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In Los Angeles, Where The Dancing Is Alcohol-Free

And not just free of alcohol, but fully sober. "This is Natural High, a renegade alcohol- and substance-free dance party that pops up in outdoor spaces around the city." - Los Angeles Times

A Pair Of New Artistic Directors At Louisville Ballet

"Lexington-native Mikelle Bruzina and Harald Uwe Kern were named Louisville Ballet's new artistic directors after former artistic director Robert Curran's abrupt resignation earlier this year after nearly 10 years with the ballet." - Yahoo! (Louisville Courier Journal)

Melissa Barak Puts Her Stamp On Los Angeles Ballet

"I want people to see that LAB is on the road to … becoming one of the country's leading dance companies," she said. "Over the next few seasons people (will) really see that strong sense of a more established company, a company that Angelenos can call their own." - Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)

A NY City Ballet Dancer Grapples With Retirement

On Sunday, I will retire from New York City Ballet after 16 years with the company. I have spent over a year preparing myself, and I am ready. But I know that I am about to give up one of my primary ways of being me. - The New York Times

Dance Critic Laura Bleiberg, 65

A native of Los Angeles, Bleiberg earned an undergraduate degree in history at Scripps College and a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, L.A. Weekly, Zocalo Public Square, GQ Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, CalArts magazine The Pool and other publications. - CultureOC

The Highly Unusual Dance Career Of Choreographer Trajal Harrell

"This late starter — he turned to dance after graduating from Yale in the 1990s — has never taken formal classes in the techniques that have most influenced him, which include vogueing and Japanese Butoh. Instead, he observed them from the outside, and took from their 'theoretical underpinnings,' he said." - The New York Times

Minnesota Dance Theatre Director Steps Down After 30 Years

After nearly 30 years as artistic director of Minnesota Dance Theatre, Lise Houlton is passing the reins. And it will be kept in the family. - The Star-Tribune (Mpls)

Founding Artistic Director Of Richmond Ballet Retires After 44 Years

"'It's the right time when you find the right person,' Stoner Winslett said. 'It's about what's best for the Richmond Ballet and the community.' Associate artistic director Ma Cong, who joined Richmond Ballet in 2020, will become its new artistic director." - Richmond Times-Dispatch

In These Times: Three Books Chronicle The Dance Life In New York

“Manhattan’s filled with struggling dancers/instructors running a marathon merry-go-round of rehearsals, gyms, private homes. Our Unlimited Metrocards are swiped up to twenty times a day." - Village Voice

Julie Kent, Houston Ballet Co-Director, On Beauty In Dance

"(It's) the artist's willingness to be completely vulnerable on a stage. … Tutus and tiaras — that's a very, very dated and small idea of what ballet is. Beauty in ballet is that willingness to share for the sole purpose of making somebody feel something that they've never felt before." - PaperCity (Texas)

How Pacific Northwest Ballet Became One Of The Most Diverse Ballet Companies In America

While Boal emphasizes that changes at PNB go beyond numbers, the numbers do reflect the company’s cultural shift. PNB’s current roster of 45 dancers (expanding to 47 in November) is now more than 50% Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). - Crosscut

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Next Artistic Director Is, For A Change, From New Zealand

After 11 years under three successive leaders from overseas — Ethan Stiefel, Francesco Ventriglia, and Patricia Barker — and a certain amount of discord under the last two, the company has appointed Ty King-Wall, a dancer, choreographer, and teacher who was, for a decade, a principal at the Australian Ballet. - Stuff (New Zealand)

Who Benefits From Dance Company Apprenticeships?

As trainees and apprentices, dancers may perform on professional stages for years without being compensated. Not everyone can afford to work for free—much less to pay for the privilege. - Dance Magazine

The Punk Trio That Co-Directs France’s National Ballet Of Marseille

"They may only be three but they are a horde. They are (La)Horde. … How did the threesome end up as artistic directors of Ballet National de Marseille? While they were visiting Los Angeles, …" - The New York Times

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