is a Technical Master and a Masterful Actor by Rich Smith HAS: Excellent lines in her petit allegro. MAKES: "Story ballets" feel less mechanical and more like,...Show More Summary

(12) John Clifford: Dancing for Balanchine

John Clifford, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, joins us this week to talk about his career and share stories of George Balanchine.  John was a dancer with NYCB from 1966-1974 and also choreographed eight works for the company.  Mr. Clifford had a very close relationship with Balanchine, and we are thrilled to have him share […]

The Dancer Who Came Back From A Shattered Leg To Become A Company Principal

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Dragged under the wheel of a London bus, ballet dancer Joseph Skelton was told he might never walk again without a limp.”

A dance 'Tour de Force,' minus the force, at Segerstrom Center

3 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The gala-style ballet program is an audience favorite, its international cast packed with principal dancers who normally don’t perform together. You might get stars from the Mariinsky, the Bolshoi, England’s Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, all in one night. Segerstrom Center for the Arts...

History-Making Dancer Gets Married

Make history as the American Ballet Theatre's first black female principal dancer: check. Be named one of the most influential and one of the most fascinating people in the world: check and check. Have a Barbie modeled after you: check. Get married: check. Ballerina Misty Copeland wed her longtime partner,...

A ballet superstar hits Hollywood with 'A Chorus Line' at the Bowl

4 months agoArts : Culture Monster

About a week ago Robert Fairchild was packing his bags following three weeks as an American in Paris. New York City Ballet, where he is a principal dancer, was winding up a three-week season at the Théâtre du Châtelet. It's a venue he knows well: In 2014 he spent months there immersed in the creation...

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