“Dancers from all over the world compete in the international tour of Juste Debout in the hope that they will get the chance to battle in the preliminary rounds in France and perform at the finals in Paris. This year, for the first time, the judges are all women who have previously won in the four main categories: popping, locking, hip-hop and house.” (video)
“Since retiring last year from London’s Royal Ballet where he was principal guest artist, the 42-year-old has gone back to his native Havana to found Acosta Danza. ‘My country made it possible for me to become a ballet dancer and I want to pass that on too,’ Acosta told a news conference.” (includes video)
“Moving around often, Ms. Lang said, ‘does have an effect on the work I create.’ So she has spent the past few years looking for a permanent home. She said the space in Long Island City provided an opportunity for the company to settle down.”
“Did the Washington Ballet approach you?
“Oh, yes. And to be quite honest, the answer was no. We have a very happy, deep life here in New York City. Our children are thriving. It’s one thing if you’re really looking for something, it’s another thing if you’re perfectly content.”
“Instead of classes based on the classical repertoire, with its emphasis on fairytales, princesses, tiaras and tutus – seen as more appealing to little girls than their male counterparts – the boys are encouraged to adopt the personae of superheroes and characters from films and video games such as Angry Birds, Optimus Prime, Minecraft, Star Wars, Lego and Toy Story.”
“The first dance, focused on water conservation, will be performed by our junior company, who will make their own costumes out of recycled materials. The audience will visit a second site under a tree and our company dancers will give them a vision of what life might look like without water, using imagery of dehydration, cracked earth and disappearing plants.”
“Mr. Corella, 40, seems to be having a very good time these days as he works to reinvent the Pennsylvania Ballet, where he has made top-to-bottom changes since becoming artistic director in 2014. He has brought on new artistic staff, new administrative leadership, new dancers from all over the world and a new approach to programming.”
“Sergei Filin has finally confirmed that he will be staying at the Bolshoi Ballet, after his contract as artistic director expires in two weeks’ time, heading a new choreographers workshop, as proposed by the theatre’s chief Vladimir Urin last July.”
“What started out as a culture clash of dance styles evolved into a close collaboration among 12 dancers and the launch of The Mud Water Project. The project aims to create opportunities for turfers to showcase their art in concert-style settings and to audiences often beyond their reach.” (includes video)
“An amateur ballerina in Brazil, whose lower left leg was amputated after a road accident, has spoken of her joy after becoming among the first people to receive a pointe foot prosthesis allowing her to dance classical ballet again.”
Dance mom Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly: “I had never seen ballet tights this color in person. With a palette that included Toasted Almond, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Mocha and Espresso, my daughter’s dance experience began to sink in.”
“It’s an opportunity to share one of our stories through an artform that isn’t ours, yet a lot of our artistic values and really critical messaging around Indian residential schools comes out in a very comprehensive way in this artform called ballet.”
“Studying ballet sucks for quite a while. Unlike everything I’d ever done until that point, at that germy barre, there was correct and then there was abysmal. The first few months are a fight to hack away at the terribleness. Your challenge is to find the grace in that struggle.”
“Immigrants from all over flocked to the dance halls to overcome the loneliness in their new lives with the help of the taxi-dancers.”
A photographer, a dance company, and a strobe light got together in a studio – and these amazing images are the result.
“Eric Underwood was on tour last summer in the south of Italy when he had finally had enough.” In store after store, he couldn’t find ballet shoes to match his skin, and he was tired of buying beige shoes and covering them with pancake makeup.
“Wherever a dance professional’s focus might be in their work with older people, most agree that performing for an audience can have transformative effects, not only for older dancers but also for the audience. The range of emotions that comes with taking part in a performance can make it a significant life event.”
“On Kent’s dream list of ballets to add to the repertoire are works by English, Russian and American masters, such as Frederick Ashton, Alexei Ratmansky and Martha Graham. She aims to group them into programs by their nationality, to explore ‘the similarities, and what makes an English or a Russian masterpiece, and the chronologies.'”
“News of the $5.5 million company’s demise, which impacts an estimated 32 staff members and 32 dancers, has left many in the arts community saddened if not shocked, and comes in the wake of the death of San Jose Repertory Theatre in 2014. The ballet’s closing raises questions anew about the stability of the arts in Silicon Valley, despite its status as capital of the tech world.”
“In the show Golden Hours, featuring tracks from Eno’s Another Green World and choreography by de Keersmaeker, the playwright’s lines are danced rather than spoken. The duo talk about stretching time, the power of pop songs and searching for answers in the studio.”
“The Winter’s Tale was a suggestion that came to me from Nick Hytner. I said to him I’d really like to choreograph a Shakespeare and all the obvious ones have been done. He said: ‘Well, The Winter’s Tale has proved really challenging for directors. I’ve got a feeling it might work for dance. I think some of the problems may sort themselves out if there’s no-one actually talking!'”
“Julie Kent, one of the most celebrated American ballerinas of her generation, who retired from the stage last summer after a 29-year career at American Ballet Theatre, has been appointed the Washington Ballet’s new artistic director, the company announced Monday.”
“The effect of the 360-degree filming is exhilarating, allowing the audience to view the performance as it ebbs and flows on all sides, with dancers so close you can observe the minutiae of their movement with a level of detail that even a front-row seat couldn’t allow.”
“It seems like an unnecessarily strict interpretation of rules. What are we doing wrong, and why would you stop people from making other people smile?”
“In her Moscow neighborhood, the women in her favorite grocery store have taken a shine to the delicate American teen, helping her pick out fresh fruit and keeping her favorite almond butter stocked. And in the local Starbucks they have learned to spell her unusual name on her cup.”
“Those two words, put together, conjure up the image of a haughty, stern old gentleman in breeches, pounding out musical tempi on the floor with his cane and poking dancers’ bodies into desired positions. Ballet may be a traditional art form that’s proud of its roots, but it’s safe to say that — thankfully — this dusty figure no longer exists.”
But by the time she was 30, in 1907, she had launched a career that would take her to Bali and Java, India and Ceylon, and North Africa, writing about the dance she found for London publications from Ballet to The Daily Telegraph.
“No matter what sector we’re in, the big questions are the same: What does it mean to have your body under scrutiny on the job? How does it feel to be asked to represent your entire race in a company meeting? How do you find the right people to mentor and guide you?”
“Five years ago France had barely half a dozen professional dancers over 60; now they’re increasingly common.” Half a dozen of them tell how they do it.
“Most dance companies are equally composed of men and women, which gives the impression that dance is one of those rare places where equality and fairness are the order of the day. But as the chart shows, many more women than men are competing for about the same numbers of places.”